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8:15 AM ET, October 23, 2006


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Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Lamont Questions Lieberman's Spending  —  HARTFORD, Conn. — Ned Lamont's campaign says Sen. Joe Lieberman has failed to account for $387,000 in petty cash his campaign spent days before the state's August Democratic primary.  —  "Whenever this much cash is floating around it certainly raises suspicions …
Matt Stoller / The Huffington Post:
Joe Lieberman's Slush Fund Problem
Discussion: Firedoglake
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Lieberman's Criminal Activity?
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama Says He'll Consider A 2008 Bid for The Presidency  —  Democratic Senator to Decide After Elections  —  Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) opened the door to a 2008 presidential campaign yesterday, saying he has begun to weigh a possible candidacy and will make a decision after the November elections.
Obama considering White House
The Age:
Youths set passenger bus alight in Paris  —  A band of up to 30 youths forced passengers out of a bus in a southern Paris suburb in broad daylight, set it on fire and then stoned firefighters who came to the rescue, a police official said.  —  Police cordoned off the neighbourhood in Grigny …
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Call to Action: Google-Bombing the Election  —  First, I want to thank everyone who has participated in the Use It Or Lose It campaign, designed to drive Democratic money from safe incumbents toward competitive Democratic challengers.  That campaign will continue throughout next week …
Bryan / Hot Air:   MyDD's Googlenuke Campaign
Ronald Brownstein / Los Angeles Times:
A possibly fatal flaw in GOP formula for success  —  The great risk in President Bush's political strategy has always been that it leaves him very little margin for error.  —  From the outset of his presidency, Bush has accepted division as the price of mobilization.
Discussion: Donklephant
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
Warren Hoge / New York Times:
Sudan Orders U.N. Envoy to Leave Country  —  Sudan's government ordered the chief United Nations envoy out of the country today, saying he was an enemy of the country and its armed forces.  —  Secretary General Kofi Annan said that he was reviewing the letter from the Khartoum government …
Opheera McDoom / Reuters:
Sudan orders top U.N. envoy to leave within 3 days
US 'cannot stay course' in Iraq  —  The US is not winning in Iraq and will not be able to stay the course in the long-term, a US state department insider has said.  —  Former intelligence official Wayne White told the BBC that violence in Iraq was "getting worse".
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Blair gives Iraq 12 months to be ready for handover  —  Tony Blair will put pressure on the Iraqi government today to demonstrate that its security forces will be ready to take over from the British army in southern provinces within roughly a year.  —  Amid mounting international concern …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
A Nadir of U.S. Power  —  It's not exactly morning in America.  —  In Iraq, things get ever uglier, and the old remedy of extra troops now seems tragically futile.  The Bush team has recently tried putting thousands of additional soldiers into Baghdad, and the result after two months is that violence there has increased.
Editor and Publisher:
Campaign Ad Linking Democrat to 'Sex' Call May Backfire on GOP  —  NEW YORK It seemed like a "gotcha" moment for Republicans in one of the most closely watched congressional races in the country: catching the Democratic candidate calling a sex phone line and billing the call to the local taxpayers.
Billmon / Whiskey Bar:
Tickling the Limbic System
Discussion: Needlenose
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Walz, Rowley, Ramstad, McCollum  —  Two incumbents, two challengers stand out in House races.  —  First District: Walz  —  Since he went to Washington in 1994, Rep. Gil Gutknecht has done a good job representing the interests and conservative values of southern Minnesota, and he won our endorsement two years ago.
Jonathan Darman / Newsweek:
The Path to Power  —  Tennessee's Harold Ford Jr. is running from his party in one of the must-win Senate races for the Democrats.  His story-and the stakes on Election Day.  —  The sun is just rising over Chattanooga when Harold Ford Jr. begins to pray.  A young African-American congressman …
Josh Manchester / TCS Daily:
The Wisdom of Survivalist Crowds  —  Glenn Reynolds' last article here at TCS drew attention to the seeming growth of disaster preparedness and survivalist tendencies in the mainstream population - even though such have usually been the stuff of small subcultures outside the mainstream.
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.
Discussion: Redstate and Sound Politics
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 …
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Questions to Guide an Exit Policy
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
After Elections, a Democratic Push
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Suzanne Nossel / The Huffington Post:
Iraq: An Honest Exit
Claire Sibonney / Reuters:
Sex ed gets a lot sexier at Canadian university
Las Vegas Sun:
Ex-aide alleges Porter made illegal fundraising calls
Discussion: MyDD
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Fear of too many babies is hard to bear
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
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FDL Book Salon: Anntichrist, Superstar
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Note to Vice President Cheney: Call Your Neighbor, Apologize …
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
Fighting for The Spoils  —  Lawmaker and Rainmaker Rahm Emanuel Wants …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Christopher Booker / Telegraph:
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Elizabeth Rubin / New York Times:
In the Land of the Taliban  —  One afternoon this past summer …