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1:20 AM ET, October 24, 2006

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Washington Post:
Independents Favor Democrats Over Republicans  —  Poll Finds Votes Motivated by War Pessimism, Dissatisfation With GOP  —  Two weeks before midterm elections, Republicans are losing the battle for independent voters, who now strongly favor Democrats on the major issues facing the country …
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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:
Discussion: PoliPundit.com and Liberal Values
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Midterm Election: Referendum on War  —  In What Comes Down to a Referendum on Iraq, the Center Peels Away  —  It's two weeks away, and the 2006 midterm elections look like a referendum on Iraq, a war in which President Bush and his party have lost not just the political center but significant chunks of their base.
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
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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.
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush's New Tack Steers Clear of 'Stay the Course'  —  President Bush and his aides are annoyed that people keep misinterpreting his Iraq policy as "stay the course."  A complete distortion, they say.  "That is not a stay-the-course policy," White House press secretary Tony Snow declared yesterday.
Discussion: Oliver Willis and AMERICAblog
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Analysis: Republicans fear war fallout
Discussion: CorrenteWire
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.
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Rice Sees Bright Spot In China's New Role Since N. Korean Test  —  President Bush came into office six years ago deeply skeptical of Chinese intentions, casting doubt on the idea advanced by the Clinton administration that there could be a "strategic partnership" between China and the United States.
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Think Progress:
REPORT: Bush Officials Were 'Rooting' For North Korea to Test Nuclear Weapon  —  Senior Bush administration officials wanted North Korea to test a nuclear weapon because it would prove their point that the regime must be overthrown.  —  This astonishing revelation was buried in the middle …
Roger Lowenstein / New York Times:
The Economic Miracle as an Economic Mirage  —  WHATEVER happened to the good old days of cradle-to-grave security — of a steady job, a lifetime pension and paid-for health care along the way?  This is the question at the heart of "The Great Risk Shift" (Oxford University Press, $26) …
Discussion: TAPPED and Ezra Klein
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Henry / Crooked Timber:   Hackwork  —  Back to Jacob Hacker's book, this review …
Warren Fiske / content.hamptonroads.com:
New poll shows Allen with narrow lead over Webb  —  RICHMOND — U.S. Sen. George Allen has ended a two-month freefall in voter support and regained a narrow lead in his re-election bid against Democrat Jim Webb, according to a new poll.  —  Allen drew 47 percent support and Webb received 43 percent …
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Richard Nixon versus Joe Lieberman  —  After losing the primary, Joe Lieberman changed his tune and began talking about ending the war in Iraq.  It's a very specific way of talking about ending the war, though, and you can see eery parallels between Lieberman and Nixon when Nixon lied about wanting to end the Vietnam War.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Hullabaloo
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Where'd The Dough Go, Joe?
Discussion: The News Blog
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.
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Olbermann's Special Comment on GOP Fearmongering  —  Keith issued arguably his most powerful Special Comment yet tonight.  This time he takes on the GOP's newest fearmongering ad which quotes Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri superimposed over pictures of explosions with the sound of a ticking bomb in the background.
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Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
Special Comment: Advertising terrorism
Discussion: Hot Air
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Debate Madness  —  The debate was very high temperature from the get — take a look at the YouTube of Lamont supporters marching with the Kiss Float beforehand.  There were people in the debate hall who were singing and distrupting both Lieberman and Lamont, and they were evidently Lyndon LaRouchites …
Milton R. Copulos / Washington Times:
A Jim Webb fib?  —  There's a lot to admire about Jim Webb.  He's a bonafide war hero who parlayed his wartime experiences into a successful career as a novelist and movie producer that made him millions.  He even managed to wrangle a load of Republican political appointments to enhance his stature.
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
 
 
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Judd / Think Progress:
Bush says he uses "the Google."
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George F. Will / New York Times:
God of Our Fathers  —  Not since the medieval church baptized …
Discussion: News Hounds and The Corner
WorldNetDaily:
American Jews top hate-crime targets
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Turmoil in Hastert's Office as Key Staff Testifies
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Juan A. Lozano / Associated Press:
Skilling sentenced to 24 years in prison
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Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Why Barack Obama Should Run for President
Matthew Moore / Sydney Morning Herald:
Guns buyback has no effect on murder rate
Discussion: Media Blog
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Litigation Day  —  Control of Congress may be decided in the courts, starting Nov. 8.
Los Angeles Times:
The battlefield widens for House GOP seats
Joe Bel Bruno / Associated Press:
The Dow Jones Industrials Reach New High
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Uneasy for a Reason  —  In the midst of the campaign month …
Dinesh D'Souza / San Francisco Chronicle:
God knows why faith is thriving