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2:15 AM ET, October 11, 2006


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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Guest Post: Senator John McCain On North Korea  —  Please welcome Senator John McCain as a guest poster at Captain's Quarters.  He delivers a tough, no-nonsense reponse to the latest provocation from North Korea.  —  Time for Decisive Action on North Korea  —  Korea doubts the world's resolve.
Carl Freire / Associated Press:
Quake raises fears of 2nd N. Korea test  —  TOKYO - A strong earthquake shook northern Japan on Wednesday and Japanese media reported the government had detected tremors in North Korea as well, leading it to suspect Pyongyang had conducted a second nuclear test.
William J. Perry / Washington Post:
In Search of a North Korea Policy  —  North Korea's declared nuclear bomb test program will increase the incentives for other nations to go nuclear, will endanger security in the region and could ultimately result in nuclear terrorism.  While this test is the culmination of North Korea's long-held aspiration …
Selig S. Harrison / Washington Post:
In a Test, a Reason to Talk
Discussion: Political Animal and Cold Fury
N.Korea may have conducted another nuclear test: NHK
Foley's Reputed Visit to the Page Dormitory  —  New Testimony May Pose Problems for GOP Leadership  —  House speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., tries to change the subject.  But the accusations about Hastert subordinates who were apparently told about Congressman Mark Foley's questionable activities keep coming.
John / AMERICAblog:
Hastert does press conference about Foley scandal in front of a graveyard  —  (The video is at the bottom of this post.)  —  First, Hastert outright lied during his press conference.  It is simply amazing that GOP leaders are still trying to downplay the severity of this scandal.  More on that below.
Associated Press:
Hastert Vows to Fire Anyone Who Hid Page Info  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona Rep. Jim Kolbe said Tuesday he told the House official in charge of the page program as early as 2001 about Rep. Mark Foley's ''creepy'' e-mail to a former page.  —  Kolbe, the only openly gay Republican in Congress …
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Hastert Pledges to Fire Anyone Involved in Foley Coverup
Billy House / Arizona Republic:
Kolbe: I didn't know details of Foley e-mails
Discussion: Gay Patriot
TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: Scott Palmer, Who Are You?
Discussion: Wampum
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.
David Brown / Washington Post:
Study Claims Iraq's 'Excess' Death Toll Has Reached 655,000  —  A team of American and Iraqi epidemiologists estimates that 655,000 more people have died in Iraq since coalition forces arrived in March 2003 than would have died if the invasion had not occurred.
Massive explosions rock Baghdad!  —  Over the past 90 minutes or so, massive explosions could be heard in Baghdad and actually I'm hearing more of them while I'm typing.  —  When the first few bangs happened I thought they were just the usual dose of mortars for the night but more and more explosion kept happening!
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Hot Air
Fire breaks out at ammo dump at U.S. base in Baghdad
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Confederate Yankee:
Help You, Help Me: The First Blegburst  —  I guess I wasn't paying very close attention, but at some point yesterday I cracked a million visits on ye olde Sitemeter, a good chunk of which came from this post that took me longer to upload than create.  —  I think this a milestone of some sort …
Protesters hurl petrol bombs at Danish mission in Iran  —Text+TEHRAN (Reuters) - Dozens of protesters pelted the Danish embassy in Tehran with stones and petrol bombs on Tuesday after Danish television broadcast footage deemed insulting to the Muslim Prophet Mohammad, witnesses said.
Associated Press:
Lawmaker fires back at governor's comments on age of Earth  —  BOZEMAN — A Republican state lawmaker is criticizing Gov. Brian Schweitzer for comments he made to a newspaper here about the lawmaker's belief that the planet is not millions of years old.  —  Rep. Roger Koopman, R-Bozeman …
Discussion: Pacific Views and Hit and Run
SeeDubya / JunkYardBlog:
Tacky Jackie, meet Sexy Lexy  —  At last, the magic of the internet may have identified the perfect match for Jacqueleine Mackie Paisley Passey, the "you want me, but I'm far too high-quality for you, so you should probably start scouring the Third World looking for a girlfriend" girl I talked about here.
Kos / Daily Kos:
Senate reality check  —  I'm getting a little nervous with people thinking we have any race this fall in the bag.  While things look great for us right now, the election isn't right now.  And if Republicans can do anything, it's close the deal.  And quite frankly, we're not a sure thing anywhere.
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
The Bush administration's torture of U.S. citizen Jose Padilla  —  (updated below)  —  The Bush administration's May, 2002 lawless detention of U.S. citizen Jose Padilla — on U.S. soil — was, as I recounted in my book, the first incident which really prompted me to begin concluding …
Discussion: Unfogged, and Inactivist
Phil Singer / DSCC:
New Poll: Ford Leads Corker 51-44  —  New DSCC Poll Has Ford Besting Corker, 51-44, Bush Has a 35% Approval in Tennessee  —  If you're wondering why the Republicans have been relentlessly attacking Harold Ford Jr., wonder no more: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) …
Al Gore Stars In TV Ad Supporting Prop 87  —  PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — A pro-Proposition 87 commercial featuring former Vice President Al Gore — his first television advertisement since he last ran for office — was unveiled Monday at a Palm Springs hotel.  —  Prop. 87's "Energy Security" …
Discussion: and The Corner
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Grim days for the GOP
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Bush's Downward Slide
Little Green Footballs:
And Now, the Apple Jihad
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Suspicion Surrounds Retreat In Gas Prices, Poll Finds
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'Values' Choice for The GOP
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Another 60 Bodies Found in Baghdad
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Gibson: Run golden-oldie ads, get golden-oldie viewers
Mark Pazniokas / Hartford Courant:
Lamont Uses Joe's Old Ads
Discussion: Firedoglake and LamontBlog