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10:50 AM ET, October 19, 2006

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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.
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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.
Discussion: Althouse and Penraker
New York Times:   A Dangerous New Order  —  Once President Bush signed the new law …
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Associated Press:
Bush: U.S. Will Stop N. Korea Nuke Moves
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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River / Baghdad Burning:
The Lancet Study...  This has been the longest time I have been away from blogging.
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.
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Glenn Thrush / Newsday:
Is Barack waiting in the wings?
Discussion: The Corner and TIME
Wall Street Journal:
Voters' Approval of Congress Falls To 16%, Lowest Point in 12 Years  —  Public support for Republicans' control of the U.S. Congress has eroded to its lowest point since the party took over 12 years ago.  And with just 19 days until the midterm elections, both President George W. Bush …
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Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Debate Train to Crazy Town  —  You know you're in an incredible political environment when you're at an event where egomaniac Ralph Nader is wandering around, and not only is no one paying attention to him, but Ralph Nader himself doesn't even expect anyone to pay attention to him.
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Andrew Miga / theday.com:
Lamont Blames Lieberman, Bush For High Prices At Pumps
Discussion: NewsMax.com and Ace of Spades HQ
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.
New York Times:
Tables Turned for the G.O.P. Over Iraq Issue  —  Four months ago, the White House offered a set of clear political directions to Republicans heading into the midterm elections: embrace the war in Iraq as critical to the antiterrorism fight and belittle Democrats as advocates of a "cut and run" policy of weakness.
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Moderates in Kansas Decide They're Not in GOP Anymore  —  WICHITA — Paul Morrison, a career prosecutor who specializes in putting killers behind bars, has the bulletproof résumé and the rugged looks of a law-and-order Republican, which is what he was until last year.
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.
Discussion: The Corner and Slog
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.
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.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Rush: I'm Not At War With Bloggers  —  Rush Limbaugh spoke at length yesterday on his show, explaining his criticism of Glenn Reynolds for the "pre-mortem" that gave the Instapundit a rare long-form post this past weekend.  Rush says that his motives have been misunderstood:
 
 
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Audio: Clinton endorses "torture" in special cases
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
William C. Mann / Associated Press:
Torture victim barred from visiting U.S.
Max Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Republican Ad Calls Black Women "Ho's"
Associated Press:
NBC Universal makes $750M in cuts by reducing staff, scripted shows, news budget
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
Dan / Riehl World View:
Balloon Juice Explodes
Discussion: Balloon Juice, TBogg and Gay Orbit
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
Charles Darwin's works go online
CNN:
Sources: House clerk warned GOP about Foley years ago
Fox News:
BILL O'REILLY'S EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENT BUSH, PART 2
PR Newswire:
N. Korea informs China of plan to conduct 3 more nuke tests: CNN+
Libby Copeland / Washington Post:
Don't Call Him Redneck  —  James Webb Hates the Expression …
Rachel Kapochunas / CQPolitics.com:
Fla. 16 GOP Can't Mention Negron at Polls, Court Rules
Johanna Neuman / Los Angeles Times:
Some Seek 'Pink Purge' in the GOP
David Burge / iowahawk:
IT'S THE HOMOS, STUPID