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5:00 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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Media Matters for America:
CBS, AP leave unchallenged Bartlett's claim that Bush's Iraq policy has "never been a 'stay the course' strategy" … In an October 23 interview on CBS' The Early Show, White House senior adviser Dan Bartlett stated that the Bush administration's Iraq policy has "never been a 'stay the course' strategy" …
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Why Barack Obama Should Run for President  —  Though you probably know me as someone who's not a fan of Barack Obama, I do want the Senator to run for President in 2008.  I think it would be good for him, good for the party, and good for the country.  I'm big on process, on public debate …
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Neela Banerjee / New York Times:
State Dept. Official Apologizes for Criticism of Iraq Policy  —  A senior State Department official apologized Sunday night for saying that the United States had acted with "arrogance" and "stupidity" in its campaign in Iraq.  —  The apology from Alberto Fernandez, director of the office …
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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.
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.
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
USA Today:
Poll: GOP could lose control of Congress  —  Just two weeks before Election Day, poll results continue to signal that Republicans could lose control of one or both chambers of Congress.  —  ELECTIONLINE: What do you think?  —  The latest USA TODAY/Gallup national poll, taken over the weekend, shows that:
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Rush Limbaugh attacks Michael J. Fox: " ...he was either off the medication or he was acting.  He is an actor, after all."  —  Rush Limbaugh will say anything to attack anyone who challenges George Bush and his policies.  This time, his target is Michael J. Fox.  Meds are something Rush does have a little experience with.
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," …
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.
U.S. Newswire:
Active-Duty Troops Launch Campaign to Press Congress to End U.S. Occupation of Iraq  —  65 Members to Send "Appeals for Redress" Under the Military Whistle-blower Protection Act  —  Contact: Trevor Fitzgibbon, 202-246-5303, or Alex Howe, or Laura Gross, 202-822-5200, for Fenton Communications
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and NewsHog
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."
Joshua Frank / Indybay newswire:
An Interview with Cindy Sheehan … whirl.gif  —  An Interview with Cindy Sheehan  —  Independent Politics and the Antiwar Movement  —  Joshua Frank: Cindy, we are in the armpit of another election season and it seems that the mainstream antiwar movement is rallying behind the Democrats once again …
Discussion: Florida Cracker and Hot Air
Joe Bel Bruno / Associated Press:
The Dow Jones Industrials Reach New High  —  Wall Street extended its October rally Monday as investors grew more optimistic about upcoming earnings reports and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it will cut capital spending to drive overall returns.  The Dow Jones industrials shot up more than 110 points and crossed 12,100 for the first time.
Matthew Moore / Sydney Morning Herald:
Guns buyback has no effect on murder rate  —  HALF a billion dollars spent buying back hundreds of thousands of guns after the Port Arthur massacre had no effect on the homicide rate, says a study published in an influential British journal.  —  The report by two Australian academics …
Discussion: Media Blog
Los Angeles Times:
The battlefield widens for House GOP seats  —  A tide of discontent has made a growing number of races competitive.  —  LA CRESCENT, MINN. — The temperature is dropping, but six-term Rep. Gil Gutknecht (R-Minn.) is sweating more than usual for this time of year.
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
We're Google.  So Sue Us.  —  Google attracts millions of Web users every day.  And, increasingly, it's attracting the attention of plenty of lawyers, too.  —  As Google has grown into the world's most popular search engine and, arguably, the most powerful Internet company …
Discussion: Gawker and Althouse
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Juan A. Lozano / Associated Press:
Skilling sentenced to 24 years in prison
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Henry / Crooked Timber:
Hackwork  —  Back to Jacob Hacker's book, this review …
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Think Progress:
REPORT: Bush Officials Were 'Rooting' For North Korea to Test Nuclear Weapon
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Litigation Day  —  Control of Congress may be decided in the courts, starting Nov. 8.
New York Times:
Illinois Crowd-Pleaser Considers '08 Run
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush to Address Economy Over Next 2 Days
quinnipiac.edu:
Search Detail  —  October 23, 2006 - Democrat Almost Catches Crist …
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TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: God Bless Barney Frank
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 Earlier Items: 
Adrian Croft / Reuters:
Don't panic, Iraq tells U.S. and UK
NY Daily News:
Mud in the face  —  Clinton foe: 'Whew' she was hideous before 'work'
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: TAPPED, The Corner and Argghhh!
Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
In Balad, Age-Old Ties Were 'Destroyed in a Second'
Nadine Elsibai / Bloomberg:
Bush Plans to Revive Social Security Proposal With New Congress
ABCNEWS:
Electronic Voting Machines Could Skew Elections
Seattle Times:
Mike McGavick for U.S. Senate