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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Amar Bakshi / Need to Know:   Bush' Blunder In North Korea
Stephen Fidler / Financial Times:
Analysis: North Korea test a sign of weakness
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Bush on North Korean nuke test; Update: Equivalent to …
Donald Sensing / One Hand Clapping:
Don't jeer at North Korea's nuke test!
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, Swing State Project and MyDD
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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.
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: Hullabaloo, The Heretik and AMERICAblog
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 …
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.
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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