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10:45 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Sideshow
Rob Kauder / KXLY-TV:
Cross-dressing state lawmaker blackmailed following late night tryst
Anne Gearan / Associated Press:
Longtime Bush adviser leaving State Dept  —  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.
Discussion: The Swamp and cab drollery
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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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
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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
Shire Network News:
Podcast Implodes  —  I'm afraid we have some bad news.
Discussion: Daimnation! and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
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
Arthur Silber / Once Upon a Time:
Break the Goddamned Rules
Rasmussen Reports:
Stephen Colbert Tops Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich in Presidential Poll