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9:45 AM ET, October 9, 2006

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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 …
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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.
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 …
CNN:
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 …
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:
Russia: NKorea test greater than reported  —  MOSCOW - Russia's defense minister said Monday that North Korea's nuclear test was equivalent to 5,000 tons to 15,000 tons of TNT.  —  That would be far greater than the force given by South Korea's geological institute, which estimated it at just 550 tons of TNT.
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
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:
Discussion: Wizbang
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.
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
U.S. detects seismic event in N. Korea
Discussion: The Washington Note
Telegraph:   North Korea tests nuclear bomb
Associated Press:
N. Korea says it conducted successful underground nuclear weapons test
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Times of London:
China on alert over a nuclear neighbour
Discussion: Austin Bay Blog
BBC:   North Korea claims nuclear 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:
G.O.P.'s Baker Hints Iraq Plan Needs Change  —  James A. Baker III, the Republican co-chairman of a bipartisan panel reassessing Iraq strategy for President Bush, said Sunday that he expected the panel would depart from Mr. Bush's repeated calls to "stay the course," and he strongly suggested …
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Des Moines Register:
Clark attends D.M. rally to campaign for Boswell  —  Former presidential candidate and retired Gen. Wesley Clark said Sunday that any positive solution to the deteriorating situation in Iraq would have to come with a new presidency - and a Democratic Congress.  —  "This administration is driving us into a ditch.
Discussion: First Read
Fisnik Abrashi / Associated Press:
NATO chief warns of Afghan tipping point  —  KABUL, Afghanistan - NATO's top commander in Afghanistan said Sunday the country was at a tipping point and warned Afghans would likely switch their allegiance to resurgent Taliban militants if there are no visible improvements in people's lives in the next six months.
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.
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
Politics Central:
THE MULLAHS' MASSACRE ON THE ROAD TO QOM  —  News filtered out of Iran this Sunday of demonstrations protesting the arrest of Ayatollah Mohammad Kazemeini Boroujerdi, an Iranian cleric fighting against the "Political Religion" that has dominated his country since Khomeini.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Roger L. Simon
 
 
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