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8:15 PM ET, October 31, 2007


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Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
A Day Later, Clinton Embraces Spitzer's License Effort  —  John Edwards, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama during last night's debate.  (Photo: Jessica Kourkounis for The New York Times)  —  A day after she appeared to struggle to give her views on the subject, Hillary Rodham Clinton …
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.
The Politics Of Pile-On  —  What happens when the "politics of pile-on" replaces the "politics of hope?"  —  Hillary comes out on top.  —  Despite the best efforts of her six fellow candidates to trip her up, Senator Clinton stood strong and made her case on critical issues like Iran, Iraq and Social Security.
Discussion: Blogs for Bush, Spin Cycle and MSNBC
Tom Curry / MSNBC:
Lieberman at issue in Democrats' Iran clash  —  Connecticut maverick backs Clinton, criticizes Edwards on Iran policy  —  WASHINGTON - His name only came up once in passing during Tuesday night's presidential debate, but in a way, Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Democratic presidential contender himself in 2004, was very much present.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Associated Press:   Anti-gay church ordered to pay millions
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 …
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 …
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Private Note to Bush from Hagel Calls For Direct, Unconditional, Comprehensive Talks with Iran  —  I have just secured a private letter — not yet publicly released — from Senator Chuck Hagel to President Bush and copied to Condoleezza Rice, Robert Gates, and Stephen Hadley.
Discussion: Think Progress, FP Passport and Eunomia
Admiral William J. Fallon / United States Central …:
U.S. Central Command
Discussion: The Washington Note
Army Wife / ArmyWifeToddlerMom:
Nickelodeon is trying to brainwash your children in the morning, or a leftist primer  —  My Husband sent me this link this morning.  Please watch this, in its entirety.  It is imperative that you SEE what Nickelodeon is showing at 5:00am.  —  NICKELODEON IS BRAINWASHING YOUR CHILD
Michelle Malkin:
Nickelodeon goes moonbatty
Discussion: Liberty Street
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 …
James Chapman / Daily Mail:
Christmas should be 'downgraded' to help race relations says Labour think tank  —  Christmas should be downgraded in favour of festivals from other religions to improve race relations, says an explosive report.  —  Labour's favourite think-tank says that because it would be hard …
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Better Democrats and the 11% Congress  —  This Saturday, Al Wynn is having a fundraiser with a special guest of honor.  —  MD-04 is a 77% performing Democratic district that runs in Montgomery and Prince George's County.  It is as safe as safe can be for a Democrat.
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.
Soldier flees interrogation by exposing breasts  —  Officer loses concentration after soldier takes her shirt off in front of him  —  An IDF soldier fled an interrogation room by exposing her breasts to a stunned officer.  —  The soldier was interrogated at the Biranit army base …
Discussion: Israellycool
Weekly Standard:
(Updated) Still No Correction from the LATimes  —  Update: And there's none forthcoming...see the email from the L.A. Times below.  —  I wrote earlier in the week about Los Angeles Times media critic Tim Rutten's attempt to weigh in on the Beauchamp story with this piece that was riddled with factual errors.
Kaj Larsen / The Huffington Post:
A Lesson For Mukasey: Why I Had Myself Water-Boarded  —  As a journalist for Current TV, a former military officer, and a student of public policy I have been involved in the debate about the War on Terror from the frontlines in Afghanistan to the policy discussions of academia.
Discussion: Riehl World View and The Agonist
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David Stout / New York Times:
Senate Panel Sets Vote on Mukasey's Nominee
Discussion: The Politico
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Centrist Dems Rank With Fear
Discussion: The Sideshow
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Clinton would cream Giuliani, poll finds
Jeremy P. Meyer / Denver Post:
Senator's hold on Interior vote goes unheeded
Discussion: Firedoglake
Gateway Pundit:
A Challenge to TIME Magazine to Get Their Facts Straight
Malcolm Nance / NY Daily News:
I know waterboarding is torture - because I did it myself
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Discussion: EconLog and A Tiny Revolution
Molly Ivors / Whiskey Fire:
The Chicks Are Back  —  It's hardly news that Maureen Dowd …
Helen Smith / Pajamas Media:
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