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3:45 PM ET, November 1, 2007


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Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Sen. Kennedy turns against AG nominee  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush, seeking Thursday to salvage the embattled nomination of Michael Mukasey as attorney general, defended the former judge's refusal to say whether he considers waterboarding as illegal torture.  But the nomination suffered another setback in the Senate.
White House:
President Bush Previews War on Terror Speech  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thanks.  I wanted to highlight the speech I'm giving today to Heritage.  I'm concerned that there are some who have lost sight of the fact that we're at war with extremists and radicals who want to attack us again.
Kevin Aylward / The 2007 Weblog Awards:
Finalists Announced  —  Here is a partial list of the finalists for The 2007 Weblog Awards.  Finalists badges (hosted by Imageshack) will be available Thursday.  Voting is scheduled to begin Thursday evening (late), but at this point we can't pinpoint the exact time polls will open.
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
From the Desk of Donald Rumsfeld . . .  In Sometimes-Brusque 'Snowflakes,' He Shared Worldview, Shaped Policy  —  In a series of internal musings and memos to his staff, then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld argued that Muslims avoid "physical labor" and wrote of the need to …
Juan Cole:
Time to Close the US Embassy  —  I don't try to start an internet campaign very often, because the blogosphere has its own priorities and logic that are democratic and should not be forced.  But here is a plea for everyone in the blogging world to help force congress to save our diplomats.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Campaign call reveals Clinton debate concern  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-N.Y.) top advisers, doing damage control after the candidate's debate performance Tuesday, told supporters on a conference call Wednesday that the campaign needed more money to fight back.
Matthew Sheffield /
U.N. Scientist Rejects Nobel Prize Share, Denounces Climate Alarmism  —  Has the global warming alarmism movement hit its apex?  Maybe so.  —  In recent weeks, we've seen a resurgence of hard scientists who have come out strongly against the warm-mongers, the latest of which is Intergovernmental Panel …
John R. Christy /
My Nobel Moment  —  I've had a lot of fun recently with my tiny (and unofficial) slice of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  But, though I was one of thousands of IPCC participants, I don't think I will add "0.0001 Nobel Laureate" to my resume.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
S.C. Dems reject Colbert candidacy  —  Stephen Colbert's satirical run for the presidency has run into its first roadblock - his bid to be on the ballot in the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary was rejected on Thursday.  —  The party's executive council voted 14 to 3 …
CNN Political Ticker:
South Carolina Democrats say no to Colbert  —  COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) — The South Carolina Democratic Party voted Thursday to keep comedian Stephen Colbert's name off the Democratic Primary ballot, according to Executive Director Joe Werner.  —  This essentially means …
Pew Research Center:
A Year Ahead, Republicans Face Tough Political Terrain  —  Clinton Propelled by Support from Young Women in '08 Test  —  Introduction and Summary  —  A year before the 2008 presidential election, most major national opinion trends decidedly favor the Democrats.
Irenep / Michael Yon:
Iraqi Islamic Party says, "Al Qaeda is Defeated."  —  O1 November 2007  —  Iraqi Islamic Party: "Al Qaeda is Defeated"  —  "Al Qaeda in Iraq is defeated," according to Sheik Omar Jabouri, spokesman for the Iraqi Islamic Party and a member of the widespread and influential Jabouri Tribe.
The most influential US conservatives: 21-40  —  As the US prepares for what is arguably the most open presidential election since 1928, the last time there was no incumbent president or vice-president on the ballot, the Daily Telegraph's Washington correspondents compile a list of the 100 …
Ned Parker / Los Angeles Times:
Iraqi civilian deaths plunge  —  A woman sells cigarettes to drivers caught in traffic in Baghdad.  One resident of the capital said sectarian cleansing of neighborhoods was the heavy price of safety.  —  U.S. credits troop buildup, but residents and observers say homogenization has brought relative calm.
The Politico:
The angry voter: Bad news for Dems  —  Congressional Democrats certainly know the power of a throw-the-bums-out message.  It vaulted them to power a year ago this week.  Little wonder anxiety is boiling over inside the new majority as lawmakers ponder a succession of polls and reach …
American Prospect:
What's the Air Force For?  —  A roundtable discussion of Robert Farley's proposal to abolish the Air Force.  —  Rob Farley discusses his case for abolishing the Air Force with David Axe of War is Boring, Jason Sigger of Armchair Generalist, John of OP-FOR, Noah Shachtman of Danger Room …
Discussion: War Is Boring and Danger Room
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David Gratzer / City Journal:
Malignant Rumor  —  On cancer survival rates, Rudy's right and his critics are wrong.
Michelle Malkin:
The Democrat way: Holding war funding hostage to the S-CHIP expansion
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Interview With Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney On Technology Issues
Faiz / Think Progress:
Bush Grasps For Relevancy By Bashing ' Bloggers …
Medical Marijuana
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Here It Is: A Handy Chart To Follow Senators' Positions On Mukasey
Amanda / Think Progress:
The Hill Irresponsibly Reports False Claim That Clinton 'Skipped …
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Leonard Doyle / The Independent:
Waterboarding is torture - I did it myself, says US advisor
Michael J. Totten / Commentary:
What the Army Wants You to See  —  Some colleagues, readers …
Michael Coleman / Albuquerque Journal:
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Jebediah Koogler '10: Islamofascism speaker misses the point
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Anti-gay church ordered to pay millions
Joel Stein / Time:
The Ron Paul Revolution
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Biden-Giuliani Smackdown Enlivens Campaign Trail
Jeff Emanuel / American Spectator:
The Longest Morning