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5:40 PM ET, October 26, 2006


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Voters Increase Support for Stem Cell Research After Viewing Michael J. Fox Ad  —  Republicans' Support for Republican House Candidates Declines  —  FLEMINGTON, N.J.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—A new national study revealed that American voters' support for stem cell research increased after they viewed …
Roger Friedman / Fox News:
PATRICIA HEATON: NOT EVERYONE LOVES MICHAEL J. FOX  —  Patricia Heaton.  —  Patricia Heaton.  —  Heaton: Not Everyone Loves Michael J. Fox  —  Patricia Heaton — who won an Emmy for her work on "Everyone Loves Raymond" — is taking sides in the stem-cell research debate.
Richard Shears / Daily Mail:
Outrage as Muslim cleric likens women to 'uncovered meat'  —  A Muslim cleric's claim that women who do not wear the veil are like 'uncovered meat' who attract sexual predators sparked outrage around Australia yesterday.  —  Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali, the nation's most senior Muslim cleric …
Richard Kerbaj / The Australian:
Mufti outrages Muslims over sex comments
Jeremy Roberts / The Australian:
Media blamed for Islam bias
Discussion: IMAO
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush Signs U.S.-Mexico Border Fence Bill  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush signed a bill Thursday authorizing 700 miles of new fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, hoping to give Republican candidates a pre-election platform for asserting they're tough on illegal immigration.
Peter Bergen / New York Times:
What Osama Wants  —  THE French saying, often attributed to Talleyrand, that "this is worse than a crime, it's a blunder," could easily describe America's invasion of Iraq.  But for the United States to pull entirely out of that country right now, as is being demanded by a growing chorus of critics …
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.
'Hardball with Chris Matthews' for Oct. 24, 5 p.m.  —  Guests: Harold Ford, Howard Fineman, Chris Cillizza, Tony Snow, Ed Rogers, Hillary Rosen, Jim Talent  —  CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC ANCHOR: Tonight let's hear from the big noises.  In a few minutes I'll ask Tony Snow whether President Bush …
Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Airport taxi flap about alcohol has deeper significance  —  The airport taxi controversy may go deeper than the quandary over whether to accommodate Somali Muslim cabdrivers who refuse to carry passengers carrying alcohol.  Behind the scenes, a struggle for power and religious authority is apparently playing out.
Youths torch two buses near Paris  —  Youths in the Paris suburbs have attacked two buses on the eve of the first anniversary of rioting among immigrant communities.  —  In Nanterre, northwestern Paris, about 10 passengers fled a bus as masked youths set it ablaze, police said.
Cecile Brisson / Associated Press:   Youths torch 3 buses in suburban Paris
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.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
In Iraq, Journalist Richard Engel Sticks to the Story  —  NBC Correspondent Has Made War Coverage His Life  —  NEW YORK — After struggling for years to make it as a Middle East journalist, Richard Engel was living in Cairo, married to his college girlfriend and itching for a new adventure.
Discussion: and The Corner
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
A New Campaign Tactic: Manipulating Google Data  —  If things go as planned for liberal bloggers in the next few weeks, searching Google for "Jon Kyl," the Republican senator from Arizona now running for re-election, will produce high among the returns a link to an April 13 article from The Phoenix New Times, an alternative weekly.
Discussion: Hot Air, Cold Fury and
Cincinnati Enquirer:
Schmidt angry to see 'cowards' speech in TV ad  —  Political Notebook  —  Rep. Jean Schmidt blasted Democrat Victoria Wulsin on Wednesday for allegedly breaking a U.S. House rule that prohibits using the broadcast of House floor proceedings in campaign ads.
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Bush's Proposal of 'Benchmarks' for Iraq Sounds Familiar  —  The text of President Bush's news conference yesterday ran to nearly 10,000 words, but what may have been more significant were the things he did not say.  —  The president talked repeatedly about "benchmarks" for progress in Iraq, using that word 13 times.
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Love Me, I'm a Journalist  —  A PROFESSION'S ROMANCE WITH ITSELF.  —  On Monday, I singled out Tim Rutten of the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz as I admonished journalists for overreacting to staff cuts at newsrooms around the country.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Rights Group Fires Publisher of Foley E-Mail  —  A liberal gay rights group said Wednesday that one of its employees, acting anonymously, had created the Web site that first published copies of unusually solicitous e-mail messages to teenagers from former Representative Mark Foley, which led to his resignation.
Matt Miller / Fortune:
Revolt of the fairly rich  —  Today's lower upper class is seething about the ultrawealthy.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Not long ago an investment banker worth millions told me that he wasn't in his line of work for the money.  "If I was doing this for the money," he said, with no trace of irony, "I'd be at a hedge fund."
Discussion: The Street Light, Vox Baby and EconLog
Bill Turque / Washington Post:
An Ascent Shadowed By Questions on Race  —  In February 2004, Sen. George Allen was on a bus taking him from Birmingham to Selma, Ala. On a video screen in front of him was "Eyes on the Prize," the acclaimed documentary chronicling the civil rights movement.
David Segal / Washington Post:
Atheist Evangelist  —  In His Bully Pulpit, Sam Harris Devoutly Believes That Religion Is the Root of All Evil  —  NEW YORK There are really just two possibilities for Sam Harris.  Either he is right and millions of Christians, Muslims and Jews are wrong.  Or Sam Harris is wrong and he is so going to hell.
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New report disputes corps-led levee probe
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Gibbons' accuser says she was offered a bribe
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The Blotter:
Trandahl Names Kolbe as a 'Problem' With Page Program, Source Says
Indianapolis Star:
Poll: Democrat leads in 8th District
New York Times:
Involved in Mythmaking  —  DOD asks editorial page to correct error
Discussion: Redstate
Thomas Harding / Telegraph:
British troops in Iraq likely to be halved after success
Discussion: EU Referendum and Whiskey Bar
Media Matters for America:
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Johnson Ups Ante In New Ad Salvo
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Five US troops killed in Iraq as Bush under fire
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Associated Press:
New poll shows Kulongoski pulling ahead in Oregon governor's race
Ben Adler / TAPPED:
BUT HE STARTED IT.  I've long been of the opinion, in all seriousness …
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Discussion: Politics Central
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Watchdog Group Accuses Churches of Political Action
Discussion: MyDD, Balloon Juice and Hit and Run
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Connecticut Crucible for a War Debate