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11:30 AM ET, October 15, 2006

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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 …
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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."
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 …
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.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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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 …
Redstate:
An AP Op/Ed passed as straight news
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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Pamela Geller Oshry / Atlas Shrugs:
NORTH KOREA'S EMPTY CHAIR  —  Another fruitless, toothless resolution passed by an impotent UN Security Council.  But for these moments (in the below video), we'll either die of boredom or enemy nukes.  Check out Ambassador Bolton's pointing finger.  So great.  Why won't the Dems vote for this guy?
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Macsmind
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
BOLTON READS KIM JONG-IL THE MENU
Discussion: A Blog For All and Hot Air
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.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
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Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
IN THE PRESENCE OF GREATNESS
Discussion: Riehl World View
Thomas Watkins / Associated Press:
SEAL falls on grenade to save comrades
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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 …
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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 …
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!
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 …
New York Times:
Guilty Until Confirmed Guilty  —  When President Bush rammed the bill on military commissions through Congress, the Republicans crowed about creating a process that would be tough on terrorists but preserve essential principles of justice.  "America can be proud," said Senator Lindsey Graham, one of the bill's architects.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Rochelle Olson / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesota Poll: Deadlocked no more: Hatch leads Pawlenty  —  DFL candidate leads 46 to 37 percent, apparently benefitting from GOP's woes.  —  DFL Attorney General Mike Hatch has pulled in front of GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty in what had been a deadlocked race for governor, according to the latest Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.
Washington Times:
Scrutinizing Muhammad's example and teachings  —  REVIEWED BY ANDREW G. BOSTOM  —  Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the former Dutch Parliamentarian and secular Muslim reformer, has courageously identified the taboo discussion which must take place to understand, and defuse, the scourge of modern jihad terrorism:
Discussion: Power Line
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
Lindsay Beyerstein / Majikthise:
I get letters...  All punctuation and spelling original, including the odd habit of putting spaces before punctuation marks.  [Raw source below the fold.]  —  Return-path:  —  Received: from mac.com (smtpin22-en2 [10.13.11.252])  —  by ms82.mac.com (iPlanet Messaging Server 5.2 HotFix 2.11 (built Mar 22 2006))
Discussion: Eschaton
 
 
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Billmon / Whiskey Bar:
Fiasco  —  Victor Davis Hanson is dictating straight from his rectum again:
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Voters' Allegiances, Ripe for the Picking
Discussion: MyDD and Althouse
Ben Smith / The Daily Politics:
Clinton vs. McCain, Early Edition (UPDATED)
Discussion: The Corner and Hot Air
Redstate:
Slums, drugs, and spousal abuse
Discussion: The News Buckit
Reuters:
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Oct 14
Discussion: Informed Comment
Debbie Schlussel:
Wall Street Journal Reporter Needs to Check Facts on Terror-Funding Charity
TalkLeft:
Saturday Funnies  —  A koala is sitting up a gum tree... smoking a joint
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
U.S. Citizen Facing Execution in Iraq
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Times of India:
'No coup attempt against Musharraf'
Discussion: A Blog For All
Reuters:
U.S. wasted chance to improve the world: Gorbachev
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Don Surber
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Friday Night Fights: Conservative Woman KOs Bill Maher and Ben Affleck
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
GOP refuses to buy ads for Santorum
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Doug Simpson / Associated Press:
Rep. Jefferson loses party endorsement
Extreme Mortman:
Correcting Olbermann's Report On David Kuo
Robin Toner / New York Times:
Democrats Have Intensity, but G.O.P. Has Its Machine
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Viking Pundit
Independent:
Salman Rushdie: His life, his work and his religion