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2:55 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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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 …
Discussion: Centerfield
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.
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 Fix, The Corner and The Heretik
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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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Washington Post:
15 Police Recruits Killed in Iraq; U.S. Death Toll for October Hits 86  —  At least 15 Iraqi police recruits were killed Sunday when two buses taking them to Baghdad were ambushed by insurgents north of the capital, a local police official said.  Twenty-five recruits were injured in the attack, and 20 others were kidnapped, he said.
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
RNC Mailing Accuses Pa. Democrat Of Helping To Start the War in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON — Voters in Pennsylvania's rural, conservative 10th Congressional District received an unlikely mailing earlier this month accusing a former Navy lieutenant of helping start the Iraq war.
Discussion: TAPPED, The Corner and Argghhh!
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."
Discussion: One Hand Clapping and Dean's World
NY Daily News:
Mud in the face  —  Clinton foe: 'Whew' she was hideous before 'work'  —  Hillary Clinton's Republican challenger is getting personal and it's not pretty: He says the senator used to be ugly - and speculates she got "millions of dollars" in plastic surgery.  —  "You ever see a picture of her back then?
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Gateway Pundit
 
 
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Joe Bel Bruno / Associated Press:
The Dow Jones Industrials Reach New High
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TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: God Bless Barney Frank
Discussion: WILLisms.com and Cold Fury
Atrios / Eschaton:
War, What is it Good For?  —  Drum writes: … Well, no, not really.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Matthew Yglesias
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Tightened Belts Could Put Press In a Pinch
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Matthew Yglesias:
Lancet-go-round  —  Tim Lambert easily dispenses with criticism …
Discussion: Deltoid and Political Animal
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
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Associated Press:
Columnist Settles in Propaganda Case
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
We're Google. So Sue Us.
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
Steve Schmidt / San Diego Union-Tribune:
CNN blasted, praised over sniper video
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Walz, Rowley, Ramstad, McCollum
Seattle Times:
Mike McGavick for U.S. Senate
Ronald Brownstein / Los Angeles Times:
A possibly fatal flaw in GOP formula for success