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4:10 PM ET, November 8, 2007

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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.
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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."
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The War And the Election  —  The decline in violence in Iraq has been reflected in a shift in public opinion since July.  Charles Franklin looks at the data here.  Jay Reding concludes: … Surely this gets well ahead of what we actually know.  The causes of the current lull are …
Washington Post:
Cheney's Impeachment Literally Fell 'Off the Table'  —  Maybe now we know what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) meant when she said impeachment was "off the table."  —  Lawmakers' voting cards on the issue were literally just that — off the table — during Tuesday's brouhaha …
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John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Democrats adopt new campaign plan  —  Top House Democrats, sensing an opportunity to pick up additional seats in 2008, are warning some of their more vulnerable incumbents that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee won't spend money in their districts unless Republican leaders do.
The Blotter:
Exclusive: FBI: Al Qaeda May Strike U.S. Shopping Malls in LA, Chicago  —  Richard Esposito and Vic Walter Report:  —  The FBI is warning that al Qaeda may be preparing a series of holiday attacks on U.S. shopping malls in Los Angeles and Chicago, according to an intelligence report distributed …
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Reuters:
FBI warns of possible shopping mall attacks
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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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 …
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Veteran Interrogator: You Don't Need to Torture Even in 'Ticking Bomb' Case  —  During today's hearing in the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), fresh off an intellectually stimulating comparison of torture to abortion (he questioned why the committee isn't concerned about abortion …
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.
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.
Ray Fisman / Slate:
AND SOLVES THE MYSTERIES OF DATING.  —  When economists began broadly applying their theories of rational choice-making, love and marriage were among the first areas they colonized.  Nobel Prize winner Gary Becker laid the foundations back in 1973 with his two-part article "A Theory of Marriage."
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Gabor Steingart / Spiegel Online:
The Comeback of a War President  —  He may be America's most unpopular politician, but George W. Bush is no lame duck.  As a wartime president, Bush dominates the political agenda.  He is discreetly influencing his party's choice of presidential candidate while committing his country …
Discussion: The Heretik
Ryan Alessi / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Beshear's win boosts party, candidacies  —  BOSWELL TO CHALLENGE LEWIS  —  RALESSI@HERALD-LEADER.COM  —  FRANKFORT — Fresh off Tuesday's election wins, Democrats turned their focus to 2008 campaigns, with the new governor pledging to take a hands-on role, an expected change …
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Tax Proposal From Rangel Could Benefit His Donors  —  The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has proposed legislation that would effectively halt some current tax audits of people who get a tax break for living and operating a business in the United States Virgin Islands.
philly.com:
Rare welcome to a red-blooded conservative  —  And get ready for some unpredictable ideas.  —  'Odd.  " It is, indeed, odd to write a column every other Thursday for a paper that used that very word to describe me.  Actually, odd was one of the nicer terms used in The Inquirer to describe me.
Discussion: Attytood and Hullabaloo
 
 
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Daily Mail:
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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Hoyer not sorry about Iraq vote
Discussion: Weekly Standard
William M. Arkin / Early Warning:
Bush Is Stuck on Iran
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Ohio Goes After Charter Schools That Are Failing
David Stout / New York Times:
In First Bush Veto Override, Senate Enacts Water Bill
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
The Robertson Effect?  —  When Rudy Giuliani captured …
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Fla. Companies Forbidding Smoking In Private Lives
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Joe Klein / Time:
What Hillary Stands For  —  A few days after her roughest night …
Discussion: MSNBC and Althouse
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Clinton's Tipping Point?
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
"THANK GOD FOR TALK RADIO!"....  Why is Tom Tancredo such a monomaniac …
CNN:
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Washington Post:
Musharraf Agrees to Elections
Clyde / RADAR:
OLBERMANN ALL WET ON WATERBOARDING
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