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11:10 PM ET, October 31, 2006

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johnkerry.com:
Statement of John Kerry Responding to Republican Distortions, Pathetic Tony Snow Diversions and Distractions  —  Washington - Senator John Kerry issued the following statement in response to White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, assorted right wing nut-jobs, and right wing talk show hosts …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Kerry responds to right-wing chickenhawk "nut-jobs"; Update: Source says comments were a joke gone wrong  —  We have ourselves a meltdown. … There's more.  The nutroots will eat this up with a spoon, of course, but you almost have to pity the poor bastards at the DNC.
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
White House Spokesman Slams Kerry Remark  —  The White House accused Sen. John Kerry on Tuesday of troop-bashing, seizing on a comment the Democrat made to California students that those unable to navigate the country's education system "get stuck in Iraq."  —  "Senator Kerry not only owes …
David Stout / New York Times:
Kerry and G.O.P. Spar Over Iraq Remarks  —  Senator John Kerry, left, spoke at a rally on Monday in support of California Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Phil Angelides.  President Bush, right, addressed supporters Tuesday afternoon while campaigning in Georgia for a Republican House candidate.
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
JOHN KERRY — a gift that keeps on giving.  Unfortunately, it's a gift for the Republicans. . . .  Kerry's suggestion that the troops in Iraq are dumb failures is not only reprehensible, but false on the facts.  In other words, a typical Kerry performance, just in time for the elections.
Senator Bill Frist:
Senator Kerry Owes Our Troops An Apology  —  "Education ... If you make the most of it, if you study hard, if you do your homework, if you make an effort to be smart, you can do well.  If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."  Senator John Kerry, 10/30/2006  —  While America's servicemen …
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
White House, Kerry Exchange Accusations  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House and Sen. John Kerry traded their harshest accusations since the 2004 presidential race on Tuesday, with President Bush accusing the Democrat of troop-bashing and Kerry calling the president's men hacks who are "willing to lie."
Taylor Marsh / The Huffington Post:
Kerry's Mangled Statement a Distraction —updated  —  Not pretty and caught on tape.  —  Below is what Kerry actually meant to say, which I got straight from the Kerry team, which Kerry uses all the time. … He screwed it up.  Period.  Hey, but the wingnuts don't care.  And now it's on tape!
New York Times:
Senator Kerry's Response
Hotline On Call:
Daily Troika: McCain Slams Kerry For Troops Comment
Discussion: Cold Fury and FP Passport
WVIR-TV:
Incident at Allen Campaign Stop in Charlottesville  —  Senator George Allen, (R) made a campaign stop in Charlottesville Tuesday morning and it was met with controversy.  —  As Senator Allen was exiting a ballroom, coming to talk to the media, a protestor started yelling and asking, "Why did you spit on your first wife?".
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Washington Post:
Allen Supporters Wrestle Heckler to Ground  —  A Democratic activist who verbally confronted U.S. Sen. George Allen (R) at a campaign rally in Charlottesville today was shoved, put into a chokehold and thrown against a window by three men wearing Allen stickers, according to a widely disseminated video of the incident.
AlterNet.org:
Breaking: Republican's Staff Assault Marine Vet [VIDEO]  —  Allen: 'Things like that happen...'  —  Former Marine and first year law student, Mike Stark was asking Republican senator George Allen some questions about the arrest records he refuses to make public and whether he had ever spit on his first wife.
John / AMERICAblog:
BREAKING: Virginia GOP Senator George Allen staffers tackle/assault man asking Allen question at event  —  UPDATE: AP now has the story.  CNN showed the video.  —  UPDATE: The man assaulted is Mike Stark, a first year law student at the University of Virginia.
Washington Post:
Maliki Orders Lifting of Checkpoints Around Sadr City  —  U.S. Disbands Military Blockade After Prime Minister's Announcement  —  U.S. forces ended a five-day-old military blockade of Baghdad's impoverished Sadr City section Tuesday, meeting a deadline set by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al …
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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 …
Discussion: TAPPED
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Media Matters for America:
ABC memo reveals Air America advertiser blacklist  —  An internal ABC Radio Networks memo obtained by Media Matters for America, originally from a listener to The Peter B. Collins Show, indicates that nearly 100 ABC advertisers insist that their commercials be blacked out on Air America Radio affiliates.
David Espo / ABCNEWS:
GOP Reins in Spending in 3 House Races  —  Republicans Scale Back Spending on Competitive House Races in Three States  —  Signaling retreat, House Republicans are scaling back television advertising in three highly contested races, officials said Tuesday, including Rep. Curt Weldon's bid …
 
 
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