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1:00 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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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.
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 …
Ronald Brownstein / Los Angeles Times:
A possibly fatal flaw in GOP formula for success
Discussion: Donklephant
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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 Fix and The Heretik
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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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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos, ParaPundit and Clive Davis
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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
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.
Matthew Yglesias:
Lancet-go-round  —  Tim Lambert easily dispenses with criticism of the Hopkins/Lancet study of "excess deaths" in Iraq grounded in the divergence between their estimate of Iraq's pre-war death rate and the UN's estimate.  The UN's estimate turns out to have just been a kind of guess with no real methodological grounding at all.
Discussion: Political Animal and Deltoid
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Associated Press:
Columnist Settles in Propaganda Case  —  Columnist Armstrong Williams has reached a settlement with prosecutors regarding payments he received from the Education Department to promote President Bush's agenda.  —  Under the agreement, Williams admits no wrongdoing but will have to pay $34,000.
 
 
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Adrian Croft / Reuters:
Don't panic, Iraq tells U.S. and UK
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Women's Vote Could Tip Close Contest
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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
Joshua Frank / Indybay newswire:
An Interview with Cindy Sheehan
Discussion: Florida Cracker
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
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David Segal / Washington Post:
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Christopher Toothaker / Associated Press:
Chavez claims victory of sorts at U.N.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Walz, Rowley, Ramstad, McCollum
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
After Elections, a Democratic Push
The Age:
Youths set passenger bus alight in Paris
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Claire Sibonney / Reuters:
Sex ed gets a lot sexier at Canadian university
Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
A Nadir of U.S. Power