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11:50 PM ET, October 8, 2006

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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Lawmaker Saw Foley Messages In 2000  —  Page Shared Exchanges With GOP Rep. Kolbe  —  A Republican congressman knew of disgraced former representative Mark Foley's inappropriate Internet exchanges as far back as 2000 and personally confronted Foley about his communications.
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Associated Press:
North Korea says nuclear test successful  —  SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea said Monday it has performed its first-ever nuclear weapons test.  The country's official Korean Central News Agency said the test was performed successfully and there was no radioactive leakage from the site.
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CTV.ca:
North Korea claims first nuclear weapon test  —  North Korea has claimed to carry out what its neighbours have long feared — the test of a nuclear weapon.  —  "The nuclear test is a historic event that brought happiness to our military and people," said a quote carried Monday …
Discussion: story.news.ask.com
Newsday:
Poll shows Reynolds lags behind Davis after connection to Foley scandal  —  BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Rep. Thomas Reynolds is trailing behind his Democratic opponent after he was connected to the scandal involving former GOP Rep. Mark Foley of Florida, according to a poll released Saturday.
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The Raw Story:
Embattled Rep. caught in Foley scandal cancels Sunday talk show appearance
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
GOP lawmakers seek to defend Hastert
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and MyDD
Associated Press:
AP: Allen didn't disclose stock options  —  RICHMOND, Va. - For the past five years, Sen. George Allen (news, bio, voting record), has failed to tell Congress about stock options he got for his work as a director of a high-tech company.  The Virginia Republican also asked the Army to help another business that gave him similar options.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Baker Sees Iraq Panel Departing From Bush Strategy  —  James A. Baker III , the Republican co-chairman of a bipartisan commission assessing Iraq strategy for President Bush, said today that he expected the group to depart from Mr. Bush's call to "stay the course."
Fisnik Abrashi / Associated Press:
NATO chief warns of Afghan tipping point  —  KABUL, Afghanistan - NATO's top commander in Afghanistan said Sunday the country was at a tipping point and warned Afghans would likely switch their allegiance to resurgent Taliban militants if there are no visible improvements in people's lives in the next six months.
Frank Luntz / Time:
Foley: The Final Straw  —  In 1994, pollster Frank Luntz helped congressional Republicans sweep into power.  Now he says the G.O.P. has become everything it once swore to destroy  —  Had enough?  —  America has.  Anyone who reads the polls accurately and honestly will acknowledge …
Sadeq Saba / BBC:
Iran arrests controversial cleric  —  An Iranian cleric, Mohammed Kazemeini Boroujerdi, has been arrested amid clashes between his supporters and police outside his house in Teheran.  —  Police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of his followers, who had formed a cordon around his residence.
Carol Rosenberg / Seattle Times:
Guantánamo defense lawyer forced out of Navy  —  NEWARK, N.J. — The Navy lawyer who took the Guantánamo case of Osama bin Laden's driver to the U.S. Supreme Court — and won — has been passed over for promotion by the Pentagon and must soon leave the military.  —  Lt. Cmdr.
Dean Barnett / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
Leaving Foley, Parsing Rahm  —  As God is my witness, this will be my last substantive post on the Foley matter.  I'm Foleyed out.  Really, how much evidence needs to mount before everyone concludes that Foley was a twisted guy and that further evidence of Foley's twistedness becomes therefore irrelevant?
Fareed Zakaria / Newsweek:
Iraq's Dark Day of Reckoning  —  If you were a Shiite, having suffered through a brutal insurgency and an incompetent government, would you give up your weapons?  —  When Iraq's current government was formed last April, after four months of bitter disputes, wrangling and paralysis …
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
DNC Still Can't Find An American Soldier To Support
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Hastert scratches New York fundraiser  —  WASHINGTON — Embattled House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert nixed plans to headline a mid-October fund-raiser in New York with Mayor Bloomberg — but will stand with President Bush on Thursday in Chicago.  —  The Bush White House will lend more support …
David Holley / Los Angeles Times:
Acclaimed Reporter Killed in Russia  —  Anna Politkovskaya, known for writing about human rights abuses in Chechnya, is shot in an apparent assassination.  —  MOSCOW — A prominent Russian journalist known for reporting of human rights abuses in war-torn Chechnya was shot and killed Saturday …
Discussion: Reuters, Economist and Power Line
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C. J. Chivers / New York Times:   Journalist Critical of Chechen War Is Shot Dead
Greg Morsbach / BBC:
Mass Venezuela opposition rally  —  Tens of thousands of people have marched through the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, in support of the main opposition candidate, Manuel Rosales.  —  Mr Rosales will face President Hugo Chavez in December's presidential poll.
Sam Hieb / Sam's Notes:
CAROLINA FREEDOM NET  —  Yes, I not only attended Carolina Freedom Net, but was a participant on the first panel.  Indeed, the focus of that first panel was supposed to be on the merits of blogging about local vs. national issues, and my fellow panel members pretty much focused on on national issues.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Will Sen. Allen's Cowboy Boots Fit Virginia Voters?  —  RICHMOND — Like many kids, George Allen grew up idolizing television cowboys with shiny six-shooters at their hips.  But his love affair with the imagery of the Old West endured into adulthood and became a motif of his political career.
Discussion: The Corner and NewsBusters.org
 
 
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Bob Benenson / CQPolitics.com:
CQ Ratings Reflect Crumbling Support for GOP Control
Lindsay Beyerstein / Majikthise:
Feminist blogger denied emergency contraception, gets pregnant …
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Democrat Poised to Become First Muslim in Congress
Discussion: Power Line and Norwegianity
Keith Whamond / Connecticut Post:
Attack of the blogs  —  How anonymous Web writers are shaping …
Geoffrey R. Stone / The Huffington Post:
Liberal Values  —  For most of the past four decades, "liberals" have been in retreat.
Discussion: Discriminations
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Castro Foe Puts U.S. in an Awkward Spot
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
US secretly woos Khatami
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Byron York / Washington Post:
Fear and Loathing In the GOP
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
A Pocket Veto On Border Fence?
Discussion: Political Animal
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Republicans try to implicate Pelosi in Predatorgate with nonsense
Discussion: Think Progress
Michael Kinsley / Los Angeles Times:
Forget the L.A. Times; How About a National Tribune?
Discussion: Ezra Klein and LA Observed
Diana B. Henriques / New York Times:
As Exemptions Grow, Religion Outweighs Regulation
TBlumer / Bizzyblog:
The Federal Budget Deficit: Bush Benchmark Achieved, Ignored
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Page scandal makes America look silly
VICtor Manuel Ramos / Orlando Sentinel:
War widow fights to stay
Los Angeles Times:
Taxes Take Center Stage in Gov. Debate