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7:40 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.
CNN:
GOP, Kerry launch war of words over Iraq comment … WASHINGTON (CNN) — Republicans unleashed a firestorm of criticism Tuesday against Sen. John Kerry after the Vietnam veteran told college students they'd "get stuck in Iraq" if they didn't work hard in school.
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 …
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 …
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!
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Look- A Rabbit  —  See- you just have to vote Republican now: … A general rule of thumb regarding controversies like this is to count how many posts Michelle Malkin has about the issue, and to note that there is a positive correlation to how trivial the matter is and how many posts she has about it.
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
White House, Kerry Exchange Accusations
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
John Kerry Supports The Troops As Special-Education Cases (Updated!)
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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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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White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow
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USA Today:
Abstinence message goes beyond teens  —  The federal government's "no sex without marriage" message isn't just for kids anymore.  —  Now the government is targeting unmarried adults up to age 29 as part of its abstinence-only programs, which include millions of dollars in federal money …
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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
Tristram Shandy:
Mark Halperin: "The Mary Mapes' of the world are ruining it for the rest of us, and they are the dominant majority."  —  Hugh Hewitt interviewed Mark Halperin, the Political Director of ABC News.  By any measure, Halperin's disclosures are interesting: a) "having [political] …
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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.
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