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6:15 AM ET, October 15, 2006


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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 …
Kevin Hayden / The American Street:
GOP's Top Bloggers Abandon Ship, While Remaining in Denial  —  It's 24 days to the election and Glenn Reynolds is following John Hinderaker to the showers today in anticipation of a GOP defeat.  While cautiously beginning with "It's still too early to say" he quickly follows with "that's certainly the way to bet."
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
D. B. Light / Light Seeking Light:
Do the Republicans "Deserve" to Lose?
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
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES  —  I've resisted Bill Kristol's observation …
Discussion: Jerusalem Post
William Foreman / Associated Press:
U.N. seeks to put Kim Jong Il on diet
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 Heretik
An AP Op/Ed passed as straight news
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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:
IN THE PRESENCE OF GREATNESS  —  I had the distinct honor and privilege of attending the memorial service for PO2 (SEAL) Michael Monsoor yesterday at the First Presbyterian Church in San Diego.  Being in the presence of so many true warriors to celebrate the heroic death of one of our own was utterly humbling and poignant.
Discussion: Riehl World View and Flopping Aces
Thomas Watkins / Associated Press:
SEAL falls on grenade to save comrades
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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: The Moderate Voice and Althouse
Steve Paulson / Salon:
The flying spaghetti monster  —  Why are we here on earth?  To Richard Dawkins, that's a remarkably stupid question.  In a heated interview, the famous biologist insists that religion is evil and God might as well be a children's fantasy.  —  Editor's note: This is the latest entry …
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
White House Upbeat About GOP Prospects  —  Self-Assurance of Bush, Rove and Others Is Not Shared by Many in the Party  —  Amid widespread panic in the Republican establishment about the coming midterm elections, there are two people whose confidence about GOP prospects strikes …
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:
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...
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
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
Vanessa / Plucky Punk's Happy Land:
A Call To Arms  —  If you're not already well versed in the travesty that happened to Biting Beaver, click here to read her story and here to read the consequences.  —  Long story short: an adult woman with several children in a committed relationship was not able to obtain emergency contraception in time …
Discussion: Majikthise, Pacific Views and Pandagon
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
U.S. Citizen Facing Execution in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON — Lawyers for an American citizen facing execution in Iraq appealed Friday in U.S. federal court to keep the man in American custody _ preventing his death _ while another case is being appealed.  —  The citizen, Mohammad Munaf …
Discussion: Balkinization and Andrew Sullivan
Salman Rushdie: His life, his work and his religion  —  In the 17 years since Ayatollah Khomeini passed a death sentence on Salman Rushdie, the writer's unflinching criticism of the religion into which he was born has never been stifled.  Now, as the force of Islamist fury reverberates around the world …
Times of India:
'No coup attempt against Musharraf'  —  [ 14 Oct, 2006 1459hrs IST IANS ]  —  ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has denied a report suggesting there had been a coup attempt against President Pervez Musharraf after his high-profile visit to the United States.  —  Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao …
Discussion: A Blog For All
Ezra Klein:
Why Air America Failed  —  Recent opera-related disagreements with Jonah aside, I think this argument he highlights as explanation of Air America's tumble into bankruptcy is pretty sound (conclusion, of course, excepted): The liberal radio market was actually quite crowded, mainly due to the overwhelming popularity of NPR.
Noel Sheppard /
Friday Night Fights: Conservative Woman KOs Bill Maher and Ben Affleck  —  It is quite doubtful that HBO's Bill Maher knew what he was in for when he scheduled Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute to be on his "Real Time" panel Friday night.  After all, with CNN's Lou Dobbs …
Discussion: The Dread Pundit Bluto and Wizbang
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Debbie Schlussel:
Wall Street Journal Reporter Needs to Check Facts on Terror-Funding Charity
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U.S. wasted chance to improve the world: Gorbachev
Discussion: and Don Surber
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
GOP refuses to buy ads for Santorum
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Spendthrift Republicans  —  As someone who comes from a business …
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