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10:50 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.
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.
New York Times:
Trying to Contain the Iraq Disaster  —  No matter what President Bush says, the question is not whether America can win in Iraq.  The only question is whether the United States can extricate itself without leaving behind an unending civil war that will spread more chaos and suffering throughout …
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:   GOP Senator Say Iraq Is Near Chaos
Polls: Democrats closer to taking Senate control  —  But polls show no evidence of a national Democratic 'tidal wave' … Today show  —  NBC News Election Unit  —  NEW YORK - Two weeks out from the midterm elections, a second round of MSNBC/McClatchy polls, conducted by Mason-Dixon in eight states …
Steven Thomma / Real Cities:
GOP holds narrow lead in must-win Senate races  —  WASHINGTON — Republican Senate candidates have fought back to regain an edge in two key races, pivotal battlegrounds that could determine which party controls the Senate, according to a series of new McClatchy-MSNBC polls.
Discussion: and Dogwood Pundit
USA Today:
War, economy sway race
Discussion: The American Street
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 …
Senate candidates spar in final debate
Discussion: Cold Fury
Mark Pazniokas / Hartford Courant:
Cash Lieberman Spent In Primary Draws Complaint
Discussion: LamontBlog and Associated Press
Los Angeles Times:
Candidate reportedly bought voter list for controversial letter  —  Tan Nguyen, seeking an O.C. congressional seat, denies using the list for that purpose.  —  Congressional candidate Tan Nguyen personally bought the list of voters to whom a racially charged letter was mailed …
Discussion: Election Law
Garrett Therolf / Los Angeles Times:
O.C. candidate defends letter scaring immigrants
Tom Heneghan / Reuters:
European Muslims worry about frank new Islam debate  —  PARIS (Reuters) - Britain's heated debate about Islamic veils reflects a growing frustration with Muslims in Europe that risks further isolating these minorities rather than integrating them, leading European Muslim activists say.
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Michael J. Fox Records TV Ad for Cardin  —  Actor Questions Steele's Stance on Funding for Stem Cell Research  —  Appearing grimly unsteady from his long bout with Parkinson's disease, actor Michael J. Fox is inserting his halting voice into the campaign for the U.S. Senate …
Jenny Hope / Daily Mail:
Men who use mobile phones face increased risk of infertility  —  Men who use mobile phones could be risking their fertility, warn researchers.  —  A new study shows a worrying link between poor sperm and the number of hours a day that a man uses his mobile phone.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Democrats Urge Their Flush Candidates to Share the Wealth  —  The balance in the campaign account of Representative Martin T. Meehan, Democrat of Massachusetts, is $4,886,325.  It is a muscular sum for a member of the House, and ordinarily it would be hailed as an exhibit of fund-raising savvy.
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 …
Judd / Think Progress:
Bush says he uses "the Google."  —  Watch it:  —  Digg It!  —  Transcript:
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
Life Style Extra:
Peace activist jailed for attack on singer  —  A smirking peace activist who left a rising rock star fighting for his life after a row over his girlfriend was jailed for eight months today.  —  Christiaan Briggs, 30, attacked 19-year-old singer Billy Leeson and left him in a coma …
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 …
Opinion Journal:
The Don't Show Me State  —  The liberal assault on voter ID laws.  —  People in the good state of Missouri need photo identification to cash a check, board a plane or apply for food stamps.  But the state Supreme Court has ruled that a photo ID requirement to vote is too great a burden on the elderly and the poor.
Discussion: protein wisdom
W. Gardner Selby / Austin American-Statesman:
Perry and GOP to welcome President Bush election eve  —  Chris Bell might be hosting President Clinton.  —  The biggest political guns in the land could be coming to Texas to stump for GOP Gov. Rick Perry and Democratic challenger Chris Bell.  —  President Bush, Perry's predecessor as governor …
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Poll: Most Americans say no one winning in Iraq
Discussion: Think Progress and AMERICAblog
I'm off to the Palais de Justice
Discussion: Augean Stables and Kesher Talk
Nora Boustany / Washington Post:
U.S. Rank on Press Freedom Slides Lower
Discussion: Associated Press and Peaktalk
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
This Time, It's Not the Economy
Discussion: Kiko's House and First Read
Joel Lang / Hartford Courant:
Poll: War Evens Up Race In 4th District
Associated Press:
Wyo. opponent says incumbent made threat
Discussion: MyDD and Think Progress
Chicago Voter Database Hacked
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
For a Top Democrat, Further Climb Seems Out
 Earlier Items: 
Will / Attytood:
Antonin Scalia holds you and me in contempt
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Rising Radical Center
Spending Is The Problem  —  RedState is pleased to welcome …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
Ford posts biggest loss in 14 years
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
Dominic Kennedy / Times of London:
MoD bans TV news access to warzones
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Olbermann's Special Comment on GOP Fearmongering
Discussion: MSNBC and Jesus' General