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8:50 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 …
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Huckabee Surges, Edwards Fades  —  The latest still photo from the slow motion, inter-party electoral horse race known as Iowa is in — and it looks like John Edwards is losing steam on the Democratic side while Mike Huckabee is charging at the GOP frontrunners.
Fred Siegel / Commentary:   William Jennings Huckabee
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Obama campaign spokesman blasts gays at Gospel concert; white preacher and Obama say nothing  —  UPDATE: Per the NYT, the anti-gay activist turned the entire final half hour of the concert into an anti-gay harangue: … Surprise, surprise, surprise.  Obama's anti-gay religious right activist used …
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Obama issues 3-page memo defending gay-basher spokesman …
Discussion: Open Left and Slog
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 …
M.E. Sprengelmeyer / Rocky Mountain News:
Tancredo says he's leaving Congress  —  Even if he loses his long-shot bid for the White House, Rep. Tom Tancredo will be leaving the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of 2008.  —  Tancredo, 61 , waited until after the Colorado Rockies' last out of the World Series on Sunday night …
The Corner:   Tancredo  —  I'm sorry that Tom Tancredo is retiring from Congress.
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.
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.
Frank James / The Swamp:
Clinton ad: Fighting for seniors not new for her
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.
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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Agonist
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Iraqi troops free tribal leaders kidnapped by Mahdi Army commander  —  Just 24 hours after the capture of 11 Sunni and Shia tribal leaders in northern Baghdad, the Iraqi Army has freed eight of the sheikhs.  Meanwhile, Multinational forces Iraq has identified the Mahdi Army commander responsible …
Agence France Presse:   Iraqi troops free eight kidnapped tribal chiefs
Club for Growth:
Ron Paul's Record on Economic Issues … Ron Paul: The Perfect as the Enemy of the Good  —  Taxes … Ron Paul's record on taxes is excellent, epitomized by his rallying cry for phasing out the IRS[1].  A strong believer in the economic benefits of tax cuts, he declared in a 2006 article …
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" …
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.
Rick Jacobs / The Huffington Post:
Ann Coulter: On the Gay Circuit in West Hollywood  —  We had dinner last night at Murano, a new West Hollywood restaurant, owned by gay circuit party promoter Jeffrey Sanker, and lesbian night club owners Robin Gans and Sandy Sachs.  It's a visually stunning space, straight lines …
Atrios / Eschaton:
The Audacity of Homophobia  —  I could spend all day unpacking this Obama statement, but I'll try to stick to my usual terse self. … Aside from the adoption of right wing frames, this kind of statement is incredibly insulting to both the LGBT community who are apparently …
Discussion: The Sideshow, Corrente and Unfogged
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Barbara Starr / CNN:
U.S. destroyer pursuing hijacked ship
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Scholars and Rogues:
The horror is getting to Matt Taibbi
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Rutten Refuses to Correct Piece?
Discussion: Gawker
Angela Bonavoglia / The Huffington Post:
Catholic Bishops Agree — Reluctantly, Reluctantly! — to Treat Rape Victims
Discussion: Feministe
James Taranto / Opinion Journal:
Best of the Web  —  The Education of Rochelle Reed
Nitya / Political Radar:
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Psssst  —  I received this email from Slate this morning:
Studs Terkel / New York Times:
The Wiretap This Time  —  EARLIER this month, the Senate …