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3:25 PM ET, October 30, 2007

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John R. Wilke / Wall Street Journal:
How Lawmaker Rebuilt Hometown on Earmarks  —  Johnstown Gets Billions  —  With Power Broker's Aid;  —  FBI Questions a Contract  —  JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — If John Murtha were a businessman, he'd be the biggest employer in this town.  —  The powerful U.S. congressman has used his clout …
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Mike Faher / The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA:
Career Army man to challenge Murtha
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
We Built This City On Pork And Bull
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Murtha: Hasn't Pennsylvania Had Enough?
Discussion: BitsBlog
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
New Congress at war over everything  —  In a closed-door meeting before the last vote on the children's health care bill, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer appealed for the support of about 30 wavering Republican lawmakers.  What he got instead was a tongue-lashing, participants said.
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Michelle Malkin:
Another showdown in Congress; latest Field Poll results show Dems turning on Pelosi  —  The Republicans held the line and staved off one attempt at the Dems' massive entitlement expansion the S-CHIP program.  They'll have to join the White House to kill it again soon.
main.uab.edu:
"Ron Paul Spammers" Targeted by UAB Spam Team  —  Contact: Deborah Lucas or Virginia Smith UAB Media Relations, 205-934-8946  —  UAB Spam Team Spots First Presidential Campaign Spam  —  Anti-spam researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) noted a disturbing …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Poll Matching Hillary Clinton and Ron Paul Tells A Lot About Clinton …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
The Tonight Show: Heeeere's.... Ron Paul
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Betting On Ron Paul
Discussion: The Plank
Matt / Think Progress:
Norman Podhoretz: Anyone Who Doesn't Want To 'Bomb Iran' Is Appeasing 'Hitler'  —  On the PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer last night, Commentary Magazine editor-at-large Norman Podhoretz, who is also a foreign policy adviser to Rudy Giuliani, repeated his claim that there is "only one terrible choice" …
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Online NewsHour:
Debate Stirs Over Possible U.S. Military Action Against Iran
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Podhoretz v. Zakaria
Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
Fineman: What Obama must do in the debate  —  WASHINGTON - As Sen. Barack Obama prepared for Tuesday night's crucial NBC debate in Philadelphia, his high command back in Chicago was watching a lot of old Clinton videotape — not of Hillary Clinton, but of Bill, and not of Bill as president …
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Zogby:
Zogby Poll: 52% Support U.S. Military Strike Against Iran  —  Most see Clinton as the presidential candidate best equipped to deal with Iran, followed by Giuliani and McCain—but many express uncertainty  —  A majority of likely voters - 52% - would support a U.S. military strike to prevent Iran …
Telegraph:
The most influential US conservatives: 61-80  —  As the US prepares for what is arguably the most open presidential election since 1928, the last time there was no incumbent president or vice-president on the ballot, the Daily Telegraph's Washington correspondents compile a list of the 100 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
The top US conservatives and liberals
Discussion: Attytood
Terry Frieden / CNN:
Official: Blackwater not offered immunity  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — No blanket immunity deal was offered to Blackwater guards for their statements regarding a shootout in Iraq last month that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead, two senior State Department officials told CNN Tuesday.
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Associated Press:
Iraq bill would lift contractor immunity
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
White House:
President Bush Urges Congress to Pass Appropriations Bills  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all.  I just had a very constructive and important meeting with the leadership and the Republican members of the United States House of Representatives.  And I want to thank you all for coming down, and thank you for your leadership.
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CNN:   Bush: Congress is not getting its work done
Amit R. Paley / Washington Post:
Iraqi Dam Seen In Danger of Deadly Collapse  —  AT THE MOSUL DAM, Iraq — The largest dam in Iraq is in serious danger of an imminent collapse that could unleash a trillion-gallon wave of water, possibly killing thousands of people and flooding two of the largest cities in the country …
clinton.senate.gov:
Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Her Opposition to the Nomination of Judge Michael Mukasey to be Attorney General of the United States  —  We need an Attorney General who has the strength to challenge this Administration when it is wrong, who is committed to reestablishing …
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Ken / Progress Now Action:
RE: Mukasey doesn't know the techniques of torture
Discussion: TalkLeft and TPMmuckraker
Keith Ervin / Seattle Times:
Three plead guilty in fake voter scheme  —  Three of seven defendants in the biggest voter-registration fraud scheme in Washington history have pleaded guilty and one has been sentenced, prosecutors said Monday.  —  The defendants were all temporary employees of ACORN …
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
NY Daily News:
Sharpton chides Cheney over Confederate flag flap  —  Nobody got shot, but Vice President Cheney still fired up controversy Monday when he went hunting at a private club that hangs the Confederate flag.  —  A Daily News photographer captured the 3-by-5 foot Dixie flag affixed to a door …
Patricia Leigh Brown / New York Times:
Gay Enclaves Face Prospect of Being Passé  —  This Halloween, the Glindas, gladiators and harem boys of the Castro — along with untold numbers who plan to dress up as Senator Larry E. Craig, this year's camp celebrity — will be celebrating behind closed doors.
Sean O'Neill / Times of London:
Lessons in hate found at leading mosques  —  Books calling for the beheading of lapsed Muslims, ordering women to remain indoors and forbidding interfaith marriage are being sold inside some of Britain's leading mosques, according to research seen by The Times.
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
(Now w/More Stupidity) Unprecedented Stupidity at HuffPo  —  BUMPED  —  Update: Readers are emailing more gems...click on the extended entry at the bottom of the piece to read them.  —  The Huffington Post routinely allows its authors to write about subjects with which they are completely unfamiliar …
 
 
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