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5:25 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 …
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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: PoliPundit.com 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: AMERICAblog
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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 …
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Analysis: Republicans fear war fallout  —  WASHINGTION - Republicans worried about losing Congress are challenging President Bush on Iraq, eroding his base of support for the unpopular war just two weeks before midterm elections.  —  Increasing calls from restive Republicans for new ideas …
Discussion: CorrenteWire
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.
Discussion: Jesus' General
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Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
Special Comment: Advertising terrorism
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
James Webb, Meet Al Gore
Discussion: USS Neverdock
Warren Fiske / content.hamptonroads.com:
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 Samizdata.net
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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 …
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.
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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.
Judd / Think Progress:
Bush says he uses "the Google."  —  Watch it:  —  Digg It!  —  Transcript:
Discussion: Wonkette and Majikthise
Rhonda Schwartz Reports / The Blotter:
Turmoil in Hastert's Office as Key Staff Testifies  —  Rhonda Schwartz Reports:  —  Top aides to Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) are expected to testify this week in the House Ethics Committee investigation of the Foley page scandal.  —  Hastert may also appear …
 
 
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John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Litigation Day  —  Control of Congress may be decided in the courts, starting Nov. 8.
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