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10:55 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 …
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 …
Jane Macartney / Times of London:
Anger in Beijing indicates rethink over former ally  —  Exasperated and embarrassed, China will have to adjust its policy towards its neighbour  —  CHINA responded with rare fury to neighbouring North Korea's nuclear test, resorting to language generally reserved for imperialist opponents rather than communist friends.
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 …
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.
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
U.S. doubts Korean test was nuclear
Discussion: Right Wing News and Macsmind
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 …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Dot-Com Boom Echoed in Deal to Buy YouTube
Discussion: Althouse
Associated Press:
FBI to question former page on suggestive Foley e-mails  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is expected to interview a former congressional page Tuesday who may have received suggestive electronic messages from former Florida Rep. Mark Foley, his attorney said.  —  "They (FBI) will question …
New York Times:   Ex-Page Aired Concerns About Foley to Congressman in 2000
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:   Former pages surveyed in Foley probe
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.
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
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.
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 …
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).
Jan M. Olsen / Associated Press:
Web sites remove videos mocking Muhammad  —  COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Videos showing anti-immigrant party members mocking the Prophet Muhammad were pulled from Web sites Monday as two youths seen in the clips were reported in hiding and the Foreign Ministry warned Danes against traveling to much of the Middle East.
Discussion: EU Referendum
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 …
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:
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