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10:45 PM ET, October 9, 2006


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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.
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 …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Washington Post:
Democrats' Midterm Momentum Mounts, Poll Finds  —  GOP Loses Ground Over Iraq Developments, Hill Scandal  —  Democrats have regained a commanding position going into the final weeks of the midterm election, with support eroding for Republicans on Iraq, ethics and presidential leadership …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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 …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:   Bush Approval Withers Under Iraq, Foley Pressure
Wonk / Defense Tech:
NORK NUCLEAR TEST: IT'S A DUD  —  Cross-posted at Arms Control  —  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.
Amar Bakshi / Need to Know:
Bush's 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 …
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.
Associated Press:
Scientists Probe North Korea Nuke Test  —  North Korea sets off an earthshaking explosion _ and claims it was nuclear.  Was it?  For scientists, that was not a quick and easy question to answer.  —  Like earthquakes, large explosions send out shockwaves that can be detected on seismographs.
Discussion: Attytood
Ben Johnson / Front Page Magazine:
The Left's Diplomacy Pays Off
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Reported Test 'Fundamentally Changes the Landscape' for U.S. Officials
Stephen Fidler / Financial Times:
Analysis: North Korea test a sign of weakness
Discussion: Daily Kos and Outside The Beltway
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Secure Fence Act Has Secure Support  —  Yesterday I analyzed the possibility that the lack of a presidential signature on the Secure Fence Act (HR 6061) might be an attempt at a pocket veto.  President Bush has never given very enthusiastic support to any border solution that didn't include …
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 …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
With Giuliani, G.O.P. Focuses on 9/11 Role  —  At the Detroit Tigers' stadium last week, a visiting troop of children — many wearing Tiger orange and full of the fevered air of the playoffs — met Rudolph W. Giuliani, who declared his lifelong allegiance to their enemy of the moment, the Yankees.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Did 9/11 Put Teflon On Rudy?
Discussion: Gay Patriot and Daily Pundit
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. and
Times of London:
Suspect in terror hunt used veil to evade arrest  —  A MALE suspect in a major anti-terrorist investigation in Britain escaped capture by allegedly disguising himself as a Muslim woman dressed in a burka, The Times can reveal.  —  The man, who was wanted in connection with serious terrorist offences …
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.
Morning Call:
Shopping Place Ads Opinion Sitemap  —  HARRISBURG — With less than a month before Election Day, Gov. Ed Rendell has opened a 21-point lead over Republican Lynn Swann, while Rick Santorum and Bob Casey remain neck and neck in one of the most hotly contested U.S. Senate races in the country …
Discussion: TIME
Michael Powell / Washington Post:
In N.Y., Sparks Fly Over Israel Criticism  —  Polish Consulate Says Jewish Groups Called To Oppose Historian  —  NEW YORK — Two major American Jewish organizations helped block a prominent New York University historian from speaking at the Polish consulate here last week …
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Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Foley was ready to leave House until he was talked into running again
Scott Horton / Balkinization:
When Lawyers Are War Criminals
Discussion: TalkLeft and ACSBlog
David Lat /
Jon Stewart to ATL: "Yes I Read Blogs"
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
All Signs Point to a 2nd Kerry Presidential Bid
Ian / Hot Air:
Video: Ted Turner unclear which side he is on in War on Terror …
Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard:
The Sixth Year Slump
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Mark Bowden /
The truth about Mogadishu  —  No, the battle was not an al-Qaeda ambush.
Discussion: Mudville Gazette
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Los Angeles Times:
Attack of the wild blogs
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
A Slippery Slope of Censorship at YouTube
Rasmussen Reports:
Minnesota Governor: Pawlenty Falls Behind
Diana B. Henriques / New York Times:
Where Faith Abides, Employees Have Few Rights
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Edmund Phelps — Today's Nobel Prize in economics
Ali Waked / Ynetnews:
Al-Qaeda affiliate burns coffee shop in Gaza Strip