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11:40 AM ET, November 2, 2007


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Kevin Aylward / The 2007 Weblog Awards:
Poll Index  —  Voting for The 2007 Weblog Awards is now open.  This is the master list of voting links that you can use this to navigate to the voting booths for each of the 49 categories.  You can vote once a day in each category.  Polls close November 8, 2007.  —  General Categories  —  Best Blog
Kevin Aylward / The 2007 Weblog Awards:
Best Political Coverage
Discussion: Extreme Mortman
Kevin Aylward / The 2007 Weblog Awards:   Best Military Blog
Kevin Aylward / The 2007 Weblog Awards:
Best Conservative Blog
The most influential US liberals: 1-20  —  With a year to go before voters across the United States go to the polls to elect their 44th president, The Daily Telegraph unveils its list of the 100 most influential conservatives and 100 most influential liberals in America.  —  1. BILL CLINTON
Discussion: The Swamp
The Corner:
Democrats & Torture  —  As I discussed in this article a few days ago, Judge Mukasey seems to be the only person required by Democrats to call for a categorical ban on all coercive interrogation tactics.  —  This morning, both Rich and the Wall Street Journal recount these comments by Sen. Chuck Schumer in 2004:
Washington Post:
Undecided Schumer May Be Key to Mukasey's Chances  —  Judiciary Chairman Endorsed Justice Nominee but Says He, Like Other Democrats, Is Concerned About Torture Question  —  As Democratic opposition builds over attorney general nominee Michael B. Mukasey, no Democratic lawmaker has found himself …
Andrew Bolt /
The war in Iraq has been won  —  THERE is a reason Iraq has almost disappeared as an election issue.  —  Here it is: The battle is actually over.  Iraq has been won.  —  I know this will seem to many of you an insane claim.  Ridiculous!  —  After all, haven't you read countless stories that Iraq is a …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Prostates and Prejudices  —  "My chance of surviving prostate cancer — and thank God I was cured of it — in the United States?  Eighty-two percent," says Rudy Giuliani in a new radio ad attacking Democratic plans for universal health care.  "My chances of surviving prostate cancer in England?
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
'This Will Make Voter Fraud Easier'  —  Why does Mrs. Clinton want driver's licenses for illegal aliens?  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton was asked during a debate this week if she supported New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's plan to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
The Real Hill-Bill Problem  —  WASHINGTON — Americans don't normally take much notice of Argentine elections.  But they did notice when Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, wife of President Nestor Kirchner, was elected to succeed him last Sunday, ensuring not just a co-presidency …
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
S.C. Democrats Say No to Colbert  —  GREENVILLE, S.C. — The momentum of the Colbert presidential campaign hit a cul-de-sac today when the South Carolina Democratic Party decided he wasn't a serious candidate and turned down his application to get on the ballot.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and L.A. Times
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Hillary Reveals Her Inner Self  —  It's startling.  It's still 1993 in there, the year before her fall.  —  The story isn't that the Democrats finally took on Hillary Clinton.  Nor is it that they were gentlemanly to the point of gingerly and tentative.  There was an air of "Please …
Discussion: Bookworm Room and If I Ran the Zoo
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Damsel in the Debate  —  My favorite photo of the week — maybe my favorite photo of the presidential campaign so far — showed Hillary Clinton, dukes up, in a pair of bright red boxing gloves.  It is iconic Hillary, unafraid to take on a fight.  Which is also why the almost anti-feminist subtext …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Obama Promises A Rerun  —  Barack Obama sat down with the New York Times to discuss his views on Iran, and how he has the policy that will unlock the stalemate with the mullahs.  However, what the Times and Obama fail to realize is that Iran has heard the proposal before from the US and others.
Saudi prince: We could've helped prevent 9/11  —  (CNN) — Saudi Arabia could have helped the United States prevent al Qaeda's 2001 attacks on New York and Washington if American officials had consulted Saudi authorities in a "credible" way, the kingdom's former ambassador said in a documentary aired Thursday.
Shane Harris / National Journal:
NSA Sought Data Before 9/11  —  Beginning in February 2001, almost seven months before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the government's top electronic eavesdropping organization, the National Security Agency, asked a major U.S. telecommunications carrier for information about its customers …
Discussion: The Washington Note
Washington Post:
In Iraq, a Lull or Hopeful Trend?  —  Signs of Declining Violence Leave Residents, U.S. Commanders Cautious  —  From store clerks selling cigarettes by generator power, to military commanders poring over aerial maps, Iraqis and Americans are striving to understand the sharp decrease in violence …
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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Iraq Plan: Withdraw Quickly, Return if Things go Wrong
Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Payrolls Grow by Strong 166,000 in Oct.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
THE SITUATION ROOM  —  Diplomats Object to Iraq Duty …
Manu Raju / The Hill:
GOP turns ethics tables
Captured Pakistani troops
Even Harvard Finds The Media Biased
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Al Jazeera: U.S., not Israel, destroyed Syrian reactor …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Feel the Love  —  BRIAN WILLIAMS: Welcome to Drexel University …
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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Coburn: Deficit spending is bigger moral issue than abortion
Discussion: The Corner
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Heck of a Job, Hughsie
Discussion: rubber hose and Balloon Juice
Deb Price / Detroit News:
Lawmaker puts aide on leave after clash
New York Post:
Discussion: Washington Wire
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Friday's Blackout boycott took wing on the Web
Ayad Allawi / New York Times:
How Iraq's Elections Set Back Democracy
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
Industries Paid for Top Regulators' Travel
National Review:
Newt Gingrich: Hillary's Nomination Chances Just Dropped From 80 to 50 Percent