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9:20 PM ET, October 18, 2006

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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Big Democratic wins likely on Election Day  —  NBC/WSJ poll: Public's opinion of GOP hits record low  —  WASHINGTON -  —  Mark Murray  —  Just 20 days until Election Day, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds approval of the GOP-held Congress is at its lowest mark in 14 years …
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Washington Post:
Kolbe Matter Is Referred to House Ethics Panel  —  Allegations Involve Contact With Male Former Pages  —  The House committee looking into allegations that former congressman Mark Foley (R-Fla.) had improper contact with male former pages has been asked by lawmakers overseeing the page program …
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Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Dirty Bomb Threat Against NFL Stadiums This Weekend: Original Threat Found?  —  Over the last several months chatter coming from al Qaeda operatives have warned that Muslims should leave U.S. cities in advance of a dirty bomb attack which would be carried out by Adnan G. El Shukrijumah.
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Amanda / Think Progress:
VIDEO: Conrad Burns Says Bush Has A Plan For Iraq, But 'He's Not Going To Tell Everyone In The World'  —  Yesterday in a debate against Senate Democratic candidate Jon Tester, Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) took offense at the suggestion that President Bush has no real plan for victory in Iraq.
Discussion: Pottersville and Daily Kos
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Charles S. Johnson / Billings Gazette:
Iraq plan ignites Burns-Tester debate
Discussion: Dependable Renegade
John O'Neil / New York Times:
U.S. Military Announces Deaths of 10 Soldiers  —  Ten American soldiers were killed on Tuesday, the military announced today, bringing October's death toll for United States forces to 69.  —  Four of the soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb west of Baghdad, and three others died in fighting …
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Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:
Bring Iraqi Forces Up to Speed
Discussion: The Corner and Andrew Sullivan
Pallavi Gogoi / MSNBC:
Wal-Mart workers walk out  —  Employees at one store in Florida stage a protest-and win a reprieve  —  For months, politicians and activists have been saying that the low prices at the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores, come at a tremendous cost to its low-paid employees.
Discussion: The News Blog and TBogg
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Kevin G. Hall / Real Cities:
Health care, wages, energy costs put squeeze on middle class
Discussion: Political Animal
BBC:
Human species 'may split in two'  —  Humanity may split into two sub-species in 100,000 years' time as predicted by HG Wells, an expert has said.  —  Evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry of the London School of Economics expects a genetic upper class and a dim-witted underclass to emerge.
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
FBI Yet to Find Evidence of Foley-Page Sexual Contact  —  Brian Ross Reports:  —  After interviewing some 40 former congressional pages, FBI agents have yet to turn up any evidence of direct sexual contact between underage pages and former Congressman Mark Foley.
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 …
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Report Spells Out Abuses by Former Congressman  —  Former Representative Randy Cunningham pressured and intimidated staff members of the House Intelligence Committee to help steer more than $70 million in classified federal business to favored military contractors, according to a Congressional investigation made public on Tuesday.
David Burge / iowahawk:
IT'S THE HOMOS, STUPID  —  An Open Letter to the Conservative-American Community  —  by Dr. Howard Dean  —  Chairman, Democratic National Committee  —  Dear Valued Potential Customer:  —  As the leader of one of America's premier political parties, I know firsthand the importance …
Discussion: In the Bullpen
Pachacutec / Firedoglake:
Hot From the Debate: "Time to Go, Joe!"  —  Hot gossip from today's debate: Alan Schlesinger pwned Loser Joe again.  Hard.  Drew blood.  Stephen Colbert, please have him on your show.  I asked you once nicely.  Don't make me get nasty!  —  Joe kept going over his alotted time …
prospect-magazine.co.uk:
Breeding for God  —  128 » Cover story » Breeding for God  —  In Europe, the fertility advantage of the religious over non-believers has historically been counterbalanced by the march of secularisation.  Not any more.  Secularisation in Europe is now in decline, and Islam continues to grow.
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 …
Dean Barnett / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
Who's Really Being Outed?  —  I'm sorry if this topic causes embarrassment to Larry Craig and his family, but I assume by now they've figured out that politics in 2006 is a thoroughly rotten business.  Still, there's nothing new under the sun.  Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr fought a duel …
O. Kay Henderson / radioiowa.com:
McCain: "I'd just commit suicide" if Democrats take control of Senate  —  Arizona Senator and probable 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain jokingly says he would "commit suicide" if Democrats take control of the U.S. Senate in this November's election.
Discussion: Brainster's Blog
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.
Charlie Cook / MSNBC:
The blue wave of the future is clear  —  But which specific seats will fall and how far inland will the wave go?  —  WASHINGTON -  —  Charlie Cook  —  Election Day is three weeks from now, and unless something happens fast, this will be one of those once- or twice-in-a-generation elections …
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 …
John Kerry / The Huffington Post:
Will You Fight With Them?  —  Anyone who comes to Huffington Post has seen that the bloggers here have been the first to stand up and defend veterans from Admiral Sestak to Tammy Duckworth when they've been slandered.  It should be a source of pride and testimony to how the blogosphere …
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
The Worst Congress Ever  —  How our national legislature has become a stable of thieves and perverts — in five easy steps  —  >> See our picks for the 10 Worst Congressmen and read what people are saying in our politics blog.  —  There is very little that sums up the record of the U.S. Congress …
Discussion: The Sideshow and Beltway Blogroll
Media Matters for America:
Why has CNN devoted 50 times as much coverage to Harry Reid's land deal as Dennis Hastert's?  —  From October 12-17, CNN aired 3,361 words about allegations that Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) improperly reported a land deal in which he made $700,000.
Mary Katharine Ham / Townhall.com Blog's TownHall Blog:
Townhall's First HamNation: Bar Napkin Politics  —  I am such an unbelievable dork in about 19,000 different ways.  This is only one of them.  —  All right, people asked me about it, so I went out and got me a video blog.  It's all the rage, right?  It is very, very silly, and I hope you'll take it in that spirit.
Ian / Hot Air:
Video: 'Wrong' Rosie won't voice support for US victory in Iraq (Update: KP Defends Elizabeth)  —  Bill O'Reilly was on this morning's "The View" to discuss his book, "traditionalists" and "secular progressives", and a variety of other issues.  —  Before Bill O came out with the gals …
 
 
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Ed O'Keefe / ABCNEWS:
Bush Accepts Iraq-Vietnam Comparison
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Reuters:
Gay police group's "anti-Christian" ad rapped
Dennis Hastert / Rolling Stone:
1. THE HIGHWAY ROBBER  —  Hastert could well be the weakest House speaker in history.
Discussion: Hit and Run
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Tyson Ready to Enter The Ring for Steele
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