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2:35 AM ET, October 20, 2006

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Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
GOP to Air Ad Warning of Terror Attacks  —  The Republican Party will begin airing a hard-hitting ad this weekend that warns of more cataclysmic terror attacks against the U.S. homeland.  —  The ad portrays Osama bin Laden and quotes his threats against America dating to February 1998.
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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Conservative voters likely to stay home  —  The Republican Party can stave off defeat with a strong turnout on Nov. 7, party leaders are telling the faithful — but they are finding it tough to sell that message to some disillusioned conservative voters.  —  "The message hasn't gotten across …
BBC:
UK 'number one al-Qaeda target'  —  Al-Qaeda has become more organised and sophisticated and has made Britain its top target, counter-terrorism officials have told the BBC.  —  Security sources say the situation has never been so grim, said BBC home affairs correspondent Margaret Gilmore.
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Guardian:
Britain now No 1 al-Qaida target - anti-terror chiefs  —  Officials say group sees July 7 attacks as 'just the beginning' of UK campaign  —  Britain has become the main target for a resurgent al-Qaida, which has successfully regrouped and now presents a greater threat than ever before, according to counter-terrorist officials.
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
House Intel Chair Suspends Staff Member  —  WASHINGTON — The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee has suspended a Democratic staff member pending an investigation into whether he leaked a high-level intelligence assessment to the news media.
The Blotter:
Exclusive: Former House Clerk's Testimony  —  John Yang and Brian Ross Report:  —  The former clerk of the House of Representatives, Jeff Trandahl, who testified for more than four hours before the House Ethics Committee today, is believed to have testified that a top aide to House Speaker Dennis Hastert …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Prosperity Amid the Gloom  —  Recently Bill Clinton, at the British Labor Party's annual conference, delivered what the Times of London described as a "relaxed, almost rambling" and "easy anecdotal" speech to an enthralled audience of leftists eager for evidence of American disappointments.
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PR Newswire:
Report: N. Korean Leader Regrets Test  —  North Korean leader Kim Jong Il expressed regret about his country's nuclear test to a Chinese delegation and said Pyongyang would return to international nuclear talks if Washington backs off a campaign to financially isolate the country, a South Korean newspaper reported Friday.
Rocco DiPippo / Front Page Magazine:
The Coming Impeachment  —  A plan is in place to censure and impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney.  Orchestrated and organized by the radical Left and Congressman John Conyers, Jr., this plan is ready to go should the Democratic Party take control of the House of Representatives in November.
Rich Miller / The Capitol Fax Blog:
"The Rumor"  —  I heard "The Rumor" early yesterday.  The calls and e-mails started slow but quickly picked up throughout the day.  —  "The Rumor" had it that a certain Illinois Republican congressman was about to be busted for having sexual relations with an underage female page.
Discussion: ArchPundit, Wonkette and Hot Air
Dan / Riehl World View:
Reynoldistas??  Not Me!  —  I like and respect Rick Moran, so as I jump into this debate, I'll preface it by saying it is the larger discussion I'm interested in and not slamming Rick's post. … The GOP, the GOP, the GOP ... zzzzzzz According to some recent poling, party affiliation in the US runs about 33% D - 33% R - 33% I.
CNN.com:
Official: NFL bomb hoax was part of scary contest  —  MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (CNN) — A law enforcement official told CNN that a man has admitted he posted a fake bomb threat against National Football League stadiums in major U.S. cities as part of an Internet competition with a person in Texas …
American Prospect:
We Answer to the Name of Liberals  —  From the November print issue: A response to Tony Judt, and a manifesto for liberals in the waning Bush era.  —  As right-wing politicians and pundits call us stooges for Osama bin Laden, Tony Judt charges, in a widely discussed and heatedly debated essay …
Marcus Franklin / Associated Press:
Remains from WTC site found in manhole  —  NEW YORK - Human remains that appear to be from World Trade Center victims were found by utility workers in a manhole at the northern edge of the site, a Port Authority official said Thursday.  —  A Consolidated Edison crew doing excavation …
Discussion: A Blog For All
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.
Associated Press:
NY Times Co. 3Q Profit Plunges 39%, Belo Also Down  —  CHICAGO The New York Times Co. reported Thursday that its third-quarter 2006 profit from continuing operations plunged 39.2% on costs related to its job cuts and a loss on its sale of its 50% stake in the Discovery Times Channel.
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Judge orders Cheney visitor logs opened  —  WASHINGTON - A federal judge has ordered the Bush administration to release information about who visited Vice President Dick Cheney's office and personal residence, an order that could spark a late election season debate over lobbyists' White House access.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Republican Woes Lead to Feuding by Conservatives  —  Tax-cutters are calling evangelicals bullies.  Christian conservatives say Republicans in Congress have let them down.  Hawks say President Bush is bungling the war in Iraq.  And many conservatives blame Representative Mark Foley's sexual messages to teenage pages.
Discussion: LiberalOasis and AMERICAblog
 
 
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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

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