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12:00 PM ET, October 20, 2006

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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 …
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
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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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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.
Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
China tells Kim not to carry out second nuclear test
Discussion: AMERICAN FUTURE and Pajamas Media
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.
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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James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Vote Democrat And You Will Die
Discussion: NewsHog and GOP.com
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
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.
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
Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
AL QAEDA'S "WORKING PAPER FOR A MEDIA INVASION OF AMERICA" - THE MEDIA RESPONDS  —  I really didn't expect to see the American media even acknowledge the existence of al Qaeda's "Working Paper for a Media Invasion of America", much less to see them openly embrace it.  They've done both.  (Live and learn.)
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 …
BBC:
Iran warns of revenge over Israel  —  Iran's president has warned that Muslims around the world will take revenge on states who supported Israel against the Palestinians.  —  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad again questioned the extent of the Holocaust, when German Nazis murdered six million Jews.
 
 
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