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12:20 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 …
Ed O'Keefe / ABCNEWS:
Bush Accepts Iraq-Vietnam Comparison  —  George Stephanopoulos Interviews President Bush on Iraq, the Midterms and His Legacy  —  President Bush said in a one-on-one interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that a newspaper column comparing the current fighting in Iraq to the 1968 Tet offensive …
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TigerHawk:
George W. Bush's "admission" and the Tet analogy
Associated Press:
Bush: U.S. Will Stop N. Korea Nuke Moves
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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Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Iraq Was a Worthy Mistake
Discussion: Daily Kos and Political Animal
Glenn Thrush / Newsday:
Is Barack waiting in the wings?
Discussion: The Corner and TIME
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.
River / Baghdad Burning:
The Lancet Study...  This has been the longest time I have been away from blogging.  There were several reasons for my disappearance the major one being the fact that 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 …
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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."
worldpublicopinion.org:
World Citizens Reject Torture, BBC Global Poll Reveals  —  A majority of people around the world are opposed to torture even if its purpose is to elicit information that could save innocent lives from terrorism, according to a BBC World Service poll of more than 27,000 people in 25 different countries.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Audio: Clinton endorses "torture" …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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.
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.
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 …
Rachel Kapochunas / CQPolitics.com:
Fla. 16 GOP Can't Mention Negron at Polls, Court Rules  —  The Republican Party's hopes of holding on to the Florida 16th District seat of resigned Florida Republican Rep. Mark Foley are greatly hindered by the fact that Foley's name, under state law, must stay on the ballot …
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
AG: Voter warning linked to GOP campaign  —  SANTA ANA, Calif. - State investigators have linked a Republican campaign to letters sent to thousands of Orange County Hispanics warning them they could go to jail or be deported if they vote next month, a spokesman for the attorney general said.
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 …
Discussion: Confederate Yankee and BLACKFIVE
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
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.
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
POLITICALLY CORRECT WAR  —  U.S. MILITARY LEADERS DENY REALITY  —  HAVE we lost the will to win wars?  Not just in Iraq, but anywhere?  Do we really believe that being nice is more important than victory?  —  It's hard enough to bear the timidity of our civilian leaders …
 
 
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
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Karl's Marks  —  WILL ROVE PASS HIS MIDTERMS?
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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
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Libby Copeland / Washington Post:
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