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1:40 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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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 …
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."
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.
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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Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
House readies another Iraq war vote
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Democrats adopt new campaign plan
Discussion: Eschaton
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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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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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.
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Clinton's Tipping Point?  —  ABC News' Eloise Harper Reports: Rule number one when campaigning at a diner: always leave a good tip — and, apparently, make sure it gets properly 'disbursed'.  —  In early October, Sen. Hillary Clinton's 'Middle Class Express' made a pit stop at the Maid Rite diner in Marshalltown, Iowa.
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 …
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.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Disingenuous, moi?  —  Derb, I'm not being disingenuous.  You may regard the George Osmonds of Karachi as a problem, but it's not obvious that they're anything to worry about if you're in Karachi.  Pakistan exports its surplus manpower not just to Britain and Canada but to countries …
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.
 
 
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