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2:20 PM ET, October 10, 2006


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Joe Katzman / Winds of Change.NET:
Why North Korea is the Wrong Focus  —  As fate would have it, I was sitting in a local Italian restaurant with Marc Armed "Liberal" Danziger when the call came in at around 8:30pm California time.  Kim Jong-Il, the star of "Team America: World Police" and also incidentally the ruler of North Korea, had set off a nuke.
Washington Post:
Bush's 'Axis of Evil' Comes Back to Haunt United States  —  Nearly five years after President Bush introduced the concept of an "axis of evil" comprising Iraq, Iran and North Korea, the administration has reached a crisis point with each nation: North Korea has claimed it conducted its first nuclear test …
David Frum / New York Times:
Mutually Assured Disruption  —  THE North Korean nuclear test — if that indeed is what it was — signals the catastrophic collapse of a dozen years of American policy.  Over that period, two of the world's most dangerous regimes, Pakistan and North Korea, have developed nuclear weapons and the missiles to launch them.
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
U.S. doubts Korean test was nuclear  —  U.S. intelligence agencies say, based on preliminary indications, that North Korea did not produce its first nuclear blast yesterday.  —  U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that seismic readings show that the conventional high explosives used …
Selig S. Harrison / Washington Post:
In a Test, a Reason to Talk
Discussion: Political Animal and MaxSpeak
Jack Kim / Reuters:
N. Korea nuclear test condemned, UN ponders action
Discussion: Hot Air
Juan / Informed Comment:   N. Korea, Iraq, Foley  —  Anything in Common?
Google To Acquire YouTube for $1.65 Billion in Stock  —  Combination Will Create New Opportunities for Users and Content Owners Everywhere  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has agreed to acquire YouTube, the consumer media company for people to watch and share original videos through …
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
Former pages surveyed in Foley probe  —  WASHINGTON - Lawmakers, following a request from the House ethics committee, are surveying aides and former House pages to find out if any of them had knowledge of ex-Rep. Mark Foley (news, bio, voting record)'s inappropriate conduct toward male pages.
Discussion: Associated Press and TPMmuckraker
Edmund S. Phelps / Opinion Journal:
Dynamic Capitalism  —  Entrepreneurship is lucrative—and just.  —  There are two economic systems in the West.  Several nations—including the U.S., Canada and the U.K.—have a private-ownership system marked by great openness to the implementation of new commercial ideas coming from entrepreneurs …
Nekesa Mumbi Moody / Associated Press:
Streisand Has Outburst at NYC Concert  —  It was an evening that elicited tears, standing ovations, raucous laughter and shouts of joy from the audience _ and was just in the first few minutes.  —  Yes, Barbra Streisand's return to touring after a 12-year absence was the extravaganza that it promised to be.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Tucker Carlson to Evangelicals: Duped  —  Tucker Carlson gets honest about what he says the Republican elites feel about the Extreme Christian Right.  —  Video-WMP Video-QT  —  Duncan:
New York Times:
F.B.I. Struggling to Reinvent Itself to Fight Terror  —  Last February, top F.B.I. officers from across the nation gathered in a high-security auditorium for the latest plan to reinvent the crime-fighting agency to take on terrorism.  —  Philip Mudd, who had just joined the bureau …
Discussion: GroupIntel and Outside The Beltway
Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
Republicans Want to Turn Over a New Page  —  The Foley scandal is no "October surprise"  —  Leading Republicans, with the support of conservative media outlets, are charging that the Mark Foley scandal was a plot orchestrated by Democrats to damage the G.O.P.'s electoral prospects this November.
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
Bad News In The Polls  —  Well, the media has been able to create the impression Mark Foley represents the GOP in some recent polls out.  The range of lead for the Dems is between 13 and 23 points (A href=" images/10/09/rel24a.pdf">CNN, USA Today/Gallup, ABC News/WaPo, CBS News - H/T TCP).
Denver Post:
State's 5th District a tossup  —  Republican, Democrat neck and neck.  Events in Washington could change ownership of the seat, held by the GOP since it was created in 1972.  —  Colorado Springs - In what may be the starkest depiction yet of the challenges Republicans face in maintaining control …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Daily Kos
Gail Shister / Philadelphia Inquirer:
Gibson: Run golden-oldie ads, get golden-oldie viewers  —  Want younger viewers for the evening news?  Ditch the geezer ads, says ABC World News anchor Charlie Gibson.  —  If networks are serious about luring pre-Social Security eyeballs, they should replace commercials for adult diapers …
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan and
Geoffrey R. Stone / Chicago Tribune:
What it means to be a liberal  —  For most of the past four decades, liberals have been in retreat.  Since the election of Richard Nixon in 1968, Republicans have controlled the White House 70 percent of the time and Republican presidents have made 86 percent of the U.S. Supreme Court appointments.
Associated Press:
Woman: Saddam Guards Buried People Alive  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Prison guards under Saddam Hussein used to bury detainees alive and watch women as they bathed, occasionally shooting over their heads, a former female prisoner testified Monday in the genocide trial of the ex-president.
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
NO MORE TROOPS  —  WITH 26 American troops dead in Iraq in the first nine days of October, the combination of bad news and pre-election politics has those on one bench arguing for bailing out immediately and those on the other bench frantic to pile on.  —  Neither position is realistic.
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