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12:30 AM ET, October 15, 2006


 Top Items: 
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 …
Washington Post:
U.S. Detects Signs of Radiation Consistent With Test
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and The Agonist
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
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?  (Updated)  —  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 …
Discussion: and Macsmind
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 and
Jay Lindsay / Associated Press:
Studds, 1st openly gay congressman, dies
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
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
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Bush keeps revising war justification  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush keeps revising his explanation for why the U.S. is in Iraq, moving from narrow military objectives at first to history-of-civilization stakes now.  —  Initially, the rationale was specific: to stop Saddam Hussein from using …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Redstate
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.
LC Jackboot IC / Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler:
Where Do We Find Such Men? … He saw the threat and acted, without hesitation or concern for himself to protect his friends.  No time to consider the alternatives, organize a protest or conduct a poll.  —  That brave young man seized the moment sacrificing himself to save his brothers.
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
Discussion: Riehl World View and Flopping Aces
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
It's Official: To Be Married Means to Be Outnumbered  —  Amanda Hawn and Nate Larsen recently in their apartment near San Francisco.  "Moving in together has simplified life," Ms. Hawn said.  —  Married couples, whose numbers have been declining for decades as a proportion of American households …
Discussion: Althouse
Extreme Mortman:
Correcting Olbermann's Report On David Kuo  —  "The vast majority of what David writes is factually untrue."  —  The Bush White House toward David Kuo's new book?  —  Nope.  It's his former boss, Craig Winn of the out-of-businss company Value America, about Kuo's prior book, Dot.bomb …
Discussion: The Horse's Mouth and Eteraz
Associated Press:
Evans quits 'Dancing with the Stars' … NASHVILLE, TENN. // Country singer Sara Evans alleges in divorce papers that her husband committed adultery, was verbally and emotionally abusive, drank excessively and frequently watched pornography in their home.  —  Evans, 35, filed for divorce Thursday …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TBogg
Robin Toner / New York Times:
Democrats Have Intensity, but G.O.P. Has Its Machine  —  Clif Kelley, a retired economist from Columbus, Ohio, is the walking, talking, fuming embodiment of what pollsters say is a defining feature of this election: the intensity of Democrats.  —  Mr. Kelley and a handful of fellow Democrats …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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.
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Spendthrift Republicans  —  As someone who comes from a business …
Doug Simpson / Associated Press:
Rep. Jefferson loses party endorsement
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
New Evidence Links Abramoff, Doolittle
Discussion: Sacramento Bee
Salman Rushdie: His life, his work and his religion
Maha / The Mahablog:
Reagan Youth  —  More on the increasing irrelevancy of George W. Bush …
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Bush to campaign for troubled lawmakers
Phoenix New Times:
Noam's Nimrods  —  Come closer, bird-brains.
Discussion: Flopping Aces
 Earlier Items: 
TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: Shop Early for the Backlash
Sean Gleeson:
DOI: All blogs banned!
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
New Law Cripples Internet Gambling
Discussion: TalkLeft and Inactivist
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
How Does Reid Get Paid Twice On Land Deal?
Investor's Business Daily:
GOP Firing Back?  —  Campaign: As Democrats refuse to let up on former …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Syed Saleem Shahzad / Asia Times:
Pakistan foils coup plot
Discussion: Eteraz
Washington Post:
Iraqi Colonel Who Bridged Sectarian Divide Is Killed