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1:40 PM ET, October 18, 2006

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Jill Kuraitis / newwest.net:
Idaho Sen. Larry Craig Denies Allegations of Same-Sex Affairs  —  Mike Rogers, who calls himself "the nation's leading gay activist blogger" has just finished a nationally-broadcast interview on the Ed Schultz Radio Show in which he alleges that Idaho Republican Senator Larry Craig has engaged in same-sex sexual activity.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
The Left Hates Gays?  —  Apparently, the Left hates gays and believes that private sexual preferences belong on the front page.  BlogActive, a site known for outing closeted gays in politics, now claims that Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) has engaged in homosexual activity in the bathrooms of Union Station.
Johanna Neuman / Los Angeles Times:
Some Seek 'Pink Purge' in the GOP
William Sim / Bloomberg:
Bush to Blame for North Korean Crisis, Soros Says (Update1)  —  Oct. 18 (Bloomberg) — Billionaire investor George Soros today blamed U.S. President George W. Bush for escalating tensions with North Korea, which last week tested a nuclear bomb for the first time.
Discussion: Austin Bay Blog and Hot Air
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WXIA-TV:
Carter Blames Bush For Korean Crisis
Washington Post:
Elections May Leave Bush An Early Lame Duck  —  On desks around the West Wing sit digital clocks counting down the days and hours left in the Bush presidency, reminders to the White House staff to use the time left as effectively as possible.  As of 8 a.m. today, those clocks will read 825 days, four hours.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Pennsylvania Senate: Santorum Trailing by 13  —  Casey (D) 54% Santorum (R) 41%  —  With just a few weeks to go until November 7, Senator Rick Santorum's chances of securing reelection fade a bit more every day.  The latest Rasmussen Reports election poll finds that challenger Bob Casey …
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger / Rasmussen Reports:   California Governor: Schwarzenegger (R) 49% Angelides (D) 40%
Marc Kaufman / Washington Post:
Bush Sets Defense As Space Priority  —  U.S. Says Shift Is Not A Step Toward Arms; Experts Say It Could Be  —  President Bush has signed a new National Space Policy that rejects future arms-control agreements that might limit U.S. flexibility in space and asserts a right to deny access to space to anyone "hostile to U.S. interests."
Steven E. Moore / Opinion Journal:
655,000 War Dead?  —  A bogus study on Iraq casualties.  —  After doing survey research in Iraq for nearly two years, I was surprised to read that a study by a group from Johns Hopkins University claims that 655,000 Iraqis have died as a result of the war.
Jim VandeHei / Washington Post:
Funding Constrains Democrats  —  Party Chiefs See Chance to Take 40-Plus Seats With TV Push  —  Top Democrats said yesterday that they are planning to significantly expand the number of GOP House seats they will target during the final 20 days of the campaign but that financial disputes …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Which Way to Win?  —  As we head toward Election Day 2006, political analysts are focusing on a few dozen tossup races that will determine whether the Democrats take the House and Senate.  But there's a larger, overarching battle this year between two visions of America …
Times of London:
The end of cod  —  A COMPLETE ban on cod fishing is the only way to prevent the species from dying out in the North Sea, scientists said last night.  —  The much-trumpeted European rescue plan for cod is failing, the official committee of European fisheries experts will tell governments on Friday.
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Iraq Removes Leaders of Special Police  —  The Iraqi government removed the country's two most senior police commanders from their posts on Tuesday, in the first broad move against the top leadership of Iraq's unruly special police forces.  —  The two generals had led Iraq's special police commandos …
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Hoyer Remark 'Racist,' GOP's Steele Charges  —  Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele accused a leading Democratic congressman yesterday of racial insensitivity for saying the Republican candidate has "slavishly" followed the GOP.  —  Steele, an African American running for the U.S. Senate …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Tony Blair calls the veil a "mark of separation"  —  Thanks much to kasper kasper, our man in the UK, for clipping this.  The news services are already buzzing about it.  —  Blair, like the public, is siding with Jack Straw, but I don't know what he hopes or expects to happen here.
Discussion: BBC, Gateway Pundit, Reuters and Daled Amos
New York Times:
And the Winner Is ... Me  —  Voters in Ohio can be forgiven if they feel they have been beamed out of the Midwest and dropped into a third-world autocracy.  The latest news from the state's governor's race is that the Republican nominee, Kenneth Blackwell, who is also the Ohio secretary of state …
Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
Iraq war cost years of progress in Afghanistan - UK brigadier  —  Commander echoes criticism of Blair's foreign policy by head of army  —  The invasion of Iraq prevented British forces from helping to secure Afghanistan much sooner and has left a dangerous vacuum in the country for four years …
New York Times:
Alarm Bells for G.O.P. in a Battleground State  —  Supporters of both candidates in the Senate race in Ohio hit the streets on Friday in Dayton.  Senator Mike DeWine, a Republican, is trailing.  —  The bellwether state of Ohio appears to have become hostile terrain for Republicans this year …
 
 
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Congress Approval, U.S. Satisfaction Levels Still Low
Michael Freund / Jerusalem Post:
Pro-Israeli editor beaten in Bangladesh
Christopher Bodeen / Associated Press:
9 U.S. troops killed in Iraq bombings
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Jay / Stop The ACLU:
ACLU Express Outrage As Bush Signs Terror Interrogation Into Law