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7:30 PM ET, October 18, 2006

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Investor's Business Daily:
Reid It And Weep  —  Scandal: As the FBI raids Curt Weldon's daughter's house, Harry Reid's sons have benefited from their father's influence undisturbed.  Meanwhile, Reid puts campaign funds to personal use and seeks a do-over on his ethics statements.  —  We never cease to be amazed …
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Elana Schor / The Hill:
Weldon's Itera ties long known  —  As President Bush prepared to announce a new energy cooperation pact with Russia in May 2002, Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.) and 10 fellow lawmakers sat down in Moscow with executives of oil and gas trader Itera Group, praising the company as a prime prospect for U.S. partnerships.
Media Matters for America:   Why has CNN devoted 50 times as much coverage to Harry Reid's …
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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Washington Post:
Virginia's Senate Race  —  THE U.S. SENATE race in Virginia pits a novice politician, Democrat James Webb , against a much more experienced one, incumbent Republican George Allen, who spent much of the early fall obliterating his reputation for amiable charm and political deftness.
Discussion: Riehl World View and AMERICAblog
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Mike Allen / The Allen Report:
How Republicans Hope to Hold the Senate  —  By holding their breath, for starters.  With party strategists increasingly afraid the Senate is slipping away, Republican officials are moving money around in high-stakes triage.  —  BY MIKE ALLEN/WASHINGTON  —  Republican officials are trying …
Charles S. Johnson / Billings Gazette:
Iraq plan ignites Burns-Tester debate  —  Challenger calls conflict a quagmire  —  Sen. Conrad Burns said at a debate Tuesday night that President Bush does have a plan for winning the war in Iraq, but he isn't about to share it with the world.  —  Democratic Senate candidate Jon Tester replied …
Discussion: Dependable Renegade
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Amanda / Think Progress:
VIDEO: Conrad Burns Says Bush Has A Plan For Iraq, But 'He's …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
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.
Susan LaHoud / thesunchronicle.com:
Tagged out  —  Tag is now out during recess at Willett Elementary School in Attleboro.  —  So is touch football and any other unsupervised "chasing" games that are deemed to pose the risk of injury as well as liability to the school.  —  "It's a time when accidents can happen," …
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Rice to Urge Radiation Inspections to Thwart North Korea  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will urge the countries of northeast Asia to create a strict system of radiation monitoring and inspections to prevent North Korea from smuggling nuclear materials into or out of the country, a senior State Department official said Tuesday.
Jay Mathews / Washington Post:
For Math Students, Self-Esteem Might Not Equal High Scores  —  U.S. Lags Behind Countries That Don't Emphasize Self-Regard  —  It is difficult to get through a day in an American school without hearing maxims such as these: "To succeed, you must believe in yourself," and "To teach …
Discussion: joannejacobs.com and Penraker
Redstate:
Senate Democrats Bankroll Extortion  —  Just as a refresher, the breaking Larry Craig story is not a story about sex, or sexuality, or hypocrisy, it's about criminal extortion.  Several months ago, Mike Rogers threatened to out an unnamed United States Senator if he voted to confirm Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.
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 …
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
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
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Tyson Ready to Enter The Ring for Steele  —  Former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson says he is so bullish on Republican Michael S. Steele's campaign for the U.S. Senate, he would return to the ring if Steele thought it might help him.  —  "I would do anything to help Michael," …
Discussion: TAPPED and The Caucus
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 …
Jon Craig / Cincinnati Enquirer:
Governor's race turns ugly  —  Blackwell campaign links Strickland to predators, hints he's gay  —  COLUMBUS - With Republican Ken Blackwell trailing by double digits in almost every poll, Blackwell's campaign Tuesday tried to link his Democratic opponent to child sex predators …
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."
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 …
Ian / Hot Air:
Video: 'Wrong' Rosie won't voice support for US victory in Iraq  —  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, Rosie introduced "Disagree" and …
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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Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:
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John Kerry / The Huffington Post:
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Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
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BBC:
Human species 'may split in two'