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8:20 AM ET, October 24, 2006


 Top Items: 
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: State of the Day and AMERICAblog
New York Times:
Bush Abandons Phrase 'Stay the Course' on Iraq  —  The White House said Monday that President Bush was no longer using the phrase "stay the course" when speaking about the Iraq war, in a new effort to emphasize flexibility in the face of some of the bloodiest violence there since the 2003 invasion.
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
GOP Senator Say Iraq Is Near Chaos  —  Under election-year pressure to change course in Iraq, the Bush administration said Monday there are no plans for dramatic shifts in policy or for ultimatums to Baghdad to force progress.  —  Just two weeks before the Nov. 7 elections …
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Analysis: Republicans fear war fallout
Discussion: CorrenteWire
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 …
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
Discussion: and Liberal Values
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.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
James Webb, Meet Al Gore
Discussion: USS Neverdock
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.
Discussion: Jesus' General
Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
Special Comment: Advertising terrorism
Discussion: Hot Air
Dominic Kennedy / Times of London:
MoD bans TV news access to warzones  —  THE Ministry of Defence has banned Britain's biggest commercial news broadcaster from frontline access to the nation's forces, The Times has learnt.  —  In an unprecedented move that risks accusations of censorship, the Government has withdrawn co-operation …
Discussion: Harry's Place and
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.
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 …
Warren Fiske /
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 …
Dean Barnett / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
Spanning the Web  —  1) I WILL BE RETAKING New England's airwaves tonight to discuss political advertising on Jim Braude's "News Night" at 7:00 p.m. on New England Cable News.  I mention this only for New England-area readers who might need a break from Shep or "Seinfeld."
Judd / Think Progress:
Bush says he uses "the Google."  —  Watch it:  —  Digg It!  —  Transcript:
Discussion: Wonkette and Majikthise
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
NYT-ea culpa: Times mouthpiece acknowledges error  —  What do you call it when the ombudsman of the New York Times admits he made a mistake?  —  A good start.  —  New York Times ombudsman Byron Calame has initiated what we can only hope will be a trend in America's holier-than-thou media …
Spending Is The Problem  —  RedState is pleased to welcome Virginia's Senator George Allen to the front page.  We'll be keeping this up top for a while.  You can scroll down for more recent content.  —  "Congress doesn't have a revenue problem.  It has a spending problem."
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Women Scarcer On Evening News  —  B&C Contributing Editor Andrew Tyndall analyzed the first six weeks of Katie Couric's tenure atop the CBS Evening News and found that woman have gotten fewer assignments.  —  When former Today host Katie Couric arrived at the anchor chair of the CBS Evening News …
Discussion: TVNewser
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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
For a Top Democrat, Further Climb Seems Out
U.S. Newswire:
New AARP Survey Shows Public Strongly Opposes Social Security Private Accounts
USA Today:
War, economy sway race
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Angry Joe Lieberman, Iraq'd
Discussion: The Sideshow
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Hunter asks Blitzer, "Does CNN want America to win this thing?"
Discussion: Wizbang
Will / Attytood:
Antonin Scalia holds you and me in contempt
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Peace activist jailed for attack on singer
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Tim Blair
Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
Ford posts biggest loss in 14 years
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Jenny Hope / Daily Mail:
Men who use mobile phones face increased risk of infertility
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
HOW KUDLOW CAN YOU GO:  —  At National Review Online …
Discussion: Angry Bear and Ezra Klein
Bill Dedman / MSNBC:
Gitmo interrogations spark battle over tactics
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Tom Heneghan / Reuters:
European Muslims worry about frank new Islam debate
Garrett Therolf / Los Angeles Times:
O.C. candidate defends letter scaring immigrants
Chris Rose / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Hell And Back  —  A chronicler of the storm is crushed by its sorrows.
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
To Stand or Fall in Baghdad: Capital Is Key to Mission