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12:25 PM ET, October 17, 2006

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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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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: PSoTD, TPMmuckraker and CorrenteWire
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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 …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
CNN: Liberal Conspiracy by Bush Justice Department?  —  Rep. Curt Weldon's (R-PA) daughter had her house raided today by FBI agents, who raided five other locations, all connected to her lobbying activities.  The players involved, the favors they won from Weldon, the money changing hands — it's not a simple story, of course.
Discussion: PBD, The RBC and War and Piece
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
Discussion: Kiko's House
Oliver Poole / Telegraph:
Fanatics lay claim to separate Sunni state
Discussion: Daimnation!
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Sheik's Lawyer Gets Nearly 2 1/2 Years  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A firebrand civil rights lawyer who has defended Black Panthers and anti-war radicals was sentenced Monday to nearly 2 1/2 years in prison - far less than the 30 years prosecutors wanted - for helping an imprisoned terrorist sheik communicate with his followers on the outside.
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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.
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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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 …
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Think Progress and Daily Kos
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 …
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 …
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
A Secret in the Line of Succession  —  House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) shows no sign of resigning over the Mark Foley-House page scandal.  But the mere suggestion that he might do so raises an intriguing political and constitutional question: Who would replace him while Congress is in recess?
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Giant-Killer Lamont Stumbles  —  Democrat Will Need Republican Help to Unseat Lieberman  —  Democratic Senate nominee Ned Lamont and Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) met here Monday for their first general election debate, and the insurgent candidate did not get one direct question …
 
 
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
As Talk Radio Wavers, Bush Moves to Firm Up Support
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jon Lender / Hartford Courant:
Senate Debate On TV: Not Live, And No Local Media Allowed
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Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Hillary, Not as in the Mount Everest Guy
RIGHTWINGSPARKLE:
I gotta go........  Many of you that have been reading this blog …
Eric Black / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesota Poll: Wetterling is ahead of Bachmann 48% to 40%
Discussion: Shot In The Dark
Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
Some Democrats Send a More Conservative Immigration Message
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
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Adam Sherwin / Times of London:
Amateur 'video bloggers' under threat from EU broadcast rules
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53% of Voters Say They Back Va. Same-Sex Marriage Ban
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David Fricke / Rolling Stone:
Patti Smith, Flea Bid Farewell to Iconic Punk Club
The American Thinker:
Five months ago, the Internet's top search engine Google was accused …
Syed Saleem Shahzad / Asia Times:
Al-Qaeda scare jolts Pakistan into action
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
San Francisco Chronicle:
MATIER AND ROSS  —  Has the mayor's new girlfriend, who is only 20, been drinking?
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