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10:20 AM ET, November 6, 2007

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Charles Schumer / New York Times:
A Vote for Justice  —  I AM voting today to support Michael B. Mukasey for attorney general for one critical reason: the Department of Justice — once the crown jewel among our government institutions — is a shambles and is in desperate need of a strong leader, committed to depoliticizing the agency's operations.
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Larry Johnson / NO QUARTER:
Urgent: Letter from Intelligence, Military, Diplomatic, and Law Enforcement Professionals  —  PREFACE:  —  A group of distinguished intelligence and military officers, diplomats, and law enforcement professionals delivered an urgent message this morning to the chairman and the ranking minority member …
CNN:
Poll results: Waterboarding is torture  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A majority of Americans consider waterboarding a form of torture, but some of those say it's OK for the U.S. government to use the technique, according to a poll released Tuesday.  —  Asked whether they think waterboarding is a form of torture …
Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
If . . . .  Senator Schumer has a very thoughtful Op-Ed …
Discussion: The Opinionator
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Ron Paul Raises More Than $4.2 Million  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, aided by an extraordinary outpouring of Internet support Monday, hauled in more than $4.2 million in nearly 24 hours.  —  Paul, the Texas congressman with a libertarian tilt and an out-of-Iraq pitch …
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The Corner:
The Paul-Bearers Carry On [David Freddoso]  —  Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) ended Guy Fawkes Day having done something no Republican has ever done before.  He raised almost $4 million over the Internet without spending so much as a thin dime (beyond transaction fees, of course).
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Ron Paul's Very Big Day  —  Say what you will about Ron Paul and his supporters, but they know how to raise money.  Using Guy Fawkes and the movie V For Vendetta as a questionable hook for a fundraiser, Paul's campaign took in over $4 million in a single day — and without spending hardly any money at all, except transaction fees.
Discussion: Power Line and Say Anything
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Climate Is a Risky Issue for Democrats  —  All of the leading Democratic contenders for the presidency are committed to a set of cuts in greenhouse gas emissions that would change the way Americans light their homes, fuel their automobiles and do their jobs, costing billions of dollars …
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Jennifer Hunter / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama turns up heat as he targets Hillary  —  With her lead so strong, he decides he has to get tougher  —  The indisputable force of Hillary Clinton, her tenacious lead for the Democratic nomination, has finally "fired up" Barack Obama and made him "ready to go" — to use his own campaign refrain.
Peterhamby / CNN Political Ticker:
Obama supporters pressed Dems to keep Colbert off ballot
Discussion: The State
Peter S. Canellos / Boston Globe:   Edwards's strategy could benefit Obama
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Cable Channel Nods to Ratings and Leans Left  —  Riding a ratings wave from "Countdown With Keith Olbermann," a program that takes strong issue with the Bush administration, MSNBC is increasingly seeking to showcase its nighttime lineup as a welcome haven for viewers of a similar mind.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Terrorists are 'running out of people to kill,' says Obey  —  If violence is decreasing in Iraq, it may be because insurgents "are running out of people to kill," House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) said Monday.  —  "There are fewer targets of opportunity," Obey said in a speech to the National Press Club.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Democrats hope the water bill can turn tide on vetoes
David Rohde / New York Times:
A Detour From a Battle Against Terror  —  While Gen. Pervez Musharraf justified his emergency rule decree as helping him combat terrorism, it could end up weakening his ability to rein in the Qaeda militants who ultimately threaten American interests.  —  In fact, Western diplomats here said …
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New York Times:
Ousted Justice in Pakistan Urges Defiance
Discussion: Law Blog and Three Wise Men
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Even Fred Thompson doubts he'll be president  —  Even Fred Thompson doesn't think he will become president.  Chatting off-air to a television reporter, a stunningly candid off-the-cuff quip from the Hollywood actor cemented the impression that his heart is not in the 2008 race.
New York Post:
MIKE'S SECRET BID TO RUN VS. SPITZER  —  By FREDRIC U. DICKER in Albany and DAVID SEIFMAN in N.Y.  —  A top aide to Mayor Bloomberg has secretly contacted one of the state's best-known Republican strategists about helping Bloomberg run for governor - against Gov. Spitzer or anyone else, The Post has learned.
Discussion: City Room and New York Magazine
Michelle Malkin:
All aboard the impeachment bandwagon: Cheney first, Bush next  —  I told you on Friday about Dennis Kucinich's privileged resolution to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney.  Well, today's the day.  The UFO-spotter will hold a press conference at 3pm Eastern.
Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
Freshman Dems revolt on free trade  —  Many freshman Democratic lawmakers are expected to oppose a free trade deal with Peru this week despite pressure from House leaders.  —  Although Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has told her freshman class that they may "vote their districts," …
 
 
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John Wildermuth / San Francisco Chronicle:
Big drop in S.F. voters may lead to record-low election turnout
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Peter Spiegel / Los Angeles Times:
F-15 fleet grounded after a jet falls apart
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Present at the Creation
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Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
Clinton Defends Wife on Licenses
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BBC:
Gene 'links breastfeeding to IQ'
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 Earlier Items: 
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
Shuler, Bilbray join forces on border security measure
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
U.S. Plan Envisioned Nuking Iran, Syria, Libya
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Bush Vote Divided in GOP Race
Discussion: The Swamp
Ilene R. Prusher / Christian Science Monitor:
ISRAEL PUTS JERUSALEM ON THE NEGOTIATING TABLE
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Legal or not, immigrants must drive
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Special Comment: George Bush's Criminal Conspiracy of Torture
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Limbaugh Attacks!  —  Rush Limbaugh went after a young HS graduate …