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5:15 PM ET, November 7, 2007

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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Pat Robertson Endorses Rudy: Deems Him 'More Than Acceptable to People of Faith'  —  Pat Robertson, one of the most influential figures in the social conservative movement, announced his support for Rudy Giuliani's presidential bid this morning at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. [Watch the video below]
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Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Top Conservative Group Wants To Know: Does Rudy Agree With Robertson On 9/11?  —  Rudy's willingness to accept Pat Robertson's endorsement — despite his agreement that America "deserved" to be attacked on 9/11 — is discomfiting at least one major social conservative group that disagreed …
Fox News:
Pat Robertson Endorses Rudy Giuliani  —  WASHINGTON — Evangelical Christian leader Pat Robertson on Wednesday endorsed former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has struggled to bridge some of his socially moderate policy positions on abortion and gay rights with conservatives.
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Robertson and Giuliani  —  Since the Bush right insists that Robertson is completely irrelevant to the current GOP, I have no idea why they are fixated by his endorsement of Giuliani.  For me, however, it seals the deal.  Robertson blamed Americans for causing 9/11.  He is a charlatan and a religious phony.
Seanna Adcox / Associated Press:
Romney wants tax help for home schooling
Discussion: Say Anything
Will / Attytood:
Strange bedfellows: Robertson wanted to assassinate one of …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Robertson and Falwell: America "deserved" 9/11
The Corner:   More Seriously  —  I do think the Robertson endorsement is a big plus for Giuliani.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: New Hampshire Democratic Primary  —  New Hampshire: Clinton Lead Shrinks to 10 Points  —  Senator Hillary Clinton's lead in the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Primary has fallen to its lowest level of the season.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone poll …
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Patrick Healy / The Caucus:   Rubin to Back Clinton  —  Aside from Al Gore, the biggest …
O.Kay Henderson / Radio Iowa:
Obama says his "politics of hope" don't mean he won't fight
Discussion: The Swamp and Radio Iowa
Joe Trippi:
Reality Check  —  Just because there's a writers' strike in Hollywood …
Discussion: The Stump
Benazir Bhutto / New York Times:
Musharraf's Martial Plan  —  NOV. 3, 2007, will be remembered as the blackest day in the history of Pakistan.  Let us be perfectly clear: Pakistan is a military dictatorship.  Last Saturday, Gen. Pervez Musharraf removed all pretense of a transition to democracy by conducting what was in effect yet another extraconstitutional coup.
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
In Pakistan, Echoes of Iran  —  JERUSALEM — As we struggle to make sense of the current political crisis in Pakistan, it's useful to think back nearly 30 years to the wave of protests that toppled the shah of Iran and culminated in the Islamic Republic — a revolutionary earthquake whose tremors are still shaking the Middle East.
The Atlantic Online:
The Shah of Pakistan  —  Vali Nasr offers a troubling analogy:
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Alan Dershowitz / Opinion Journal:
Democrats and Waterboarding  —  The party will lose the presidential race if it defines itself as soft on terror.  —  I recently had occasion to discuss the Bush administration's war on terrorism with one of the highest ranking former officials responsible for planning that war.
Pakistan Daily Times:
'All modern discoveries are by Muslim scientists'  —  LAHORE: Muslim scientists have made all discoveries of the current age, said University of Columbia's Arabic and Islamic Studies prof George Saliba at a seminar at the Government College University (GCU) on Monday.
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Democrats Split Over Bill Affecting Backers  —  In early June, as the Senate Finance Committee began examining how a new breed of Wall Street titan could be paying a special low tax rate on executives' salaries, one of the richest of them, hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors …
Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
GOP turns impeachment resolution against Dems  —  House Republicans on Tuesday nearly forced Democratic leaders to vote on a resolution to impeach Vice President Cheney.  —  Anti-war presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) introduced a privileged resolution, used to circumvent the committee process …
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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Hoyer's Pro-Surge Comments to Become Democratic Talking Points?
Discussion: Hot Air
CNN:
Minuteman's high-tech border barrier called 'a cow fence'  —  COCHISE COUNTY, Arizona (CNN) — It was supposed to be 14 feet high and topped with razor wire.  It was also supposed to send a message to Washington that if the government wouldn't seal off the southern border, volunteers could.
Discussion: Danger Room and Balloon Juice
Associated Press:
Girl gets detention for hugging  —  Illinois middle school bans public displays of affection; parents urge change  —  MASCOUTAH, Ill. - Two hugs equals two days of detention for 13-year-old Megan Coulter.  —  The eighth-grader was punished for violating a school policy banning public displays …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and BTDF
Marilyn W. Thompson / New York Times:
Bush Brother's Firm Faces Inquiry Over Purchases  —  The inspector general of the Department of Education has said he will examine whether federal money was inappropriately used by three states to buy educational products from a company owned by Neil Bush, the president's brother.
Think Progress:
State Department Blog Publishes Letter Calling Anti-Iraq War Diplomats 'Wimps' And 'Weenies'  —  The State Department recently announced that it will force at least 50 diplomats to take posts in Iraq next year "because of expected shortfalls in filling openings there, the first such large-scale forced assignment since the Vietnam War."
Confederate Yankee:
A Matter of Honor: Advertisers Respond  —  At least two of the leading advertisers for The New Republic are reconsidering their advertising relationships with the magazine in the wake of the magazines handling of the Scott Beauchamp "Shock Troop" scandal.  —  Kathy Leech, Director …
Discussion: Michael Yon
 
 
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White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino and Secretary of Health and Human …
William K. Rashbaum / City Room:
Federal Prosecutors Plan to Seek Charges Against Kerik
Discussion: Eunomia
H. Josef Hebert / Associated Press:
Report: Abstinence not curbing teen sex
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
The Carbon Calculus  —  A CHANGE is in the works that could go a long …
Kos / Daily Kos:
Yup, immigration not the GOP's savior
Gregory Mone / Popular Science Blog:
Submarine-Launched Helicopter
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
2007 Update: A Good Night For Dems in 2 States
 Earlier Items: 
ACLU:
ACLU Learns of Third Secret Torture Memo by Gonzales Justice Department
Scott Rothschild / The Lawrence Journal-World:
Coal plant supporters' ad attacks governor
NY Daily News:
Clear and present danger
Discussion: GINA COBB
beliefnet:
"You Helped This Happen"  —  Partial transcript of comments …
Discussion: Commentary
Richard Esposito Reports / The Blotter:
Sources: Kerik Tells Friends He Expects Indictment Next Week
Ronny Shaked / Ynetnews:
Thousands of Palestinians apply for Israeli citizenship
Editor and Publisher:
GALLUP: Bush Finally Tops Nixon — In Unpopularity — As Call …