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10:35 AM ET, October 20, 2006

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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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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.
Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
China tells Kim not to carry out second nuclear test
Discussion: AMERICAN FUTURE and Pajamas Media
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 …
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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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.
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
House Intel Chair suspends staff member  —  WASHINGTON - House Intelligence Chairman Peter Hoekstra has suspended a Democratic staff member because of concerns he may have leaked a high-level intelligence assessment to The New York Times last month.  —  In a letter obtained …
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.
Discussion: NewsHog and The Agonist
Justin Rood / TPMmuckraker:
CQ: Facing Fed Probe, House GOP Spending Chief Axes Investigative Staff  —  My goodness.  As TPMm readers know well, House Appropriations chairman Jerry Lewis (R-CA) is under federal investigation for possible improprieties in how he oversaw Congress' spending of $900 billion annually.
Discussion: All Spin Zone
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USA Today:   House committee dismisses bulk of investigative division
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 …
Daniela Altimari / Hartford Courant:
Close Race In 2nd District  —  Poll Finds Tiny Lead For Simmons Over Courtney  —  In the nationally watched struggle for the 2nd Congressional District, Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons and Democratic challenger Joe Courtney are locked in a statistical draw, according to a Hartford Courant/University …
Greg Sargent / electioncentral.tpmcafe.com:
So Who's Telling Truth — Karl Rove Or Ken Mehlman?  —  So how much is the GOP really going to spend between now and election day in a last-ditch effort to prevent their majority from slipping away?  And which party — the GOP or the Dems — is going to spend more in the home stretch?
Stephen Slivinski / Cato Institute:
Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors: 2006  —  Stephen Slivinski is director of budget studies at the Cato Institute and author of Buck Wild: How Republicans Broke the Bank and Became the Party of Big Government (Nelson Current, 2006).  —  Executive Summary
Austin Bay / TCS Daily:
The Exceptional Nation  —  If demography is destiny, then news of America's decline is (like Mark Twain's death) decidedly premature.  —  Statisticians tell us Oct. 17 (at 7:46 a.m. EDT, according to the Census Bureau's estimate) was the day America's population reached, then surpassed, 300 million people.
Discussion: Silflay Hraka
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.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
 
 
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Sonya Geis / Washington Post:
Calif. Campaign in Turmoil Over Letters
Washington Post:
Bush, Clinton Ratchet Up the Drama
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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
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
THE TET ANALOGY....I didn't catch this at the time …
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Marcus Franklin / Associated Press:
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Rich Miller / The Capitol Fax Blog:
"The Rumor"  —  I heard "The Rumor" early yesterday.
Discussion: ArchPundit and Wonkette
CNN.com:
Official: NFL bomb hoax was part of scary contest
 

 
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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

 
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