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September 12, 2007

Obama in Clinton, Iowa, just now:

We do hope that the headline after we leave is, "Clinton Endorses Obama."

An Obama aide assures me the location for today's Iraq speech was not chosen to make a pun-y point.

Update: Here's the key Hillary-smacking portion of the speech:

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Andrew writes about the typically overwrought response of Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, to comedienne Kathy Griffin's saying "Suck it, Jesus," at an award ceremony. Donohue intoned:

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Just to be clear, Obama called today for the removal of all US "combat brigades" from Iraq by the end of next year. That apparently does not mean all "US combat troops," as I phrased it below. As a fact sheet provided by his campaign today explains,

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Michael Crowley has written about Barack Obama's big Clinton, Iowa, Iraq-policy speech here and here. The full text of Obama's address is below.

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Before his Iraq speech today Barack Obama was introduced by Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former national security advisor to Jimmy Carter. This was his first appearance at an Obama event, and the campaign sees Brzezinski's support as a way of countering the implicit Clinton critique of Obama's lack of "experience." After the speech I sat down with Brzezinski for a few minutes to discuss his support for Obama.

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September 11, 2007

If parenthood gets any more soothing, I'm going to need medication. Every time I open the newspaper I'm confronted with some new way that I've ruined my children. First it was the peanut butter and the tuna fish I ate during pregnancy. Then it was the lead-laden DC drinking water. Then the killer toys from Mattel.

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Mere days after Chris Dodd announced his pioneering campaign finance policy of refusing to accept any money associated with fugitives from justice, Hillary more or less follows suit.

--Jason Zengerle

First Fred Thompson pooh-poohed Osama bin Laden as just another bit of symbolism. Then he wanted him captured and killed pronto. Now he assures us that, while he definitely wants the al Qaeda chief dead, he also realizes that there is "due process" that must first be observed.

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The full text of Joe Biden's opening statement at today's Petraeus-Crocker Senate hearing, after the jump:

Six years ago this morning, agents of Al Qaeda attacked the United States of America and murdered 2,998 people. Please join me in a moment of silence for the victims of 9-11.

[Moment of silence]

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Perhaps it's just me, but I'm amazed that more is not being made of the news that, back in 1992 when he was a lawyer/lobbyist, Fred Thompson billed a few hours of work on behalf of two Libyan intelligence agents charged with (and one of them later convicted of) the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

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