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11:40 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 …
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.
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 …
Dafna Linzer / Washington Post:
Low Yield Of Blast Surprises Analysts
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?
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
North Korea Threatens Nuclear Launch
Discussion: alicublog and Fausta's blog
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.
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:
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:
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 …
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
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).
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.
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 …
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: and protein wisdom
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
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Mickey Kaus / Slate:
HE HASN'T SIGNED IT YET.  —  The Closet Did It: Andrew Sullivan …
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
A Vote We Can Believe In  —  Sometimes, paranoids are right.
Discussion: TAPPED
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Tucker Carlson to Evangelicals: Duped
New York Times:
F.B.I. Struggling to Reinvent Itself to Fight Terror
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Paper Trails At The Voting Booth
More jobs in rear view, but fewer to come
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Lower standards help Army recruit more
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Lieberman lied? Uh, nope.
Denver Post:
State's 5th District a tossup
Discussion: Daily Kos and Pajamas Media
Jenny Barchfield / Associated Press:
Mexico May Take Fence Dispute to U.N.
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Muslim Fury Grows Against Straw; Veil is a Choice
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Allegations of Inappropriate E-mails Involving Pinellas County Democrat
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