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2:40 PM ET, October 14, 2006


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Security Council unanimously OKs N. Korea sanctions … UNITED NATIONS (CNN) — The U.N. Security Council on Saturday voted unanimously to impose sanctions against North Korea in response to the country's claimed nuclear test.  —  The 15-0 vote for Resolution 1718 sent a "clear and strong message" …
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 …
Yearn Hong Choi / Washington Times:
Bush gets bum rap
Discussion: Power Line
Bryan / Hot Air:
North Korea update; Update: UNSC approves sanctions
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 …
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
How Bad Will It Be?  —  The GOP debacle to come.  —  REPUBLICANS and conservatives, brace yourselves!  Strategists and consultants of both parties now believe the House is lost and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi will become speaker.  At best, Republicans will cling to control of the Senate by a single seat, two at most.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
A VOICE OF SANITY  —  That's Donald Lambro, who surveys …
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
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.
Sheldon Drobny / The Huffington Post:
Air America's Future  —  Below are the people who decided to put Air America Radio into Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Act.  —  Rob Glaser-Chairman of Piquant, LLC D/B/A Air America Radio.  —  Tracy Klestadt-New York Bankrupcy Attorney who has received nearly $200,000 in fees in the last month.
Why is President Bush talking about an Islamic caliphate?  And what does the word mean?  —  President Bush listened as Muslim cleric Imam Ahmed Dewidar spoke during a memorial service for World Trade Center victims in November 2001  —  When President George W. Bush starts using fifty-cent words …
Little Green Footballs:
Newsweek Mocks President Bush, Laughs at "Caliphate"
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Charlie Cook's National Overview  —  Category 5 Hurricane Heads for House GOP  —  Let's get the disclaimer out of the way: there are 25 days between now and the November 7 election and things could well change, making what follows obsolete.  —  That said, this is without question …
Chicago Tribune:
Ethics panel holds talks with Reid  —  Senate leader seeks to detail investment  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said this week that he is in discussions with the Senate ethics committee to determine whether he should amend his financial disclosure forms to include details …
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
How Does Reid Get Paid Twice On Land Deal?
Discussion: protein wisdom
Investor's Business Daily:
GOP Firing Back?  —  Campaign: As Democrats refuse to let up on former Rep. Mark Foley, some Republicans are returning fire.  But they'll have to do a lot more fighting back if they want to win on Election Day.  —  Time and again Democrats prove themselves to be ferocious street fighters, especially in campaign season.
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 …
Inside The Steel Deal / THE STEEL DEAL:
Hero  —  A Navy SEAL sacrificed his life to save his comrades …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Flopping Aces
Tim McGirk / Time:
New Calls by Hamas Militants to Target the U.S.  —  Washington's efforts to isolate and topple the Islamist government is amplifying calls from its more extreme element to abandon its reluctance to directly attack U.S. interests  —  Commanders of the military wing of Hamas …
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
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
New Law Cripples Internet Gambling  —  Banks Are Barred From Handling Transactions  —  Placing bets over the Internet was effectively criminalized by the federal government yesterday, as lawmakers work to eliminate an activity enjoyed by as many as 23 million Americans who wagered an estimated $6 billion last year.
Discussion: Inactivist and TalkLeft
Hindrocket / Power Line:
POLL OMENS GRIM  —  Last night, I wrote a relatively optimistic post about the fundamental strength of the Republicans' position going into the election.  Take a look, though, at the poll results from yesterday and the day before, compiled at Real Clear Politics.
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 …
Sean Gleeson:
DOI: All blogs banned!  —  The Federal Times is reporting on the DOI blog-ban.  A spokesman for the Department of the Interior explained that their ultimate goal is to block all weblogs, not just conservative blogs.  He gave two justifications for the policy: that blogs are not work-related, and that blogs are offensive.
Glenn Reynolds /
SO WHEN I WAS AT THE MALL THE OTHER DAY, I saw that Eddie Bauer had a prominent display featuring this Disaster Emergency Kit for 2.  It's not bad, especially for a car or apartment, though I'd certainly want to supplement it.  —  But what struck me more than the kit itself was the prominence of the display.
Media Matters for America:
"Media Matters"; by Jamison Foser  —  Quote of the [Week] Year … The Note's faith-based defense of the Bush administration  —  In the latest in a series of scathing criticisms of the Bush White House from its former employees, David Kuo, the former deputy director of the administration's office …
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JMG / Barcepundit:
REMEMBER BACK IN 2003, when Zapatero still was the opposition leader …
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LSD Mystery: In 2002, Justice Dept. OK'd Dosing Detainees
Bryan / Hot Air:
Taxman!  —  The GOP is swimming in a sewer: Foley …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Bill O'Reilly smears Nancy Pelosi
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RATFINK RAUNCHFEST  —  Josh Marshall cites this latest outburst …
Molly Moore / Washington Post:
Micro-Credit Pioneer Wins Peace Prize
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Fla. Dems attack election day notices
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Michael Grabell / Dallas Morning News:
Holy Land group's co-founder sentenced
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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