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1:00 PM ET, October 21, 2006


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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.
Kevin Mooney / CNSNews:
KGB Letter Outlines Sen. Kennedy's Overtures to Soviets, Prof Says  —  ( - 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.
Sticky Notes / Latest:
KGB Letter Outlines Sen. Kennedy's Overtures to Soviets, Prof Says  —  Kengor focuses on a KGB letter written at the height of the Cold War that shows that Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) offered to assist Soviet leaders in formulating a public relations strategy to counter President Reagan's foreign policy …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
SeeDubya / JunkYardBlog:   YOU ARE KIDDING ME: Ted Kennedy schemed with Russians to oust Reagan?
The American Thinker:   Kerry, Kennedy and Rockefeller:Advisors to our Enemies
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.
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
The Ugly Truth  —  It's often said that the first step to recovery …
Discussion: Power Line
Fox News:
HOUSE INTEL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN SUSPENDS STAFFER FOR POSSIBLE LEAK  —  WASHINGTON — A Democratic staff member on the House Intelligence Committee has been suspended by the Republican chairman of that committee over concerns about the leak of a secret intelligence estimate …
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Suspecting Leak, Chairman Suspends Panel Staffer
Discussion: Think Progress
Timothy J. Burger / Time:
Exclusive: Feds Probe a Top Democrat's Relationship with AIPAC
Discussion: Squiggler, PBD and Sticky Notes
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Happy October! (Surprised Yet?)
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Wizbang
Marc Humbert / Associated Press:
Clinton, Spencer Hold Debate in New York  —  ROCHESTER, N.Y.  —  The Republican seeking to unseat Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton went on the attack against the Democratic senator in their first debate Friday, accusing her of putting presidential aspirations ahead of voters.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
VP Bill? Depends on Meaning of 'Elected'
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Jim McTague / Barron's Online:
Survivor!  —  The GOP Victory  —  JUBILANT DEMOCRATS SHOULD RECONSIDER their order for confetti and noisemakers.  The Democrats, as widely reported, are expecting GOP-weary voters to flock to the polls in two weeks and hand them control of the House for the first time in 12 years — and perhaps the Senate, as well.
Discussion: Power Line and Blue Crab Boulevard
Charles Bremner / Times of London:
Why 112 cars are burning every day  —  A year after the Paris riots violence and despair continue to grip the immigrant suburbs  —  FLAMES lick around a burning car on a tiny telephone screen.  Omar, 17, a veteran of France's suburban riots, replayed the sequence with pride.  "It was great.
Lois Romano / Washington Post:
The Woman Who Would Be Speaker  —  Uncompromising Pelosi Set to Seize Opportunity  —  On election night 2004, Nancy Pelosi faced a painful reality: Her party was again a big loser, failing to win the presidency and losing three more House seats.  Pundits were suggesting Pelosi should accept …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Michael Yon / Weekly Standard:
Censoring Iraq  —  Why are there so few reporters with American troops in combat?  Don't blame the media.  —  In a counterinsurgency, the media battlespace is critical.  When it comes to mustering public opinion, rallying support, and forcing opponents to shift tactics and timetables …
Jon Craig /
Blackwell steps up attack  —  Ken Blackwell's gubernatorial campaign today distributed harsh comments by radio talk show host Bill Cunningham related to Ted Strickland's sexuality and about a former campaign aide arrested in 1994 for public indecency.  —  In a news statement emailed …
Discussion: The Agitator
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Ken Blackwell and Sean Hannity demonstrate the GOP's commitment to privacy
Iran 'blocks Israel soldier deal'  —  Israel's ambassador to the UN has accused Iran of paying Hamas $50m to block the release of an Israeli soldier captured by Palestinian militants.  —  The ambassador in New York, Dan Gillerman, made the claim without giving any further evidence or details.
Discussion: The Corner and The Belmont Club
Little Green Footballs:   A Tunnel in a Greenhouse  —  Remember those high-tech greenhouses …
New York Times:
Anger Festering in French Areas Scarred in Riots  —  When the call went out about a car burglary in the raw suburb of Épinay-sur-Seine north of here last weekend, three officers in a patrol car rushed over and found themselves surrounded by 30 youths in hoods throwing rocks and swinging bats and metal bars.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Joseph Kahn / New York Times:
China May Press North Koreans  —  China is prepared to step up pressure on North Korea in coming weeks by reducing oil shipments, among other measures, if the country refuses to return to negotiations or conducts more nuclear tests, Chinese government advisers and scholars who have discussed the matter with the leadership say.
Report: Kim 'sorry' about N. Korea nuclear test
David Lightman / Hartford Courant:
Many GOP Donors Pitch In For Joe  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman collected millions of dollars in campaign cash since his Democratic primary loss by tapping a lengthy list of major contributors to President Bush, dozens of Washington special interest groups and a lot of loyal Democrats.
Linton Weeks / Washington Post:
Boo!?  An Inevitable October Surprise  —  In the Month Before Elections, a Glut of 'Gotcha' Stories  —  The October surprise: It's as much a seasonal sure thing in Washington as cherry blossoms and the National Christmas Tree.  —  When leaves fall and elections loom, the term gets tossed around more than a Manning family football.
Wall Street Journal:
Poll Signals More Republican Woes As Disapproval of Congress Grows  —  WASHINGTON — With just 19 days until the midterm elections, a new poll shows both President Bush and his party in worse shape among voters than Democrats were in the October before they lost control of Capitol Hill a dozen years ago.
Discussion: Dinocrat
Daily Mail:
Veil teacher link to 7/7 bomber  —  The Muslim teacher suspended for refusing to work without her veil is connected to a hardline mosque where the ringleader of the July 7 bombers worshipped, it has emerged.  —  The family of classroom assistant Aishah Azmi, 24, plays a key role …
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Jeremy Laurance / Independent:
Medics beg for help as Iraqis die needlessly
Daniel Burke / Washington Post:
Helping Democrats Bridge the 'God Gap'
Discussion: First Draft and TalkLeft
Popsci / Popular Science Blog:
Gore Condemns Bush Space Policy
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
The Anchoress Has The Conn  —  Many CQ readers know that the First Mate …
Charles S. Johnson / Billings Gazette:
Dems promise Tester seat on appropriations panel
Discussion: Daily Kos
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
We're all banging our heads, Tony
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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David Berreby / The Huffington Post:
Did President Bush Actually get Something Right About the Death Toll in Iraq?
Robert / Dhimmi Watch:
A letter from the son of a woman who was stoned to death
Bill Walsh / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Democrats have Katrina on their minds if they win
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
The Politics of Dancing  —  FDR and Reagan had more fun than their successors do.
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Weller refers incident to House
Cameron W. Barr / Washington Post:
Officials Probing Possible Theft of Voting Software in Md.
Discussion: The Reaction and The BRAD BLOG

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