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6:00 AM ET, October 14, 2006


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Associated Press:
U.S.: Test points to N. Korea nuke blast  —  WASHINGTON - An air sampling taken after North Korea's claimed nuclear test detected radioactive debris consistent with an atomic explosion, Bush administration and congressional officials said Friday night.  They said no final determination …
Discussion: Secular Blasphemy
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
The price of shillyshallying  —  The failure of world powers to rein in North Korea means that we face a bleak and terrifying future  —  THE BIRTH announcement of each new arrival into the nuclear family in the past 50 years has been greeted by existing members with loud condemnations and dark prognostications.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
What Will Stop North Korea  —  It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the Western Hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response upon the Soviet Union .  — President John F. Kennedy,
Philip Klein / American Spectator:
Talking With the Enemy  —  As a war weary nation moves closer …
Discussion: Power Line
New York Times:
Making Good on North Korea Vow Will Take Detective Work
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
Yearn Hong Choi / Washington Times:
Bush gets bum rap
Discussion: Big Lizards and Power Line
Daily Mail:
North Korea might now have The Bomb, but it doesn't have much electricity
Discussion: CBS News, Don Surber and The Remedy
Bryan / Hot Air:
North Korea update; Update: Radioactive gas detected?
Greg Gordon / Real Cities:
FBI investigates Rep. Curt Weldon  —  WASHINGTON - The Justice Department is investigating whether Republican Rep. Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania traded his political influence for lucrative lobbying and consulting contracts for his daughter, according to sources with direct knowledge of the inquiry.
Mark Ginocchio / Stamford Advocate:
Shays defends comments on Abu Ghraib  —  U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays was under fire yesterday after saying in a debate earlier this week that the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison was not torture but rather a "sex ring" involving National Guard troops.  —  Amnesty International officials …
Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Shays: Abu Ghraib Abuses Were Sex Ring
Discussion: TalkLeft
Michelle Malkin:
Happy Birthday, Navy  —  The US Navy turns 231 years old today.  —  A message from the Navy's Master Chief Petty Officer Joe R. Campa: … Thanks to each and everyone serving in the U.S. Navy.  —  If you have a loved one in the Navy (or any service branch for that matter), I've got a fabulous related gift idea.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Thomas Watkins / Associated Press:
SEAL falls on grenade to save comrades  —  CORONADO, Calif. - A Navy SEAL sacrificed his life to save his comrades by throwing himself on top of a grenade Iraqi insurgents tossed into their sniper hideout, fellow members of the elite force said.  —  Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Inside The Steel Deal / THE STEEL DEAL:
Hero  —  A Navy SEAL sacrificed his life to save his comrades …
Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
Bush Is Said to Have No Plan if GOP Loses  —  Some Republican strategists are increasingly upset with what they consider the overconfidence of President Bush and his senior advisers about the midterm elections November 7-a concern aggravated by the president's news conference this week.
Feds probe trip that Kolbe made with pages  —  NBC exclusive: Congressman alleged to have been inappropriate on '96  —  WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors in Arizona have opened a preliminary investigation of a camping trip Congressman Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz., took 10 years ago that included …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Beyond the Coup Rumors, Options for Iraq  —  As the security situation in Baghdad has deteriorated over the past month, there has been growing talk among Iraqi politicians about a "government of national salvation" — a coup, in effect — that would impose martial law throughout the country.
Zeyad / Healing Iraq:
The Human Cost of the War in Iraq  —  I urge you to carefully read the study first.  Very few people seem to have actually done so.  —  In comparison, the much-criticised Iraq Body Count relies only on media reports (mostly Western and often by conflating 2 different sources) for their maximum body count of 48,639 civilians.
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Democratic Faces That Could Launch Thousands of Votes  —  With a Parade of Attractive Candidates, the Party May Benefit From the Politics of Beauty  —  AUBURN, N.Y. — Maybe Democratic candidate Michael Arcuri is running strong in this Republican House district because he pledges to expand health coverage …
Majority leader: Democrats endangered pages  —  DES MOINES, IA - House Majority Leader John Boehner today accused Democrats of endangering House pages for political gain.  —  Boehner, speaking at a campaign event for 3rd District Republican candidate Jeff Lamberti, said Democratic operatives …
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Which Law Prof Blogs Have the Juice?  —  TaxProf Blog has a 6.4 "Blog Juice Rating," determined by:  — Number of Bloglines subscribers (40%)  — Alexa rank (15%)  — Technorati ranking (30%)  — Number of inbound links via Technorati (15%)  —  Here are the Blog Juice Ratings for various law professor blogs:
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Gay Marriage Losing Punch as Ballot Issue  —  The debate over same-sex marriage was a black-or-white proposition two years ago when voters in 11 states barred gay couples from marrying.  —  But this year shades of gray are everywhere, as eight more states consider similar ballot measures.
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister and MyDD
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