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11:25 PM ET, December 17, 2007


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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Dodd's Filibuster Threat Stalls Wiretap Bill  —  Senator Chris Dodd won a temporary victory today after his threats of a filibuster forced Democratic leadership to push back consideration of a measure that would grant immunity to telecom companies that were complicit in warrantless surveillance.
Think Progress:
Dodd filibuster threat causes Reid to withdraw FISA bill.  —  "Senator Chris Dodd won a temporary victory today after his threats of a filibuster forced Democratic leadership to push back consideration of a measure that would grant immunity to telecom companies that were complicit in warrantless surveillance."
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
BREAKING: REID PULLED TELECOM BILL  —  Harry Reid just pulled the telecom bill.  The Senate will take it up again after the first of the year, but for now there will be no retroactive telecom immunity.  —  Karen Tumulty wrote over at Swampland earlier in the day: … I guess he did.
Matt Browner-Hamlin / Chris Dodd National Blog:
Constitution Protected...For Now  —  Majority Leader Harry Reid has just pulled the FISA bill from consideration in this session.  It will be brought up at some point next month.  —  Without Senator Dodd's leadership today, it is safe to assume that retroactive immunity would have passed.
David Stout / New York Times:
Telecom Industry Wins a Round on Eavesdropping  —  WASHINGTON — Telecommunications companies won a skirmish in the Senate on Monday as a bill to protect them from lawsuits for cooperating with the Bush administration's eavesdropping programs easily overcame a procedural hurdle.
Michelle Malkin:
Blue-on-blue catfight: Kos turns on Harry Reid; Update: Dodd stymies Reid on FISA bill, nutroots cheer  —  Update 9:30pm Eastern.  This isn't getting much attention outside of the lefty blogs, but tonight Harry Reid withdrew the FISA overhaul bill after Kos champion Chris Dodd threatened …
Discussion: CBS News and Pirate's Cove
Matt Browner-Hamlin / Chris Dodd National Blog:
Dodd, Blogs Celebrate FISA Victory  —  Senator Dodd issued the following statement in response to Senator Reid pulling the Intel Committee bill from consideration until the new year: … The progressive blogs, who played a huge role in lobbying the Senate to support Dodd's leadership …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Telecom Immunity Gets Bipartisan Support
Discussion: Reuters
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Harry Reid — compare and contrast
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Chris Dodd Does It. Reid pulls Telecom Immunity bill off the table
Discussion: Firedoglake
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Senate: Deflating Democrats' Dream of 60 Seats
Discussion: Power Line
Tom Curry / MSNBC:
Obama racial subtext surfaces in Iowa  —  Edwards parries a voter's question about Obama and the O.J. verdict  —  Presidential hopefuls former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., await the start of last Thursday's Des Moines Register Presidential Debate in Iowa.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
That picture of Hillary on Drudge right now.  —  Have you seen it?  —  Caption: "The Toll of a Campaign."  It seems so cruel.  Immodest Proposals writes: … My first reaction to that picture is simple disbelief.  How can she suddenly look that much older?
Sadly, No!:
A tantalizing peek at history's greatest book  —  Thanks to a certain Christmas elf who sent us this early present:  —  Personally, I think the chapter about liberals being seKKKret racists will be the most LOL-worthy, although "The 1960s: Fascism Takes to the Streets" should be good for giggles as well.
Matthew Yglesias:
Quintessential Fascism
USA Today:
USAT/Gallup Poll: Giuliani & Clinton hold slightly wider leads  —  Fresh off the presses, so to speak — the latest numbers from the national USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, taken over the weekend.  They appear to show that the front-runners are still front-running:  —  Republicans.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
IT'S PERFECTLY REASONABLE TO REJECT A CANDIDATE BECAUSE OF HIS RELIGIOUS VIEWS.  —  Just before this gets completely out of hand and becomes a mantralike repetition, let us please recall what the careful phrases of Article VI of the U.S. Constitution actually and very carefully and deliberately say:
The Corner:
Re: Mark Steyn is losing  —  Stanley, you may be right.  The Canadian Islamic Congress is arguing that my article is a "crime".  By accepting the case, the Canadian Human Rights Commission has indicated it's prepared at least to consider the possibility that it's a "crime".
The blood runs cold
Discussion: New York Post and The Corner
Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
It's jeers for Judi  —  A straying husband is bad.  But a home wrecker is worse - at least when it comes to who should end up in the White House.  —  That seems to be the judgment of women polled by the Daily News.  More were likely to punish Judith Giuliani for trysting with the then-married mayor …
Peterhamby / CNN Political Ticker:   Bill Clinton: George H.W. Bush will help President Hillary
Ruben Navarrette Jr / CNN:
Navarrette: Attempts to destroy Obama backfire  —  SAN DIEGO, California (CNN) — Ever since Barack Obama began to pierce the inevitability that we were told surrounded the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, I've wondered how the Clintonistas would react.  Now we know: not well.
Danny / Beltway Blogroll:
The Return Of The Partisan Press?  —  The Washington Independent went online a week ago yesterday (the official launch is next month), but don't let the citizen journalism outfit's name fool you.  Politically speaking, it is no more "independent" than sister blogs funded by the Center for Independent Media.
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John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Here Dumbs the Judge  —  Sen. Jon Kyl joins a left-wing effort …
Katherine Zoepf / New York Times:
Pardon Reported for Saudi Rape Victim
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Death Penalty Repealed in New Jersey
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Ex-CAIR Member Takes on Free Speech
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Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Romney gets tearful recalling war toll
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Witnesses in Colorado fear paying ultimate price
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Little Green Footballs:
We Got Mail!  —  Here's one of those emails that's so insane …
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