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9:05 AM 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.
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 …
Discussion: PoliBlog
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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.
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Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
What Democrats Would Do  —  Against their better judgment, the Democrats are starting to taste it.  In the House, the number of Republican incumbents polling under 50 percent considerably exceeds the number of seats the Democrats need to pick up to make Nancy Pelosi speaker.
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DNC Takes Out Loan For DSCC  —  The DSCC's optimism about winning the Senate is apparently contagious as the DNC is going to pony up an extra $5-10M for the Senate committee, according to sources familiar with the previously reported arrangement between the two campaign orgs.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Signs Bill Setting Detainee Rules  —  President Bush signed legislation today that created new rules for prosecuting and interrogating terror suspects, a move that Mr. Bush said would enable the Central Intelligence Agency to resume a once-secret program to question the most dangerous terrorists.
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Nedra Pickler / ABCNEWS:
Bush Signs Bill on Terror Prosecution
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and SteveAudio
Dennis J. Willard / Akron Beacon Journal:
In final debate, Blackwell accuses Strickland of pedophile support  —  COLUMBUS - It was the first gubernatorial debate in Ohio history, possibly the United States, in which one candidate accused the other of being applauded by the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Hot Air
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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.
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Lieberman Unleashed, Slaps Dodd  —  Ahh, back in New Haven.  Though the leaves are changing color, their hues are obscured by dark and drizzly weather.  Remind me never to write fiction, btw.  I'm sitting in Starbucks and making calls to piece together the Bolton decision.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Taking Out The Trash  —  DemFromCT has an interesting post up this morning over at Daily Kos discussing the rise of hyper-partisanship.  He quotes an interview with the authors of The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track,Norm Ornstein and Thomas Mann:
Discussion: TalkLeft and Seeing the Forest
Washington Post:
Weldon's Ties to Serbian Businessman Part of Probe  —  Officials at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade were surprised three years ago to be invited to a luncheon in honor of visiting Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), hosted by Bogoljub Karic, a wealthy Serbian businessman who had been barred from visiting …
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 …
Agence France Presse:
US full of Internet addicts: study  —  The United States could be rife with Internet addicts as clinically ill as alcoholics, an unprecedented study released suggested.  —  Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine in Silicon Valley said their telephone survey indicated …
Opinion Journal:
The Sheik's Apprentice  —  A lawyer who passed messages to terrorists gets off light.  —  It was a case of radical chic and the radical sheik.  Yesterday in New York, Lynne Stewart, a self-styled "civil rights" attorney whose past clients include the Black Panthers and Weather Underground …
Discussion: Kesher Talk
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.
James Boyce / The Huffington Post:
Ken Mehlman's Bad F'ing Joke  —  I get emails from Ken Mehlman at the RNC.  I kind of like knowing what the dark side is doing and occassionally, they actually make me smile because they are so outrageous.  —  I'm not smiling right now.  —  I received an email from Ken Mehlman titled …
Michael Freund / Jerusalem Post:
Pro-Israeli editor beaten in Bangladesh  —  A Muslim journalist facing charges of sedition for advocating ties with Israel was recently attacked and beaten by a crowd in Bangladesh that allegedly included leading officials of the country's ruling party, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
 
 
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Marc Kaufman / Washington Post:
Bush Sets Defense As Space Priority
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Which Way to Win?  —  As we head toward Election Day 2006 …
Jim VandeHei / Washington Post:
Funding Constrains Democrats
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Tony Blair calls the veil a "mark of separation"
Discussion: Reuters, BBC and Daled Amos
Joseph Carroll / Gallup Poll:
Congress Approval, U.S. Satisfaction Levels Still Low
Connie Mabin / Associated Press:
Tyson throws his support in Steele's corner
Confederate Yankee:
Gun Season  —  Woodlots and fields across the United States …
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Jane Galt / Asymmetrical Information:
Full disclosure . . .  . . . I have used the words "full disclosure" in a post before.
Discussion: Political Animal
Mark Martin / San Francisco Chronicle:
Núñez slams governor on emission law
Discussion: The Corner
New York Times:
N. Korea May Be Preparing for 2nd Nuclear Test
quinnipiac.edu:
Polling Results  —  October 17, 2006 - Democrat Opens 12-Point Lead …
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Kenneth Lay's Conviction Erased From Record