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9:45 AM ET, October 29, 2007


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Daily Mail:
Record numbers go abroad for health treatment with 70,000 escaping NHS  —  Record numbers of Britons are travelling abroad for medical treatment to escape the NHS - with 70,000 patients expected to fly out this year.  —  And by the end of the decade 200,000 "health tourists" …
Times of London:
Quack Michael Moore has mad view of the NHS  —  The fourth estate has always had a bad name, but it seems to be getting worse.  Journalism should be an honest and useful trade, and often still is.  But now that journalism has more power than ever before, it seems to have become ever more disreputable.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fearing Fear Itself  —  In America's darkest hour, Franklin Delano Roosevelt urged the nation not to succumb to "nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror."  But that was then.  —  Today, many of the men who hope to be the next president — including all of the candidates with a significant chance …
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Polls don't reflect Obama's star power  —  The Democrat creates a stir wherever he goes, but runs far behind Clinton nationally.  Some observers are puzzled; others say he's too gentle.  —  DES MOINES — Hutton Street, a modest, racially mixed working-class neighborhood on the city's east side …
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
VIN SUPRYNOWICZ: G.I. Joe was just a toy, wasn't he?  —  Hollywood now proposes that in a new live-action movie based on the G.I. Joe toy line, Joe's — well, "G.I." — identity needs to be replaced by membership in an "international force based in Brussels."
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Right Wing News
Hillary Clinton /
THE INVISIBLE PRIMARY—INVISIBLE NO LONGER  —  A First Look at Coverage of the 2008 Presidential Campaign  —  In the early months of the 2008 presidential campaign, the media had already winnowed the race to mostly five candidates and offered Americans relatively little information …
Des Moines Register:
Caucus day falls during winter breaks, affecting students  —  Some observers see Jan. 3 as a boon to the candidates, while others think it's a bane.  —  Iowa's Jan. 3 caucus date is either a gut punch or a shot of adrenaline to presidential candidates who are courting young voters, depending on whom you ask.
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.C.C. Set to End Sole Cable Deals for Apartments  —  The Federal Communications Commission, hoping to reduce the rising costs of cable television, is preparing to strike down thousands of contracts this week that gave individual cable companies exclusive rights to provide service to an apartment building, the agency's chairman says.
Discussion: The Swamp and Rook's Rant
Studs Terkel / New York Times:
The Wiretap This Time  —  EARLIER this month, the Senate Intelligence Committee and the White House agreed to allow the executive branch to conduct dragnet interceptions of the electronic communications of people in the United States.  They also agreed to "immunize" American telephone companies …
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
U.S. Promises on Darfur Don't Match Actions  —  Bush Expresses Passion for Issue, but Policies Have Been Inconsistent  —  In April 2006, a small group of Darfur activists — including evangelical Christians, the representative of a Jewish group and a former Sudanese slave …
Discussion: The Politico
New York Times:
Trash Talking World War III  —  America's allies and increasingly the American public are playing a ghoulish guessing game: Will President Bush manage to leave office without starting a war with Iran?  Mr. Bush is eagerly feeding those anxieties.  This month he raised the threat of …
Discussion: Norwegianity and cab drollery
Saudi king chides UK on terrorism  —  Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has accused Britain of not doing enough to fight international terrorism, which he says could take 20 or 30 years to beat.  —  He was speaking in a BBC interview ahead of a state visit to the UK - the first by a Saudi monarch for 20 years.
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Laura Bush accuses Dems of demagoguery on SCHIP  —  First Lady Laura Bush said Sunday that she is much more involved in policy than many people think and then went to bat for her husband on children's health care and foreign policy.  —  Calling the state children's health insurance program …
Fox News:
FNS W/ CHRIS WALLACE  —  FOXNEWS.COM HOME > FNS W/ CHRIS WALLACE … WASHINGTON — The following is a partial transcript of the Oct. 28, 2007, edition of "FOX News Sunday With Chris Wallace":  —  "FOX NEWS SUNDAY" HOST CHRIS WALLACE: And good morning again from FOX News in Washington.
TeddySanFran / Firedoglake:
Sunday Late Nite: Snakes on A Plane  —  Flying west to check up on the California fires, somebody got a very special ride on a very special plane after casting her very special vote for a very special federal judge: … Oh, really, Dianne?  Did you share with the President this tidbit …
Discussion: Calitics
San Francisco Chronicle:
Matier & Ross: Political jockeying heats up as wildfires rage
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
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Nigel Morris / The Independent:
Blair failed to handle Bush on Iraq, claims biographer
Discussion: Think Progress and AMERICAblog
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Tim Russert Accuses Senator Dodd Of Using FISA Hold For Political Purposes
Discussion: Political Machine
Basra fight pointless, says British commander
G'Kar / Obsidian Wings:
In Defense of Beauchamp  —  I stayed away from the entire Beauchamp affair.
Peterhamby / CNN Political Ticker:
Obama supporter: 'God delivered me from homosexuality.'
Yahoo! Movies:
'Saw IV' Slays in $32.M Debut Weekend
Discussion: Hot Air
Confederate Yankee:
A Point of Honor  —  Scott Beauchamp doesn't matter.
 Earlier Items: 
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Why Is Gay Hating James Dobson Still Licensed As a Therapist in Colorado?
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
William Safire's Spooky Political Predictions
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Nader voters crippled Gore in 2000; now they love him
New York Times:
Health Sector Puts Its Money on Democrats
Nancy A. Youssef / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Chalabi back in action in Iraq
David Leppard / Times of London:
Royal targeted in sex and drugs blackmail plot