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10:40 AM ET, October 17, 2006

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Washington Post:
Families Flee Iraqi River Towns On 4th Day of Sectarian Warfare  —  Families fled in search of safety Monday as open warfare raged for a fourth day between Shiite militias and armed Sunni men in Tigris River towns north of Baghdad.  Militias allied with Iraq's Shiite-led government held sway in Balad city …
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Michael Luo / New York Times:
Iraqis Ask Why U.S. Forces Didn't Intervene in Balad  —  American military units joined with Iraqi forces on Monday in maintaining a fragile peace between Sunni and Shiite communities in Balad, a rural town north of the capital where an explosion of sectarian violence over the weekend left dozens dead.
Discussion: Kiko's House
Oliver Poole / Telegraph:
Fanatics lay claim to separate Sunni state
Discussion: Daimnation!
Ng Han Guan / Associated Press:
China Erects Fence Along N. Korea Border  —  China has been building a massive barbed wire and concrete fence along parts of its border with North Korea in the most visible sign of Beijing's strained ties with its once-cozy communist neighbor.  —  Scores of soldiers have descended …
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
Lawyer, Facing 30 Years, Gets 28 Months, to Dismay of U.S.  —  Lynne F. Stewart, the radical defense lawyer, was sentenced yesterday to two years and four months in prison on charges that she smuggled messages from an imprisoned terrorist client to his violent followers in Egypt.
Discussion: the talking dog and A Blog For All
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Washington Post:
Venezuela Is Denied Security Council Seat  —  New Vote Scheduled Today as Intensive Campaign Fails to Win Two-Thirds of Ballots  —  Venezuela was stymied Monday in its bid to win a seat on the U.N. Security Council, a result that shocked diplomats who had expected President Hugo Chavez's leftist …
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Washington Post:
In Close House Races, GOP Incumbents Hold Advantage in Funds  —  Despite a rush of campaign donations to Democrats earlier this year, Republican incumbents in highly competitive races in the House have a substantial cash advantage going into the final weeks before the midterm elections.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
How Dare You Attack Me, And By The Way, Here Are A Couple More Disclosures  —  Harry Reid went on offense yesterday ... of a sort.  Claiming that his failure to properly disclose his partnership with Jay Brown — an attorney with ties to a zoning-commission bribery case and reported links …
Discussion: Associated Press and Macsmind
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Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Ex-FDA chief to plead guilty  —  WASHINGTON — Former FDA chief Lester Crawford has agreed to plead guilty to charges of failing to disclose a financial interest in PepsiCo Inc. and other firms regulated by his agency, his lawyer said Monday.  —  The Justice Department accused the former head …
Washington Post:
Homes Raided In Rep. Weldon Influence Probe  —  FBI Looks at Business Run By Daughter, Political Ally  —  Federal agents raided the homes of Rep. Curt Weldon's daughter and one of his closest political supporters yesterday as part of an investigation into whether the veteran Republican congressman used …
Jeff Stein / New York Times:
Can You Tell a Sunni From a Shiite?  —  FOR the past several months, I've been wrapping up lengthy interviews with Washington counterterrorism officials with a fundamental question: "Do you know the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite?"  —  A "gotcha" question?  Perhaps.
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Cheney Hits Heartland, and He Can Feel the Love  —  Grace Mosier lives with her mom and dad, goes to birthday parties, takes ballet classes and is just like a lot of other 6-year-old girls.  Except that she happens to be obsessed with Dick Cheney.  —  "I really, really like him," says Grace …
Discussion: The Peking Duck and JustOneMinute
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
U.S. Faces Obstacles To Freeing Detainees  —  BERLIN — British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett last week issued the latest European demand to close down the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  The existence of the prison is "unacceptable" and fuels Islamic radicalism around the world …
Discussion: Op For and Ankle Biting Pundits
Syed Saleem Shahzad / Asia Times:
Al-Qaeda scare jolts Pakistan into action  —  KARACHI - The level of tolerance between the government of President General Pervez Musharraf and Islamists elements, whether they are part of the establishment or outside it, has reached a point of no return, a development with vast implications for the US-led "war on terror".
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Newt Gingrich / humanevents.com:
In a Free Society, Campaigns Matter: The GOP Must Give Voters a Clear Choice  —  The elite media are giddy with anti-Republican euphoria.  Their coverage has not been this biased against Republicans in three decades.  —  The Democrats are excited and convinced they will win a big victory.
David Fricke / Rolling Stone:
Patti Smith, Flea Bid Farewell to Iconic Punk Club  —  The legendary NYC rock club gets a worthy send-off courtesy of its most famed progeny  —  At the end of a three-and-a-half hour show, on the last night of music at the New York club CBGB, Patti Smith read a list of the fallen …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Heretik
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
The Failure Of Local Media On The Ellison-Fine Race  —  Over the weekend, we had an opportunity to interview Rochelle Olson from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, who wrote a rather amazing article about the Republican candidate for Minnesota's Fifth Congressional District, Alan Fine, a little over a week ago.
 
 
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CNN:
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Schlesinger steals the show at Lieberman-Lamont debate?
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Katherine Maher / NPR:
Memo: NPR's Katherine Maher says questioning whether NPR is living up to its mission is fair, but questioning staff integrity based on identity is disrespectful

Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Robert MacNeil, who anchored evening newscasts for over two decades on PBS and delivered evenhanded, non-flashy news with Jim Lehrer, dies at 93

Jack Brewster / Wall Street Journal:
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