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3:15 PM ET, November 2, 2007


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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Mukasey's nomination and the sudden opposition to "waterboarding"  —  On one level, it is, I suppose, a good sign that there is some opposition to the confirmation of Michael Mukasey due to what ought to be his completely unacceptable positions on torture and more generally on executive power.
Amanda / Think Progress:
Breaking: Leahy to oppose Mukasey.
Washington Post:
Undecided Schumer May Be Key to Mukasey's Chances
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 and Betsy's Page
Kevin Aylward / The 2007 Weblog Awards:
Best Military Blog
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?
Joe Conason / Salon:
Rudy's bogus healthcare stats
Discussion: Gawker
Cancer myth  —  Rudy Giuliani's hypocritical salvo …
Discussion: Think Progress
Jerusalem Post:
US Air Force struck Syrian nuclear site  —  The September 6 raid over Syria was carried out by the US Air Force, the Al-Jazeera Web site reported Friday.  The Web site quoted Israeli and Arab sources as saying that two strategic US jets armed with tactical nuclear weapons carried out an attack on a nuclear site under construction.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Al Jazeera: U.S., not Israel, destroyed Syrian reactor …
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:
Even Harvard Finds The Media Biased  —  Journalism: The debate is over.  A consensus has been reached.  On global warming?  No, on how Democrats are favored on television, radio and in the newspapers.  —  Just like so many reports before it, a joint survey by the Project for Excellence …
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 …
Condé Nast Portfolio Magazine:
Fox's Wallace Jumps the Gun on Bias Charge  —  If only Fox News host Chris Wallace could see headlines as well as he spots liberal media bias, he might not feel so aggrieved.  —  In an interview on WOR radio Wednesday, Wallace blustered about the declining death toll among U.S. troops in Iraq:
Discussion: Think Progress and New York Times
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Bush vetoes water projects bill  —  WASHINGTON - An increasingly confrontational President Bush on Friday vetoed a bill authorizing hundreds of popular water projects even though lawmakers can count enough votes to override him.  —  In doing so, Bush brushed aside significant objections from Capitol Hill …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Bush vetoes water bill, Reid calls him 'out of touch'
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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 …
Manu Raju / The Hill:
GOP turns ethics tables  —  Senate Republicans said Thursday they would invoke new ethics rules to block Democratic efforts to send to President Bush the first appropriations package of the 110th Congress.  —  Despite Republican grumbling, House and Senate negotiators on Thursday agreed …
Discussion: Macsmind
James Traub / New York Times:
Is (His) Biography (Our) Destiny?  —  "If I am the face of American foreign policy and American power," Barack Obama mused not long ago aboard his campaign plane, "as long as we are also making prudent strategic decisions, handling emergencies, crises and opportunities in the world in an intelligent and sober way. . . ." He stopped.
Associated Press:
Secret source of phony Iraq intel outed  —  WASHINGTON - The Iraqi defector code-named "Curveball," whose false tales of biological weapons labs bolstered the U.S. case for war, wasn't the prominent chemical engineer he claimed to be and invented stories to help his case for asylum in Germany, a new report says.
Discussion: The American Street
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 and ACSBlog
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Boston Globe:
Clinton, Dodd sign letter warning Bush on Iran
Discussion: The State, MSNBC and Booman Tribune
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
The Netroots 'Help' House Dems Solve FISA
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Is Congress Getting Ready to Pick a Fight with the PRC?
The Corner:
The Girl's Got Game
Matthew D. LaPlante / Salt Lake Tribune:
Even in Republican Utah, support for Iraq War and Bush fading
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Open Left
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Bill Richardson: The Playboy (really) interview
Captured Pakistani troops
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Damsel in the Debate  —  My favorite photo of the week …
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Heck of a Job, Hughsie
Discussion: rubber hose and Balloon Juice
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
The Real Hill-Bill Problem
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