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5:35 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Look- A Rabbit
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Gateway Pundit:
Democratic Leader John F. Kerry Trashes the Military (Again)
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Sister Toldjah
Senator Bill Frist:
Senator Kerry Owes Our Troops An Apology
Discussion: Riehl World View
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.
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] …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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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Los Angeles Times:
RESISTANCE TO DEADLINES FOR IRAQ IS WEAKENING
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.
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
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.
USA Today:
Heavy coverage at midterm favors Democrats, study says  —  The media mix By Peter Johnson  —  Network news coverage has favored Democratic candidates in the midterm election, and the page scandal involving former congressman Mark Foley has been the main story line, drawing almost as much coverage …
Discussion: Hot Air and Media Blog
 
 
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