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7:55 PM ET, October 17, 2006

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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 …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Bush Meets To Keep Talk Radio Hosts In Line  —  You have to ask yourself: who ever would have thought 30 years ago that talk radio would evolve into where three hour "shows" would essentially become propaganda strips for political parties — and if the hosts wavered from the party line …
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
As Talk Radio Wavers, Bush Moves to Firm Up Support  —  On an overcast Friday morning last month, White House aides ushered an influential group of conservative radio hosts into the Oval Office for a private audience with the president.  —  For an hour and a half, Mr. Bush discussed his case …
John Christoffersen / Associated Press:
Lieberman Urges Dems to Alter Their Ways  —  NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Sen. Joe Lieberman, running as an independent after losing the Democratic primary, said Tuesday he hoped Democrats seize control of Congress - with one caveat: a Democratic-led Congress, he said, must change its ways.
Discussion: NY Daily News, TalkLeft and LamontBlog
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Giant-Killer Lamont Stumbles
Nissan Ratzlav-Katz / Arutz Sheva:
Reuters Cameraman Remanded for Inciting Rock Attacks  —  On Tuesday, a Reuters cameraman was remanded to prison until trial for his part in rock-throwing attacks on security forces in Bil'in, where the separation fence is a constant target of protesters.  —  The cameraman, Imad Muhammad Intisar Boghnat …
Think Progress:
Cheney: 'General Overall Situation' In Iraq Is Going 'Remarkably Well'  —  Rush Limbaugh interviewed Vice President Cheney on his show today.  At one point, Limbaugh asked Cheney to respond to growing frustration over U.S. efforts in Iraq.  —  Cheney acknowledged there is a …
Discussion: Rox Populi
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.
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 …
AgapePress:
Rice's 'Mother-in-Law' Comment Raises Conservative Hackles  —  Remark Comes During Swearing In of Open Homosexual to Ambassador-Level Post  —  (AgapePress) - A spokesman for a family-advocacy group in Washington, DC, is expressing disgust with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's swearing …
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Kenneth Lay's Conviction Erased From Record  —  Ruling Worries Employees and Investors Who Lost Billions  —  A federal judge in Houston this afternoon wiped away the fraud and conspiracy conviction of Kenneth L. Lay, the Enron Corp. founder who died of heart disease in July …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Amanda / Think Progress:
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Rep. Peter King (R-NY) Says That Being In Baghdad Is 'Like Being In Manhattan'  —  On Feb. 9, 2006, House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King (R-NY) spoke at the Merrick Jewish Center in Merrick, NY.  King told his constituents that "the situation [in Iraq] is more stable than you think."
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."
Tom Curry / MSNBC:
Steele tries to defy history in Maryland contest  —  No Republican has won a Senate seat in the state in 26 years  —  Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele is trying to pull off an upset victory against Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Ben Cardin.  —  UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -  —  Will Michael Steele be the next Barack Obama?
Jae-Soon Chang / Associated Press:
N. Korea: Sanctions Are War Declaration  —  North Korea said Tuesday it considered U.N. sanctions aimed at punishing the country for its nuclear test "a declaration of war," as Japan and South Korea reported the communist nation might be preparing a second explosion.
USA Today:
Relatives have 'inside track' in lobbying for tax dollars  —  Members of Congress and their staffs are barred from using their positions for personal profit.  But their spouses and other relatives can — and often do — cash in when lawmakers spend taxpayer dollars.
Discussion: The Caucus and Sunlight Foundation
Associated Press:
Ready to rumble  —  Tyson serious about fighting women on 'World Tour'  —  STRONGSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Mike Tyson said fans should not expect much of a fight when he steps back into the ring.  —  But the 40-year-old former heavyweight champ promised an entertaining show Friday night when he launches the …
Discussion: Feministe, Vox Popoli and The News Blog
Tim Grieve / Salon: War Room:
Rick Santorum and the "Eye of Mordor"  —  In an interview with the editorial board of the Bucks County Courier Times, embattled Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has equated the war in Iraq with J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings."  According to the paper, Santorum said that the United States …
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 …
noaanews.noaa.gov:
U.S. HAS COOLER SEPTEMBER AFTER NEAR RECORD WARM SUMMER, GLOBAL SEPTEMBER TEMPERATURE FOURTH WARMEST ON RECORD  —  September 2006 was cooler than average for the continental U.S., providing relief from the second-warmest summer on record, according to scientists at the NOAA National Climatic Data Center …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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