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4:35 AM ET, October 21, 2006

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Kevin Mooney / CNSNews:
KGB Letter Outlines Sen. Kennedy's Overtures to Soviets, Prof Says  —  (CNSNews.com) - The antipathy that congressional Democrats have today toward President George W. Bush is reminiscent of their distrust of President Ronald Reagan during the Cold War, a political science professor says.
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Bryan / Hot Air:
The Kennedy KGB letter Updated with info about the NIE leak  —  So you want answers, eh?  Not satisfied with the CNS report?  —  I've got answers.  —  There's a new book on Ronald Reagan making the rounds, The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism.
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 …
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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
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
SUPREME COURT ALLOWS VOTER ID LAW: Surprising action on a Friday afternoon from the Supreme Court: The Court vacated the Ninth Circuit's order that had enjoined Arizona's Voter ID law: the 6 page per curiam opinion is here.  The gist of the Supreme Court's decision is that the Ninth Circuit enjoined …
Timothy J. Burger / Time:
Exclusive: Feds Probe a Top Democrat's Relationship with AIPAC  —  The Department of Justice is investigating whether Rep. Jane Harman and the pro-Israel group worked together to get her reappointed as the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee  —  Did a Democratic member …
Discussion: US News
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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.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and AMERICAblog
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Cameron W. Barr / Washington Post:
Officials Probing Possible Theft of Voting Software in Md.
Discussion: The Reaction and The BRAD BLOG
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 …
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: Whiskey Bar and Ace of Spades HQ
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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 …
Spencerackerman / toohotfortnr:
OK, let's get this over with  —  On Wednesday, The New Republic and I parted ways, ending my four-year association with the magazine.  The ostensible reason for my release concerns my relationship with Franklin Foer and the magazine's other editors.  However, the irreconcilable ideological …
Associated Press:
Bush: I Won't Change Strategy in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush conceded Friday that "right now it's tough" for American forces in Iraq, but the White House said he would not change U.S. strategy in the face of pre-election polls that show voters are upset.
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.
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.
Edward Felker / mywebtimes.com:
Weller refers incident to House  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Jerry Weller, R-Morris, through his election attorney, moved Thursday to inform the House that a former male page or intern may have been the subject of inappropriate attention from another lawmaker, Weller's campaign manager said Thursday.
Zuzu / Feministe:
So Sue Me.  —  This outing thing is really getting out of hand.  —  I have been made aware that Ann Bartow considers the comments I made here and here to be defamatory, and she's asked Jill for my mailing address so that the First Amendment specialist she planned to consult could contact me.
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
VP Bill?  Depends on Meaning of 'Elected'  —  The prospective presidential candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton has given rise to plenty of speculation about the notion of Bill Clinton as the nation's first gentleman.  But what about another role?  How about, say, vice president?
Alireza Ronaghi / Reuters:
Iran says Europe may get hurt for backing Israel  —  TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday Europe was stirring up hatred in the Middle East by supporting Israel and warned it "may get hurt" if anger in the region boiled over.
 
 
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Bill Walsh / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Democrats have Katrina on their minds if they win
MSNBC:
Report: Kim 'sorry' about N. Korea nuclear test
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
The Politics of Dancing  —  FDR and Reagan had more fun than their successors do.
Kleinheider / Volunteer Voters:
Ford "Confronts" Corker: An Analysis
Gerard Aziakou / Agence France Presse:
Israeli air violations in Lebanon 'extremely dangerous': France
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Why Is Antiwar Joe Lieberman Winning?
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Reuters:
Palestinian PM unhurt after attack on convoy
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Robin Wilson / Chronicle of Higher Education:
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Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Hill Republicans Air Out the Closet
Shane Harris / National Journal:
Terrorist Profiling, Version 2.0
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Defense Tech
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Pelosi no shoo-in for job as speaker
John Keegan / Telegraph:
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