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5:45 PM ET, October 10, 2006

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Drudge Report:
'SCARY MOVIE' PRODUCER MAKES CAMPAIGN AD; MOCKS DEMOCRATS  —  The DRUDGE REPORT has obtained an exclusive copy of a "scary" campaign advertisement created by Hollywood producer and director David Zucker that was intended to be used by GOP organizations in the closing weeks of the 2006 campaign.
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Joe Katzman / Winds of Change.NET:
Why North Korea is the Wrong Focus  —  As fate would have it, I was sitting in a local Italian restaurant with Marc Armed "Liberal" Danziger when the call came in at around 8:30pm California time.  Kim Jong-Il, the star of "Team America: World Police" and also incidentally the ruler of North Korea, had set off a nuke.
David Frum / New York Times:
Mutually Assured Disruption  —  THE North Korean nuclear test — if that indeed is what it was — signals the catastrophic collapse of a dozen years of American policy.  Over that period, two of the world's most dangerous regimes, Pakistan and North Korea, have developed nuclear weapons and the missiles to launch them.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
St. McCain blames Bill Clinton for North Korea
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Selig S. Harrison / Washington Post:
In a Test, a Reason to Talk
Discussion: Political Animal and MaxSpeak
Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
Republicans Want to Turn Over a New Page  —  The Foley scandal is no "October surprise"  —  Leading Republicans, with the support of conservative media outlets, are charging that the Mark Foley scandal was a plot orchestrated by Democrats to damage the G.O.P.'s electoral prospects this November.
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Judd / Think Progress:
Hastert Tries To Shift Blame To Staff, Raises Prospect of 'Cover Up'  —  At a press conference this morning, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) set up his staff to take the blame for the Mark Foley scandal.  Asked if he was satisfied with how his staff handled the matter, Hasert said, "I understand what my staff told me.
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William Branigin / Washington Post:
Hastert Pledges to Fire Anyone Involved in Foley Coverup
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs and Needlenose
Scott Fitzgerald / The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK:
Jones reports page will be questioned today about Foley  —  FBI special agents will question a former congressional page today in Oklahoma City at an undisclosed location about the recent sex scandal, said Enid attorney Stephen Jones, who is representing the man.
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Ralph Peters / New York Post:
NO MORE TROOPS  —  WITH 26 American troops dead in Iraq in the first nine days of October, the combination of bad news and pre-election politics has those on one bench arguing for bailing out immediately and those on the other bench frantic to pile on.  —  Neither position is realistic.
Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
Another 60 Bodies Found in Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's government forged ahead with a plan aimed at ending sectarian attacks, even as a bombing in the capital killed 10 people Tuesday and officials discovered scores of new death-squad victims.  —  The bomb, planted under a car …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Wonkette
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Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Iraqi Vice President's Brother Is Killed by Gunmen
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Financial Times:
Harvard study paints bleak picture of ethnic diversity  —  A bleak picture of the corrosive effects of ethnic diversity has been revealed in research by Harvard University's Robert Putnam, one of the world's most influential political scientists.  —  His research shows that the more diverse a community is …
Edmund S. Phelps / Opinion Journal:
Dynamic Capitalism  —  Entrepreneurship is lucrative—and just.  —  There are two economic systems in the West.  Several nations—including the U.S., Canada and the U.K.—have a private-ownership system marked by great openness to the implementation of new commercial ideas coming from entrepreneurs …
Confederate Yankee:
Help You, Help Me: The First Blegburst  —  I guess I wasn't paying very close attention, but at some point yesterday I cracked a million visits on ye olde Sitemeter, a good chunk of which came from this post that took me longer to upload than create.  —  I think this a milestone of some sort …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Dot-Com Boom Echoed in Deal to Buy YouTube  —  A profitless Web site started by three 20-somethings after a late-night dinner party is sold for more than a billion dollars, instantly turning dozens of its employees into paper millionaires.  It sounds like a tale from the late 1990's dot-com bubble, but it happened yesterday.
Gail Shister / Philadelphia Inquirer:
Gibson: Run golden-oldie ads, get golden-oldie viewers  —  Want younger viewers for the evening news?  Ditch the geezer ads, says ABC World News anchor Charlie Gibson.  —  If networks are serious about luring pre-Social Security eyeballs, they should replace commercials for adult diapers …
Brendan Loy / The Irish Trojan's Blog:
Lieberman lied?  Uh, nope.  —  Daily Kos diarist "mcjoan," in a front-page post, says Joe Lieberman was lying when he said this past Sunday, "There were some things Vice President Cheney said about Saddam having nuclear weapons, I never bought that."  —  In an attempt to prove that Lieberman was lying …
Nekesa Mumbi Moody / Associated Press:
Streisand Has Outburst at NYC Concert  —  It was an evening that elicited tears, standing ovations, raucous laughter and shouts of joy from the audience _ and was just in the first few minutes.  —  Yes, Barbra Streisand's return to touring after a 12-year absence was the extravaganza that it promised to be.
Mark Pazniokas / Hartford Courant:
Lamont Uses Joe's Old Ads  —  Ned Lamont is trying to coax the ghost of campaigns past to haunt the present campaign of Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman.  —  In a new Lamont ad scheduled to air today, challenger Joe Lieberman of 1988 seems to be making a case to reject the 18-year incumbent Lieberman of 2006.
Discussion: Firedoglake and LamontBlog
Geoffrey R. Stone / Chicago Tribune:
What it means to be a liberal  —  For most of the past four decades, liberals have been in retreat.  Since the election of Richard Nixon in 1968, Republicans have controlled the White House 70 percent of the time and Republican presidents have made 86 percent of the U.S. Supreme Court appointments.
David Oscar Markus / Southern District of Florida Blog:
Update on Padilla motion to dismiss for outrageous government conduct  —  I've read through Jose Padilla's motion (written by the Federal Defender's Office — Michael Caruso, Orlando do Campo, and Tony Natale) to dismiss for outrageous government conduct, which I originally covered last week here.
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Suspicion Surrounds Retreat In Gas Prices, Poll Finds  —  Gasoline prices are down about 75 cents in two months, but whether motorists will see further declines at the pump depends in part on whether the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries can agree to cut production.
 
 
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