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11:25 AM ET, October 14, 2006

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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.
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Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press:
China, Russia may delay U.N. resolution  —  UNITED NATIONS - Despite winning key concessions, Russia and China raised new objections that could delay a vote Saturday on a U.N. Security Council resolution imposing punishing sanctions on North Korea for its claimed nuclear test.
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
Bryan / Hot Air:
North Korea update; Update: Radioactive gas detected?
Yearn Hong Choi / Washington Times:
Bush gets bum rap
Discussion: Big Lizards and Power Line
Associated Press:   U.S.: Test points to N. Korea nuke blast
New York Times:
Making Good on North Korea Vow Will Take Detective Work
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
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 …
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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 and Op For
Inside The Steel Deal / THE STEEL DEAL:
Hero  —  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 had been near the only door to the rooftop structure Sept. 29 …
Discussion: Flopping Aces
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 …
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.
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Greg Giroux / CQPolitics.com:   Navy Vet Sestak Coming Closer to Sinking Weldon in Pa. 7
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.
James Wolcott:
RATFINK RAUNCHFEST  —  Josh Marshall cites this latest outburst from a politically besieged Chris Shays as a troubling sign of yet another reasonable moderate cracking under the strain and going nutsy crazy.  —  Perhaps.  But I would note that Shays is not a solitary warbler when it comes …
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Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Shays: Abu Ghraib Abuses Were Sex Ring
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
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
Stephen Brown / Reuters:
Dalai Lama sees Pope, says few Muslims "mischievous"  —  ROME (Reuters) - The Dalai Lama said after meeting Pope Benedict on Friday that "a few mischievous Muslims" should not be allowed to give the Islamic faith a bad name.  —  Muslims worldwide were offended by a speech by the Pope …
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow  —  White House Conference Center Briefing Room  —  MR. SNOW: One brief announcement and then questions.  The announcement, the President and Mrs. Bush will welcome Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden to the White House on October 23, 2006.
Discussion: Bring it On! and Think Progress
Washington Post:
Iraqi Colonel Who Bridged Sectarian Divide Is Killed  —  Operating between the insurgent Sunni Arab suburbs of Baghdad and the Shiite militia-dominated south, Col. Salam al-Mamuri and his Scorpion commando team were a rarity among Iraqi security forces, American and Iraqi colleagues said …
Discussion: The Heretik and Informed Comment
Bloomberg:
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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