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3:05 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 …
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 …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
John Bresnahan / The Politico:   Miers, Bolten contempt charges readied
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.
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: TalkLeft and First Draft
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Nationwide Senate 2008 Polling Snapshot
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.
Romney Scores Major Endorsement  —  This is a big one folks.  In a Brody File exclusive, we've found out that Paul Weyrich, the former co-founder of The Moral Majority has endorsed Mitt Romney for President.  The Brody File has the press release.  Read below: … Where do I begin?
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
It Has Been A Tough Week For Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton  —  But one prominent blogger today has come out and endorsed her early on — in THIS INTRIGUING POST that goes into great detail as to why he feels she makes sense — and why he feels the arguments used against her just don't hold up.
James Q. Lynch / Gazette:
Mondale: Clinton best-suited for presidency
New York Times:
Pakistan Police Attack Lawyers at Protest  —  Police officers 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 …
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 …
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.
Scott Horton / Harper's:
Happy Counterterrorism Day  —  Remember, remember the fifth of November,  —  Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, 'twas his intent  —  To blow up the King and Parliament.  —  Three score barrels of powder below,  —  Poor old England to overthrow;  —  By God's providence he was catch'd
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.
USA Today:
Military's porn ban questioned  —  WASHINGTON — Ten years after Congress banned sales of sexually explicit material on military bases, the Pentagon is under fire for continuing to sell adult fare, such as Penthouse and Playmates In Bed, that it doesn't consider explicit enough to pull from its stores.
Irenep / Michael Yon:
Consumer Reports: Geared for Combat  —  Consumer Reports: Geared for Combat  —  Installment One: Digital Cameras … This dispatch is in response to requests like the ones above.  This installment will focus on digital still cameras.  My opinions are well-informed on the specific products I describe, but I am no camera expert.
Discussion: QandO
Warner Todd Huston /
New Eagles Album: Slamming America Throughout  —  The new album from The Eagles, Long Road Out of Eden, is just one long, sustained attack on the integrity of the United States and is as bad as any loud-mouthed Dixie Chicks diatribe.  With songs prosaically about Global Warming and the evil American …
Andrew Roth / Club for Growth:
The Club's 2007 Senate RePORK Card … Full Score Ratio  —  Coburn (R-OK)  —  100%  —  15 / 15  —  DeMint (R-SC)  —  100%  —  13 / 13  —  Burr (R-NC)  —  100%  —  15 / 15  —  McCain (R-AZ)  —  100%  —  2 / 2  —  Kyl (R-AZ)  —  93%  —  14 / 15  —  Chambliss (R-GA)
Discussion: The Corner, The Plank and Redstate
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SO I'M SKIPPING A FACULTY MEETING to attend the forum on …
Steven Edwards / National Post:
Arab 'collusion' against Jews
Philip Klein / Opinion Journal:
Hating Rudy  —  The Angry Left finds a new target.
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
A Change Will Do You Good  —  A great new campaign …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Level 3 Assets
Don Surber:
Blaming the media for victory
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Drawing a Line Between Enduring Harm and Legitimate Fear
 Earlier Items: 
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court to hear plea bargain issue
Washington Times:
Inside the Beltway
Discussion: Think Progress
The Atlantic Online:
Pushing Daisies  —  I strongly agree with two of the points …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Only America-hating traitors believe in due process for journalists
Discussion: Eschaton and Lean Left
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
A Folksy Guy, in Recovery, Is About to Land Millions
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Top US aide won't rule out 'torture'
Robert Stacy McCain / Washington Times:
Poster relates Che's dark side