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9:45 AM ET, October 10, 2006


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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 …
New York Times:
Blast May Be Only a Partial Success, Experts Say  —  The North Korean test appears to have been a nuclear detonation but was fairly small by traditional standards, and possibly a failure or a partial success, federal and private analysts said yesterday.  —  Throughout history …
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.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
For U.S., a Strategic Jolt After North Korea's Test  —  North Korea may be a starving, friendless, authoritarian nation of 23 million people, but its apparently successful explosion of a small nuclear device in the mountains above the town of Kilju on Monday represents a defiant bid for survival and respect.
Dafna Linzer / Washington Post:
Low Yield Of Blast Surprises Analysts  —  The explosion set off by North Korea yesterday appears to have been extremely small for a nuclear blast, complicating U.S. intelligence efforts to determine whether the country's first such test was successful or signaled that Pyongyang's capabilities …
Jane Macartney / Times of London:
Anger in Beijing indicates rethink over former ally
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Dafydd / Big Lizards:
Vote for Dems to Beat North Korea!
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
U.S. doubts Korean test was nuclear
Discussion: Right Wing News
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 …
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 …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Bush Approval Withers Under Iraq, Foley Pressure
New York Times:
Ex-Page Aired Concerns About Foley to Congressman in 2000  —  A former Congressional page approached Representative Jim Kolbe, Republican of Arizona, as long as six years ago to report feeling uncomfortable by messages sent from Representative Mark Foley, but a spokeswoman for Mr. Kolbe …
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:   Former pages surveyed in Foley probe
Associated Press:
FBI to question former page on suggestive Foley e-mails
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
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.
Associated Press:
Hussein Is Thrown Out of Genocide Trial  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Saddam Hussein and a co-defendant were thrown out of court Tuesday after the former leader began to shout during his trial on charges of genocide against Iraq's Kurdish population.  —  Saddam interrupted the proceedings by shouting a verse from the Quran.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Washington Post:
GOP Officials Brace for Loss Of Seven to 30 House Seats  —  Republican campaign officials said yesterday that they expect to lose at least seven House seats and as many as 30 in the Nov. 7 midterm elections, as a result of sustained violence in Iraq and the page scandal involving former GOP representative Mark Foley.
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 …
Allen's Undisclosed Stock Options Were Worth Up to $1.1 Million  —  Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) — Stock options that Senator George Allen described as worthless were worth as much as $1.1 million at one point, according to a review of Senate disclosure forms and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
Discussion: Citizens Blogging …
Associated Press:
Shivering Alaskans to Hugo Chavez: Keep your oil  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In Alaska's native villages, the punishing winter cold is already penetrating the walls of the lightly insulated plywood homes, many of the villagers are desperately poor, and heating-oil prices are among the highest in the nation.
Gaius / Blue Crab Boulevard:
Wow, Wait Until You Read This
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Bizzyblog
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.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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 …
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Jan M. Olsen / Associated Press:
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Lieberman lied? Uh, nope.
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Denver Post:
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Lieberman Race Preview of McCain Strategy
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Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Foley was ready to leave House until he was talked into running again
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
With Giuliani, G.O.P. Focuses on 9/11 Role