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12:45 PM 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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CNN:
Poll: 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 …
David Stout / New York Times:
Nomination of Mukasey Sent to Full Senate
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Senate committee approves Mukasey
Discussion: The Politico
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).
Discussion: Hot Air and Ankle Biting Pundits
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Ron Paul phenomenon  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  By far the most significant and interesting political story of the past 24 hours is the extraordinary, record-breaking outpouring of support for Ron Paul's presidential campaign.  Therefore, it is being ignored …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Ron Paul's Very Big Day
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Ron Paul Raises More Than $4.2 Million
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Ron Paul's Triumph
Discussion: David Frum and The Plank
Anne Applebaum / Slate:
WHY ACTORS AND MODELS LOVE TO HANG OUT WITH HUGO CHÁVEZ.  —  Ninety years ago this week, a Bolshevik mob stormed the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, arrested the provisional government, and installed a "dictatorship of the proletariat" in its place.  Though the Russian revolution …
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IBDeditorials.com:
A Caracas Musharraf  —  Latin America: As Pakistan's tightening dictatorship draws global opprobrium, a curious double standard is emerging in Venezuela as democracy gasps its last and celebrities continue to file in.  Where's the decency?  —  That's what was seen in the message sent …
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
WHY IS THE WORLD MORE CONCERNED with Musharraf's coup than with Hugo Chavez's emerging dicatatorship?  Because enemies of the United States, like Chavez, get a pass.  —  UPDATE: Tom Maguire says it's the nukes.  Well, that would be a good reason, but I'm not hearing it so much from the people complaining about the lack of democracy.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   A Pre-Emptive "Ouch"  —  Sometimes brevity delivers …
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.
CNN:
Immigration chief sorry over party costume  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Department of Homeland Security will investigate a Halloween costume party hosted by a top immigration official and attended by a man dressed in a striped prison outfit, dreadlocks and darkened skin make-up …
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Suzanne Gamboa / ABCNEWS:
Flap Over Halloween Costume at DHS party
Discussion: Think Progress, Salon and Majikthise
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.
Daily Mail:
Opponent of 'mega-mosque' receives chilling death threat on YouTube  —  A leading opponent of plans to build Europe's largest mosque in east London has seen a chilling "obituary" for him posted on the internet.  —  The film on video-sharing website YouTube is entitled In memory …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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Little Green Footballs:
Islamic Threat Posted at YouTube, YouTube Takes No Action
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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.
The Politico:
Pakistan's lobbyists target Congress  —  The Pakistani government deployed a team of lobbyists to Capitol Hill on Monday to contain the fallout from the destabilizing actions by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, as congressional Democrats and the Bush administration sought a review of the country's foreign aid.
Discussion: MoJoBlog
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Ellen Miller / Sunlight Foundation blogs:
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words  —  One of Sunlight's resident creative geniuses (yes, there are many of them) have taken all the Defense Appropriations Earmarks and made them available for viewing within Google Earth.  (You can only view this using Google Earth which you can download from this page.)
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 …
Markos Moulitsas / The Hill:
Blind eye to betrayal  —  Seven years ago, President-elect Bush promised after the Supreme Court handed him the presidency that he would work to heal a bitterly divided country: "I am optimistic that we can change the tone of Washington.  I believe things happen for a reason …
Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
Clinton Defends Wife on Licenses  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former President Clinton on Monday compared Republican criticism of his wife's position on driver's license for illegal immigrants to the ads that helped sink John Kerry's White House hopes in 2004.  —  "I had the feeling that at the end …
 
 
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James Glanz / New York Times:
Iraqi Police Academy Remains Largely Unusable
James Gerstenzang / Los Angeles Times:
Bush, Turkish leader discuss Kurdish guerrillas
Discussion: Washington Monthly and QandO
White House:
President Bush Attends White House Forum on International Trade and Investment
Justin Logan / American Prospect:
It's Past Time to Bury the Hitler Analogy
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Rasmussen Reports:
77% Oppose Drivers' Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
National GOP campaign committee recruiting surge is not panning out
Discussion: The Stakeholder and MyDD
 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
MIKE'S SECRET BID TO RUN VS. SPITZER
Peter Spiegel / Los Angeles Times:
F-15 fleet grounded after a jet falls apart
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
The Falafel Squad
USA Today:
Political storms: Katrina helps tilt Miss. race
Michelle Malkin:
All aboard the impeachment bandwagon: Cheney first, Bush next
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
U.S. Plan Envisioned Nuking Iran, Syria, Libya