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12:40 AM ET, November 2, 2007


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Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Bush to Democrats: 'We are at war'  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush compared Congress' Democratic leaders Thursday with people who ignored the rise of Lenin and Hitler early in the last century, saying "the world paid a terrible price" then and risks similar consequences for inaction today.
Amanda / Think Progress:
Bush: 'war on terror' critics are 'disingenuous or naive.'
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
New York Times:
Obama Pledges 'Aggressive' Iran Diplomacy  —  Senator Barack Obama said he would "engage in aggressive personal diplomacy" with Iran if elected president, and would offer economic inducements and a possible promise not to seek "regime change" if Iran stopped meddling in Iraq and cooperated on terrorism and nuclear issues.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
New '08 Iran Rift: Obama Refuses To Sign Dem Letter To White House  —  Thirty senators sent a letter to the White House on Thursday warning President Bush not to take offensive military action against Iran without the consent of Congress.  Noticeably absent from the list of signatories is presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-IL.
International Herald Tribune:
Obama would engage Iran if elected, he says
Discussion: and Weasel Zippers
New York Times:   If Elected ...: Obama Envisions New Iran Approach
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 …
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Colbert's Presidential Candidacy Seems to End
White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino  —  MS. PERINO: Hello, everybody.  I do not have anything to start off with, so I'll go straight to your questions.  —  Q What does the White House think of the proposal by Senators McCain, Warner and Graham to have Judge Mukasey, if confirmed, say that no U.S. agency will use waterboarding?
Discussion: Salon, Think Progress and First Draft
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
But They're Unaffiliated, Of Course  —  Media Matters insists that it has no intention of supporting a candidate, but it's hard to tell that from its content.  As Jonah Goldberg noted, the site went into a full-throated defense of Hillary Clinton by attacking Tim Russert for ... well, asking questions about issues:
Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press:
Pilot of plane that dropped A-bomb dies  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio - Paul Tibbets, who etched his mother's name — Enola Gay — into history on the nose of the B-29 bomber he flew to drop the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, died Thursday after six decades of steadfastly defending the mission.  He was 92.
Richard Goldstein / New York Times:
Paul W. Tibbets Jr., Pilot of Enola Gay, Dies at 92
Discussion: The Corner
Aram Roston / MSNBC:
Blackwater sneak silencers into Iraq?  —  Security firm under investigation for allegedly sidestepping export controls  —  A Blackwater employee shows off a silencer-equipped rifle in Iraq in a photo obtained by NBC News.  The picture has been digitally altered to protect the identity of the subject.
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Knollenberg aide who went nuts on YouTube takes leave of absence  —  When we last saw Trent Wisecup, chief of staff to Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-Mich.), he was busy blowing a gasket on YouTube and berating an anti-war protester for following around the congressman with a video camera.
Pachacutec / Firedoglake:
"He's an Incumbent.  That's What We Do."  —  The beautiful thing about primaries is how they clarify people, players and priorities.  —  Lest there be any confusion about the incumbent protection racket for Bush Dogs, here's today's statement from Pelosi's office, justifying her fundraiser for Maryland Corruptocrat Al Wynn:
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 …
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.
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 …
Kevin Aylward / The 2007 Weblog Awards:
Finalists Announced  —  Here is a complete 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.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Feds Probing Dem Sen. Relationship to Former Aide  —  As the feds are bearing down hard on Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK), raiding his Alaska home and convening a grand jury in Washington, D.C., another investigation into a sitting senator has been proceeding quietly up in New Jersey.
Brian Beutler / Gristmill:
Tracking Lieberman-Warner: What's next?  —  America's Climate Security Act — aka the Lieberman-Warner bill — passed through its first markup hearing today, but not without losing support from the Senate's most vigilant advocate for action against climate change, Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
Discussion: D-Day and Climate Progress
Glenn Reynolds /
I WASN'T GOING TO RESPOND when Andrew Sullivan — deliberately, or in unforgivable cluelessness — transformed my statement about leaving the Libertarian Party into something about not being a libertarian at all.  Andrew says a lot of silly things about me these days, and life is too short to pay attention to them.
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CBS News:
Faulty Intel Source "Curve Ball" Revealed
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Senate passes revised child health bill
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Christopher Toothaker / Associated Press:
Troops clash with Venezuelan protesters
UN, Guns and Thompson
Kevin Whitelaw / US News:
U.S. Falls Short of Iraqi Refugee Target
Agence France Presse:
'Unwelcoming' US sees sharp fall in visitors since 9/11
Discussion: Eschaton
Erik Potter / NW Indiana Post-Tribune:
Feds cut sentences for crack cocaine
Discussion: TalkLeft and All Spin Zone
 Earlier Items: 
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Stocks Fall on Exxon Earnings and Citi Woes
Christopher Ruddy /
Bill Clinton Interview: Hillary Will Make the Decisions
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Bush "Playing the 9-11 card" …
Discussion: At-Largely
Don Hazen /
NYC Council Member Agrees To Push Investigation of Giuliani …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Minnesota senator to endorse Rudy
Discussion: Power Line and TIME
American Prospect:
What's the Air Force For?