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4:45 PM ET, October 21, 2006


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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.
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
Dr. Sanity:
THE POLITICAL LEFT AND THEIR TOTALITARIAN DREAMS  —  When I wrote this post about the current, overt manipulation of news, I didn't imagine that this information would be coming out, which, if true, shows the levels to which the political left and the Democrats have been willing to sink to achieve their ideological agenda:
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.
Sticky Notes / Latest:
KGB Letter Outlines Sen. Kennedy's Overtures to Soviets, Prof Says
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Are the Faithful Losing Faith?  —  Two weeks till midterms, the NEWSWEEK poll shows Republicans in danger of losing a big chunk of their base.  And a growing consensus for a bread-and-butter Democratic agenda.  —  Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images  —  Party Time?  Democrats are feeling optimistic about Election Day.
Discussion: MyDD, The Next Hurrah and TalkLeft
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.
The Worst Fears Of The Netroots Continue To Be Realized  —  It looks increasingly clear that Joe Lieberman is going to keep his Senate seat (read on): … Alas for the netroots, it looks increasingly clear that he will not.  It should come as no surprise that Democrats are now telling Lieberman …
Discussion: Don Surber, TalkLeft and Scared Monkeys
Washington Post:
Bush, Rumsfeld Defend Strategy  —  They Say Surge In Violence Won't Change Iraq Goals  —  President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld yesterday defended the U.S. strategy in Iraq, saying the ultimate goals remain unchanged despite escalating violence and increasingly somber assessments from military leaders on the ground.
Tony Perry / Los Angeles Times:
Lawmaker Outraged by Sniper Footage on CNN  —  SAN DIEGO — CNN has become "the publicist for an enemy propaganda film" by broadcasting a video showing an insurgent sniper in Iraq apparently killing an American soldier, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said here Friday.
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.
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: Redstate and Booman Tribune
Henry / Crooked Timber:
Liberal darling  —  Megan McArdle tells us that the Economist has moved all of its material from behind the paywall (if you're not a subscriber, you need to watch an ad to get in).  It seems to me that this is good news for the Economist; I can't imagine it'll lose many subscribers, and it may gain some.
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Elizabeth Edwards Apologizes to Clinton
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Suspecting Leak, Chairman Suspends Panel Staffer  —  Democratic Aide to House Intelligence Committee Was Flagged by GOP Member Based on 'Coincidence'  —  The Republican chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence suspended a mid-level Democratic staffer Tuesday based …
Discussion: Think Progress
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
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow  —  White House Conference Center Briefing Room  —  MR. SNOW: Welcome.  Just a quick announcement, then I'll be happy to take questions.  —  President Bush will host NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer at the White House on October 27, 2006.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
We're all banging our heads, Tony
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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Peter Singer / Guardian:
Gay sex and motorbikes
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Junior Confronts Bob. Bob Smacks Him Down.
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Jeremy Laurance / Independent:
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Daniel Burke / Washington Post:
Helping Democrats Bridge the 'God Gap'
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
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Charles S. Johnson / Billings Gazette:
Dems promise Tester seat on appropriations panel
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