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1:35 PM ET, October 10, 2006


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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 …
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 …
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.
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
North Korea Tested an Atom Bomb; Now What?  —  FOUR POTENTIAL SCENARIOS—ALL BAD.  —  Kim Jong-il has now done what the Iranian mullahs are still a few years from accomplishing and what Saddam Hussein never came close to pulling off.  He has apparently exploded an atom bomb.
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?
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
U.S. doubts Korean test was nuclear
Judd / Think Progress:
Hastert Tries To Shift Blame To Staff, Raises Prospect of 'Cover Up'  —  At a press conference this morning, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) set up his staff to take the blame for the Mark Foley scandal.  Asked if he was satisfied with how his staff handled the matter, Hasert said, "I understand what my staff told me.
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
Former pages surveyed in Foley probe
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
New York Times:
Ex-Page Aired Concerns About Foley to Congressman in 2000
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Hastert addresses Foley scandal — from a graveyard
Discussion: Political Punch and Norwegianity
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
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Dot-Com Boom Echoed in Deal to Buy YouTube  —  A profitless Web site started by three 20-somethings after a late-night dinner party is sold for more than a billion dollars, instantly turning dozens of its employees into paper millionaires.  It sounds like a tale from the late 1990's dot-com bubble, but it happened yesterday.
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:
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).
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.
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.
Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
Frivolous Politics  —  With a war going on in Iraq and with Iran next door moving steadily toward a nuclear bomb that could change the course of world history in the hands of international terrorists, the question for this year's elections is not whether you or your candidate is a Democrat …
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Lamont Uses Joe's Old Ads
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Ralph Peters / New York Post:
NO MORE TROOPS  —  WITH 26 American troops dead in Iraq …
Diana B. Henriques / New York Times:
As Religious Programs Expand, Disputes Rise Over Tax Breaks
Discussion: TAPPED
Financial Times:
Harvard study paints bleak picture of ethnic diversity
Wall Street Journal:
The Worker Rally  —  The Labor Department released …
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
A Vote We Can Believe In  —  Sometimes, paranoids are right.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and TAPPED
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Lieberman lied? Uh, nope.
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State's 5th District a tossup
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