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7:05 PM ET, October 20, 2006

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quinnipiac.edu:
Polling Results  —  October 20, 2006 - Lieberman Opens 17-Point Lead In Connecticut, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Dem Challenger Gains Slightly On Rell  —  Candidate debates this week did not help the two principal challengers in the Connecticut Senate race, as Sen. Joseph Lieberman now holds a 52 …
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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 …
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Dodd Comes In for Lamont, and New Q-Poll
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.
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.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
During National Character Counts Week, Bush Stumps for Philanderer  —  So it has come to this: Nineteen days before the midterm elections, President Bush flew here to champion the reelection of a congressman who last year settled a $5.5 million lawsuit alleging that he beat his mistress during a five-year affair.
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Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Bush campaigns for Pa., Va. candidates
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
John McCain unveils his Grand Plan for Victory in Iraq  —  When pro-war advocates talk about Iraq these days, what they say is not only misguided and false, but almost always incoherent.  In explaining why we ought to stay, they are reduced to a form of babbling that sounds almost adolescent …
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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: Ace of Spades HQ
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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Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Putin's Flippant Comments on Israeli Scandal Are Heard
Discussion: Publius Pundit
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.
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 …
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Rick Hasen / Election Law:
BREAKING NEWS: U.S. SUPREME COURT REVERSES NINTH CIRCUIT ORDER …
Discussion: ACSBlog
John Keegan / Telegraph:
Bush is wrong: Iraq is not Vietnam  —  President Bush has for the first time conceded a similarity between events in Iraq and those in Vietnam 40 years ago.  Asked in a television interview on Wednesday if he now saw a similarity between the recent escalation of American losses in Iraq …
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.
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 …
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.
Courier:
Unendorsed  —  We've been following Ken Blackwell's career for years.  Our file on him is more than an inch thick.  We've talked with him personally and come away impressed with his intelligence and commitment to change — both of which are much needed in this state.But while Blackwell …
Think Progress:
EXCLUSIVE: Lewis Falsely Implies Mass Suspension Of Committee Investigators Was 'Bipartisan'  —  Powerful House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis (R-CA) has abruptly suspended the contracts of "60 investigators who had worked for his committee rooting out fraud, waste and abuse, effective immediately."
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 …
 
 
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Nathan Gonzales / The Rothenberg Political Report:
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Robin Wilson / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Liberal 'Groupthink' Puts Professors at Odds With Most Americans, Report Says
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Hill Republicans Air Out the Closet
Martin B. Schmidt / New York Times:
Supertax Me  —  THE National Center for Health Statistics estimates …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Montana Senate: Burns v. Tester Again a Toss-Up
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Matt Corley / tpmcafe.com:
KY-04: GOPer Davis Has No Idea How Many Soldiers Died This Month
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Matt G / Talking Taxes:
A Patently Absurd Tax Avoidance Strategy
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Pelosi no shoo-in for job as speaker
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Americans Skeptical About What They See in Political Ads
John F. Burns / New York Times:
U.S. Says Violence in Baghdad Rises, Foiling Campaign
Burt Herman / Associated Press:
N.Korea said not planning new nuke tests