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6:50 AM ET, October 10, 2006


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Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
U.S. doubts Korean test was nuclear  —  U.S. intelligence agencies say, based on preliminary indications, that North Korea did not produce its first nuclear blast yesterday.  —  U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that seismic readings show that the conventional high explosives used …
Associated Press:
Scientists Probe North Korea Nuke Test  —  North Korea sets off an earthshaking explosion _ and claims it was nuclear.  Was it?  For scientists, that was not a quick and easy question to answer.  —  Like earthquakes, large explosions send out shockwaves that can be detected on seismographs.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
For U.S., a Strategic Jolt After North Korea's Test  —  North Korea may be a starving, friendless, authoritarian nation of 23 million people, but its apparently successful explosion of a small nuclear device in the mountains above the town of Kilju on Monday represents a defiant bid for survival and respect.
Dafna Linzer / Washington Post:
Low Yield Of Blast Surprises Analysts
Amar Bakshi / Need to Know:
Bush's Blunder In North Korea
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: North Korean nuke test failed?
Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press:
U.N. weighs sanctions against N. Korea
Discussion: Left in the West
USA Today:
Poll: Democratic candidates open large lead in congressional races  —  WASHINGTON — Four weeks before congressional elections, a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows Democrats hold a 23-point lead over GOP candidates.  That's double the lead Republicans had a month before they seized control of Congress in 1994.
New York Times:
Foley Scandal Is Hurting G.O.P.'s Image, Poll Finds  —  Americans say that Republican Congressional leaders put their political interests ahead of protecting the safety of teenage pages, and that House leaders knew of Mark Foley's sexually-charged messages to pages well before he was forced to quit Congress …
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Next Hurrah
Washington Post:
Democrats' Midterm Momentum Mounts, Poll Finds  —  GOP Loses Ground Over Iraq Developments, Hill Scandal  —  Democrats have regained a commanding position going into the final weeks of the midterm election, with support eroding for Republicans on Iraq, ethics and presidential leadership …
Poll: Majority think Hastert should resign … WASHINGTON (CNN) — A majority of Americans believe the scandal over former Rep. Mark Foley's contacts with teenage congressional pages should cost House Speaker Dennis Hastert his leadership post, according to a CNN poll released Monday.
CBS News:
DID HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP KNOW ABOUT FOLEY'S SEXUALLY EXPLICIT E-MAILS?  —  Yes  —  No  —  Forty-six percent think embattled House Speaker Dennis Hastert should resign for his handling of the Foley disclosures.  Two-thirds of Democrats and 44 percent of Independents say Hastert should step down …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:   Bush Approval Withers Under Iraq, Foley Pressure
Google To Acquire YouTube for $1.65 Billion in Stock  —  Combination Will Create New Opportunities for Users and Content Owners Everywhere  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has agreed to acquire YouTube, the consumer media company for people to watch and share original videos through …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google snaps up YouTube for $1.65B
Washington Post:
GOP Officials Brace for Loss Of Seven to 30 House Seats  —  Republican campaign officials said yesterday that they expect to lose at least seven House seats and as many as 30 in the Nov. 7 midterm elections, as a result of sustained violence in Iraq and the page scandal involving former GOP representative Mark Foley.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and AMERICAblog
Associated Press:
Shivering Alaskans to Hugo Chavez: Keep your oil  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In Alaska's native villages, the punishing winter cold is already penetrating the walls of the lightly insulated plywood homes, many of the villagers are desperately poor, and heating-oil prices are among the highest in the nation.
Gaius / Blue Crab Boulevard:
Wow, Wait Until You Read This
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Secure Fence Act Has Secure Support  —  Yesterday I analyzed the possibility that the lack of a presidential signature on the Secure Fence Act (HR 6061) might be an attempt at a pocket veto.  President Bush has never given very enthusiastic support to any border solution that didn't include …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
With Giuliani, G.O.P. Focuses on 9/11 Role  —  At the Detroit Tigers' stadium last week, a visiting troop of children — many wearing Tiger orange and full of the fevered air of the playoffs — met Rudolph W. Giuliani, who declared his lifelong allegiance to their enemy of the moment, the Yankees.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Did 9/11 Put Teflon On Rudy?
Discussion: Gay Patriot and Daily Pundit
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Ian / Hot Air:
Video: Ted Turner unclear which side he is on in War on Terror …
Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard:
The Sixth Year Slump
Mark Bowden /
The truth about Mogadishu  —  No, the battle was not an al-Qaeda ambush.
Discussion: Mudville Gazette
Associated Press:
Polls: GOP losing grip on married moms