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3:45 PM ET, October 23, 2006

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Judd / Think Progress:
Bartlett: 'It's Never Been A Stay The Course Strategy'  —  On CBS this morning, White House Counselor Dan Bartlett claimed that the administration has "never" had "a stay-the-course strategy."  Watch it:  —  President Bush made the same claim over the weekend.  It's not true.
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Media Matters for America:
CBS, AP leave unchallenged Bartlett's claim that Bush's Iraq policy has "never been a 'stay the course' strategy" … In an October 23 interview on CBS' The Early Show, White House senior adviser Dan Bartlett stated that the Bush administration's Iraq policy has "never been a 'stay the course' strategy" …
CNN:
State Department official: I misspoke on Iraq policy  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A senior State Department diplomat apologized Sunday for having told the Arab satellite network Al-Jazeera on Saturday that there is a strong possibility history will show the United States displayed "arrogance" and "stupidity" in its handling of the Iraq war.
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Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Uneasy for a Reason  —  In the midst of the campaign month of October came the news last week that the population of the United States has passed the 300 million mark.  There's a sharp contrast between the negativity of the political climate and the robustness of our demographic increase …
Danny / Beltway Blogroll:
Open Secrets: Voting In The Blogosphere  —  Secret ballots are taken for granted in America these days, but it wasn't always the norm that it is now.  The first president elected by secret ballot was Grover Cleveland in 1892, so until Bill Clinton was elected in 1992, more presidents had been elected by open ballot than in secret.
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Dick Morris / New York Post:
BEST GOP HOPE: SCARE 'EM SILLY  —  WITH only two weeks left 'til Election Day, Republicans won't save themselves with phony optimism - pathetic claims that, somehow, they're mounting a comeback.  They need to sound a note of alarm and fill the airwaves with specifics of exactly what will happen if the Democrats triumph.
Paul Bedard / US News:
Washington Whispers  —  Calling President Bush's third and best treasury secretary, Hank Paulson, a different kind of bird than Washington is used to doesn't ruffle the feathers of the former Goldman Sachs chairman.  How could it?  A nature buff who got his start in birding at 26 …
Discussion: Wampum
Matthew Moore / Sydney Morning Herald:
Guns buyback has no effect on murder rate  —  HALF a billion dollars spent buying back hundreds of thousands of guns after the Port Arthur massacre had no effect on the homicide rate, says a study published in an influential British journal.  —  The report by two Australian academics …
Discussion: Media Blog
Seattle Times:
Mike McGavick for U.S. Senate  —  In Sen. Maria Cantwell and challenger Mike McGavick, Washington has two fully qualified choices for the Senate.  The better choice is the Republican, McGavick.  —  Some see this election as a referendum on George W. Bush.  If we did, we would be for a solid Democratic ticket.
Dean Barnett / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
On That Michael J. Fox Ad  —  There's a new Michael J. Fox ad on stem cell research that supports Claire McCaskill's campaign.  Click over and watch it.  It will take you only 30 seconds, and I promise I'll still be here when you get back.  —  By way of response, let me first say that I think almost …
Don Michak / Journal Inquirer:
Lamont camp presses complaints over Lieberman 'slush fund'  —  Officials in Ned Lamont's U.S. Senate campaign said today they expect to file complaints with both federal and state authorities concerning $387,000 in "petty cash" U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman spent before the Democratic primary election.
Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
In Balad, Age-Old Ties Were 'Destroyed in a Second'  —  Sectarian Battles Drive Out Sunnis, Create State of Siege  —  OUTSIDE BALAD, Iraq — At midweek, Shiite Interior Ministry commandos and their Shiite militia allies cruised the four-lane hardtop outside the besieged city of Balad …
ABCNEWS:
Electronic Voting Machines Could Skew Elections  —  Researchers, Candidates Have Little Confidence in Machines Designed to Make Elections Easier to Call  —  Cheryl Kagan, a former Maryland Democratic legislator, was shocked when she opened her mail Wednesday morning.  —  Inside, she discovered three computer discs.
Robert D. Kaplan / The Atlantic Online:
We Can't Just Withdraw  —  I f only Iraq were like Vietnam.  After the 60-day siege of An Loc in the spring of 1972, where heavily outnumbered South Vietnamese troops and their American advisors rebuffed several North Vietnamese divisions, the Saigon government found itself …
Joe Bel Bruno / Associated Press:
The Dow Jones Industrials Reach New High  —  Wall Street extended its October rally Monday as investors grew more optimistic about upcoming earnings reports and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it will cut capital spending to drive overall returns.  The Dow Jones industrials shot up more than 110 points and crossed 12,100 for the first time.
Alexandra Marks / Christian Science Monitor:
Radical Islam finds US 'sterile ground'  —  Home-grown terror cells are largely missing in action, a contrast to Europe's situation.  —  NEW YORK - The Islamist radicalism that inspired young Muslims to attack their own countries - in London, Madrid, and Bali - has not yielded similar incidents in the United States, at least so far.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Donklephant
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."
MSNBC:
MTP Transcript for Oct. 22  —  Barack Obama, David Broder, Charlie Cook, John Harwood, Robert Novak  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: Only 16 days until the midterm elections.  Will the Democrats retake control of the Congress?  What would they do if they did?
Christopher Toothaker / Associated Press:
Chavez claims victory of sorts at U.N.  —  CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez said Sunday that Venezuela achieved its objective at the United Nations by preventing Washington's preferred candidate from winning a seat on the U.N. Security Council.  —  Venezuela is trailing Guatemala …
Nadine Elsibai / Bloomberg:
Bush Plans to Revive Social Security Proposal With New Congress  —  Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush said Republicans can hold their congressional majority by focusing on national security and the economy, and that he will return to overhauling Social Security as a top domestic priority for his last two years in office.
 
 
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U.S. Newswire:
Active-Duty Troops Launch Campaign to Press Congress to End U.S. Occupation of Iraq
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and NewsHog
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Litigation Day  —  Control of Congress may be decided in the courts, starting Nov. 8.
New York Times:
Illinois Crowd-Pleaser Considers '08 Run
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush to Address Economy Over Next 2 Days
Los Angeles Times:
The battlefield widens for House GOP seats
TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: God Bless Barney Frank
Discussion: Cold Fury and WILLisms.com
Atrios / Eschaton:
War, What is it Good For?  —  Drum writes: … Well, no, not really.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias:
Lancet-go-round  —  Tim Lambert easily dispenses with criticism …
Discussion: Deltoid and Political Animal
 Earlier Items: 
Cindy Chang / New York Times:
Fantasy Sports? Child's Play. Here, Politics Is the Game.
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Women's Vote Could Tip Close Contest
Discussion: Wonkette
Associated Press:
Columnist Settles in Propaganda Case
NY Daily News:
Mud in the face  —  Clinton foe: 'Whew' she was hideous before 'work'
Washington Post:
15 Police Recruits Killed in Iraq; U.S. Death Toll for October Hits 86
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
RNC Mailing Accuses Pa. Democrat Of Helping To Start the War in Iraq
Discussion: TAPPED, The Corner and Argghhh!
Joshua Frank / Indybay newswire:
An Interview with Cindy Sheehan
Discussion: Florida Cracker
USA Today:
Couric fails to keep CBS News on top for long
Discussion: The Heretik