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10:45 AM ET, October 23, 2006


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New York Times:
As G.O.P. Mopes, Bush Adds the Duties of Optimist in Chief  —  The capital is filled with Republicans convinced that they will lose the House and maybe the Senate.  So last week, the White House and party leaders convened a "friends and allies" teleconference to dispute what Ken Mehlman …
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Abu Aardvark and War and Piece
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Questions to Guide an Exit Policy  —  A realist with a wintry smile, James A. Baker III, who helped make George W. Bush's presidency possible, is seeking ways to salvage it.  After the 2000 election, Baker orchestrated the Bush campaign's lawyering against the Gore campaign's lawyering …
Billmon / Whiskey Bar:
Babbling Idiots  —  Up until now I've resolutely ignored …
Discussion: Kiko's House
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.
Bryan / Hot Air:
MyDD's Googlenuke Campaign  —  Well.  The astrologer's club is planning to wield mondo Googlebombs in the final days of the election.  Check. this. out. … How do you define "non-partisan" in this context?  There are an awful lot of blogs, for instance, that don't have paid connections …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and IMAO
Bush chides father for election remarks  —Text+WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush gently admonished his father for saying he hates to think what life would be like for his son if the Democrats win control of Congress in the November 7 election.  —  It was the latest sign of possible strain …
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
David Segal / Washington Post:
Kean on Politics  —  New Jersey's Political Scion Aims to Make A Name for Himself in Washington  —  HACKENSACK, N.J. If there were a drinking game whose rules required a swig each time Tom Kean Jr. asserted that his Senate race opponent is "under federal criminal investigation," …
USA Today:
Couric fails to keep CBS News on top for long  —  When Katie Couric began anchoring The CBS Evening News early last month, her initial ratings were so strong — she drew more than 10 million viewers — that it appeared the former NBC Today star might buck network news tradition …
Discussion: The Heretik
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Tom Bevan / TIME:
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Joshua Frank / Indybay newswire:
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Gulf Times:
Pakistan may ink another peace deal with militants
Discussion: The Fourth Rail
MTP Transcript for Oct. 22
Discussion: TAPPED and The Fix
Washington Post:
Clauses and Commas Make a Comeback
Discussion: Inactivist
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Warner's withdrawal from Dem race, ceding ground to another Gore bid
Steve Schmidt / San Diego Union-Tribune:
CNN blasted, praised over sniper video
Discussion: The Daily Brief and Argghhh!
Dr. Sanity:
YVONNE STRANGELOVE, Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Veil
 Earlier Items: 
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Josh Manchester / TCS Daily:
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Discussion: Dean's World
Warren Hoge / New York Times:
Sudan Orders U.N. Envoy to Leave Country
Claire Sibonney / Reuters:
Sex ed gets a lot sexier at Canadian university
Blair gives Iraq 12 months to be ready for handover
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Lamont Questions Lieberman's Spending