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3:05 PM ET, October 6, 2006

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Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Rice, in Baghdad, Insists That Iraqis Are 'Making Progress'  —  Wearing a helmet and a flak jacket and flanked by machine-gun-toting bodyguards to defend against insurgents, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice came here Thursday, insisting that there were new signs of progress in Iraq …
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David S. Cloud / New York Times:
Senator Says U.S. Should Rethink Iraq Strategy  —  The Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee warned Thursday that the situation in Iraq was "drifting sideways" and said that the United States should consider a "change of course" if violence did not diminish soon.
Josh White / Washington Post:   Warner Downbeat After Iraq Trip
Alan Cooperman / Washington Post:
GOP's Hold on Evangelicals Weakening  —  Party's Showing in Midterm Elections May Be Hurt as Polls Indicate Support Dropping in Base  —  ANOKA, Minn. — Lynn Sunde, an evangelical Christian, is considering what for her is a radical step.  Come November, she may vote for a Democrat for Congress.
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Los Angeles Times:
Hastert Must Go  —  His leadership of the House was already bad enough before the Mark Foley scandal.  —  DENNIS HASTERT SHOULD RESIGN as speaker of the House of Representatives.  Not necessarily because he failed to act quickly when shown evidence suggesting that Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) …
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
GOP Bigotry That Backfired
Discussion: The Corner and Norwegianity
David Espo / Associated Press:
Pelosi says she would drain GOP 'swamp'  —  WASHINGTON - Franklin Roosevelt had his first hundred days.  —  House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is thinking 100 hours, time enough, she says, to begin to "drain the swamp" after more than a decade of Republican rule.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Hastert Vows to Overcome Scandal  —  J. Dennis Hastert, who was installed as House speaker eight years ago through backroom maneuvering in a moment of crisis for his party, has no distinct power base in Congress, not much of a national reputation and, in an age of television politics, little polish in front of the camera.
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Eric Boehlert / The Huffington Post:
Oops, I Thought Matt Drudge Was the "Walter Cronkite of His Era"
Associated Press:
House Ethics Panel to Subpoena Documents  —  WASHINGTON — The House ethics committee on Thursday launched an investigation of a congressional page sex scandal that has imperiled Republican election prospects, approving dozens of subpoenas for documents and testimony.
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Washington Post:
House Ethics Committee Holds a News Conference
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and TAPPED
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
In Border Fence's Path, Congressional Roadblocks  —  No sooner did Congress authorize construction of a 700-mile fence on the U.S.-Mexico border last week than lawmakers rushed to approve separate legislation that ensures it will never be built, at least not as advertised, according to Republican lawmakers and immigration experts.
Asia Times:
Kim's message: War is coming to US soil  —  Speaking Freely is an Asia Times Online feature that allows guest writers to have their say.  Please click here if you are interested in contributing.  —  The Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea announced on October 3 …
USA Today:
Race for Senate control tightens  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats are within striking distance of winning control of the Senate in the Nov. 7 elections, USA TODAY/Gallup Polls in six key states show as the campaigns head into their final month.  —  The number of Republican-held seats …
David Corn:
From a List to a GOP Civil War?  —  Copies of The List (see below) have been sent by gay politicos to a variety of social conservative groups that look to the Republican Party to make their religious right dreams come true.  The recipients include the Christian Coalition, Focus on the Family …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Angels and Intelligence Estimates  —  Lost between the Foley tsunami and the Woodward hurricane is the storm that began the great Republican collapse of 2006.  It was only a few weeks ago that the Republicans were clawing their way back to contention for the November elections …
Marc Ambinder / National Journal:
A Calamity For Gay Republicans  —  Less than 24 hours after Rep. Mark Foley resigned in disgrace, some 50 gay Republicans gathered at a friend's house in Virginia.  They were in a brittle mood.  Foley — one of their own, in terms of sexual orientation and party ID — had, by his misconduct …
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Patterico's Exclusive Interview with a Man Who Has Spoken to the Terrorists at Guantánamo (Part Five: Responding to Press Accounts of GTMO and Other Issues)  —  Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:23 am … There have been a number of recent press accounts of life at GTMO — some favorable to the U.S., and some not.
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Anti-U.S. Attack Videos Spread on the Internet  —  Videos showing insurgent attacks against American troops in Iraq, long available in Baghdad shops and on Jihadist Web sites, have steadily migrated in recent months to popular Internet video-sharing sites, including YouTube and Google Video.
 
 
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'Boy snatched off street, set alight and murdered for being white'
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Bush cites authority to bypass FEMA law
Associated Press:
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Washington Post:
Blowing the Easy Ones
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Reuters:
Extremists planned mass Prague murders: paper
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Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
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