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11:05 AM ET, October 11, 2006


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David Brown / Washington Post:
Study Claims Iraq's 'Excess' Death Toll Has Reached 655,000  —  A team of American and Iraqi epidemiologists estimates that 655,000 more people have died in Iraq since coalition forces arrived in March 2003 than would have died if the invasion had not occurred.
New York Times:
Iraqi Dead May Total 600,000, Study Says  —  A boy at his father's coffin in Baghdad yesterday.  Death rates were higher outside the capital, the study said.  —  A team of American and Iraqi public health researchers has estimated that 600,000 civilians have died in violence across Iraq since …
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
A MOST GHOULISH DEBATE  —  It is an unseemly thing to be debating how many Iraqis have died as a result of the invasion and occupation by US troops.  I'm absolutely sure that most opponents of the war feel that way.  They would, I'm sure, wish that we would all just sit back and accept …
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Iraqi Death Toll Exceeds 600,000, Study Estimates  —  WASHINGTON — A new study asserts that roughly 600,000 Iraqis have died from violence since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, a figure many times higher than any previous estimate.  —  The study, to be published Saturday …
Malcolm Ritter / Associated Press:
Study: 655,000 Iraqis die because of war  —  NEW YORK - A controversial new study contends nearly 655,000 Iraqis have died because of the war, suggesting a far higher death toll than other estimates.  —  The timing of the survey's release, just a few weeks before the U.S. congressional elections, led one expert to call it "politics."
Discussion: and NewsHog
Will / Attytood:   601,027: Study suggests twice as many deaths in Iraq since 2003 …
Juan / Informed Comment:
655,000 Dead in Iraq since Bush Invasion
Discussion: This Modern World
New York Times:
Rice Asserts U.S. Plans No Attack on North Korea  —  South Korean rice bound for the North.  Sanctions urged by the United States might limit such shipments.  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday that the United States did not intend to invade or attack North Korea …
Jimmy Carter / New York Times:
Solving the Korean Stalemate, One Step at a Time  —  IN 1994 the North Koreans expelled inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency and were threatening to process spent nuclear fuel into plutonium, giving them the ability to produce nuclear weapons.
Times of London:
Wary neighbours shy away from punishing nuclear North Korea
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Guest Post: Senator John McCain On North Korea
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
McCain Targets Both Clintons
Washington Post:
China Says It Will Back Sanctions On N. Korea
Wall Street Journal:
Asia Weighs Risk of Sanctions
Discussion: Austin Bay Blog
New York Times:
North Korea Warns U.S.; Japan Cuts Ties
Discussion: Liberty and Justice
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
History of Foley Messages' Release Clarified by Players  —  2 Sources Explain Motives, Citing Concern for Hill's Pages  —  Two of the news media's sources of Mark Foley's sexually explicit instant messages to former House pages said this week that they came forward to expose …
Margaret Webb Pressler / Washington Post:
Researchers See a Downside as Keyboards Replace Pens in Schools  —  Researchers See a Downside as Keyboards Replace Pens in Schools  —  The computer keyboard helped kill shorthand, and now it's threatening to finish off longhand.  —  When handwritten essays were introduced on the SAT exams …
New York Times:
Across Europe, Worries on Islam Spread to Center  —  Europe appears to be crossing an invisible line regarding its Muslim minorities: more people in the political mainstream are arguing that Islam cannot be reconciled with European values.  —  "You saw what happened with the pope," …
Rasmussen Reports:
Rhode Island Governor: Carcieri Up Three  —  Carcieri (R) 47% Fogarty (D) 44%  —  Incumbent Donald Carcieri's (R) lead has been extended by a single point in Rhode Island's gubernatorial race.  The latest Rasmussen Reports election survey shows Carcieri leading Lt. Governor Charles Fogarty (D) 47% to 44% (see crosstabs).
Rasmussen Reports:
Rhode Island Senate: Chafee Down 10
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
FBI Agents Still Lacking Arabic Skills  —  Five years after Arab terrorists attacked the United States, only 33 FBI agents have even a limited proficiency in Arabic, and none of them work in the sections of the bureau that coordinate investigations of international terrorism, according to new FBI statistics.
USA Today:
FBI investigating actions of Specter staff member  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI is investigating whether a member of Sen. Arlen Specter's staff broke the law by helping her husband, a lobbyist, secure almost $50 million in Pentagon spending for his clients, the senator acknowledged Tuesday.
Discussion: First Read
John Pomfret / Washington Post:
Fence Meets Wall of Skepticism  —  Critics Doubt a 700-Mile Barrier Would Stem Migrant Tide  —  CALEXICO, Calif. — Legislation passed by Congress mandating the fencing of 700 miles of the U.S. border with Mexico has sparked opposition from an array of land managers, businesspeople …
14-year old shoots suspected burglar inside his home  —  CORPUS CHRISTI - Police are investigating what happened during a home burglary that left the suspect dead and neighbors in shock.  —  It happened Monday afternoon at a home in the 4200 block of Ocean Drive.
Discussion: Redstate
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