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12:05 PM ET, October 29, 2007


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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 …
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.
Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
Foreign Policy Grown-Up  —  Where Clinton Stands Out Among the Democrats  —  So now Barack Obama has come out swinging against Hillary Clinton.  After months of gentlemanly restraint, he accuses her of poll-tested, triangulated dissembling.  It's true that Clinton has ducked questions …
University of Iowa News Services:
UI Hawkeye Poll: Huckabee gaining; Clinton and Obama battling for top spot  —  Mitt Romney continues to hold a strong lead in Iowa among candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination.  But Mike Huckabee's Iowa numbers — buoyed, perhaps, by growing support among Evangelical Christians …
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 …
CNN Political Ticker:   Tancredo puts all his chips on White House bid
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Obama's Gospel Concert Tour  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. _ At Barack Obama's gospel concert here last night, more than 2,000 black evangelicals were singing, waving their hands and cramming the aisles _ most enthusiastically when Donnie McClurkin, the superstar black gospel singer …
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister and Slog
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 …
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 …
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."
New Hampshire Union Leader:
Gregg to join Romney at State House  —  CONCORD - U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg is endorsing Mitt Romney today as the former Massachusetts governor files as an official candidate in the New Hampshire presidential primary.  —  Sen. Judd Gregg says he "never thought I'd endorse a governor of Massachusetts …
Discussion: Washington Wire
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Gregg to endorse Romney
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 …
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
U.S. Guns Behind Cartel Killings in Mexico  —  TIJUANA, Mexico — Assassins blasted Ricardo Rosas Alvarado, a member of an elite state police force, with a blizzard of bullets pumped out of AK-47 assault rifles.  —  Alvarado crumpled at the wheel of his sedan, yet another victim of the weapons known here as …
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 …
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
'Fairness' Is Foul  —  Liberals vs. the First Amendment.  —  It wasn't that hard for Indiana's Rep. Mike Pence to build media and congressional support for his Free Flow of Information Act, which would protect the confidentiality of contacts between reporters and sources.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
First Read: Democrats targeting McConnell?  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd  —  Is there a new GOP Senate seat now on the Democratic target list?  A new Research 2000 poll matches up Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell against a number of potential Democratic challengers.
MTP transcript for Oct. 28, 2007  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday, our Meet the Candidates 2008 series continues, an interview with Democrat Chris Dodd of Connecticut.  He has served in the Congress for 33 years.  In January he became chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Tim Russert Accuses Senator Dodd Of Using FISA Hold For Political Purposes
Discussion: Political Machine and The Sideshow
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
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Confederate Yankee:
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