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6:45 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 and Spin Cycle
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 …
Tom Curry / MSNBC:
Lieberman at issue in Democrats' Iran clash
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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 …
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Michelle Malkin:
Breaking: Father of slain Marine wins case against foul Phelps family
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 …
Discussion: PBS, Ezra Klein, Eschaton and BitsBlog
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
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 …
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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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
 
 
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Kate Sheppard / American Prospect:
LICENSES AND PRIVILEGE.  —  Several things from last night's debate stood out for me.
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