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11:05 PM ET, November 12, 2007


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Eric Kleefeld / Election Central:
New Tancredo Ad Depicts Fictional Terrorist Attack  —  Tom Tancredo's new ad, set to run in Iowa — if any stations will accept it, that is — is a true original.  The ad depicts the dire consequences of our open borders through a dramatization of a fictitious terrorist attack in the middle of a shopping mall.
Nitya / Political Radar:
Falling Flags  —  ABC News' Eloise Harper and Rick Klein Report: It's been a rough stretch for Hillary Clinton — a tough debate performance, a lost voice, and the revelation that the Clinton campaign had been coaching questioners at events.  —  Then, on Sunday, everything started falling down around her.
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Broder Says He Won't Write About Rudy's Marriage — Despite …
CNN Political Ticker:   Bill Clinton: 'Boys have been getting tough' on Hillary
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Ron Paul distortions and smears  —  I'm not trying to be Ron Paul's advocate but, still, outright distortions and smears are distortions and smears.  In an otherwise informative and legitimate (and widely-cited) post today about Paul's record in Congress, Dave Neiwert claims:
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Anti-abortion group to endorse Thompson  —  Fred Thompson will pick up the support of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) tomorrow, according to two Republicans familar with the decision.  —  For a candidate who came up empty-handed last week when three prominent Christian conservatives …
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Thompson to be endorsed by Right to Life
Discussion: Wonkette and Sister Toldjah
New York Times:
A New Channel for Soft Money Starts Flowing  —  The so-called Wounded Warriors Act, legislation intended to improve health care for veterans, has attracted nearly unanimous, bipartisan support in Congress.  So why would the newly formed Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America begin running …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
'Betray Us' backer to lead pro-Dem group
Discussion: Say Anything and TIME: Swampland
Tad Daley /
Iran has a right to seek nuclear capability  —  is a writing fellow with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the 1985 Nobel Peace laureate  —  Some call it "the nuclear double standard;" others, "nuclear apartheid;" still others, "America's nuclear hypocrisy."
Little Green Footballs:
Anti-Nuke Activist: Iran Has a 'Right' to Nukes
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Dominic Kennedy / Times of London:
Gays should be hanged, says Iranian minister  —  Homosexuals deserve to be executed or tortured and possibly both, an Iranian leader told British MPs during a private meeting at a peace conference, The Times has learnt.  —  Mohsen Yahyavi is the highest-ranked politician to admit …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Dean says Jews can go to heaven  —  Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean came out for inclusive team prayers in public schools while speaking Sunday to a gathering of thousands of Jewish leaders, according to a leading Jewish news agency.  —  In another statement likely …
History News Network:
Did David Brooks Tell the Full Story About Reagan's Neshoba County Fair Visit?  —  In his November 9, 2007, column in the New York Times, David Brooks discussed Ronald Reagan's appearance at the Neshoba County Fair in 1980 and his use of the term "states' rights."
Al Gore's next act: Planet-saving VC  —  The recovering politician is teaming with a legendary venture capitalist and bigtime moneyman to make over the $6 trillion global energy business.  A Fortune exclusive  —  (Fortune Magazine) — It's lunchtime on Sand Hill Road, and Al Gore wants answers.
Libby Spencer / The Newshoggers:
High on hemp  —  Of all the dunderheaded policies in the war on some drugs, the prohibition on industrial hemp is the most ill-advised and counter-productive.  At least 30 countries grow it commercially.  It brings in billions in revenue worldwide and it's the most environmentally safe product to grow and to process.
Discussion: The American Street
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:   Farmers Ask Federal Court To Dissociate Hemp and Pot
Lia Miller / New York Times:
Borders Adds TV Watching to Its Bookstores' Entertainment  —  Borders bookstores — with their cafes, toys and games and large displays of movies and music — have never exactly been confused with, say, university libraries.  —  A new strategy at Borders will reinforce the message that its stores …
Discussion: Gawker
Climate scepticism: The top 10  —  What are some of the reasons why "climate sceptics" dispute the evidence that human activities such as industrial emissions of greenhouse gases and deforestation are bringing potentially dangerous changes to the Earth's climate?
Discussion: Telegraph
James Kirchick / The Plank:
Ron Paul's Nazi Supporters  —  Daniel Siederaski of the Jewish Telegraph Agency has a story that should rile all those liberals oddly attracted to the presidential candidacy of Ron Paul: not only have neo-Nazis vocally expressed support for his campaign and form a crucial part of his online spam brigades …
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Chief Faces a Test in Minnesota  —  If Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey wants to know what he is up against in restoring stability to the Justice Department, he is being urged by the department's employees in Minnesota, as well as by prominent lawyers and law professors here …
Associated Press:
La. Pol's 'Buckwheat' Remark Sparks Ire  —  HOUMA, La. (AP) — A white state lawmaker in a runoff election called a black civil-rights veteran who had helped her campaign "Buckwheat," prompting the NAACP to urge voters to kick her out of office.  —  Rep. Carla Blanchard Dartez, a Democrat …
Discussion: Hot Air
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Supreme Court May Take Gun Case  —  Both sides in a closely watched legal battle over the District of Columbia's strict gun-control law are urging the Supreme Court to hear the case.  If the justices agree — a step they may announce as early as Tuesday — the Roberts court is likely …
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Associated Press:
Pope Benedict to make 1st U.S. visit
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
The Bush Factor in the Upcoming Presidential Election
Brad Wilmouth /
NBC Reports Saddam Hussein Planned to Re-start Nuclear Program
Discussion: Macsmind, Hot Air and Flopping Aces
Fredrick Kunkle / Washington Post:
World War I Veteran Reflects on Lessons
Associated Press:
Clinton woos labor leaders at convention, says she'll take close look …
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Bunker Hillary  —  Clinton's strategy for crushing the media.
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Fed. Criminal Investigation Opened on Calif. Oil Spill
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama Touts His Death Penalty Reform Role
 Earlier Items: 
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Judge orders White House to hold e-mails
Discussion: On Deadline
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Faiz / Think Progress:
Anti-war Iraq vets banned from Veterans Day parade.
The Atlantic Online:
Did Paul Berman Tell Us So?
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Jon Tester: "I'd Be More Surprised If Bush Didn't Bomb Iran …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Discussion: The Swamp and The BLT
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
SPEAKING SOFTLY....Admiral William Fallon thinks that the war party needs …
Mackubin Thomas Owens / National Review:
Slandering the American Soldier

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President Biden signs the bill reauthorizing FISA's Section 702, extending the controversial warrantless surveillance program through 2026

Julie Jargon / Wall Street Journal:
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