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1:00 PM ET, October 20, 2006

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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.
Discussion: Political Animal and Abu Aardvark
Associated Press:
Shiite militia seizes Iraqi city  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — The Shiite militia run by anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr seized total control of the southern Iraqi city of Amarah on Friday in one of the boldest acts of defiance yet by one of the country's powerful, unofficial armies, witnesses and police said.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Washington Post:
Major Change Expected In Strategy for Iraq War  —  The growing doubts among GOP lawmakers about the administration's Iraq strategy, coupled with the prospect of Democratic wins in next month's midterm elections, will soon force the Bush administration to abandon its open-ended commitment to the war …
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New York Times:
Bush Faces a Battery of Ugly Choices on War  —  The acknowledgment by the United States Army spokesman in Iraq that the latest plan to secure Baghdad has faltered leaves President Bush with some of the ugliest choices he has yet faced in the war.  —  He can once again order a rearrangement …
Burt Herman / Associated Press:
N.Korea said not planning new nuke tests  —  SEOUL, South Korea - North Korean leader Kim Jong Il said Pyongyang didn't plan to carry out any more nuclear tests and expressed regret about the country's first-ever atomic detonation last week, South Korean news reports said Friday.
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Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
China tells Kim not to carry out second nuclear test
Discussion: AMERICAN FUTURE and Pajamas Media
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.
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.
Agence France Presse:
Top US general says Rumsfeld is inspired by God  —  MIAMI (AFP) - The top US general defended the leadership of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, saying it is inspired by God.  —  "He leads in a way that the good Lord tells him is best for our country," said Marine General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: GOP's version of LBJ's "Daisy" ad debuts  —  There's something sooo familiar about this...  Before you watch, here's the McCaul Report.  Click and scroll down to page 28 and read the short section on terrorist infiltration across the Mexican border.
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.
Associated Press:
Poll: Lieberman's Lead Growing in Conn.  —  HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — Sen. Joe Lieberman has built a 17-point lead over Democratic challenger Ned Lamont, according to the first Quinnipiac University poll since the two faced off in a debate this week.  —  Lieberman, running as an independent …
William Bender / zwire.com:
Weldon's FBI 'informant' on Curt's payroll  —  A scan of the latest Federal Election Commission filings reveals two interesting facts about the 7th District race: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee finally plunked down the big bucks — $1.58 million worth of TV ad time on Tuesday alone …
Discussion: War and Piece
Washington Post:
Bush, Clinton Ratchet Up the Drama  —  Money Rolls In to Md., Va. Candidates, but for Some, There May Be a Price  —  President Bush added a stern stay-the-course message on the war in Iraq to his buoyant endorsement of Virginia Sen. George Allen (R) yesterday, and the region's high-profile …
Discussion: Power Line
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.
Helen / EU Referendum:
Passing of a great man  —  Some of our readers might have heard the sad news of the death of Lord Harris of High Cross.  Yes, yes, I know he was in his eighties but that does not alter the fact that his passing fills one with great sorrow both on the political and, in my case, personal level.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Court Told It Lacks Power in Detainee Cases  —  Moving quickly to implement the bill signed by President Bush this week that authorizes military trials of enemy combatants, the administration has formally notified the U.S. District Court here that it no longer has jurisdiction to consider hundreds …
 
 
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Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
WELL, I VOTED TODAY, on the "Hart Intercivic eSlate" voting machine.
Courier:
Unendorsed  —  We've been following Ken Blackwell's career for years.
Debbie Andalo / Guardian:
Research councils halt Islamist project
Discussion: USS Neverdock
worldpublicopinion.org:
Seven in Ten Americans Favor Congressional Candidates Who Will Pursue …
BBC:
Iran warns of revenge over Israel
Don Surber:
Speaker? Pelosi could be president
BBC:
Putin's 'rape joke' played down
Washington Post:
Maryland's Senate Race
Discussion: Hot Air and Sister Toldjah
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Washington Post:
GOP Aims to Scare Up Big Voter Turnout
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Daniela Altimari / Hartford Courant:
Close Race In 2nd District
Austin Bay / TCS Daily:
The Exceptional Nation
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Mary Beth Schneider / Indianapolis Star:
Carson trails Dickerson
Discussion: TIME
Jeanne Cummings / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans' Cash Advantage Ebbs as Vote Nears
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Parvez Ahmed and Nihad Awad: Reject the political Muslim-bashing smears
Justin Rood / TPMmuckraker:
CQ: Facing Fed Probe, House GOP Spending Chief Axes Investigative Staff
 

 
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