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8:05 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 …
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.
Discussion: USS Neverdock
Philip Klein / American Spectator:
Talking With the Enemy  —  As a war weary nation moves closer to Election Day, there is a growing debate over whether the United States can benefit from talking to its enemies rather than isolating them.  —  Proponents of such an approach are not limited to the radical left.
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
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.
Greg Giroux /   Navy Vet Sestak Coming Closer to Sinking Weldon in Pa. 7
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
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Sex Ring Republicans
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Eschaton
James Wolcott:   RATFINK RAUNCHFEST  —  Josh Marshall cites this latest outburst …
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.
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.
Badger / missing links:
Iraqi federalism vote: Behind the contradictory numbers  —  The Iraqi parliament voted (Wednesday, October 11) 140 to nothing, in a more-or-less routine vote, to approve the federalism-procedures bill.  Or did they?  The New York Times said so.  But the Iraqi paper Azzaman said the vote was 138 to nothing …
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: MyDD and Shakespeare's Sister
Michael Grabell / Dallas Morning News:
Holy Land group's co-founder sentenced  —  Ghassan Elashi, co-founder and former chairman of the now-defunct Richardson-based Holy Land Foundation, was sentenced Thursday to six years and eight months in prison on charges that he did business with a terrorist and violated export laws with his brothers and their company InfoCom Corp.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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 …
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:
"Racist" Schoolgirl (14 yrs old) Arrested in al-Britannia  —  In al-Britannia, you end up in jail if you complain that immigrants do not speak English, but if you are saying that those who insult Islam should be killed, it's OK.  —  A quote from The Manchester Evening News, 12 October 2006:
U.S. Economy: Fuel-Price Drop Spurs Consumer Spending (Update2)  —  Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) — Lower gasoline prices encouraged Americans to spend more on clothing, furniture and building materials, and propelled consumer confidence to the highest level in more than a year.
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Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
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Molly Moore / Washington Post:
Micro-Credit Pioneer Wins Peace Prize
Discussion: Dean's World and Conglomerate
Brian Skoloff / Associated Press:
Fla. Dems attack election day notices
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Joe Kaufman / Front Page Magazine:
Standing Against Hate  —  Coral Springs, FL — On Saturday …
Discussion: Power Line
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
EXODUS....It's wise for Democrats not to get too giddy over every …
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Documents Reveal Scope of U.S. Database on Antiwar Protests
Discussion: TAPPED and Bring it On!
Jeff Carlton / Associated Press:
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