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4:55 PM ET, October 15, 2006


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Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
No surprise: Oct. follies arrive  —  Welcome to the spectacular surprises of October 2006.  A tour de force in the political theater of the absurd.  Let's review:  —  North Korea tests a nuke.  It should be shocking and surprising.  But North Korea's nuclear posturing is old news …
Washington Post:
U.N. Votes To Impose Sanctions On N. Korea  —  The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Saturday to condemn North Korea and impose stiff sanctions on the communist government in response to its suspected nuclear test.  —  North Korea's ambassador immediately rejected the council's demand …
Discussion: Redstate and Penraker
David / Crooks and Liars:
Hume, Kristol Want Unilateral Action on N. Korea, Iran
Discussion: The Mahablog
New York Times:
Earthquake of 6.3 Magnitude Shakes Hawaii  —  An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 rippled through Hawaii today, the United States Geological Survey reported, waking up residents and tourists, knocking out power to several of the islands and causing at least a dozen aftershocks.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Greg Small / Associated Press:
Quake knocks out power across Hawaii  —  HONOLULU - A strong earthquake shook Hawaii early Sunday, causing a landslide that blocked a major highway on Hawaii Island and knocking out power across the state, authorities said.  —  The state Civil Defense had unconfirmed reports of injuries …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Mark Pazniokas / Hartford Courant:
Joe Lieberman In No Man's Land  —  A Longtime Democrat, Now In Opposition, Is In Strange Company  —  Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, a lifelong Democrat and student of politics, blanked when asked if America would be better off with his party regaining control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Tim Golden / New York Times:
Expecting U.S. Help, Sent to Guantánamo  —  Abdul Rahim Al Ginco thought he was saved when the United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and overthrew the Taliban regime.  —  Mr. Ginco, a college student living in the United Arab Emirates, had gone to Afghanistan in 2000 after running away from his strict Muslim father.
Discussion: PoliBlog
CIA holds an al Qaeda leader in secret jail: report
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Times of India:
'No coup attempt against Musharraf'
Washington Post:
Allen and Webb in Virtual Tie, Post Poll Says  —  Northern Virginia Voters' Views Differ From Rest of Commonwealth  —  Virginia Sen. George Allen (R) and Democratic challenger James Webb are virtually tied in a race that could shift the balance of power in Washington and which reinforces …
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Behind the Tightening Webb-Allen Race: A Different Virginia
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
John P. Murtha / Washington Post:
Confessions of a 'Defeatocrat'  —  The Republicans are running scared.  In the White House, on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail, they're worried about losing control of Congress.  And so the administration and the GOP have launched a desperate assault on Democrats and our position on the war in Iraq.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
With Eye On 2008, Kerry Goes After Bush  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) barely said hello to the New Hampshire Democrats who filled a banquet room here Friday night before unloading on President Bush.  —  "This war in Iraq is a disgrace," he said in the second sentence of his speech at a party fundraising dinner.
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Washington Post:
A Conversation With John Kerry
Patrick Garmoe / Daily Herald:
The world - from Algonquin  —  Brother of 'Nightline' anchor the blogger behind Right Wing Nut House  —  In the Internet age, being a voice in the public square no longer requires reputation, pedigree or a D.C. address.  —  It just requires enough gumption to get out of bed at 4 a.m. …
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Sen. Reid on the hot seat  —  It didn't quite have the legs to knock the overhyped Foley scandal off the front pages, but another Washington controversy this week at least momentarily threatened the credibility of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.  —  The Associated Press on Wednesday reported …
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Displease a Lobbyist, Get Fired  —  E-mails show Jack Abramoff's ability to influence White House staffing decisions through his highly placed friends.  —  WASHINGTON — For five years, Allen Stayman wondered who ordered his removal from a State Department job negotiating agreements …
Christopher Bodeen / Associated Press:
Iraq Sectarian Spree Kills 83 in 2 Days  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq — At least 83 people were killed during a two-day spree of sectarian revenge killings, as Iraq's government said Sunday it was indefinitely postponing a much-anticipated national reconciliation conference.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
What about all those purple fingers?  —  David Brooks has incredible access to the White House so when he said this shocker on "The Chris Matthews Show," I believed him.  Bush is thinking about replacing the entire Iraq government.  I kid you not.  —  Video-WMP Video-QT
Discussion: Sadly, No! and DownWithTyranny!
Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Culver takes 7-point lead over Nussle  —  Race is fluid, although many independents back Democrat  —  Democrat Chet Culver has moved ahead of Republican Jim Nussle in a hotly contested governor's race that was tied a month ago.  —  A new Des Moines Register poll shows Culver leading Nussle …
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Detroit Free Press:
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New York Times:
26 Killed in Revenge Attacks Outside Baghdad
Discussion: The News Blog
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
An election Foley-equipped with frivolity
 Earlier Items: 
Claudia Joseph / Daily Mail:
Muslims' anger as London Olympics clash with Ramadan
Washington Times:
Scrutinizing Muhammad's example and teachings
Rochelle Olson / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesota Poll: Deadlocked no more: Hatch leads Pawlenty
New York Times:
Guilty Until Confirmed Guilty
Discussion: TalkLeft
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Voters' Allegiances, Ripe for the Picking
Discussion: MyDD, Matthew Yglesias and Althouse
Lindsay Beyerstein / Majikthise:
I get letters...  All punctuation and spelling original …
Steve Paulson / Salon:
The flying spaghetti monster
Discussion: Reclusive Leftist
Debbie Schlussel:
Wall Street Journal Reporter Needs to Check Facts on Terror-Funding Charity