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8:40 AM ET, October 9, 2006


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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
N. Korea Reports 1st Nuclear Arms Test  —  North Korea said Sunday night that it had set off its first nuclear test, becoming the eighth country in history, and arguably the most unstable and most dangerous, to proclaim that it has joined the club of nuclear weapons states.
Fox News:
U.S. OFFICIAL: NORTH KOREA TESTED NUCLEAR WEAPON  —  SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea successfully completed a test of a nuclear weapon late Sunday night, a senior Bush administration official confirmed to FOX News.  —  The official said, however, that the underground blast only measured …
Washington Post:
N. Korea Claims Nuclear Test  —  Geologists in South Detect Man-Made Blast  —  North Korea declared on Monday that it had conducted its first nuclear test in defiance of international calls for restraint, claiming to be the world's newest nuclear power.  —  South Korean geological officials …
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.
North Korea claims nuclear test … SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) — North Korea on Monday claimed it has performed a successful nuclear test, according to that country's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).  —  South Korean government officials also said North Korea performed its first nuclear test …
Associated Press:
North Korea claims nuclear weapons test  —  Official news agency says no radioactive leakage  —  SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea said Monday it has performed its first-ever nuclear weapons test.  —  U.S. and South Korean officials could not immediately confirm the report.
Selig S. Harrison / Newsweek:
North Korea: A Nuclear Threat  —  Is Kim Jong Il ready to provoke a regional crisis?  An exclusive account of what Pyongyang really wants.  —  Newsweek International  —  On Sept. 19, 2005, North Korea signed a widely heralded denuclearization agreement with the United States, China, Russia, Japan and South Korea.
Burt Herman / Associated Press:
North Korea Says Nuclear Test Successful  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Monday it had performed its first nuclear weapons test, an underground explosion that defied international warnings but was hailed by the communist nation as a "great leap forward" for its people.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Billmon / Whiskey Bar:
Test Pattern  —  Meanwhile, back in the surreal world, Armageddon appears to be coming along nicely: … No doubt Tony Snow will step out tomorrow to tell us it's really not such a big deal — the North Koreans and Kim Jong-il being ever so much nicer and more rational than those genocidal Iranians …
Josh Treviño / The Remedy:
Nuclear North Korea.  —  The North Korean tyranny detonated an atomic weapon on its own soil today.  But it surely won't be the only detonation, and the historical record does not suggest that the Pyongyang regime will restrict this horror to its own soil.  The nascent NYT story, cribbed from the AP for the moment, is here.
John / Op For:
DESTABLIZATION V2.0  —  Another nation joined the nuclear club today.  A particularly nasty one. … My source on the peninsula says that South Korea is -understandably- having a cow, same with Japan.  And think of all the nations that are within the fallout range of a green-glowing, radioactive Korea.
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
U.S. detects seismic event in N. Korea
Discussion: The Washington Note
Associated Press:   N. Korea Reports 1st Nuclear Arms Test
North Korea tests nuclear bomb
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
North Korea claims nuclear test
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Times of London:
China on alert over a nuclear neighbour
Discussion: Austin Bay Blog
North Korea claims first nuclear weapon test
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.
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."
Sally Kestin / Sun-Sentinel:
Investigation shows FEMA spent millions on puppet shows, bingo, yoga  —  At the Pinitos Learning Center in Boca Raton, disaster workers dressed as "Windy Biggie" and "Sunny" teach 30 preschoolers a song about how the wind is good, even during a hurricane.  —  "Windy Biggie is our friend.
Associated Press:
Virginia Senator Did Not Disclose Stock Options  —  For the past five years, Senator George Allen, Republican of Virginia, has failed to tell Congress about stock options he got for his work as a director of a high-tech company.  —  Congressional rules require senators to disclose to the Senate …
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