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9:55 AM ET, October 26, 2006


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Washington Post:
N.J. Ruling Mandates Rights for Gay Unions  —  State Court Does Not Specify 'Marriage'  —  The New Jersey Supreme Court left the door ajar for the approval of same-sex marriage Wednesday, ruling that gay couples are entitled to rights no different from those of heterosexual couples.
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
GAY RIGHTS LAWS, SLIPPERY SLOPES, AND A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO SAME-SEX CIVIL UNIONS: The New Jersey Supreme Court has just held that the New Jersey Constitution's equal protection principles require the legislature to recognize at least same-sex civil unions.
David W. Chen / New York Times:
New Jersey Court Backs Full Rights for Gay Couples  —  Cindy Meneghin, right, and her partner, Maureen Kilian, heard about the New Jersey Supreme Court's decision on gay marriage Wednesday at their lawyer's office in Newark.  With them was Sarah, left, their daughter.
Geoff Mulvihill / Associated Press:
NJ Court Stops Short of Gay Marriage OK
Discussion: Blogcritics
Jonathan S. Landay / Real Cities:
Cheney confirms that detainees were subjected to water-boarding  —  WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney has confirmed that U.S. interrogators subjected captured senior al-Qaida suspects to a controversial interrogation technique called "water-boarding," which creates a sensation of drowning.
White House:
Interview of the Vice President by Scott Hennen, WDAY at Radio Day at the White House  —  Q I've had the honor of introducing our next guest at Cabela's in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.  I've interviewed him just off the MSUM Dragon gym floor in Moorehead, even at his hotel suite in St. Paul …
Discussion: The Heretik
Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:
Olbermann Gives Us The Visual To Limbaugh's Attack On Michael J. Fox  —  By now everyone has heard Limbaugh's little commentary about Michael J. Fox's appearance in the ad for Claire McCaskill.  Well tonight Keith Olbermann supplied us with the visual to accompany Rush's latest show of idiocy.
The Superficial:
Rush Limbaugh is an a**hole  —  On Monday Rush Limbaugh suggested that Michael J. Fox deliberately went off his medication to exaggerate his Parkinson's symptoms in a campaign ad for Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill in which he called for stem-cell research.  On his syndicated show Limbaugh said:
Robin Toner / New York Times:
Ad Seen as Playing to Racial Fears  —  The Tennessee Senate race, one of the most competitive and potentially decisive battles of the midterm election, became even more unpredictable this week after a furor over a Republican television commercial that stood out even in a year of negative advertising.
Discussion: First Read
Michael Barone / US News:
An Interview With President Bush  —  This afternoon I had the privilege of being one of eight columnists interviewing George W. Bush in the Oval Office.  The others were Tony Blankley of the Washington Times, Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal, Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post …
Agence France Presse:
Argentina charges Iran, Hezbollah in 1994 Jewish center bombing  —  BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Argentine prosecutors charged Iran and the Shiite militia Hezbollah with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish charities office in Argentina that killed 85 people and injured 300.
Iran charged over Argentina bomb
Discussion: Hot Air and Daimnation!
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Connecticut Crucible for a War Debate  —  When the three candidates in Connecticut's celebrated Senate race met for their final debate on Monday night in New London, only one of them appeared to be having a good time.  —  It was not Ned Lamont, the tense and fidgety businessman who had captured …
Discussion: MyDD and Blue Crab Boulevard
Kwang-Tae Kim / Associated Press:
Report: S.Korea to ban entry from North  —  SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea said Thursday it will ban the entry of North Korean officials who fall under a U.N. travel restriction — Seoul's first concrete move to enforce sanctions imposed after the North's nuclear test.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
The Smoking Gun:
Jane Pauley Sues New York Times  —  Broadcaster claims fraud over appearance in drug industry advertorial  —  Claiming that The New York Times duped her into granting an interview for what turned out to be a drug company-funded advertising supplement, Jane Pauley has sued the newspaper for fraud.
Discussion: Gawker and Don Surber
Mark Benjamin / Salon:
U.S. generals call for Democratic takeover  —  Disgusted with the leadership of the Iraq war, two retired generals say the GOP must go.  Plus: More than 100 current military personnel join a campaign to get the U.S. out of Iraq — now.  —  Maj. Gen. John Batiste in Tikrit, Iraq, March 16 …
Bush acknowledges setbacks in Iraq
Discussion: Cox & Forkum and Centerfield
John Ward Anderson / Washington Post:
Iraqi Prime Minister Lambastes U.S.  —  Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki lashed out at the United States Wednesday, saying his popularly elected government would not bend to U.S.-imposed benchmarks and timelines and criticizing a U.S. and Iraqi military operation in a Shiite slum of Baghdad …
Outlook  — While our seat-by-seat analysis shows Democrats winning the House by a four-seat margin, the overriding question is whether a "wave" will deliver a really big Democratic majority.  That presumes an overwhelming sentiment that negates seat-by-seat analyses.
Politics Central:
FRANCE PREPARES 50,000 RIOT POLICE FOR MUSLIM ATTACKS  —  EXCLUSIVE TO PJM By Paul Belien from Brussels Journal  —  As America prepares for Halloween, France is girding for a wave of attacks from Muslim youths—a reprise of the deadly French riots of last year.
Discussion: Roger L. Simon and ¡No Pasarán!
Gay Patriot:
HRC Fires Staffer Who Orchestrated Foley ScandalStatement Raises More Questions About HRC's Involvement  —  This is a stunning development in efforts to peel back the onion of the Mark Foley scandal and expose who knew what and when they knew it.  —  I have been flying back to Charlotte …
Pete Donohue / NY Daily News:
Girls' room his, too  —  Transgender men free to use ALL of MTA's loos  —  The line for the girls' room just got longer.  —  Men who live as women can now legally use women's rest rooms in New York's transit system under an unprecedented deal revealed yesterday.
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¡No Pasarán!:
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Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Watchdog Group Accuses Churches of Political Action
Discussion: MyDD
Michelle Malkin:
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Rasmussen Reports:
Michigan Governor: Granholm's Lead Now Double-Digits
Frank Smyth /
The Republican from Illinois, one of the most powerful men …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Clinton digs deep, seeking landslide win
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Foley investigators near end of witnesses
Digby / Hullabaloo:
We're All For It!  —  The Republicans are taking a new tack on stem cells.
Discussion: This Modern World
US News:
Transcript: The President's Interview with Print Media Columnists
Discussion: Power Line
Tony Paterson / Independent:
German ministers 'knew about CIA torture cells'
Tim Paradis / Associated Press:
Dow Ends Up; Fed Raises Inflation Fears
Discussion: Peaktalk
The Raw Story:
Rove 'dukes it out' with NPR host over polling data
Richard Kerbaj / The Australian:
Muslim leader blames women for sex attacks