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9:05 PM ET, October 14, 2006


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Washington Post:
U.S. Detects Signs of Radiation Consistent With Test  —  Initial environmental samples collected by a U.S. military aircraft detected signs of radiation over the Sea of Japan, possibly confirming North Korea's nuclear test, intelligence officials said yesterday.
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and The Agonist
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Huffing and Puffing  —  We can no longer afford to accept the unacceptable and tolerate the intolerable.  —  On October 11, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld spoke—and it became clear just how bad things are.  Interviewed by the San Francisco …
UN vote backs N Korea sanctions
William Foreman / Associated Press:
U.N. seeks to put Kim Jong Il on diet
Discussion: Hot Air and BLACKFIVE
Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press:
China, Russia may delay U.N. resolution
Associated Press:
U.N. Adopts Resolution Against N. Korea
Discussion: Hang Right Politics
Glenn Reynolds /
A GOP PRE-MORTEM: So is it over for the GOP majorities in Congress?  It's still too early to say, I guess, but when even John Hinderaker is sounding extremely gloomy that's certainly the way to bet.  —  So I want to stress, for the edification of any Republican leaders who might pay attention …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Sea Of Blue?  —  We're a little more than three weeks out from the midterm elections, and a sense of pessimism can be sensed from the Right.  It's expressed best, although briefly, by Power Line, which takes a look at the polling reports at Real Clear Politics and sees a "sea of blue".
Dafydd / Big Lizards:   Sprint to the Finish  —  Power Line is pessimistic about the election …
Associated Press:
First openly gay person elected to Congress dies  —  Former Mass. Rep. Gerry Studds had a blood clot in his lung, husband says  —  BOSTON - Former U.S. Rep. Gerry Studds, the first openly gay person elected to Congress, died early Saturday at Boston Medical Center, several days after he collapsed …
Patrick Ishmael / The News Buckit:
Foley should have been a Democrat in 1983...  Just yesterday, Rep. Jeb Bradley (R-NH) said in an interview that voters should not forget that Foley was not the first, or worst, of Congress's page predators. … What a difference a day makes.  Today, Studds died.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Jay Lindsay / Associated Press:
Studds, 1st openly gay congressman, dies  —  BOSTON - Former Rep. Gerry Studds, who became the first openly gay member of Congress when his homosexuality was exposed during a teenage page sex scandal, died early Saturday.  He was 69.  —  Studds died at Boston Medical Center several days …
William Bender / Delaware County Times:
Report: FBI probing Weldon's aid to daughter  —  A glossy Democratic mailer has been circulating the district all week about how U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon allegedly used his political influence to steer lucrative contracts to his daughter.  Today, McClatchy Newspapers is expected to publish …
Discussion: Eschaton
Associated Press:
FBI probing Rep. Weldon, his daughter  —  WASHINGTON - The FBI is investigating whether Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., used his influence to secure lobbying and consulting contracts for his daughter, two people familiar with the inquiry said Saturday.  —  The inquiry focuses on lobbying contracts worth $1 million …
Discussion: The Stakeholder
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
Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:   25 Days Out: The Cleveland Advantage
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.
Ezra Klein:
Why Air America Failed
Discussion: TalkLeft, Marc Cooper and TigerHawk
Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
BLUE AMERICA: To The Finish Line  —  No special Blue America guest candidate this weekend.  We're getting down to the nitty-gritty and I wanted to have a different kind of discussion today.  —  If you're a regular here, you know about our song and our customized versions and videos.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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 …
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TBogg
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New Law Cripples Internet Gambling
Discussion: TalkLeft and Inactivist
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Chicago Tribune:
Ethics panel holds talks with Reid
Discussion: Macsmind
Investor's Business Daily:
GOP Firing Back?  —  Campaign: As Democrats refuse to let up on former …
Syed Saleem Shahzad / Asia Times:
Pakistan foils coup plot
Discussion: Eteraz and Booman Tribune
Why is President Bush talking about an Islamic caliphate?
Tim McGirk / Time:
New Calls by Hamas Militants to Target the U.S.
Washington Post:
Iraqi Colonel Who Bridged Sectarian Divide Is Killed
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Gay Marriage Losing Punch as Ballot Issue