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12:20 PM ET, October 31, 2006


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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
John Kerry Supports The Troops As Special-Education Cases  —  John Kerry has never hidden his contempt for the armed forces very well, not even when he served as an officer in the Navy.  Yesterday the mask slipped a little bit, as John Ziegler at KFI notes on his website, and Allahpundit mirrors at Hot Air.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Audio: John Kerry on America's lazy, uneducated military; Update: Video added  —  People send me these audio clips all the time and I'm never sure whether to run them or not.  Without the audio of the whole speech, I can't tell if the comments were later qualified, retracted, embellished, etc.
Cortney Fielding / Pasadena Star News:
Dem stars rally on campus  —  Angelides comes to PCC  —  PASADENA - Hoping to breathe life into a flagging gubernatorial run, Democrats on Monday turned out a cast of party all-stars for Phil Angelides at a Pasadena City College appearance.  —  Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts …
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Associated Press:   Schwarzenegger praises Reagan, as Kerry campaigns for Angelides
Ovetta Wiggins / Washington Post:
Black Democrats Cross Party Lines To Back Steele For U.S. Senate  —  George's Politicians Lash Out at State Party  —  A coalition of black Democratic political leaders from Prince George's County led by former county executive Wayne K. Curry endorsed Republican Michael S. Steele's bid for the U.S. Senate yesterday.
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Bush Says 'America Loses' Under Democrats  —  White House Talk Heats Up As Polls Show Tight Races  —  President Bush said terrorists will win if Democrats win and impose their policies on Iraq, as he and Vice President Cheney escalated their rhetoric Monday in an effort to turn out Republican voters in next week's midterm elections.
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Democrats wait in the wings with subpoenas
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Democrats Are Seen to Gain in Statehouse Races  —  Candidates for the Iowa Legislature answered questions at a forum in Waterloo last week.  Analysts say local campaigns are getting rougher as control slips toward centralized parties or interest groups.  —  More than 6,000 state legislative seats …
Will / Attytood:
No sex, please: You're 20-somethings  —  As the GOP asked recently, what are the stakes in the Nov. 7 election?  Well, one complaint you hear a lot about the current Republican regime is that they want to regulate what people do in the bedroom.  Sometimes that sounds like political hyberbole …
USA Today:   Abstinence message goes beyond teens
Polls: 4 key Senate races tight  —  (CNN) — With a week to go before voters cast their midterm election ballots, four key Senate races remain statistical dead heats, and Republican Sen. Mike DeWine faces uphill sledding in his re-election battle in Ohio, according to new CNN polls released Tuesday.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Rushing for the Exit  —  IF WE LEAVE IRAQ, WHAT HAPPENS TO THE SUPPORTERS OF DEMOCRACY?  —  To say that "exit strategies" from Iraq have become the flavor of the month would be to exaggerate the situation to the point of absurdity.  Exit strategies are not even the fall fashion.
Iraq prime minister orders opening of checkpoints  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — U.S. and Iraqi checkpoints around Sadr City and other parts of Baghdad have opened with vehicles passing through unchecked, following an order by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the U.S. military said Tuesday.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Sinan Salaheddin / Associated Press:
U.S. Obeys Order to Abandon Checkpoints
Discussion: The RBC
Libby Copeland / Washington Post:
Campaign Gone South  —  Florida's Katherine Harris Continues Her Senate Race, Shedding Staff Along the Way  —  Katherine Harris, who is trying to become a U.S. senator, says she is writing a tell-all about the many people who have wronged her.  This includes, but is not necessarily limited to …
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans See Edge From Early Voting  —  Democrats Question Specific Claims and Believe  —  They Are Catching Up With the Trend  —  WASHINGTON — Down in the polls and with their majorities in Congress at risk, Republicans say they have some good news in early-voting statistics that suggest …
Amit R. Paley / Washington Post:
In Baghdad, a Force Under the Militias' Sway  —  Infiltration of Iraqi Police Could Delay Handover of Control for Years, U.S. Trainers Suggest  —  BAGHDAD — The signs of the militias are everywhere at the Sholeh police station.  —  Posters celebrating Moqtada al-Sadr, head of the Mahdi Army militia, dot the building's walls.
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
RANGEL & VEEP IN ALL-OUT WAR  —  REP. RIPS 'S.O.B.' AFTER TAX ASSAULT  —  Rep. Charles Rangel yesterday blasted Dick Cheney as a "son of a bitch" after the vice president said the Harlem lawmaker would raise taxes and destroy the economy if Democrats take control of the House.
Discussion: The Caucus and The Right Angle
Michael Barone / Opinion Journal:
The Six-Year Itch  —  Democrats may take Congress, but will it matter in the long run?  —  As Democrats begin, in George W. Bush's words, "measuring the drapes" in the offices of the House speaker and Senate majority leader, it's worth looking back on the history of sixth-year-of-the-presidency off-year elections.
President George W. Bush / Fox News:
PRESIDENT BUSH DISCUSSES MIDTERMS; WAR ON TERROR STRATEGY WITH SEAN HANNITY  —  This is a partial transcript from "Hannity & Colmes," October 30, 2006, that has been edited for clarity.  —  SEAN HANNITY, CO-HOST: And welcome to "Hannity & Colmes."  Thank you for being with us.  I'm Sean Hannity.
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Heavy coverage at midterm favors Democrats, study says
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Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
Italian Arms Contractor and a Pennsylvania Congressman Share Close Ties
Discussion: MyDD, Booman Tribune and Attytood
Nicholas Wade / New York Times:
An Evolutionary Theory of Right and Wrong
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Suspect and A Setback In Al-Qaeda Anthrax Case
Don Michak / Journal Inquirer:
JI Poll: 4th district race a statistical dead heat
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Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
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