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5:50 PM ET, October 31, 2007


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Roger Simon / The Politico:
Obama, Edwards attack; Clinton bombs debate  —  PHILADELPHIA - - We now know something that we did not know before: When Hillary Clinton has a bad night, she really has a bad night.  —  In a debate against six Democratic opponents at Drexel University here Tuesday, Clinton gave the worst performance of her entire campaign.
New York Times:
The Democratic Debate on MSNBC  —  The following is a transcript of the Democratic Presidential debate in Philadelphia, as provided by Federal News Service.  —  PARTICIPANTS:  —  FORMER SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS (D-NC)  —  SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-IL)  —  MODERATORS:  —  MR. WILLIAMS: Senator Obama, we'll begin with you.
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Clinton On The Ropes  —  One thing that strikes me about these debates: the Democrats are much more boring than the Republicans.  I'm not entirely sure why.  My hunch is that the Democrats actually think they may need to govern the country, and the Republicans are still just having some fun in the post-Bush wreckage.
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
A Day Later, Clinton Embraces Spitzer's License Effort
Discussion: The Page and National Review
Tom Curry / MSNBC:
Lieberman at issue in Democrats' Iran clash
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Garance Franke-Ruta / American Prospect:
Kate Sheppard / American Prospect:
LICENSES AND PRIVILEGE.  —  Several things from last night's debate stood out for me.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Ezra Klein
Pajamas Media:
Shocking Inside DC Scandal Rumor: A Media Ethics Dilemma  —  So I was down in DC this past weekend and happened to run into a well-connected media person, who told me flatly, unequivocally that "everyone knows" The LA Times was sitting on a story, all wrapped up and ready …
Matthew Dolan / Baltimore Sun:
Father of slain Marine wins case against funeral protesters  —  Pa. man awarded $2.9 million in compensatory damages  —  Albert Snyder of York, Pa., the father of a Westminster Marine who was killed in Iraq, today won his case in a Baltimore federal court against members of Topeka …
Michelle Malkin:
Breaking: Father of slain Marine wins case against foul Phelps family  —  I pointed you last week to the legal case of Albert Synder, who took the foul Phelps family to court over their reprehensible protests of fallen military heroes.  Snyder claimed invasion of privacy and emotional harm …
Discussion: Right Voices
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Tim Russert: Stop the Inanity  —  Russert passes for a "tough" interviewer by adopting a confrontational pose rather than asking genuinely challenging questions.  Which is why he's a terrible moderator for our presidential debates.  —  Last month, near the end of the Democratic presidential debate …
Molly Ivors / Whiskey Fire:
The Chicks Are Back  —  It's hardly news that Maureen Dowd is a shallow, bitchy Mean Girl more interested in fashion and surfaces than policy.  Her place on the NYTimes opinion page reveals the lie that feminism has accomplished all it needed to and we're done with it: she's taking a place …
Admiral William J. Fallon / United States Central …:
U.S. Central Command  —  Admiral William J. Fallon assumed duties as the commander, U.S. Central Command on March 16, 2007.  —  He was raised in Merchantville, N.J. A 1967 graduate of Villanova University, he received his commission through the Navy ROTC Program and was designated …
Discussion: The Washington Note
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Private Note to Bush from Hagel Calls For Direct, Unconditional …
Discussion: FP Passport
Navy Destroyer Battles Pirates  —  Sailors from the Norfolk-based destroyer James E. Williams boarded a North Korean merchant ship that had been hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia, while two other Navy vessels tailed a pirated Japanese ship in the same region.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Col. Boylan's implosion accelerates  —  Col. Boylan now refuses to respond to any of my emails or other inquiries.  He is also refusing to respond to at least one journalist whom I know is working on a comprehensive article on this matter.  But he has been quite busy responding …
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Lots of Good News from Iraq  —  It's just that so little of it seems to get much attention in the major media!  Leave it to THE WEEKLY STANDARD's own Dean Barnett to capture the situation: … Ace of Spades covers this ground as well.  He notes that a Washington Post reporter explained recently …
Anne Gearan / Associated Press:
Longtime Bush adviser leaving State  —  WASHINGTON - Karen Hughes, who led efforts to improve the U.S. image abroad and was one of President Bush's last remaining advisers from the close circle of Texas aides, will leave the government at the end of the year.
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Say Hello to the Newest Member of the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy  —  I had meant to re-register independent (or as it is known here in West Virginia, "No Party Affiliation") for the past two weeks after I had finally had enough of the bulls**t during the Graeme Frost escapade, but never got around to it …
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Malcolm Nance / NY Daily News:
I know waterboarding is torture - because I did it myself  —  Last week, attorney general nominee Judge Michael Mukasey dodged the question of whether waterboarding terror suspects is necessarily torture.  Americans can disagree as to whether or not this should disqualify him for the top job in the Justice Department.
Jeffrey Mize / Columbian:
Police report sheds new light on Curtis encounter  —  State Rep. Richard Curtis, R-La Center, admitted to having sex with a man he met at an adult video store in Spokane last week, according to a police report released Tuesday afternoon.  —  The police report offers a damning and far different version …
Daisy Nguyen / Associated Press:
Officials: Boy With Matches Started Fire  —  SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) - Officials blamed a wildfire that consumed more than 38,000 acres and destroyed 21 homes last week on a boy playing with matches, and said they would ask a prosecutor to consider the case.
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