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11:15 AM 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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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.
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MSNBC:
MTP Transcript for Oct. 22
Discussion: TAPPED, TIME and The Fix
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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BBC:
US 'cannot stay course' in Iraq
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
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
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Reuters:
Bush chides father for election remarks
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Billmon / Whiskey Bar:
Babbling Idiots  —  Up until now I've resolutely ignored the mindless media chatter about a possible "change of course" in Iraq, both because of the absurdity of the metaphor (sinking ships can have only one course — straight down) and because so much of it appears designed simply …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Questions to Guide an Exit Policy
Dr. Sanity:
YVONNE STRANGELOVE, Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Veil  —  Stop me if you've heard this argument before: … Indeed, it probably takes a "Western feminist" to be so completely clueless (and indifferent, I might add) about the real issue here.
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 …
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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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: The Corner and Argghhh!
Robert D. Kaplan / The Atlantic Online:
We Can't Just Withdraw
Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
In Balad, Age-Old Ties Were 'Destroyed in a Second'
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
We're Google. So Sue Us.
Joshua Frank / Indybay newswire:
An Interview with Cindy Sheehan
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USA Today:
Couric fails to keep CBS News on top for long
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Gulf Times:
Pakistan may ink another peace deal with militants
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Steve Schmidt / San Diego Union-Tribune:
CNN blasted, praised over sniper video
Discussion: The Daily Brief and Argghhh!
David Segal / Washington Post:
Kean on Politics  —  New Jersey's Political Scion Aims …
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Walz, Rowley, Ramstad, McCollum
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
After Elections, a Democratic Push
Josh Manchester / TCS Daily:
The Wisdom of Survivalist Crowds
Comments for Basic Cooking:
Mourning the Demise of Miracle Whip
Discussion: Dean's World
Warren Hoge / New York Times:
Sudan Orders U.N. Envoy to Leave Country
Guardian:
Blair gives Iraq 12 months to be ready for handover
Discussion: The Moderate Voice