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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.
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 …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Russia Flacks For Kim Jong-Il  —  The seismic record of today's nuclear test by North Korea reveals a very small impact, almost so small that nuclear experts wonder if it isn't a hoax by Kim Jong-Il.  Russia, however, wants everyone to know that they're very impressed by the test:
Stephen Fidler / Financial Times:
Analysis: North Korea test a sign of weakness  —  North Korea's probable test of a nuclear weapon on Monday has triggered the second nuclear crisis in 13 years on the Korean peninsula.  —  In 1993, North Korea announced it would pull out of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michelle Malkin:
We are in range; another test coming?  —  ***update: Bush video and more***  —  A military reader sends an illustration of the various ranges of North Korea's missiles.  He writes: "Looking at their Taepo Dong 2 (two stage) missile range, nearly half our country is in range."  —  Good morning to you, too.
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Video: Bush on North Korean nuke test; Update: Equivalent to …
ArmsControlWonk:
NORK DATA: It was a DUD [3]
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Glittering Eye
Wonk / Defense Tech:   NORK NUCLEAR TEST: IT'S A DUD
Associated Press:   Russia: NKorea test greater than reported
Confederate Yankee:
Did North Korea Call or Bluff?
Discussion: Instapundit.com
Agence France Presse:
North Korea may be preparing second test: intelligence
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
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.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Michigan Senate: Stabenow Jumps to 17-Point Lead
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 …
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: New York Times
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 …
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 …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Gawker
 
 
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