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11:35 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
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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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?
Discussion: TAPPED, TIME, The Heretik 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
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
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
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and alicublog
Claire Sibonney / Reuters:
Sex ed gets a lot sexier at Canadian university  —  TORONTO (Reuters) - An undergraduate program at Canada's august University of Toronto offers discussions on flogging, restraint, and role-play, as well as an arts course called "Queerly Canadian."  But teachers and students insist it's …
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
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 …
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 …
 
 
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NY Daily News:
Mud in the face  —  Clinton foe: 'Whew' she was hideous before 'work'
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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
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
Gulf Times:
Pakistan may ink another peace deal with militants
Discussion: The Fourth Rail
Steve Schmidt / San Diego Union-Tribune:
CNN blasted, praised over sniper video
Discussion: The Daily Brief and Argghhh!
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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
The Age:
Youths set passenger bus alight in Paris
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