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9:55 PM ET, October 29, 2007


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Bluto / The Dread Pundit Bluto:
Full Text of Email Reveals Greenwald Mischaracterizations  —  Welcome, fellow minions of the lgf New World Odor  —  Glenn Greenwald, as he had promised in his post at Salon, has forwarded the email he says he received from Colonel Steven A. Boylan, Public Affairs Officer for General Petraeus.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Abject stupidity defined  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  If there is a place with more abject stupidity swirling around than the right-wing blogosphere, I'd like to know where it is.  Truly, consider what has to be going on inside their brains for this to happen:
Jules Crittenden:
UPDATE MCMLXVIII  —  The plot has thickened in Boylangate, where Greenwald at last check is up to UPDATE VII and in an advanced tizzy.  As well he should be.  Because it would appear the sockpuppet, a bestselling author in addition to being a highly accomplished and widely respected constitutional lawyer …
Agence France Presse:   Iraqi troops free eight kidnapped tribal chiefs
White House:
President Bush Announces Recipients of Presidential Medal of Freedom  —  President George W. Bush today announced recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation's highest civil award.  Established by Executive Order 11085 in 1963, the Medal may be awarded by the President …
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Obama issues 3-page memo defending gay-basher spokesman, explaining that McClurkin has no problem with "happy" gays  —  Obama's campaign now says that McClurkin only wants to cure the unhappy gays.  (The rest of us are, I guess, fine to continue trying to kill America's children.)  —  From the Washington Post:
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Obama campaign spokesman blasts gays at Gospel concert; white preacher …
John McCormick / The Swamp:
No boxer vs. briefs, but movie stars for Obama
Discussion: The Politico
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
GIULIANI'S LATEST....The Washington Post notes that Rudy Giuliani will be running a new radio ad in New Hampshire starting today: … You will be unsurprised to learn that Giuliani is full of s**t.  As you can see from the chart on the right, Britain and the United States have virtually identical mortality rates from prostate cancer.
Katrin Bennhold / International Herald Tribune:
Sarkozy storms out of "60 minutes" interview  —  PARIS: "No, no. This is stupid," President Nicolas Sarkozy snorted, abruptly unplugging his microphone and calling his press secretary an "imbecile" for setting up an interview with American television network CBS on a busy day.
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
Authority Figure  —  The childhood roots of Giuliani's strange views of liberty.  —  At a town hall meeting in Exeter, New Hampshire, last month, local resident Bob Roughsedge introduced Rudy Giuliani as "the next mayor of the United States."  No one tittered or spoke up.
Jon Henke / QandO:
KRUGMAN ON IRAN AND 9/11  —  I tend to agree with Paul Krugman's argument that "Islamofascism" has "no chance of collapsing the United States, let alone taking over the world."  However, this is a remarkable claim...  Here are passages from Chapter 7 of the 9/11 Commission Report.
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
EXCLUSIVE: FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds Will Now Tell All - and Face Charges if Necessary - to Any Major Television Network That Will Let Her  —  Attention CBS 60 Minutes: we've got a huge scoop for you.  If you want it.  —  Remember the exclusive story you aired on Sibel Edmonds …
Will Dunham / Reuters:
AIDS virus invaded U.S. from Haiti: study  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The AIDS virus invaded the United States in about 1969 from Haiti, carried most likely by a single infected immigrant who set the stage for it to sweep the world in a tragic epidemic, scientists said on Monday.
Discussion: Six Meat Buffet
Associated Press:
Rep. Tancredo to Retire From House at End of Next Term  —  DENVER — Rep. Tom Tancredo plans to leave the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of 2008, whether his longshot presidential bid is successful or not, the Rocky Mountain News reported.  —  "It's the fact that I really believe …
M.E. Sprengelmeyer / Rocky Mountain News:
Tancredo says he's leaving Congress
David Johnston / New York Times:
Immunity Deals Offered to Blackwater Guards  —  State Department investigators offered Blackwater security guards immunity during an inquiry into last month's deadly shooting of 17 Iraqi civilians, government officials said today, calling it a potentially serious investigative misstep …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Looming Catastrophe as Campaign Opportunity  —  If Obama is hoping for an issue to gain traction with vis a vis Hillary, he's really muffed it picking Social Security.  In itself the idea of removing or significantly restructuring the 'cap' on payroll taxes is a good one, at least one with a lot to recommend it.
Barbara Starr / CNN:
U.S. destroyer pursuing hijacked ship  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A U.S. destroyer has entered Somali territorial waters in pursuit of a Japanese-owned ship loaded with benzene that was hijacked by pirates over the weekend, military officials said Monday.  —  The guided-missile destroyer USS …
Discussion: On Deadline
Scholars and Rogues:
The horror is getting to Matt Taibbi  —  Matt Taibbi, our newest Scrogue, is perhaps the premier political writer of his generation.  He made his bones with Mark Ames at Russia's legendary expat rag The eXile before moving on to The Beast and New York Press.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
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CNN Political Ticker:
Romney fires back at Thompson on Immigration
Angela Bonavoglia / The Huffington Post:
Catholic Bishops Agree — Reluctantly, Reluctantly! — to Treat Rape Victims
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Psssst  —  I received this email from Slate this morning:
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The Audacity of Homophobia
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