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6:40 PM ET, October 30, 2006


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Alexis Debat Reports / The Blotter:
Zawahiri Was Target in U.S. Attack on Religious School in Pakistan  —  Alexis Debat Reports:  —  Ayman al Zawahiri was the target of a Predator missile attack this morning on a religious school in Pakistan, according to Pakistani intelligence sources.  —  ABC News has learned the raid …
NBC: On-scene at blasted Pakistan madrassa  —  'Terror' school where 80 killed linked to bin Laden and Taliban, locals say … What was the scene like after the air strike by Pakistani troops on the madrassa school training suspected militants?  —  It was dark and very early in the morning when the blast occurred.
Salman Masood / New York Times:
Pakistan Attacks School for Militants  —  The Pakistani military said today that it had destroyed a religious school used for training militants in the Bajur tribal area, which straddles the border with Afghanistan.  The attack killed at least 80 people, the military said, describing them as militants.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and FP Passport
Habibullah Khan / Associated Press:
Pakistani Raid on School Kills 80  —  CHINGAI, Pakistan — Pakistani troops backed by missile-firing helicopters on Monday struck a religious school purportedly being used as an al-Qaida training center, killing 80 people in what appeared to be the country's deadliest-ever attack against suspected militants.
Jennifer Saba / Editor and Publisher:
Big Metros Show Severe Declines in Latest Circ Report  —  NEW YORK The Audit Bureau of Circulations FAS-FAX report for the six-month period ending September 2006 released this morning confirmed yet again that major metros are struggling to show growth.  The losses are steep while the gains are meager.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Shadowy Nonprofit Attacks PA Dem from Left  —  Here's another thing to watch for this campaign season: front groups that attack Democrats from the left.  —  The Pennsylvania Senate race has provided a case in point.  TPM Reader TC, who lives there, sent us a scan of a mailer he received Saturday.
Discussion: Eschaton
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:   "Progressive" Nonprofit Repped by Bush-Cheney Vet
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
CNN hopes blogging is election-night blessing  —  An event aimed at getting instant reaction from online opinion makers is but a part of cable channels' efforts.  —  NEW YORK — Who says the mainstream media don't respect the blogosphere?  —  CNN is trying to incorporate bloggers directly …
Discussion: This Modern World
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
The Story Behind the Polls  —  What's with the polls?  —  In 2004, the electorate that went to the polls or voted absentee was, according to the adjusted NEP exit poll, 37 percent Democratic and 37 percent Republican.  In party identification, it was the most Republican electorate since …
The Hill / Wonkette:
Shreddin' With Dick  —  Spotted on 10/19, by an eagle-eyed Wonkette reader: The Mid-Atlantic Shredding Services truck making its way up to the Cheney compound at the Naval Observatory.  —  Fun fact: Mid-Atlantic Shredding Services has been contracted by the Secret Service for our Executive Branch's record-not-keeping needs.
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and Taylor Marsh
Dan Nephin /
Santorum: Pension investments under Casey linked to terrorism  —  PITTSBURGH — U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum accused state Treasurer Bob Casey of "aiding and abetting terrorism and genocide," saying yesterday that state pension funds are invested with companies linked to terrorist-sponsoring states.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Lobbyists Won't Like What Pelosi Has in Mind  —  Odds are that lobbying in the House of Representatives is about to get harder.  —  If Democrats gain the 15 seats they need to win control of the House — and most analysts think they will — one of the first things the new House will do is restrict …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Simianbrain
Kimberly Atkins / Boston Herald:
That's the ticket?  Speculation swirls over Mitt-Jeb pairing in 2008  —  Gov. Mitt Romney is tapping the seasoned political team of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, leading to speculation that the Mormon from Massachusetts may be courting the Bible Belt blueblood for a possible Romney-Bush '08 ticket.
Eric Krol / Daily Herald:
Roskam, Bean with slight leads  —  Key districts tight as Hastert, GOP try to keep control  —  A key pair of traditionally Republican suburban congressional seats are up for grabs, a new Daily Herald/ABC 7 Chicago poll shows - a threatening sign for House Speaker Dennis Hastert's grip …
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Gina Kolata / New York Times:
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Discussion: Inactivist, Feministe and Slog
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Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
The Decline Of Trust  —  In 1995 Francis Fukuyama came …