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2:25 PM ET, November 1, 2007


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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.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read  —  When you get right down to it, Michael Mukasey has refused to answer the question of whether waterboarding is torture for three reasons, which he provided in his letter to Senate Democrats earlier this week.  Two of those are readily disputable (not wanting to tip off …
Sidney Blumenthal / Salon:
The sad decline of Michael Mukasey
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
Joel Stein / Time:
The Ron Paul Revolution  —  It sometimes seems as if someone is playing a cruel practical joke on Ron Paul.  He goes to a college and delivers the same speech he's given for the past 30 years of his political career, the one espousing the Austrian school of economics.
Sarah Lai Stirland / Wired News:
'Criminal' Botnet Stumps for Ron Paul, Researchers Allege  —  If Texas congressman Ron Paul is elected president in 2008, he may be the first leader of the free world put into power with the help of a global network of hacked PCs spewing spam, according to computer-security researchers who've analyzed …
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.
Discussion: D-Day and BBC
Patterico / Hot Air:
L.A. Times Editor Denies Having Heard About the Sex Scandal Story …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Big Head DC
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
Michael Coleman / Albuquerque Journal:
INSIDE THE BELTWAY: A weblog from Inside the Washington D.C. Beltway About New Mexico Issues  —  by Michael Coleman, Journal Washington Bureau E-Mail him Web Feed  —  Home Inside the Beltway Breaking: Udall Reconsidering U.S. Senate Run  —  Breaking: Udall Reconsidering U.S. Senate Run
Discussion: Daily Kos, MyDD and Draft Tom Udall …
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 …
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Biden-Giuliani Smackdown Enlivens Campaign Trail  —  In addition to the headline-grabbing Edwards-Obama-Dodd tag-team match with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic debate Tuesday night in Philadelphia had a pretty lively undercard: Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. vs. Rudolph W. Giuliani.
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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 …
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Have a Laptop? You, Too, Can Sway New Hampshire Race
Brian Beutler / American Prospect:
Our Ballooning Terrorist Watch-List
The Independent:
Wahhabism: A deadly scripture
Roger L. Simon / Pajamas Media:
Discussion: Power Line and Roger L. Simon
The Blotter:
N.Y. Attorney General: Leading Bank Profits at Homeowners' Expense
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In Rape Case, a French Youth Takes On Dubai
USA Today:
A year before voting, a nation of discontent
Jeff Emanuel / American Spectator:
The Longest Morning