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12:35 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 …
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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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
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
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.
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.
Don Surber:
Speaker?  Pelosi could be president … WHEN Sen. Sam Ervin, D-N.C., headed the committee that investigated Watergate, he called himself just a country lawyer.  Even used that as the title of his autobiography.  —  His counterpart, Sen. Howard Baker, R-Tenn., said every time Ervin called himself …
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
House Intel Chair Suspends Staff Member  —  WASHINGTON — The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee has suspended a Democratic staff member pending an investigation into whether he leaked a high-level intelligence assessment to the news media.
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Vote Democrat And You Will Die  —  That's the message of a new RNC ad entitled "The Stakes."  Here's the video:  —  Breitbart: … The script: … Frankly, this strikes me as incredibly heavyhanded.  Then again, it's no more so than the infamous "Daisy Girl" ad the Johnson campaign ran against Barry Goldwater way back in 1964:
Discussion: NewsHog and GOP.com
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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
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 …
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.
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:
Putin's 'rape joke' played down  —  Russia's President Vladimir Putin has been overheard joking about the virility of his Israeli counterpart, who is accused of multiple rape.  —  A Russian journalist said Mr Putin joked that President Moshe Katsav was a "mighty man", adding "we all envy him".
 
 
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