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6:15 PM ET, October 18, 2006

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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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Bruce Bartlett / New York Times:
No Spoils for the Victors  —  EVEN before the Mark Foley scandal broke, Democrats' chances of getting control of the House of Representatives were pretty good.  Now, with the incompetence of the Republican leadership's handling of that affair, the odds of Democratic control are looking very good indeed.
Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:
Bring Iraqi Forces Up to Speed  —  If the U.S. won't send more troops to stabilize the country, it should assign more of its best officers to train Iraqis.  —  OF THE MANY failures that have bedeviled the American military effort in Iraq, few are as inexplicable and costly as the failure …
Discussion: The Corner and Andrew Sullivan
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CNN:   Ministry: Iraq families join exodus to escape violence
John O'Neil / New York Times:
U.S. Military Announces Deaths of 10 Soldiers
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.
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William Sim / Bloomberg:
Bush to Blame for North Korean Crisis, Soros Says (Update1)
Discussion: Austin Bay Blog
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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heraldstandard.com:
Santorum defends Iraq war policy
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Making Light
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
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.
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.
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
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 …
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."
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Beltway Blogroll
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Pachacutec / Firedoglake:
Hot From the Debate: "Time to Go, Joe!"
Ben Smith / The Daily Politics:
Hillary, Immutable  —  True to form, a Clinton aide supplied …
Dennis Hastert / Rolling Stone:
1. THE HIGHWAY ROBBER  —  Hastert could well be the weakest House speaker in history.
Discussion: Hit and Run
Susan LaHoud / thesunchronicle.com:
Tagged out  —  Tag is now out during recess at Willett Elementary School in Attleboro.
O. Kay Henderson / radioiowa.com:
McCain: "I'd just commit suicide" if Democrats take control of Senate
Discussion: Brainster's Blog
Charlie Cook / MSNBC:
The blue wave of the future is clear
Guardian:
Gaza doctors say patients suffering mystery injuries after Israeli attacks
Center for American Progress:
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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
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Peter Robinson / Opinion Journal:
The Dartmouth Fracas  —  Alumni trustees can reconnect the university with American life.
Discussion: Power Line and Armavirumque
Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
Iraq war cost years of progress in Afghanistan - UK brigadier
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Hoyer Remark 'Racist,' GOP's Steele Charges
BBC:
Human species 'may split in two'
Jim VandeHei / Washington Post:
Funding Constrains Democrats