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6:15 PM ET, October 7, 2006

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Marcus Mabry / Newsweek:
How low can the Republicans go?  —  Americans are divided over whether Hastert should resign  —  Come hell or high water-ran the conventional wisdom-Republicans could rely on two issues to win elections: the war on terror and values.  Then came Mark Foley.
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
A Tale of Two Ads  —  The real choice this November. … —TV ad on behalf of Patty Wetterling,  —  Democratic candidate in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District … —TV ad on behalf of Nancy Johnson,  —  Republican candidate for reelection in Connecticut's 5th Congressional District
Lawrence O'Donnell / The Huffington Post:
Who is Scott Palmer?  —  He is Speaker Hastert's chief of staff, which makes him the key player in the what-did-Hastert-know-and-when-did-he- know-it drama.  Scott Palmer has issued a statement flatly denying that Kirk Fordham, Mark Foley's former chief of staff, warned him that Foley …
Discussion: Macsmind and Pam's House Blend
Mark Preston / CNN:
First campaign ad featuring Foley hits the airwaves
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Reuters:
Danish TV shows cartoons mocking Prophet Mohammad  —Text+COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish state TV on Friday aired amateur video footage showing young members of the anti-immigrant Danish Peoples' party engaged in a competition to draw humiliating cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Are you ready for Cartoon Jihad 2? Update: Video added
Discussion: Riehl World View and The Mahablog
sugiero:   Video: Young "Danish People's Party" Members Draw Muhammed  —  How dare they!!
Kwang-Tae Kim / Associated Press:
Warning Shots Fired Near Korean Border  —  SEOUL, South Korea — Gunfire rang out Saturday along the heavily armed no man's land separating the divided Koreas, as regional tensions mounted in anticipation of communist North Korea's plan to test its first atomic bomb.
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Evelyn Leopold / Reuters:   U.N. warns North Korea against nuclear weapon test
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   DMZ Tensions Escalate
Time:
Castro Is Reported to Have Cancer  —  U.S. intelligence reports now say the Cuban leader's condition appears terminal, government officials tell TIME  —  Ever since President Fidel Castro was sidelined for what was said to be abdominal surgery last July, Cuban officials have maintained …
Michael Davis / tfponline.com:
Ford called self a lawyer but did not pass bar exam  —  Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Harold Ford Jr. referred to himself as a lawyer earlier this week, but the congressman has not passed the bar exam.  —  Michael Powell, senior adviser to the Ford campaign, said U.S. Rep. Ford took the Tennessee bar exam in February 1997 and failed.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Discriminations
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Gateway Pundit:
Busted! Harold Ford Jr. - Life Imitates Lawyer
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Engram / Back Talk:
Update on the Federal Budget Deficit  —  The Mark Foley micro-scandal can't change the fact that the American economy is going great guns.  The 2006 budget deficit figures were just released, and the deficit is not only getting better, it is now relatively small by historical standards.
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Bush Balks at Criteria for FEMA Director  —  Signing Statement Asserts Right to Ignore Parts of New Homeland Security Law  —  President Bush reserved the right to ignore key changes in Congress's overhaul of the Federal Emergency Management Agency — including a requirement to appoint someone …
Discussion: The Heretik and MotherJones.com
Donald H. Rumsfeld / Washington Post:
Afghanistan: Five Years Later  —  On Oct. 7, 2001, President Bush spoke from the Treaty Room of the White House to announce the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom, a mission designed to disrupt and destroy al-Qaeda operations in Afghanistan and the regime that had harbored and supported Osama bin Laden's terrorist network.
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Foley Case Upsets Tough Balance by Capitol Hill's Gay Republicans  —  Every month or so, 10 top staff members from Capitol Hill meet over dinner to commiserate about their uneasy experience as gay Republicans.  In a wry reference to the "K Street Project," the party's campaign to build influence along …
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
Security Barriers of New York Are Removed  —  They started appearing on Manhattan streets immediately after September 11: concrete and metal barriers in front of skyscrapers, offices and museums.  Some were clunky planters; others were shaped artfully into globes.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and The Heretik
Julie Moult / The Sun:
Brave heroes hounded out  —  and TOM REILLY  —  MUSLIM yobs who wrecked a house to stop four brave soldiers moving in after returning from Afghanistan sparked outrage last night.  —  The house in a village near riot-torn Windsor had BRICKS thrown through windows and was DAUBED with messages of hate.
Discussion: USS Neverdock and Daily Pundit
George E. Condon Jr / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Ex-congressman lashes out  —  In prison letter, he blames contractor for downfall, reporter for his pain  —  WASHINGTON - In a handwritten letter to the reporter who exposed his corruption, former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham portrays life in prison as an agonizing time of regret …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Media Matters for America:
"Media Matters"; by Jamison Foser  —  The Most Trusted Name in News?  —  Ten years ago tomorrow, Fox News slithered onto the scene, beginning its assault on logic and reason and fact and decency and, basically, all that is great about America.  A maniacal scheme hatched …
 
 
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Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
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Tracy Sabo / CNN:
Attorney: Feds, page to talk about Foley correspondence
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Reuters:
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