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10:00 AM 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.
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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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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
The American Thinker:   Kerry, Kennedy and Rockefeller:Advisors to our Enemies
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: JustOneMinute
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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 …
Discussion: Olbermann Watch and US News
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.
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Washington Post:
Bush, Rumsfeld Defend Strategy
Discussion: toohotfortnr and Is That Legal?
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
The Ugly Truth  —  It's often said that the first step to recovery …
Discussion: Power Line
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.
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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
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.
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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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: Hit and Run and Dinocrat
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.
Discussion: The Capitol Fax Blog
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
The Politics of Dancing  —  FDR and Reagan had more fun than their successors do.  —  Everyone is focusing on the polls and spreadsheets, on the scandals and negative ads.  This in fact may be the year negative advertising reached critical mass. Voters are no longer running from the room saying …
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?
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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 …
Bill Walsh / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Democrats have Katrina on their minds if they win  —  Levees, insurance top list of changes  —  WASHINGTON — With polls predicting a Democratic takeover in the House elections next month, frustrated congressmen from the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast unveiled their wish list Thursday for a post-Katrina agenda.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
We're all banging our heads, Tony  —  The name games that this administration is playing borders on the surreal.  Strategy-tactics-blah, blah. blah.  Martha Raddatz (corrected) tries to get Tony Snow to make sense, but really—there is no sense to be made in Iraq.  —  Video-WMP Video-QT
Discussion: AMERICAblog
 
 
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Popsci / Popular Science Blog:
Gore Condemns Bush Space Policy
Dan / Riehl World View:
Are The Dems Blowing It?
Jon Craig / news.cincinnati.com:
Blackwell steps up attack
Billmon / Whiskey Bar:
Flunking History  —  I notice that John McCain and Chris Mathews …
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
Tim Tagaris / Ned Lamont for Senate:
Polls [43]  —  No one wants any poll to show them down 17 points.
Discussion: Solomonia, Firedoglake and MyDD
Little Green Footballs:
A Tunnel in a Greenhouse  —  Remember those high-tech greenhouses …
 Earlier Items: 
David Berreby / The Huffington Post:
Did President Bush Actually get Something Right About the Death Toll in Iraq?
Discussion: The RBC
Robert / Dhimmi Watch:
A letter from the son of a woman who was stoned to death
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?
Discussion: TalkLeft and Decision '08
Pajamas Media:
Jousting with the Lancet: Pajamas Media Interviews Professor Gilbert Burnham
Lyn Davis Lear / The Huffington Post:
Why is the White House so Eerily Confident about the Coming Elections?