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1:45 PM ET, October 19, 2006

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John Yoo / Opinion Journal:
Sending a Message  —  Congress to courts: Get out of the war on terror.  —  During the bitter controversy over the military commission bill, which President Bush signed into law on Tuesday, most of the press and the professional punditry missed the big story.
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New York Times:
A Dangerous New Order  —  Once President Bush signed the new law on military tribunals, administration officials and Republican leaders in Congress wasted no time giving Americans a taste of the new order created by this unconstitutional act.  —  Within hours, Justice Department lawyers notified …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Countdown Special Comment: Death of Habeas Corpus: "Your words are lies, Sir."  —  Keith Olbermann has been calling it like it is.  His "Special Comments" are indeed special because no other talking head outside of Cafferty is willing to step up to the plate and say what needs to be said on 24/7.
HeraldTribune.com:
Priest tells of Foley relationship  —  Then-altar boy may have found some things inappropriate  —  A Catholic priest told the Herald-Tribune on Wednesday about an intimate two-year relationship he had with former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley when the congressman was a teenage altar boy living in Lake Worth.
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Washington Post:
Priest Acknowledges Relationship With Foley  —  A retired priest from Malta acknowledged today that he had intimate contact with a youthful Mark Foley in the mid-1960s that involved nudity and — on at least one occasion — "light touching," but denied that he had "sexual intercourse" with him.
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Iraq Was a Worthy Mistake  —  We know now that invading Iraq was the wrong decision, but that doesn't vindicate the antiwar crowd.  —  THERE'S A STRICT taboo in the column-writing business against recycling ideas.  So let me start with something fresh.  —  The Iraq war was a mistake.
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Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
Liberals Gone Wild!  —  Why do Republicans drive leftists so crazy these days?  Liberal democrats are beginning to sound like rowdy students on spring break, shrieking and exhibiting themselves on camera.  —  Consider some of the recent rabid outbursts by once sober, old-guard politicians.
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
New Laws and Machines May Spell Voting Woes  —  New electronic voting machines have arrived in Yolo County, Calif., but there is one hitch: the audio program for the visually impaired in some of them works only in Vietnamese.  —  "Talk about panic," said Freddy Oakley, the county's top election official.
Billmon / Whiskey Bar:
Down the River  —  Riverbend posted today for the first time since early August.  As she explains: "Every time I felt the urge to write about Iraq, about the situation, I'd be filled with a certain hopelessness that can't be put into words and that I suspect other Iraqis feel also."
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Sally Quinn / Washington Post:
Rummy's Other Role  —  Don Rumsfeld is the shrewdest person in Washington.  He understands better than anyone that somebody has to be in line to take the blame when things go wrong.  So far he has been willing to do so.  But not much longer.  —  The drumbeat to get him out of the Pentagon has reached deafening proportions.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Audio: Clinton endorses "torture" in special cases; Update: World opinion opposes "torture"  —  Tonight?  Yesterday?  —  Last month, on NPR.  —  You didn't hear about it?  Neither did I. Nor did Captain Ed, who's worth reading in full: … Doesn't matter.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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worldpublicopinion.org:
World Citizens Reject Torture, BBC Global Poll Reveals
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Phillip Carter / Slate:
The Thin Green Line  —  WHAT THE LATEST VIOLENCE REVEALS ABOUT THE FAILED U.S. STRATEGY IN IRAQ.  —  Sectarian violence exploded in Iraq this weekend, with Shiite and Sunni militants openly battling for control of Balad and Duluiyah, two cities north of Baghdad.
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
How Qaeda Warned Its Operatives on Using Cell Phones  —  WASHINGTON — When an aspiring Al Qaeda terrorist is buying a cell phone, it's best that he purchase the chip inside the device under a phony name or from a black market vendor that does not sell the accompanying documentation.
CNN:
Video shows snipers' chilling work in Iraq  —  (CNN) — Chilling scenes from a videotape made by insurgents show the work of snipers in Iraq, targeting and killing American troops, taking them down with a single bullet from a high-powered rifle.  —  The graphic video of 10 sniper attacks …
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Bob Ney, Guilty but Still at Capitol  —  Representative Bob Ney of Ohio, center, wore his Congressional pin on his way to court last Friday.  When he left the court, the pin was gone.  —  Representative Bob Ney is headed to prison early next year after pleading guilty to charges of accepting tens …
Judith / Kesher Talk:
"My Name is Rachel Corrie": handing out flyers outside the theater  —  Below is the report about handing out flyers on opening night of "My Name is Rachel Corrie" in NYC.  (More about the controversy surrounding the play.)  The action seems to have been very successful.
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
Good Girls Go Bad, for a Day  —  IN her thigh-highs and ruby miniskirt, Little Red Riding Hood does not appear to be en route to her grandmother's house.  And Goldilocks, in a snug bodice and platform heels, gives the impression she has been sleeping in everyone's bed.
Discussion: Gawker and Matthew Yglesias
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
US ARMY WATCHING BLOGS  —  Note: One reason that I wanted "The Blog of War" published was to preserve several excellent military blogger entries from blogs that were either shut down by the military or the author decided to shut down in order to avoid trouble with the military (The Questing Cat …
Dan / Riehl World View:
Balloon Juice Explodes … Really? … That was an older brother of mine, John.  He's dead and, yes, he was Gay.  You want to know how he died?  He died alone, probably of aids for all I know and probably in a San Francisco flop house living on the government's dime.
Discussion: Balloon Juice, TBogg and Gay Orbit
Washington Post:
A Military Path to Citizenship  —  America is a land of immigrants.  Their spirit of resolve, adventure, hard work and devotion to an idea bigger than themselves has made this country great.  Whatever one thinks of the immigration debate today, particularly the problem of illegal immigrants …
 
 
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Stephen Koff / Plain Dealer:
GOP refuses to pull its TV ads that call Brown a tax deadbeat
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Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
Controversial Ad Links MLK, GOP
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Associated Press:
AG: Voter warning linked to GOP campaign
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Prosperity Amid the Gloom
Jacob Weisberg / Slate:
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Associated Press:
NBC Universal makes $750M in cuts by reducing staff, scripted shows, news budget
Associated Press:
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Christine Jordan Sexton / New York Times:
Judge Bars Notices at Polls on Votes for Foley's Substitute
Boston Globe:
Romney camp consulted with Mormon leaders
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Ellison says woman has blackmail in mind
BBC:
Charles Darwin's works go online
CNN:
Sources: House clerk warned GOP about Foley years ago
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Moderates in Kansas Decide They're Not in GOP Anymore
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Debate Train to Crazy Town