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2:05 PM ET, October 17, 2006

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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.
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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.
Will / Attytood:
Weldon: What the feds are looking for  —  There's an updated story from the Associated Press on the Curt Weldon investigation that says the feds actually raided six sites today — not just the home of the Delaware County Republican's lobbyist daughter and Delco GOP powerhouse Charlie Sexton …
Discussion: CorrenteWire, PSoTD and TPMmuckraker
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New York Times:
North Korean Fuel Identified as Plutonium  —  American intelligence agencies have concluded that North Korea's test explosion last week was powered by plutonium that North Korea harvested from its small nuclear reactor, according to officials who have reviewed the results of atmospheric sampling since the blast.
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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 …
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 …
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John Solo / Associated Press:
Reid Decides to Amend Ethics Reports
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 …
White House:
President Bush Signs Military Commissions Act of 2006  —  Fact Sheet: The Military Commissions Act of 2006  —  THE PRESIDENT: Welcome to the White House on an historic day.  It is a rare occasion when a President can sign a bill he knows will save American lives.  I have that privilege this morning.
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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Bush to sign law on terror suspects  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush is signing into law today new standards expediting interrogation and prosecution of terror suspects, a bill the White House says strengthens his hand in a time of war.  —  Bush's plan becomes law just six weeks after he acknowledged …
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
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Wikipedia founder plans rival  —  One of the founders of Wikipedia is days away from launching a rival to the collaborative internet encyclopaedia, in an attempt to bring a more orderly approach to organising knowledge online.  —  Wikipedia - which is available to be written and edited …
Discussion: CBS News and Ankle Biting Pundits
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
March 2001: Iraqi IIS Wants To Attack American Assets  —  Joseph Shahda has continued his excellent work at the Free Republic forum in translating captured documents from the Iraqi government.  He has taken a close look at document CMPC-2003-006758, translating it from the Arabic and revealing …
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Gateway Pundit
CNN:
Poll: Support for Iraq war at all-time low  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A poll conducted for CNN over the weekend suggests support among Americans for the war in Iraq is dwindling to an all-time low.  Just 34 percent of those polled say they support the war, while 64 percent say they oppose it.
Eric Black / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesota Poll: Wetterling is ahead of Bachmann 48% to 40%  —  The congressional page scandal might have influenced some respondents for the DFLer.  —  DFLer Patty Wetterling leads Republican Michele Bachmann 48 to 40 percent in the hot race for Congress in Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District …
San Francisco Chronicle:
MATIER AND ROSS  —  Has the mayor's new girlfriend, who is only 20, been drinking?  —  San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's new squeeze, Brittanie Mountz, just turned 20 last month — and that raises a couple of questions about the couple's nights on the town.
Discussion: Gawker, TPMCafe blogs and The News Blog
Jared Miller / Casper Star Tribune:
Cubin holds lead over Trauner  —  CHEYENNE — With Election Day less than a month away, Dixie Bradley of Green River still isn't sure which candidate she'll choose in the race for Wyoming's lone U.S. House seat.  —  She sided with Republican Rep. Barbara Cubin in the past …
Bob Geiger / BobGeiger.com:
It's True: Bush Declares 'National Character Counts Week'  —  To paraphrase Forrest Gump, going to the White House web site is like a box of chocolates... you never know what you're gonna get.  It may be some hilarious prevarication by press secretary Tony Snow or it may be the usual verbal bumbling …
Reuters:
Hamas official: Is violence Palestinian "disease?"  —  GAZA (Reuters) - A senior figure in Hamas, the Islamist group that heads the Palestinian government, published an article on Tuesday condemning internal violence and questioning whether it had become a "Palestinian disease."
 
 
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Agence France Presse:
EU to admit Iran nuclear talks have failed
Associated Press:
Note Warns Calif. Hispanics on Voting
Discussion: MotherJones.com and Unfogged
Fergal O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Bono, Preacher on Poverty, Tarnishes Halo With Irish Tax Move
Discussion: Hit and Run and PoliPundit.com
Associated Press:
Ready to rumble  —  Tyson serious about fighting women on 'World Tour'
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Giant-Killer Lamont Stumbles
Jon Lender / Hartford Courant:
Senate Debate On TV: Not Live, And No Local Media Allowed
Discussion: ConnecticutBLOG and Romenesko
RIGHTWINGSPARKLE:
I gotta go........  Many of you that have been reading this blog …
 Earlier Items: 
AgapePress:
Rice's 'Mother-in-Law' Comment Raises Conservative Hackles
Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
Some Democrats Send a More Conservative Immigration Message
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Adam Sherwin / Times of London:
Amateur 'video bloggers' under threat from EU broadcast rules
Chris L. Jenkins / Washington Post:
53% of Voters Say They Back Va. Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Washington Post:
Venezuela Is Denied Security Council Seat
Syed Saleem Shahzad / Asia Times:
Al-Qaeda scare jolts Pakistan into action
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Gideon Alon / Haaretz:
Peretz: French UNIFIL say will fire at IAF overflights
 

 
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Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
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