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11:55 AM ET, October 9, 2006


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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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:
Russia: NKorea test greater than reported
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
U.S. detects seismic event in N. Korea
Discussion: NewsHog and The Washington Note
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Russia Flacks For Kim Jong-Il
Discussion: Wizbang
Times of London:
China on alert over a nuclear neighbour
Discussion: Austin Bay Blog
Associated Press:
N. Korea says it conducted successful underground nuclear weapons test
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
NORK DATA: It was a DUD [3]
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Defense Tech
North Korea tests nuclear bomb
BBC:   North Korea claims nuclear test
MTP Transcript for Oct. 8  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: Only 30 days until the midterm elections.  How will the Foley congressional page scandal and the war in Iraq affect the voters?  The Democrats must gain six seats to take control of the U.S. Senate.
Discussion: PUB DEF, Daily Kos and Rising Hegemon
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
State of Denial: Cheney Cursed Out Woodward Over Kissinger Revelations
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Evangelicals Blame Foley, Not the G.O.P.  —  As word of Representative Mark Foley's sexually explicit e-mail messages to former pages spread last week, Republican strategists worried — and Democrats hoped — that the sordid nature of the scandal would discourage conservative Christians from going to the polls.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:   "Evangelicals Blame Foley, Not Republican Party."
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.
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 …
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: AMERICAblog
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
California Prosecutor's Novel Gets Her Bumped From a Case  —  A California prosecutor's fictional alter ego has gotten her kicked off a real-life case.  —  In January, Joyce Dudley, a deputy district attorney in Santa Barbara, published a crime novel called "Intoxicating Agent."
Discussion: and Althouse
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USA Today:
Ex-Foley aide to testify at ethics panel
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