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12:20 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.
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Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Lefty Blogger Outs Senator As Gay  —  Outing specialist Mike Rogers has "outed" Senator Larry Craig as a closet homosexual.  —  And he promises more to come.  —  The Democrats want to make this an election about gay sex.  —  And people say the Republicans deserve to lose?
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.
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.
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Bryan / Hot Air:
Cluster Points  —  OpinionJournal publishes the best deconstruction yet …
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Rove foresees GOP victory  —  White House political strategist Karl Rove yesterday confidently predicted that the Republican Party would hold the House and the Senate in next month's elections, dismissing fallout from the sex scandal involving former Rep. Mark Foley.
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
Jay / Stop The ACLU:
ACLU Express Outrage As Bush Signs Terror Interrogation Into Law  —  So Bush signs the bill into law that will allow terrorists to be interrogated harshly, as they should be, and allow many top Al Qaeda agents to be brought to justice through military tribunals.
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Nedra Pickler / ABCNEWS:
Bush Signs Bill on Terror Prosecution
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and SteveAudio
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."
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 …
Mike Newcomb / Zogby:
Air America Co-Founders Start New Liberal Talk Network Mike Malloy, Joe Trippi and John Zogby join Nova M Radio  —  Nova M Radio, Inc. based in Phoenix, Arizona officially announced the formation of its new progressive talk radio network.  Debuting on the network will be the long awaited return …
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 …
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
Peter Robinson / Opinion Journal:
The Dartmouth Fracas  —  Alumni trustees can reconnect the university with American life.  —  Ho-hum about the clash of civilizations?  Blasé about the struggle for Congress?  Then turn your attention to Hanover, N.H., home of Dartmouth College, where the fighting is really intense.
Discussion: Armavirumque and Power Line
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 …
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 …
Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
Violence in Iraq Kills 10 U.S. Soldiers  —  BAGHDAD, Oct. 18-Ten U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq on Tuesday, one of the bloodiest days of the war for American forces outside of major combat operations.  —  The toll included four soldiers killed by a single bomb in Baghdad …
Discussion: LamontBlog, Daily Kos and Gay Orbit
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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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
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Minneapolis Star Tribune:
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Washington Post:
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger / Rasmussen Reports:
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Matt Stoller / MyDD:
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Bob Allen / ethicsdaily.com:
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Discussion: Eschaton and The News Blog
Joseph Carroll / Gallup Poll:
Congress Approval, U.S. Satisfaction Levels Still Low
Michael Freund / Jerusalem Post:
Pro-Israeli editor beaten in Bangladesh
Times of London:
The end of cod  —  A COMPLETE ban on cod fishing is the only …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Taking Out The Trash  —  DemFromCT has an interesting post …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Seeing the Forest
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
What Democrats Would Do  —  Against their better judgment …
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