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10:35 AM 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:
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 …
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.
Bryan / Hot Air:
Video: Hillary Clinton flip flops around Eliot Spitzer's licenses-for-illegals plan Updates and additions  —  Let's call this Exhibit A in the case against Hillary Clinton for president.  In the following clip we see her radicalism, her shrillness, her inability to finesse a tough question, and her condescension to her opponents.
THE NOTE: Clinton Stumble Provides Dems an Opening
Discussion: MSNBC and Political Radar
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:   Clinton gets no love in Democrats debate
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 …
Discussion: HorsesAss.Org and Cliff Schecter
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 …
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Jay Rockefeller channels Dick Cheney's fear-mongering to urge telecom amnesty  —  Leading telecom advocate Fred Hiatt this morning turned over his Washington Post Op-Ed page today to leading telecom advocate Jay Rockefeller, the Democratic Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Sideshow
John D. Rockefeller IV / Washington Post:
Partners In the War On Terror
Discussion: Balkinization
Matt / Think Progress:
BREAKING: Karen Hughes resigns.  —  Karen Hughes, one of President Bush's longest-serving advisers, is stepping down from her position at the State Department as Under Secretary of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.  Before taking the job at State, Hughes was a Counselor to the President …
Mukasey calls waterboarding 'repugnant'  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush's pick for attorney general called the interrogation technique known as waterboarding a "repugnant" practice Tuesday, but again refused to say whether it violates U.S. laws banning torture.
The Fix:
UFOs and Alien Life  —  In the weird last minutes of the debate (the period, by the way, when The Fix made it onto the basketball court in high school) Rep. Dennis Kucinich (Ohio) gave us a highlight.  —  Asked about the statement by actress Shirley MacLaine that Kucinich had seen a UFO at her house, Kucinich said that he had.
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.
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 …
Jane Novak / Weekly Standard:
Yemen's Truce with al Qaeda  —  Who will be the next victims?  —  THE AMERICAN ATTEMPTS to rehabilitate the Yemeni regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh have not succeeded.  Yemeni authorities recently pardoned Jamal Al-Badawi, convicted mastermind of the 2000 USS Cole bombing.
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Keith L. Alexander / Washington Post:
Judge Who Lost Pant Suit Loses Job
Andrew Grice / The Independent:
Revealed: how Blair rejected Bush's offer to stay
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Pajamas Media:
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Booman Tribune:
Expanding Medicare  —  "Everybody knows the insurance companies …
Discussion: Pacific Views
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Open-Arms Conservatism
Matt Margolis / Blogs for Bush:
FEC Complaint Filed Against Hillary Clinton for President Committee
Discussion: Say Anything
Bruce Kesler / Democracy Project:
NYT's Needs 5-Days To Discover US Troops Are In Iraq, Not Iran
Washington Post:
To Implement Policy, Bush to Turn to Administrative Orders
 Earlier Items: 
Shire Network News:
Podcast Implodes  —  I'm afraid we have some bad news.
Discussion: Daimnation! and Hot Air
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
U.S. and Pakistan: A Frayed Alliance
Jay Price / Yahoo! News:
Non-combat injuries, illnesses are No. 1 hazard in Iraq
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Live Debate Blogging
Brigid Schulte / Washington Post:
Preteens Trading Fairy Wands for Fishnets
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Supreme Court Stays Execution in a Sign of a Broader Halt
James Taranto / Opinion Journal:
Best of the Web  —  Boo!  —  This column is taking a brief leave …
Rasmussen Reports:
Stephen Colbert Tops Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich in Presidential Poll