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9:10 PM ET, October 8, 2006

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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 …
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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.
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 …
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Robert J. McCarthy / Buffalo News:
Reynolds is badly trailing Davis, poll shows
Discussion: MyDD and Pajamas Media
The Raw Story:
Embattled Rep. caught in Foley scandal cancels Sunday talk show appearance
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Conflicting Accounts Leave Plot Holes in Foley Saga
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and The Strata-Sphere
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
GOP lawmakers seek to defend Hastert
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and MyDD
Walter F. Roche Jr. / Los Angeles Times:
Ex-Page Tells of Foley Liaison  —  The young man says the then-congressman eyed males in the program.  He says he was 21 when he and the Florida Republican had sex.  —  A former House page says he had sex with then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) after receiving explicit e-mails …
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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.
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Whiskey Bar
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.
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
DNC Still Can't Find An American Soldier To Support
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.
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
Journalist Critical of Chechen War Is Shot Dead  —  Anna Politkovskaya, the veteran Russian journalist and author who made her name as a searing critic of the Kremlin and its policies in Chechnya, was found dead on Saturday in her apartment building, shot in the head with a pistol, the authorities and her colleagues said.
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David Holley / Los Angeles Times:
Acclaimed Reporter Killed in Russia
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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."
Discussion: AMERICAN FUTURE
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.
Michael Kinsley / Los Angeles Times:
Forget the L.A. Times; How About a National Tribune?  —  Former opinion editor feels ex-Publisher Jeff Johnson's pain, gives his recipe for 21st century success.  —  OCCASIONALLY, during the year and change that I ran the opinion pages of this newspaper (ending a little over a year ago) …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and LA Observed
TBlumer / Bizzyblog:
The Federal Budget Deficit: Bush Benchmark Achieved, Ignored  —  ..... and the best may be yet to come.  —  A huge point has been virtually if not totally ignored since the announcement on Friday that the reported federal deficit for the fiscal year that ended a week ago was $250 billion …
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Riehl World View
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
US secretly woos Khatami  —  The Bush administration made secret overtures to former Iran president Mohammed Khatami during his visit to the United States last month in an attempt to establish a back channel via the ex-leader.  —  American officials made the approach as part of a strategy …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
 
 
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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.
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Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Castro Foe Puts U.S. in an Awkward Spot
Sam Hieb / Sam's Notes:
CAROLINA FREEDOM NET
John Dickerson / Slate:
Cut-and-Run Boomerang  —  BUSH'S POLITICAL SPEECH UNDERMINES HIS DIPLOMACY.
Discussion: Dohiyi Mir, Taylor Marsh and PBD
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
A Pocket Veto On Border Fence?
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Republicans try to implicate Pelosi in Predatorgate with nonsense
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Diana B. Henriques / New York Times:
As Exemptions Grow, Religion Outweighs Regulation
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John Kerry Fights for Patrick Murphy
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Amon / Samizdata.net:
Death of a movie  —  Dale Amon (Belfast, Northern Ireland) North American affairs
Los Angeles Times:
Taxes Take Center Stage in Gov. Debate
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
THE DEMOCRATS SUPPORT THE TROOPS...
Discussion: Cold Fury
Byron Calame / New York Times:
Hazarding Personal Opinions in Public Can Be Hazardous for Journalists
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Cheney Back Delivering the Grim Campaign Speech