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4:00 PM ET, October 9, 2006

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Wonk / Defense Tech:
NORK NUCLEAR TEST: IT'S A DUD  —  Cross-posted at Arms Control Wonk.com.  —  HA HA HA HA.  —  I — Jeffrey Lewis, crossposting from Arms Control Wonk — love the US Geological Survey.  —  They've published lat/long (41.294 N, 129.134 E) and Mb estimates (4.2) for the North Korean test.
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Ben Johnson / Front Page Magazine:
The Left's Diplomacy Pays Off  —  SCORE ONE FOR BILL CLINTON and Jimmy Carter.  —  As of this writing in the early morning hours of October 9, President Bush is expected to announce that North Korea has conducted an underground nuclear test.  Unlike the abortive launch in July …
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 …
BBC:
Outcry at N Korea 'nuclear test'  —  North Korea's claim to have successfully carried out a nuclear weapon test underground has sparked international condemnation.  —  President George W Bush said the US was working to confirm the claim, which he branded a "provocative" act.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
World Leaders Condemn North Korea  —  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.
Stephen Fidler / Financial Times:
Analysis: North Korea test a sign of weakness
Discussion: Need to Know and Daily Kos
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Bush on North Korean nuke test; Update: Equivalent to …
Discussion: Power Line
Chester / The Adventures of Chester:
Was the nuke test a hoax?
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
N. Korea Reports 1st Nuclear Arms Test
Donald Sensing / One Hand Clapping:
Don't jeer at North Korea's nuke test!
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Why Did Bush Drop Ball On Inspectors in N. Korea?
ArmsControlWonk:
NORK DATA: It was a DUD [3]
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Glittering Eye
Associated Press:   Russia: NKorea test greater than reported
Agence France Presse:
North Korea may be preparing second test: intelligence
Discussion: AMERICAN FUTURE
Thomas M. DeFrank / NY Daily News:
Scandals stymie W's momentum  —  DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF  —  WASHINGTON - Suddenly, like the fierce "blue northers" that sweep across Texas each autumn, the political winds have turned bleaker for Republicans - and President Bush's private mood has blackened accordingly.
Discussion: The Heretik and AMERICAblog
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
At Reuters, a New Book and a Lost Job  —  On Tuesday, Joe Maguire, one of two editors in charge of markets coverage at Reuters, handed his bosses the galleys of his new book, "Brainless: The Lies and Lunacy of Ann Coulter."  On Wednesday, Mr. Maguire discovered he would have plenty of free …
CNN:
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.
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
GOP hopefuls hope Hastert stays away  —  The survival of J. Dennis Hastert as speaker of the House of Representatives will produce an uncomfortable scene Thursday at the Hilton Chicago.  President Bush is the principal attraction at a reception to fund congressional candidates …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Firedoglake
Rasmussen Reports:
Minnesota Governor: Pawlenty Falls Behind  —  Hatch (DFL) 44% Pawlenty (R) 42%  —  After opening up a 10-point lead in early August, incumbent Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty finds himself down two points to Attorney General Mike Hatch in the latest Rasmussen Reports election survey.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Diana B. Henriques / New York Times:
Where Faith Abides, Employees Have Few Rights  —  J. Jeffrey Heck, a lawyer in Mansfield, Ohio, usually sits on management's side of the table.  "The only employee cases I take are those that poke my buttons," he said.  "And this one really did."  —  His client was a middle-aged novice training …
Ali Waked / Ynetnews:
Al-Qaeda affiliate burns coffee shop in Gaza Strip  —  Al-Qaeda affiliated group takes responsibility for setting internet coffee shop ablaze in Gaza Strip as punishment for what they deem unethical behavior.  Group threatens others who don't comply with ethical standards.
Discussion: Liberty and Justice
Karen Tumulty / Time:
The End of a Revolution  —  Sex, lies and power games are just the latest symptoms of a Republican Party that has strayed from its ideals  —  Every revolution begins with the power of an idea and ends when clinging to power is the only idea left.  The epitaph for the movement that started …
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Edmund Phelps — Today's Nobel Prize in economics  —  Edmund Phelps.  Here is the announcement from Sweden.  —  Here is his autobiography.  He was born in Chicago in 1933 and now teaches at Columbia.  Here is his CV, and here is another version.  Here are recent papers.
Discussion: MaxSpeak and Dynamist Blog
 
 
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