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7:25 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.
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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 …
HillaryClinton.com:
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
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Clinton On The Ropes  —  One thing that strikes me about these debates …
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Alex Dominguez / Associated Press:   Jury awards father $11M in funeral case
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 and FP Passport
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Admiral William J. Fallon / United States Central …:
U.S. Central Command
Discussion: The Washington Note
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 …
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.
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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Bush Loyalist Karen Hughes Resigns
Jeremy P. Meyer / Denver Post:
Senator's hold on Interior vote goes unheeded  —  Former Colorado parks director Lyle Laverty's confirmation to a top post in the U.S. Interior Department was pushed through the Senate on Monday while a member blocking the vote was home tending to his wife and newborn twins.
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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
Military.com:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ynetnews:
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
 
 
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
More on the Legal Status of Waterboarding
Discussion: Fox News
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
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Gateway Pundit:
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Plain Truth About Taxes and Cuts
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Col. Boylan's implosion accelerates
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
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Discussion: EconLog and A Tiny Revolution
 Earlier Items: 
The Corner:
I'd Be Depressed Too  —  According to an AP report in yesterday's Jerusalem Post online:
Discussion: Daled Amos
Molly Ivors / Whiskey Fire:
The Chicks Are Back  —  It's hardly news that Maureen Dowd …
Helen Smith / Pajamas Media:
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Little Green Footballs:
Perrin Responds to 'Death Threat' Challenge: 'Uh, I Forgot'
The Atlantic Online:
Everything Sucks, I Blame Mexicans
Keith L. Alexander / Washington Post:
Judge Who Lost Pant Suit Loses Job
Jeffrey Mize / Columbian:
Police report sheds new light on Curtis encounter