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1:35 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
Discussion: The Jawa Report
SeeDubya / JunkYardBlog:   YOU ARE KIDDING ME: Ted Kennedy schemed with Russians to oust Reagan?
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Happy October! (Surprised Yet?)
Discussion: Time, Michelle Malkin and Wizbang
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
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Elizabeth Edwards Apologizes to Clinton  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Elizabeth Edwards, wife of White House hopeful John Edwards, apologized to Sen. Hillary Clinton after saying her choices in life have made her happier than the senator, a Clinton aide said Friday.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Marc Humbert / Associated Press:
Clinton, Spencer Hold Debate in New York
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
VP Bill? Depends on Meaning of 'Elected'
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Burt Herman / Associated Press:
Report: N. Korea 'Sorry' for Nuke Test  —  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, a South Korean news agency reported Friday.
Joseph Kahn / New York Times:
China May Press North Koreans
Report: Kim 'sorry' about N. Korea nuclear test
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
Frances D'Emilio / Associated Press:
Atheist gifts pontifical school in will  —  ROME - An Italian journalist and self-described atheist who died last month has left most of her books and notes to a pontifical university in Rome because of her admiration for Pope Benedict XVI, a school official said Saturday.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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 …
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Many Iraqis Look to Gunmen as Protectors  —  Behind the maze of men with guns in Iraq is a very simple truth: their barrels offer protection, something Iraqis say the government has never given them.  —  On Friday, the web wound tightly around the southern city of Amara …
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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
 Earlier Items: 
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
We're all banging our heads, Tony
Discussion: AMERICAblog
David Berreby / The Huffington Post:
Did President Bush Actually get Something Right About the Death Toll in Iraq?
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.
Edward Felker /
Weller refers incident to House