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9:40 AM ET, October 31, 2007


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New York Times:
A Pitched Debate: Clinton Hears It From Her Rivals  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York came under withering attack from the rest of the Democratic presidential field last night in a pitched two-hour debate that her opponents used to challenge her candor and electability and to portray …
Washington Post:
Clinton's Foes Go on the Attack  —  Front-Runner Is Target in Season's Liveliest Democratic Debate  —  With just over two months until the first primary contest, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's Democratic rivals aggressively challenged their party's front-runner here Tuesday night …
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Clinton gets no love in Democrats debate  —  PHILADELPHIA - In the City of Brotherly Love, there wasn't much for a sister.  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton's rivals ganged up on her during a two-hour Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night, putting the front-runner on defense on issues ranging …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Obama, Edwards attack; Clinton bombs debate
Discussion: The Caucus
CNN Political Ticker:
Edwards, Obama step up criticisms of Clinton   White House 2008 Rankings: The Democrats
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Live-Blogging the Democratic Debate
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Rob Kauder / KXLY-TV:
Cross-dressing state lawmaker blackmailed following late night tryst  —  SPOKANE — State Representative Richard Curtis says he's not gay, but police reports and court records indicate the Republican lawmaker from southwestern Washington dressed up in women's lingerie and met a Medical Lake man …
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 …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NGRs = Not Gay Republicans  —  Unsolicited advice from TPM to closeted Republican politicians: if you offer to pay a guy $1000 to have sex with you, don't try to wriggle out of paying the thousand dollars.  —  More advice: if you get into a payment dispute with the guy you paid to have sex with you …
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Supreme Court Stays Execution in a Sign of a Broader Halt  —  Moments before a Mississippi prisoner was scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday evening, the Supreme Court granted him a stay of execution and thus gave a nearly indisputable indication that a majority intends to block …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Mukasey Losing Democrats' Backing  —  Nominee Unsure If Waterboarding Breaks Torture Law  —  Attorney general nominee Michael B. Mukasey told Senate Democrats yesterday that a kind of simulated drowning known as waterboarding is "repugnant to me," but he said he does not know whether …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Mukasey Calls Harsh Interrogation 'Repugnant'
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and On Deadline
Associated Press:
Tax law: Are you eating those pumpkins?  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Revenue is taxing jack-o'-lanterns this Halloween.  The new department policy was implemented after officials decided that pumpkins are used primarily for Halloween decorations, not food, and should be taxed …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Live Debate Blogging  —  Diplomacy, diplomacy and also diplomacy.  Did I mention diplomacy?  —  9:25 PM ... Hillary "I will do everything I can" to prevent from Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.  Good answer.  —  9:26 PM ... Obama: We cannot act as if we are the weakest nation in the world when we are the strongest.
Opinion Journal:
Surveillance Sanity  —  Companies that help protect the U.S. against attack deserve immunity from frivolous lawsuits.  —  Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush authorized the National Security Agency to target al Qaeda communications into and out of the country.
Post-Islamism  —  The future of Islamic reform lies with post-Islamism - a recognition that politics rather than religion provides for welfare in this life.  —  There is universal consensus that Muslim dictatorships, supported by the west, are the root of evil.
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
U.S. and Pakistan: A Frayed Alliance  —  As Military Efforts Falter, Trust Suffers  —  Five years ago, elite Pakistani troops stationed near the border with Afghanistan began receiving hundreds of pairs of U.S.-made night-vision goggles that would enable them to see and fight al-Qaeda and Taliban insurgents in the dark.
New York Times:
U.S. Military Will Supervise Iraq Security Firms  —  All State Department security convoys in Iraq will now fall under military control, the latest step taken by government officials to bring Blackwater Worldwide and other armed contractors under tighter supervision.
Booman Tribune:
Expanding Medicare  —  "Everybody knows the insurance companies make money by not providing care."  - Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Oct. 30, 2007  —  "[The Republicans] don't get that a family of four making $50,000 a year can't pay $20,000 a year for healthcare ... they don't get the reality of it."
Discussion: Pacific Views
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Arthur Silber / Once Upon a Time:
Break the Goddamned Rules
James Taranto / Opinion Journal:
Best of the Web  —  Boo!  —  This column is taking a brief leave …
Rasmussen Reports:
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