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1:15 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.
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: the Democrats are much more boring than the Republicans.  I'm not entirely sure why.  My hunch is that the Democrats actually think they may need to govern the country, and the Republicans are still just having some fun in the post-Bush wreckage.
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 …
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.
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Going Negative on Clinton Is A Mistake
Discussion: Reuters and PSoTD
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Clinton Gets No Love in Democrats Debate
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.
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Giuliani's Prostate Cancer Figure Is Disputed  —  In a radio advertisement playing in New Hampshire and in speeches along the campaign trail, Rudolph W. Giuliani has cited statistics to cut at the heart of his Democratic rivals' health care proposals, which he has derided as European-style …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Karen Hughes leaves, mission not accomplished
Discussion: Eunomia
Matt / Think Progress:   BREAKING: Karen Hughes resigns.
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 …
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 …
John D. Rockefeller IV / Washington Post:
Partners In the War On Terror
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
House Democrats stall on FISAvote  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has postponed a vote to amend the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act for at least a week, and a Hoyer aide told The Hill there was no indication the bill would go back to the floor "anytime soon."
Keith L. Alexander / Washington Post:
Judge Who Lost Pant Suit Loses Job  —  Roy L. Pearson Jr., the administrative law judge who lost his $54 million lawsuit against a Northeast Washington dry cleaner, lost his job yesterday and was ordered to vacate his office, sources said.  —  Pearson, 57, who had served as a judge for two years …
Matt Margolis / Blogs for Bush:
FEC Complaint Filed Against Hillary Clinton for President Committee  —  How much longer are we going to let the crimes of Democrats, particularly those of the Clinton Machine, go unpunished?  As the co-authors of a book about the rampant corruption in the Democratic Party …
The Atlantic Online:
Everything Sucks, I Blame Mexicans  —  Given that the basic conclusion is that the public is really unhappy with Bush, the Republicans, and the status quo there's something pretty depressing about this Democracy Corps (PDF) strategy memo based on some polls and focus groups.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Eschaton
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Kucinich Questions Bush's Mental Health
Discussion: Associated Press
Little Green Footballs:
Perrin Responds to 'Death Threat' Challenge: 'Uh, I Forgot'
Discussion: Dennis Perrin
The Atlantic Online:
Video Special: Clinton's Strategist On Illegal Immigration
Navy Destroyer Battles Pirates
Maria Recio / Houston Chronicle:
Nader claims Democrats sabotaged his 2004 campaign
Daisy Nguyen / Associated Press:
Officials: Boy With Matches Started Fire
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Michelle Malkin:
The vote on LOST: American sovereignty on the line; Vote-17-4 …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Specter's pet project: Sexual abstinence
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
With Book, Gerson Is Back To Fight for GOP's Identity
The Hill:
Approps members scramble as Cochran mulls retirement
Jane Novak / Weekly Standard:
Yemen's Truce with al Qaeda
The Fix:
UFOs and Alien Life
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Associated Press:
Tax law: Are you eating those pumpkins?