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8:15 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" …
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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Dean Barnett / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
On That Michael J. Fox Ad  —  There's a new Michael J. Fox ad on stem cell research that supports Claire McCaskill's campaign.  Click over and watch it.  It will take you only 30 seconds, and I promise I'll still be here when you get back.  —  By way of response, let me first say that I think almost …
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 …
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Rice Sees Bright Spot In China's New Role Since N. Korean Test
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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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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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
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.
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.
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."
TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: God Bless Barney Frank  —  "The right to privacy should not be the right to hypocrisy.  These people who want to demonize other people shouldn't be able to go home, close the door, and do it themselves."  (Barney Frank on the practice of outing gay Republicans, hat-tip to my secret lovaaaah, Jesus' General)
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
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 Fund / Opinion Journal:
Litigation Day  —  Control of Congress may be decided in the courts, starting Nov. 8.  —  Everyone is speculating about which party will control Congress after next month's voting.  But we may not know for a while.  We could see either party pursue the kind of lawsuits that Al Gore unleashed …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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.
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
 
 
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George F. Will / New York Times:
God of Our Fathers  —  Not since the medieval church baptized …
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Jay Cost / Real Clear Politics:
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Juan A. Lozano / Associated Press:
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Henry / Crooked Timber:
Hackwork  —  Back to Jacob Hacker's book, this review …
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Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Richard Nixon versus Joe Lieberman
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush to Address Economy Over Next 2 Days
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Los Angeles Times:
The battlefield widens for House GOP seats
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Uneasy for a Reason  —  In the midst of the campaign month …
quinnipiac.edu:
Search Detail  —  October 23, 2006 - Democrat Almost Catches Crist …
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Associated Press:
Columnist Settles in Propaganda Case
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
RNC Mailing Accuses Pa. Democrat Of Helping To Start the War in Iraq
Discussion: TAPPED, The Corner and Argghhh!
Robert D. Kaplan / The Atlantic Online:
We Can't Just Withdraw
Nadine Elsibai / Bloomberg:
Bush Plans to Revive Social Security Proposal With New Congress
Paul Bedard / US News:
Washington Whispers  —  Calling President Bush's third …
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