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10:55 AM ET, November 8, 2007

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Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
AT&T Whistleblower: Telecom Immunity Is A Cover-Up  —  Earlier today we flagged that Mark Klein, who uncovered a secret surveillance room run by the NSA while employed as a San Francisco-based technician for AT&T, is in Washington to lobby against granting retroactive legal immunity to telecommunications companies.
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Just Follow The Law...  Matt Browner-Hamlin interviews Mark Klein regarding what he knows about the illegal domestic surveillance without warrants.  —  Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to begin the mark-up of the FISA bill beginning at 10 am ET.
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Specter floats compromise on FISA telecom immunity
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
SSSSHHHHHHH ... Don't Tell Anyone: Al Qaeda Has Been Routed in Baghdad  —  The Newspaper of Record has the story today ... on page A-19.  —  ... And even there, the Times can't bring itself to say we won.  The report is headlined, "Militant Group Is Out of Baghdad, U.S. Says."
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Damien Cave / New York Times:
Militant Group Is Out of Baghdad, U.S. Says  —  American forces have routed Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, the Iraqi militant network, from every neighborhood of Baghdad, a top American general said today, allowing American troops involved in the "surge" to depart as planned.
New York Times:
In a Surprise, Pat Robertson Backs Giuliani  —  They could compete for strangest bedfellows of 2008.  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani is a supporter of gay and abortion rights who is building his Republican primary campaign around his response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
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Washington Post:
Musharraf Agrees to Elections  —  Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has decided that parliamentary elections will be held by Feb. 15 and reiterated plans to step down as head of the Army, partial concessions to the pressure building on him from Washington and inside Pakistan since he declared a state of emergency over the weekend.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and The Heretik
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
For a Neighbor, a Worrisome Drama in Pakistan
Discussion: The Corner
USA Today:
Poll: Clinton lags in quest for male voters  —  WASHINGTON — More than eight in 10 Republicans and more than half the married men in a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll say they definitely wouldn't vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.  —  The poll provides an early snapshot of who's ruling out Clinton …
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Megan Thee / New York Times:
Superdelegates for Clinton (Undecided's No. 1)
Discussion: MSNBC, RealClearPolitics and The Trail
Irenep / Michael Yon:
Thanks and Praise: I photographed men and women, both Christians and Muslims, placing a cross atop the St. John's Church in Baghdad.  They had taken the cross from storage and a man washed it before carrying it up to the dome.  —  A Muslim man had invited the American soldiers from "Chosen" …
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
'This Pretty Much Kills the Iran Democracy Program'  —  WASHINGTON — The former director of President Bush's flagship democracy program for the Middle East is saying that the State Department has "effectively killed" a program to disburse millions of dollars to Iran's liberal opposition.
John Coleman / icecap.us:
Comments About Global Warming  —  I was privileged to work with John Coleman, the founder of The Weather Channel in the year before it became a reality and then for the first of the 6 years I was fortunate to be the Director of Meteorology.  No one worked harder than John to make The Weather Channel …
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
For Candidates, Web Is Power And Poison  —  Clinton, in Particular, Draws Equal Parts Cash and Vitriol  —  Candidates use the Internet to generate buzz, draw grass-roots support and raise record amounts of money.  But in the intense, round-the-clock world of online presidential campaigning, the good comes with the bad.
Discussion: protein wisdom, The Caucus and PrezVid
Kathleen M. Howley / Bloomberg:
Bankruptcy Law Backfires on Banks as Foreclosures Offset Gains  —  Nov. 8 (Bloomberg) — Washington Mutual Inc. got what it wanted in 2005: A revised bankruptcy code that no longer lets people walk away from credit card bills.  —  The largest U.S. savings and loan didn't count on a housing recession.
CNN:
'Date rape' drug-tainted toys recalled  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — U.S. safety officials have recalled about 4.2 million Chinese-made Aqua Dots bead toys that contain a chemical that has caused some children to vomit and become comatose after swallowing them.  —  Scientists have found …
Discussion: Wonkette, On Deadline and AMERICAblog
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Associated Press:
Toys linked to a date-rape drug recalled
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Kimberly Hefling / Associated Press:
Study: 1 out of 4 homeless are veterans  —  WASHINGTON - Veterans make up one in four homeless people in the United States, though they are only 11 percent of the general adult population, according to a report to be released Thursday.  —  And homelessness is not just a problem among middle-age and elderly veterans.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Angry Bear
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Gateway Pundit:
Picture Proof... Hostage Taker Ahmadinejad Met With Khomeini  —  Previously, former US embassy hostages claimed that Ahmadinejad was one of their captors.  —  This was later denied by the regime and a former regime agent.  —  But, a new photo that just surfaced in Iran may prove …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Times of London:
US fears Israeli strike against Iran over latest nuclear claim  —  Tom Baldwin in Washington, James Hider in Jerusalem and Francis Elliott, Deputy Political Editor  —  A claim by President Ahmadinejad that Iran has 3,000 working uranium-enriching centrifuges sent a tremor across …
White House:
President Bush Participates in Joint Press Availability with President Sarkozy of France  —  PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. President, welcome.  Thank you very much for coming here to Mount Vernon, and thank you for coming to the United States.  I think it's safe to say that you've impressed a lot of people here on your journey.
 
 
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
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John Bresnahan / The Politico:
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New York Times:
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Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: New York Times and On Deadline
New York Times:
U.S. Will Ask a Grand Jury to Indict Kerik
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Bloomberg:
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William Voegeli / Opinion Journal:
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