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12:45 PM ET, November 5, 2007


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Wall Street Journal:
Frustration Builds for Democrats  —  Reversal of Fortune for Mukasey  —  Highlights Struggles on Security Issues  —  Washington — The way in which Senate Democrats wavered and then consented to the confirmation of Michael B. Mukasey as attorney general reflects the party's broader struggle …
Discussion: The Influence Peddler and Macsmind
Nora Ephron / The Huffington Post:
It's hard to be a Democrat, don't you think?  There's no alternative, of course, but it's hard.  Someone asked me the other day to write something about why I was a Democrat, and I had no trouble making a list of 10 reasons.  Of course, five of those reasons were the Supreme Court …
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:
Police Battle Lawyers in Pakistan  —  Police armed with tear gas and clubs attacked thousands of protesting lawyers in the city of Lahore today, and rounded up lawyers in other cities as the government of the Pakistani president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, faced the first signs of concerted resistance to the imposition of emergency rule.
New York Times:
Different Rules When a Rival Is a Woman?  —  A critical question in this campaign — how to run against a female presidential candidate, or as one — has burst into the foreground in the aftermath of a Democratic debate last week at which Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was repeatedly challenged by her rivals and the event's questioners.
New York Times:
Edwards Raises Criticism of Clinton Over Iraq Plan
John Ashcroft / New York Times:
Uncle Sam on the Line  —  FOR almost two years, the country has debated whether the Bush administration acted properly and lawfully in undertaking emergency surveillance operations of suspected foreign terrorists on presidential authorization in the wake of 9/11.
Jennifer Saba / Editor and Publisher:
First FAS-FAX Numbers: Many Top Papers Take Big Hits  —  NEW YORK The Audit Bureau of Circulations released circulation numbers for more than 700 daily newspapers this morning for the six-month period ending September 2007.  Of the top 25 papers in daily circulation (see chart, separate story), only four showed gains.
Atrios / Eschaton:
A Landslide Democratic Victory Would be Good News For Republicans  —  The optimistic Bowers: … I think we've had a generation of a political-media-industrial class which has been completely infused with a narrative of Republicans are ascendant/Democrats are in decline.
Discussion: Open Left and First Draft
Robert Stacy McCain / Washington Times:
Poster relates Che's dark side  —  One of the most famous faces of communism is getting a makeover this week, with a new poster designed to teach students the whole story about Cuban revolutionary icon Ernesto "Che" Guevara.  —  "The Victims of Che Guevera" poster, produced …
The Atlantic Online:
Should Illegal Immigrants Get Driver's Licenses?  —  Since this question seems very hard for Democratic politicians to give a straightforward answer to, I thought I'd try to think about it myself.  The problem with saying "yes" isn't just that it's unpopular, it's that it's unpopular because it sounds ridiculous.
Discussion: Eschaton
Angela Shaw / Boston Globe:
Torture debate between McCain, Giuliani, gets personal  —  MASON CITY, Iowa - The Republican debate over torture has become a debate over resumes, as John McCain warns from personal experience about the dangers of harsh questioning and Rudy Giuliani takes credit for his skill with it as a prosecutor.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court to hear plea bargain issue  —  The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to spell out the remedy that may be available for ineffective defense lawyer's efforts during plea bargaining, if the individual was later convicted at a fair trial.  The Court added that question to two that were raised …
James Q. Lynch / Gazette:
Mondale: Clinton best-suited for presidency  —  Hillary Clinton is not only the Democrat most likely to win the 2008 presidential election, but the candidate with the best chance of bringing about real change, according to former Vice President Walter Mondale, who endorsed Clinton Sunday in Iowa.
Discussion: The Corner and The Plank
Eric Kleefeld / Election Central:
Kentucky GOP Pushing Anti-Gay Message In Final Days Of Gov Race  —  Going into the home stretch in in the Kentucky gubernatorial election, the Republicans appear to have brought out one last card: Paranoia against gays.  —  The state GOP is now sending a robo-call throughout the state featuring none …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Only America-hating traitors believe in due process for journalists  —  In 2001, Sami al-Haj was working as a camerman for Al Jazeera when he was detained by the U.S. military in Afghanistan and then transferred to Guantanamo, where he has remained for the last six years without ever being accused of any involvement in terrorism.
Discussion: Eschaton and Lean Left
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The Atlantic Online:
Pushing Daisies  —  I strongly agree with two of the points …
Discussion: Eschaton and The Sideshow
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Stephen Brook / Guardian:
Times editor headed for WSJ
Discussion: Media Blog and BuzzMachine
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Avi Klein / Washington Monthly:
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Discussion: The Corner
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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