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2:00 AM ET, November 5, 2007


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Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Musharraf Consolidates His Control With Arrests  —  The government of Gen. Pervez Musharraf, making no concessions a day after seizing emergency powers, rounded up leading opposition figures and said Sunday that parliamentary elections could be delayed for as long as a year.
New York Times:
U.S. Is Likely to Continue Aid to Pakistan
Discussion: Don Surber
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
As Crisis Deepens, White House Endures Diminished Power to Influence Events
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Truthdig
New York Times:
Musharraf Leaves White House in Lurch
Washington Post:
Republican Nomination Most Open in Decades  —  For the first time in nearly 30 years, there is no breakaway front-runner for the Republican nomination as the first votes of Campaign 2008 loom, and a new Washington Post-ABC News poll underscores how open the GOP race remains.
Tapscott's Copy Desk:
On polls, it all depends on which numbers you choose  —  Reading today's edition of The Washington Post, it might appear to casual readers that the American people are depressed, fed up with President Bush and the GOP, and heading rapidly left on the issues.
Bryan / Hot Air:
Video: Fred Thompson on MTP, says he doesn't support the Human Life Amendment  —  Sen. Fred Thompson appeared on Meet the Press today and, Clintons take note, had to answer some tough questions asked by host Tim Russert.  He discussed the crisis in Pakistan, his support for concealed carry laws on university campuses, and other issues.
'Meet the Press' transcript for Nov. 4, 2007  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: Our Meet the Candidates 2008 series continues, an exclusive interview with Republican Fred Thompson.  You've seen him as an actor on the big screen and small screen.  He's been a lawyer and a lobbyist …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Fred survives 'Meet'
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Thompson on Meet the Press
Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Experts: No evidence of Iranian nuclear weapons program  —  WASHINGTON — Despite President Bush's claims that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons that could trigger "World War III," experts in and out of government say there's no conclusive evidence that Tehran has an active nuclear-weapons program.
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Feingold to Oppose Mukasey  —  Statement just released ...
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Retired JAGs Send Letter To Leahy: "Waterboarding is inhumane …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Missteps on Both Sides Led to Health Bill Veto  —  They met almost every day in the spring and summer, a handful of powerful senators who had cleared their schedules to forge a bipartisan compromise providing health insurance to 10 million children.  —  It was a remarkable commitment …
New York Times:
Republican Tricks on Children's Health
Discussion: Ditch Mitch KY
Bryan / Hot Air:
Audio: NBC football goes green  —  Geez.  Football used to be one of the few places on earth you could escape moonbattery and politics in general.  But not anymore, at least not on NBC.  Noooo.  First they had to put Keith Olbermann in their coverage.  And now the pull a lame green stunt on their pre-game show.
Garry Wills / Los Angeles Times:
Abortion isn't a religious issue  —  Evangelicals are adamant, but religion really has nothing to say about the issue.  —  What makes opposition to abortion the issue it is for each of the GOP presidential candidates is the fact that it is the ultimate "wedge issue" — it is nonnegotiable.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
New Rules  —  eriposte at The Left Coaster discusses the journalistic malpractice exposed in this exchange from the last debate: … eriposte points out that even though president Clinton subsequently explained that his request (from five years ago) was to speed up the release of documents …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Mark Oppenheimer / New York Times:
The Turning of an Atheist  —  Unless you are a professional philosopher or a committed atheist, you probably have not heard of Antony Flew.  Eighty-four years old and long retired, Flew lives with his wife in Reading, a medium-size town on the Thames an hour west of London.
Satyam / Think Progress:
Giuliani: I Used 'Very Aggressive,' 'Intensive' Interrogation Techniques  —  Asked about his views of waterboarding this weekend, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani said that as President he would support the use of "enhanced" interrogation techniques.  In an interview with Bloomberg's Al Hunt …
Washington Wire:
Edwards Breaks His Â"Yes-or-NoÂ" Rule, by 88 Words  —  Jackie Calmes reports on the Democratic presidential field.  —  Presidential candidate John Edwards has been razzing rival Hillary Clinton since last weekÂ's Democratic debate for Â"double talkÂ" in her responses.
Discussion: Liberal Values and Say Anything
Don Surber:
Fareed Zakaria: We won in Iraq  —  By saying it is no longer a campaign issue, a writer concedes victory  —  Fareed Zakaria of Newsweek noted that a new poll by his magzine showed only 19 percent say Iraq will most influence their choice for president.  That's way down and falling.
Discussion: Say Anything
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
FOXNews Sunday: Poppy Bush Gets Emotional Remembering How We USED To Treat Prisoners  —  On this morning's Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace interviewed former President George H.W. Bush at his Presidential Library in Texas.  Bush defends his son's disastrous presidency, but later in the interview …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Associated Press:
Iranian Protesters Celebrate 28th Anniversary Takeover of U.S. Embassy
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
GOD AND MAMMON, U.S. VERSION....A couple of weeks ago I posted …
Noel Sheppard / Free Republic:
Tony Snow Slams Media in Freedom of Speech Award Address
Israel News:
VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Netanyahu on Jerusalem
Associated Press:
Afghan officials: Better care saves 89,000 kids this year
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Congress's Unused War Powers
Sunlen Miller / ABCNEWS:
Obama Walking a Fine Line Engaging Clinton
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Stephen L. Carter / New York Times:
Almost a Gentleman  —  Midway through Donald McCaig's unexpectedly …
Discussion: Power Line and Bookworm Room
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2007: Kentucky Governor
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports
Corey Levitan / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Discussion: Calculated Risk and Eschaton
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
A Battle Rages in London Over a Mega-Mosque Plan
Discussion: ParaPundit
Daniel Boffey / Daily Mail:
Passengers revolt after being told to fly on jet with its wing tip missing
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
The deceit behind global warming
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