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4:55 AM ET, October 24, 2006


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Washington Post:
Independents Favor Democrats Over Republicans  —  Poll Finds Votes Motivated by War Pessimism, Dissatisfation With GOP  —  Two weeks before midterm elections, Republicans are losing the battle for independent voters, who now strongly favor Democrats on the major issues facing the country …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Midterm Election: Referendum on War  —  In What Comes Down to a Referendum on Iraq, the Center Peels Away  —  It's two weeks away, and the 2006 midterm elections look like a referendum on Iraq, a war in which President Bush and his party have lost not just the political center but significant chunks of their base.
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
USA Today:
Poll: GOP could lose control of Congress  —  Just two weeks before Election Day, poll results continue to signal that Republicans could lose control of one or both chambers of Congress.  —  ELECTIONLINE: What do you think?  —  The latest USA TODAY/Gallup national poll, taken over the weekend, shows that:
Discussion: and Liberal Values
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush's New Tack Steers Clear of 'Stay the Course'  —  President Bush and his aides are annoyed that people keep misinterpreting his Iraq policy as "stay the course."  A complete distortion, they say.  "That is not a stay-the-course policy," White House press secretary Tony Snow declared yesterday.
Discussion: Oliver Willis and AMERICAblog
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Analysis: Republicans fear war fallout
Discussion: CorrenteWire
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Where'd The Dough Go, Joe?  —  Even though Lieberman mouthpiece Tammy Sun claimed that today the campaign would produce the ledger it is required by federal election law to keep detailing petty cash expenditures that would account for the questionable $387,000, she just announced …
Discussion: The News Blog and The Empire Zone
Milton R. Copulos / Washington Times:
A Jim Webb fib?  —  There's a lot to admire about Jim Webb.  He's a bonafide war hero who parlayed his wartime experiences into a successful career as a novelist and movie producer that made him millions.  He even managed to wrangle a load of Republican political appointments to enhance his stature.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
James Webb, Meet Al Gore
Discussion: USS Neverdock
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Olbermann's Special Comment on GOP Fearmongering  —  Keith issued arguably his most powerful Special Comment yet tonight.  This time he takes on the GOP's newest fearmongering ad which quotes Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri superimposed over pictures of explosions with the sound of a ticking bomb in the background.
Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
Special Comment: Advertising terrorism
Discussion: Hot Air
Warren Fiske /
New poll shows Allen with narrow lead over Webb  —  RICHMOND — U.S. Sen. George Allen has ended a two-month freefall in voter support and regained a narrow lead in his re-election bid against Democrat Jim Webb, according to a new poll.  —  Allen drew 47 percent support and Webb received 43 percent …
Dominic Kennedy / Times of London:
MoD bans TV news access to warzones  —  THE Ministry of Defence has banned Britain's biggest commercial news broadcaster from frontline access to the nation's forces, The Times has learnt.  —  In an unprecedented move that risks accusations of censorship, the Government has withdrawn co-operation …
Discussion: Harry's Place and
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Rice Sees Bright Spot In China's New Role Since N. Korean Test  —  President Bush came into office six years ago deeply skeptical of Chinese intentions, casting doubt on the idea advanced by the Clinton administration that there could be a "strategic partnership" between China and the United States.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Rush Limbaugh attacks Michael J. Fox: " ...he was either off the medication or he was acting.  He is an actor, after all."  —  Rush Limbaugh will say anything to attack anyone who challenges George Bush and his policies.  This time, his target is Michael J. Fox.  Meds are something Rush does have a little experience with.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Debate Madness  —  The debate was very high temperature from the get — take a look at the YouTube of Lamont supporters marching with the Kiss Float beforehand.  There were people in the debate hall who were singing and distrupting both Lieberman and Lamont, and they were evidently Lyndon LaRouchites …
Dinesh D'Souza / San Francisco Chronicle:
God knows why faith is thriving  —  A group of leading atheists is puzzled by the continued existence and vitality of religion.  —  As biologist Richard Dawkins puts it in his new book "The God Delusion," faith is a form of irrationality, what he terms a "virus of the mind."
Judd / Think Progress:
Bush says he uses "the Google."  —  Watch it:  —  Digg It!  —  Transcript:
Discussion: Wonkette and Majikthise
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
GOP Senator Say Iraq Is Near Chaos  —  Under election-year pressure to change course in Iraq, the Bush administration said Monday there are no plans for dramatic shifts in policy or for ultimatums to Baghdad to force progress.  —  Just two weeks before the Nov. 7 elections …
U.S. Newswire:
Active-Duty Troops Launch Campaign to Press Congress to End U.S. Occupation of Iraq  —  65 Members to Send "Appeals for Redress" Under the Military Whistle-blower Protection Act  —  Contact: Trevor Fitzgibbon, 202-246-5303, or Alex Howe, or Laura Gross, 202-822-5200, for Fenton Communications
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
HOW KUDLOW CAN YOU GO:  —  At National Review Online …
Discussion: Angry Bear and Ezra Klein
Bill Dedman / MSNBC:
Gitmo interrogations spark battle over tactics
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Tom Heneghan / Reuters:
European Muslims worry about frank new Islam debate
Garrett Therolf / Los Angeles Times:
O.C. candidate defends letter scaring immigrants
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American Jews top hate-crime targets
Discussion: Liberal Values
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Jay Cost / Real Clear Politics:
A Republican Meltdown?  —  Last week I argued that the media consensus …
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Why Barack Obama Should Run for President
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Litigation Day  —  Control of Congress may be decided in the courts, starting Nov. 8.