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11:50 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.
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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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
Megan Thee / New York Times:
Superdelegates for Clinton (Undecided's No. 1)
Discussion: MSNBC, RealClearPolitics and The Trail
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
Pat Loves Rudy  —  Back in mid-2001, when Mayor Rudy Giuliani was busy committing adultery, lurching into his divorce and third marriage and rooming with a gay couple he promised to marry as soon as the law allowed, who among us would have imagined that one day he would be endorsed for president by Pat Robertson?
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Social conservatives fracture as Robertson endorses Giuliani
Discussion: The Swamp
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Welcome to the 700 Club, Rudy
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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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Nicolas Sarkozy / RealClearPolitics:
Renewing the French-American Alliance
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 …
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Associated Press:
Toys linked to a date-rape drug recalled
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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.
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.
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" …
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 …
Clyde / RADAR:
OLBERMANN ALL WET ON WATERBOARDING  —  Keith Olbermann got a lot of attention for Monday night's "special comment" on waterboarding, in which he described the White House as "a criminal conspiracy to cover the ass of George W. Bush" and told the astonishing tale, first reported by ABC News last week …
 
 
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