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7:50 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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Amar Bakshi / Need to Know:
Bush' Blunder In North Korea  —  Former U.S. National Security Advisor Donald Gregg - First: Don't panic.  Kim Jong Il's objective is survival and eventual change in North Korea, not suicide.  The diplomatic situation in Northeast Asia will be immensely complicated by the North Korea test …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Reported Test 'Fundamentally Changes the Landscape' for U.S. Officials  —  North Korea's apparent nuclear test last night may well be regarded as a failure of the Bush administration's nuclear nonproliferation policy.  —  Since George W. Bush became president, North Korea has restarted …
Chester / The Adventures of Chester:
Was the nuke test a hoax?  —  This site does not profess conspiracy theories.  —  But from time to time, I do attempt to perform what I've called "agressive pattern-spotting."  —  Consider:  —  1. About two years ago, there were rumors of an impending North Korean nuclear test.
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 …
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: Daily Kos
Fox News:
U.S. OFFICIAL: NORTH KOREA TESTED NUCLEAR WEAPON
Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
Was North Korea testing a suitcase nuke?
Discussion: Austin Bay Blog
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.
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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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
New Hampshire Union Leader:   Hastert's inaction: Speaker, others must go
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.
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
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 …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google snaps up YouTube for $1.65B  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. is snapping up YouTube Inc. for $1.65 billion in a deal that catapults the Internet search leader to a starring role in the online video revolution.  —  The all-stock deal announced Monday unites one of the Internet's marquee companies …
Discussion: Blog P.I.
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.
Brian C. Mooney / Boston Globe:
Kerry's barnstorming sparks talk of a run  —  Advisers see 2d presidential bid  —  Yesterday , Senator John F. Kerry was in Iowa.  Tomorrow and Wednesday, he'll be in Nevada.  On Friday, he'll be in New Hampshire.  After that, he'll visit 11 more states, including South Carolina, before the Nov. 7 election.
 
 
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