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10:40 AM 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.
Michelle Malkin:
John Kerry said what?!  —  ***10/31 7:35am updated with more reax...  ...909am update San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports on the Angelides campaign event at Pasadena City College where Kerry trashed the troops..."Kerry then told the students that if they were able to navigate the education system …
Discussion: Hot Air, Villainous Company and moxie
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 …
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.
Jon Ward / Washington Times:
Curry, key Democrats back Steele  —  Former Prince George's County executive Wayne K. Curry, backed by five black members of the Prince George's County Council, today endorsed Republican Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele's campaign for the U.S. Senate.  —  Mr. Curry, a Democrat who became …
Washington Times:
Black Democrats support Steele
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
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.
Sinan Salaheddin / Associated Press:
U.S. Obeys Order to Abandon Checkpoints  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — U.S. troops on Tuesday abandoned checkpoints around the Shiite militia stronghold of Sadr City on orders from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the latest in a series of moves by the Iraqi leader to assert his authority with the U.S. administration.
Discussion: The RBC
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Spate of Bombs Sweeps Baghdad; Cleric Faults U.S.
Discussion: AMERICAN FUTURE and FP Passport
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 …
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.
Dr. Sanity:
HOW TO MAKE SURE YOU WIN AN ELECTION EVEN IF YOU LOSE ***Updated***  —  UPDATE 10/31/06 6:44am: In case you thought I was kidding, here are today's batch of headlines supporting the Democratic election storyline:  —  CNN - Poll: Stumping Not Helping Bush Popularity  —  NYT - Democrats Are Seen to Gain in State Races
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / TCS Daily:
Trust, But No Way to Verify?
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Power Line and Blue Crab Boulevard
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
ARMY STRONG!  - 2006 PROJECT VALOUR-IT COMPETITION STARTS TODAY  —  "At that time I had no use of either hand.  I know how humbling it is, how humiliating it feels.  And I know how much better I felt, how amazingly more functional I felt, after Soldiers' Angels provided me with a laptop …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
AN EXTRAORDINARY INTERVIEW  —  Driving home tonight, I listened to Hugh Hewitt inerviewing Mark Halperin, political director of ABC News.  Since then, I've reviewed the entire transcript here.  I would urge you to read the interview, or track down Hugh's podcast of it when it appears at TownHall.
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