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4:45 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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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 …
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.
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.
Amar Bakshi / Need to Know:   Bush' Blunder In North Korea
Stephen Fidler / Financial Times:
Analysis: North Korea test a sign of weakness
Discussion: Daily Kos
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Bush on North Korean nuke test; Update: Equivalent to …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
N. Korea Reports 1st Nuclear Arms Test
Agence France Presse:
North Korea may be preparing second test: intelligence
Discussion: AMERICAN FUTURE
Associated Press:   Russia: NKorea test greater than reported
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
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.
Discussion: Liberty and Justice
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: Firedoglake, NewsBusters.org and Gawker
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Edmund Phelps — Today's Nobel Prize in economics  —  Edmund Phelps.  Here is the announcement from Sweden.  —  Here is his autobiography.  He was born in Chicago in 1933 and now teaches at Columbia.  Here is his CV, and here is another version.  Here are recent papers.
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.
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 …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Secret Iraq Meeting Included Journalists  —  It was the kind of shadowy, secret Washington meeting that Bob Woodward is fond of describing in detail.  In his new book, "State of Denial," he writes that on Nov. 29, 2001, a dozen policy makers, Middle East experts and members …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
 
 
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