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9:50 PM ET, October 20, 2006

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quinnipiac.edu:
Polling Results  —  October 20, 2006 - Lieberman Opens 17-Point Lead In Connecticut, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Dem Challenger Gains Slightly On Rell  —  Candidate debates this week did not help the two principal challengers in the Connecticut Senate race, as Sen. Joseph Lieberman now holds a 52 …
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Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Why Is Antiwar Joe Lieberman Winning?
Discussion: TalkLeft
Kevin Tillman / Truthdig:
After Pat's Birthday  —  Editor's note: Kevin Tillman joined the Army with his brother Pat in 2002, and they served together in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Pat was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004.  Kevin, who was discharged in 2005, has written a powerful, must-read document.
Rick Hasen / Election Law:
BREAKING NEWS: U.S. SUPREME COURT REVERSES NINTH CIRCUIT ORDER BARRING ARIZONA VOTER ID LAW  —  The opinion is here.  The state asked for a stay from Justice Kennedy, but he referred it to the entire Court, which treated the motion as a petition for cert.  The Court unanimously reversed …
Discussion: ACSBlog
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Amanda Crawford / Arizona Republic:
Supreme Court upholds Arizona's photo ID law for elections  —  Arizona voters will have to present identification at the polls on Nov. 7 after all.  —  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that Arizona can go ahead with requiring voters to present a photo ID, starting with next month's general election …
Christopher Bodeen / Associated Press:
Shiite militia takes over Iraqi city  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Shiite militia run by the anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr seized control of a southern Iraqi city on Friday in one of the boldest acts of defiance yet by the country's powerful, unofficial armies, witnesses and police said.
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Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Shiite Militia Seizes Control of Iraqi City  —  A Shiite militia that has been accused of a wave of sectarian attacks on Iraq's Sunni minority has seized control of the city of Amara in southeastern Iraq, attacking police stations and erecting checkpoints, witnesses in the city said today.
Lyn Davis Lear / The Huffington Post:
Why is the White House so Eerily Confident about the Coming Elections?  —  All week I've been reading in disparate sources from Drudge to US News and World Report about Bush, Rove and Cheney being overly confident about the midterm elections.  Even Republican strategists are increasingly concerned …
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Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Judge Orders Cheney Visitor Logs Opened  —  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.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
During National Character Counts Week, Bush Stumps for Philanderer  —  So it has come to this: Nineteen days before the midterm elections, President Bush flew here to champion the reelection of a congressman who last year settled a $5.5 million lawsuit alleging that he beat his mistress during a five-year affair.
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Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Bush campaigns for Pa., Va. candidates
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
John McCain unveils his Grand Plan for Victory in Iraq  —  When pro-war advocates talk about Iraq these days, what they say is not only misguided and false, but almost always incoherent.  In explaining why we ought to stay, they are reduced to a form of babbling that sounds almost adolescent …
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MSNBC:
'Hardball's' College Tour with John McCain  —  CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC HOST: From Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, home of the Cyclones, it's big 12 country and it's homecoming week.  I'm Chris Matthews.  It's the HARDBALL College Tour.  Let's give a big Iowa State welcome our special guest, Senator John McCain.
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
John Keegan / Telegraph:
Bush is wrong: Iraq is not Vietnam  —  President Bush has for the first time conceded a similarity between events in Iraq and those in Vietnam 40 years ago.  Asked in a television interview on Wednesday if he now saw a similarity between the recent escalation of American losses in Iraq …
Courier:
Unendorsed  —  We've been following Ken Blackwell's career for years.  Our file on him is more than an inch thick.  We've talked with him personally and come away impressed with his intelligence and commitment to change — both of which are much needed in this state.But while Blackwell …
Jeffrey Zaslow / Wall Street Journal:
America's Next Top Pundit  —  What does it take to be a talking head?  —  Whenever news breaks — on the fall campaign trail, in North Korea, in the most trivial corners of Hollywood — thousands of pundits have something to say.  What most of them don't have is somewhere to say it.
Frances D'Emilio / Associated Press:
Priest: I was nude with young Foley  —  But says naked massage didn't count as sex  —  ROME — A priest acknowledged Thursday that he was naked in saunas and went skinny-dipping with Mark Foley decades ago when the former congressman was a boy in Florida, but denied that the two had sex.
Melissa Harris / Baltimore Sun:
Former delegate gets purported Diebold code … Diebold Election Systems Inc. expressed alarm and state election officials contacted the FBI yesterday after a former legislator received an anonymous package containing what appears to be the computer code that ran Maryland's polls in 2004.
Crew / Citizens Blogging for Responsibility …:
CREW asks DOJ to investigate Weldon for e-mails outlining possible threats of retaliation against his opponent's contributors  —  E-mails received by CREW have prompted us to ask the Department of Justice to investigate whether Congressman Curt Weldon (R-PA) violated the law …
 
 
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Gerard Aziakou / Agence France Presse:
Israeli air violations in Lebanon 'extremely dangerous': France
Timothy J. Burger / Time:
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Reuters:
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Pajamas Media:
Jousting with the Lancet: Pajamas Media Interviews Professor Gilbert Burnham
Robin Wilson / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Liberal 'Groupthink' Puts Professors at Odds With Most Americans, Report Says
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Hill Republicans Air Out the Closet
Martin B. Schmidt / New York Times:
Supertax Me  —  THE National Center for Health Statistics estimates …
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Alireza Ronaghi / Reuters:
Iran says Europe may get hurt for backing Israel
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Rasmussen Reports:
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Matt Corley / tpmcafe.com:
KY-04: GOPer Davis Has No Idea How Many Soldiers Died This Month
Los Angeles Times:
O.C. Candidate Is Disowned
Zuzu / Feministe:
So Sue Me.  —  This outing thing is really getting out of hand.
Spencerackerman / toohotfortnr:
OK, let's get this over with  —  On Wednesday, The New Republic …
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Pelosi no shoo-in for job as speaker
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
WELL, I VOTED TODAY, on the "Hart Intercivic eSlate" voting machine.
Discussion: Redstate, TKS and IMAO