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1:25 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.
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 …
New York Times:
General Urges New Strategy for Baghdad  —  The American-led crackdown in Baghdad has not succeeded in reducing a "disheartening" level of violence across the capital and a new approach is needed, a military spokesman said today.  —  Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, the senior spokesman …
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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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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.
John McIntyre / TIME:
Keith Olbermann and the Democratic Party  —  Keith Olbermann certainly represents the netroots wing of the Democratic party, and his "Special Comment" on the Military Commissions Act that ran on Countdown last night (see below) is a clear example of the thinking that pervades this increasingly powerful part of the Democratic base.
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
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.
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 …
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.
Helen / Dr. Helen:
Liberal Says Liberals Are More Open-Minded and People who Disagree are Idiots  —  So I went out to get the mail and in it was my monthly issue of the American Psychologist, which is the Journal of the American Psychological Association.  I generally skim over the studies to see if there is anything relevant …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
 
 
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