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11:15 AM ET, October 24, 2006


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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.
New York Times:
Bush Abandons Phrase 'Stay the Course' on Iraq  —  The White House said Monday that President Bush was no longer using the phrase "stay the course" when speaking about the Iraq war, in a new effort to emphasize flexibility in the face of some of the bloodiest violence there since the 2003 invasion.
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 …
Discussion: The Heretik
John O'Neil / New York Times:   General May Increase U.S. Troop Levels in Baghdad
Polls: Democrats closer to taking Senate control  —  But polls show no evidence of a national Democratic 'tidal wave' … Today show  —  NBC News Election Unit  —  NEW YORK - Two weeks out from the midterm elections, a second round of MSNBC/McClatchy polls, conducted by Mason-Dixon in eight states …
Steven Thomma / Real Cities:
GOP holds narrow lead in must-win Senate races  —  WASHINGTON — Republican Senate candidates have fought back to regain an edge in two key races, pivotal battlegrounds that could determine which party controls the Senate, according to a series of new McClatchy-MSNBC polls.
USA Today:
War, economy sway race
Discussion: The American Street
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Democrats Urge Their Flush Candidates to Share the Wealth  —  The balance in the campaign account of Representative Martin T. Meehan, Democrat of Massachusetts, is $4,886,325.  It is a muscular sum for a member of the House, and ordinarily it would be hailed as an exhibit of fund-raising savvy.
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Some Republicans aren't sharing the wealth
Discussion: CorrenteWire and Don Surber
Mark Pazniokas / Hartford Courant:
Cash Lieberman Spent In Primary Draws Complaint  —  Ned Lamont's campaign filed an elections complaint Monday that says Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman failed to properly account for nearly $400,000 in cash during the last days of the Democratic primary.  —  Lamont's campaign asked …
Matt Stoller / MyDD:   Joe Lieberman's Criminal Integrity
Senate candidates spar in final debate
Discussion: Cold Fury
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 …
Jenny Hope / Daily Mail:
Men who use mobile phones face increased risk of infertility  —  Men who use mobile phones could be risking their fertility, warn researchers.  —  A new study shows a worrying link between poor sperm and the number of hours a day that a man uses his mobile phone.
Ali Bubba / Alabama Liberation Front:
RNC anti-Ford ad, deconstructed  —  A Republican National Committee ad has got Harold Ford Jr.'s campaign screaming "racism" in Tennessee.  They wouldn't be screaming if the ad wasn't so effective — and funny:  —  Here's the script (H/T Hotline), highlighting the blond bimbo's comments.
Women Scarcer On Evening News  —  B&C Contributing Editor Andrew Tyndall analyzed the first six weeks of Katie Couric's tenure atop the CBS Evening News and found that woman have gotten fewer assignments.  —  When former Today host Katie Couric arrived at the anchor chair of the CBS Evening News …
Discussion: TVNewser
Judd / Think Progress:
Bush says he uses "the Google."  —  Watch it:  —  Digg It!  —  Transcript:
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
This Time, It's Not the Economy  —  In many ways, the economy has not looked so good in a long time.  —  The price of gas at the pump has tumbled since midsummer.  Unemployment has fallen to its lowest level in more than five years.  On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average …
Discussion: Unfogged, Kiko's House and First Read
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Michael J. Fox Records TV Ad for Cardin  —  Actor Questions Steele's Stance on Funding for Stem Cell Research  —  Appearing grimly unsteady from his long bout with Parkinson's disease, actor Michael J. Fox is inserting his halting voice into the campaign for the U.S. Senate …
Life Style Extra:
Peace activist jailed for attack on singer  —  A smirking peace activist who left a rising rock star fighting for his life after a row over his girlfriend was jailed for eight months today.  —  Christiaan Briggs, 30, attacked 19-year-old singer Billy Leeson and left him in a coma …
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
NYT-ea culpa: Times mouthpiece acknowledges error  —  What do you call it when the ombudsman of the New York Times admits he made a mistake?  —  A good start.  —  New York Times ombudsman Byron Calame has initiated what we can only hope will be a trend in America's holier-than-thou media …
Opinion Journal:
The Don't Show Me State  —  The liberal assault on voter ID laws.  —  People in the good state of Missouri need photo identification to cash a check, board a plane or apply for food stamps.  But the state Supreme Court has ruled that a photo ID requirement to vote is too great a burden on the elderly and the poor.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Chicago Voter Database Hacked  —  Civic Group Claims It Could Have Tampered With Voter Roles  —  As if there weren't enough concerns about the integrity of the vote, a non-partisan civic organization today claimed it had hacked into the voter database for the 1.35 million voters in the city of Chicago.
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Jerry Adler / Newsweek:
Remember Global Cooling?
Pete Du Pont / Opinion Journal:
Bleak House  —  Republicans deserve to lose, but what happens if Democrats win?
Tim Graham /
Self-Defense: CNN Asks Rep. Hunter If People Have the 'Right …
Poll: Most Americans say no one winning in Iraq
Discussion: Think Progress and AMERICAblog
W. Gardner Selby / Austin American-Statesman:
Perry and GOP to welcome President Bush election eve
I'm off to the Palais de Justice
Discussion: Augean Stables and Kesher Talk
Joel Lang / Hartford Courant:
Poll: War Evens Up Race In 4th District
Associated Press:
Wyo. opponent says incumbent made threat
 Earlier Items: 
Will / Attytood:
Antonin Scalia holds you and me in contempt
Spending Is The Problem  —  RedState is pleased to welcome …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
Ford posts biggest loss in 14 years
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
HOW KUDLOW CAN YOU GO:  —  At National Review Online …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Angry Bear
Bill Dedman / MSNBC:
Gitmo interrogations spark battle over tactics
Dominic Kennedy / Times of London:
MoD bans TV news access to warzones
Tom Heneghan / Reuters:
European Muslims worry about frank new Islam debate