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Rudy Giuliani won't say if he'd pardon Kerik as President  —  BY MARY RAE BRAGG in Dubuque, Iowa, and DAVID SALTONSTALL in New York  —  Rudy Giuliani refused to say if he'd consider pardoning his old friend Bernie Kerik - who was indicted Thursday on federal corruption charges - if elected President.
Marc Santora / The Caucus:
McCain Plays a Kerik Card
Discussion: Spin Cycle
New York Post:
KERIK FACES JAIL ON FEDS' TAX RAP
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Giuliani Gets America's Stupidest Endorsement
Discussion: The Trail and Daily Kos
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Clinton tops 2008 rivals, gets $530M in earmarks  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) has won tens of millions of dollars more in federal earmarks this year than her rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, even though two of them have significantly more Senate seniority.
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Washington Post:
On Campaign Bus, Obama Opens Up About Challengers  —  Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) took on his two principal rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday, arguing that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) cannot appeal to independents and Republicans as effectively as he can and asserting …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
'President Clinton's Not on the Ballot'
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What happened to the Senate's "60-vote requirement"?  —  Every time Congressional Democrats failed this year to stop the Bush administration (i.e., every time they "tried"), the excuse they gave was that they "need 60 votes in the Senate" in order to get anything done.
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Mukasey Wins Vote in Senate, Despite Doubts  —  The Senate confirmed Michael B. Mukasey as attorney general Thursday night, approving him despite Democratic criticism that he had failed to take an unequivocal stance against the torture of terrorism detainees.
Washington Post:
Bhutto Detained at Home  —  Police Also Detained Over 5,000 Opposition Party Members Throughout Pakistan  —  Security officials barricaded former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto inside her home behind barbed wire, concrete blocks and armored cars on Friday morning, and turned out in force …
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Karl Rove / Opinion Journal:
A Failure to Lead  —  The Democratic Congress is more interested in acting out than in taking positive action.  —  This week is the one-year anniversary of Democrats winning Congress.  But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid probably aren't in a celebrating mood.
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
A Bush Veto Is Overridden for the 1st Time  —  With Action on Spending Bills, Hill Signals Fight With White House Over Priorities  —  A year after Democrats won control of Capitol Hill, Congress delivered its clearest victory yet over President Bush yesterday, resoundingly overturning …
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Things Are Tough All Over  —  But Mrs. Clinton is no Iron Lady.  —  The story as I was told it is that in the early years of her prime ministership, Margaret Thatcher held a meeting with her aides and staff, all of whom were dominated by her, even awed.  When it was over she invited …
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CNN Political Ticker:
Bill Clinton takes blame for health care plan failure
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Cafe Hayek
NPR:
Editor's Note: The Tale of the Tip  —  · It started as an aside in a longer interview, but it became an Internet sensation within hours.  —  Anita Esterday, a waitress at the Maid-Rite in Toledo, Iowa, told NPR's David Greene in a report that aired on Morning Edition Thursday that …
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Clinton Gets an Instant Chance to Wield a New Weapon  —  It used to be that when a campaign had an argument with a news report, it put out a mass e-mail message disputing the offending item.  That was a huge technological leap from the fax machine.  —  Now even e-mail may be growing quaint.
Fisnik Abrashi / Associated Press:
59 schoolchildren killed in Afghan blast  —  KABUL, Afghanistan - Dozens of schoolchildren and five teachers were among those killed in a suicide attack in northern Afghanistan earlier this week — the country's deadliest since the fall of the Taliban — the government said Friday.
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Michael Stittle / CTV.ca:   Warlords no better than Taliban, says Afghan MP
Josh White / Washington Post:
Waterboarding Is Torture, Says Ex-Navy Instructor  —  A former Navy survival instructor subjected to waterboarding as part of his military training told Congress yesterday that the controversial tactic should plainly be considered torture and that such a method was never intended for use …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Stop the Madness  —  I had wondered if there was a bit of an overreaction by me and others to Obama's Social Security language which was why I tried to explain our hypersensitivity to the issue.  Turns out there was no overreaction.  Obama is peddling  —  the "social security crisis" narrative.
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Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
Extremely Disappointing Language from Obama on Social Security
David Brooks / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: History and Calumny  —  Ronald Reagan could have done something wonderful if he'd mentioned civil rights at the Neshoba County Fair.  He didn't.
 
 
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