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6:25 AM ET, November 13, 2007


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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 and Redstate
Candidate Apologizes For 'Buckwheat' Remark  —  HOUMA, La. — A state representative in a runoff election infuriated civil rights leaders after she ended a conversation with the mother of the NAACP's local president by saying, "Talk to you later, Buckwheat."
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.
Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
Panel May Cut Sentences For Crack  —  An independent panel is considering reducing the sentences of inmates incarcerated in federal prisons for crack cocaine offenses, which would make thousands of people immediately eligible to be freed.  —  The U.S. Sentencing Commission …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:
Panel may cut thousands of prison terms
New York Sun:
Ron Paul's Prescience  —  Congressman Ron Paul: It just looks like we may well come to a '79, '80.  Do you anticipate there's a possibility that we'll face a crisis of the dollar such as we had in '79 and 1980?  Chairman Bernanke: "The Federal Reserve is committed to mainly low and stable inflation …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Righting Reagan's Wrongs?  —  Let's set the record straight on Ronald Reagan's campaign kickoff in 1980.  —  Early one morning in the late spring of 1964, Dr. Carolyn Goodman, her husband, Robert, and their 17-year-old son, David, said goodbye to David's brother, Andrew, who was 20.
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 …
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 …
William Saletan / Slate:
CAN TEEN SEX PREVENT DELINQUENCY?  —  Discoveries of genetic differences between races are worrying intellectuals.  Benefits of finding differences: 1) It helps us understand diseases.  2) It helps people clarify their ancestry.  3) It helps us target drugs and prenatal tests to populations likely to benefit from them.
Michelle Malkin:
Oxford Word of the Year  —  A lady from the Oxford University Press e-mailed today to inform me that the New Oxford American Dictionary has chosen its "Word of the Year."  I noted last year's winner: "Carbon neutral."  Well, this year, they've gone environmentally correct again.
Discussion: OUPblog, TBogg and The Sundries Shack
Alan Krueger / AMERICAN.COM:
What Makes a Terrorist  —  It's not poverty and lack of education, according to economic research by Princeton's ALAN KRUEGER.  Look elsewhere.  —  In the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, policymakers, scholars, and ordinary citizens asked a key question …
Discussion: Done With Mirrors
Michelle Malkin:
Where did all the Jena 6 money go?  —  The Chicago Tribune's Howard Witt penned an investigative piece published yesterday on the controversy surrounding the charitable funds raised for the Jena 6.  I'm sure you'll be shocked to learn that much of the money can't be traced …
Discussion: Open Left and The Peking Duck
Josh White / Washington Post:
'Hidden Costs' Double Price Of Two Wars, Democrats Say  —  The economic costs to the United States of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan so far total approximately $1.5 trillion, according to a new study by congressional Democrats that estimates the conflicts' "hidden costs"— including higher oil prices …
Discussion: ParaPundit
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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Contemplating the Meaning of 'Life'  —  In 1977, when Gerald L. Hessell was sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder, a gallon of gas cost 62 cents and a life term in Michigan meant about 15 years.  —  But Michigan changed its parole system in 1992, replacing a parole board …
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Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Thompson to Be Endorsed by Right to Life
CNN enters virtual world of Second Life
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Creative Destruction  —  The best case against universal health care.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
A Not-So-Perfect Picture of Party Unity
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Tom Bevan / TIME: Real Clear Politics:
Giuliani's Nomination Strategy
Political Insider:
Lou Dobbs For President?
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Strikers Gain Fan Support
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
NARAL Endorses Al Wynn Over Donna Edwards
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Associated Press:
Pope Benedict to make 1st U.S. visit
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Chief Faces a Test in Minnesota
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, Flopping Aces and Hot Air
CNN Political Ticker:
Bill Clinton: 'Boys have been getting tough' on Hillary
Discussion: New York Times
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Supreme Court May Take Gun Case
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Bunker Hillary  —  Clinton's strategy for crushing the media.

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Rebecca Sun / Hollywood Reporter:
Top Hollywood Execs Unveil Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Chaired by Anita Hill

Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
Iowa Supreme Court justice blocks Des Moines Register from reporting on legally-obtained court records that were inadvertently filed publicly

Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Google Changes Rules to Purge News That Masks Country of Origin

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