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5:55 AM ET, November 2, 2006

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johnkerry.com:
Statement of Senator John Kerry  —  As a combat veteran, I want to make it clear to anyone in uniform and to their loved ones: my poorly stated joke at a rally was not about, and never intended to refer to any troop.  —  I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted …
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William Branigin / Washington Post:
Kerry Apologizes, Calls Remarks a 'Botched Joke'  —  Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) issued a new apology today for a "botched joke" that has been interpreted as a slap at U.S. troops, saying he did not intend to disparage any service members.  —  The apology, in a written statement issued this afternoon …
Smash / The Indepundit:
Kerry's Non-Apology  —  JOHN KERRY has issued a written statement, which he is calling an "apology": … This doesn't feel like an apology to me; it reads more like a tactical retreat.  And after his "I apologize to no one" remark from yesterday, I'm having a very difficult time swallowing it as genuine.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Kerry's speech at the Angelides event, uncut(?)  —  I don't know for sure that it's uncut but it looks that way.  —  The pertinent material comes right at the beginning.  He takes the podium at 1:30, delivers a pair of feeble Bush jokes, then seems to transition into the serious part …
Roger Runningen / Bloomberg:
Kerry Events Cut as Democrats Criticize Iraq Remark (Update3)  —  Nov. 1 (Bloomberg) — Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts canceled campaign appearances with Democratic congressional candidates after members of his own party criticized his remarks about the Iraq war and U.S. troops …
Discussion: Boston Globe, CNN and Guardian
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Lazy and uneducated photo of the day!
Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Bush says Rumsfeld, Cheney should stay  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush said Wednesday he wants Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney to remain in his administration until the end of his presidency, extending a job guarantee to two of the most-criticized members of his team.
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rushlimbaugh.com:
Rush's Interview with President George W. Bush  —  RUSH: Mr. President.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Hey, Rush, how are you?  —  RUSH: Never better.  It's a thrill to have you on the program today and many thanks for making time for us.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, sir, for giving me a chance to visit with you.
David Stout / New York Times:   Bush Reaffirms Support for Rumsfeld and Cheney
Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:
Olbermann's Special Comment : There is no line this President has not crossed — nor will not cross — to keep one political party, in power.  —  Tonight we got another one of Keith's special comments and this one was another top-notch job.  Olbermann left no stone unturned while going through …
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New York Times:
Poll Shows Iraq War Is Voters' Main Concern  —  A substantial majority of Americans expect Democrats to reduce or end American military involvement in Iraq if they win control of Congress next Tuesday, and say Republicans would maintain or increase troop levels to try to win the war if they hold …
Gateway Pundit:
Missouri ACORN Workers Indicted, 35,000 Questionable Forms!  —  35,000 Questionable Registration Forms!  —  Yes, you read that correctly...35,000 questionable registration forms!  —  Kansas City election officials said this was the most irresponsible and extensive voter registration abuse in Missouri they had seen.
Discussion: PUB DEF and Redstate
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Yahoo! News:
ACORN Workers Indicted For Alleged Voter Fraud
Discussion: Iowa Voice
Media Matters for America:
Dobbs misrepresented Kerry's remarks, as CNN ignored AP report supporting Kerry's explanation … Leading off the October 31 edition of CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight, host Lou Dobbs misrepresented Sen. John F. Kerry's (D-MA) remarks during an October 30 speech at a campaign rally in Pasadena, California.
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John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Kerry hands GOP a Halloween treat
Discussion: Viking Pundit
Dallas Morning News:
Frank Schaeffer: I should be supporting Allen.  Instead, I'm leaving the party.  —  I'm a Christian, a writer, a military parent and a registered Republican.  —  On all those counts, I was disgusted by an e-mail I just received that's being circulated by campaign supporters of Republican George Allen …
Discussion: Raising Kaine
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Associated Press:
Columnist Coulter in hot water over voting  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — Conservative columnist Ann Coulter has refused to cooperate in an investigation into whether she voted in the wrong precinct, so the case will probably be turned over to prosecutors, Palm Beach County's elections chief said Wednesday.
Discussion: Bring it On!
John / AMERICAblog:
Republican House leader blames troops for Iraq mess  —  According to the #2 Republican in the US House, Congressman John Boehner, the Iraq mess is all the fault of the US troops on the ground in Iraq.  Boehner only moments ago had the following to say about who is to blame for Iraq:
Nicholas Wade / New York Times:
Substance in Red Wine Extends Life of Mice  —  Can you have your cake and eat it?  Is there a free lunch after all, red wine included?  Researchers at the Harvard Medical School and the National Institute on Aging report that a natural substance found in red wine, known as resveratrol …
 
 
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Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Justices Weigh Limits on Punitive Damages
Hindrocket / Power Line:
PRIDE OF MINNESOTA  —  I hadn't intended to post this classic photo …
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
Survivor Iraq: The deadliest game
Patrick Walters / Associated Press:
Casey defends Kerry, but campaign stop is called off
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
BBC:
US issues Lebanon 'plot' warning
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
The blame game scenarios
Gen. Wesley Clark / The Huffington Post:
We Owe it to Our Troops to Return to the Real Issue of the Election
 Earlier Items: 
Little Green Footballs:
Kerry Excuse Number 4
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
Massachusetts' botched joke
Discussion: The Anchoress and Hyscience
Ahmed Yousef / New York Times:
Pause for Peace  —  HERE in Gaza, few dream of peace.
The Hill:
72 hours to victory? Maybe not
Happyfeminist / The Happy Feminist:
MARYLAND COURT'S INTERPRETATION OF RAPE LAW IS PREDICATED …
Clay Waters / timeswatch.org:
Richard Berke Bashes Blogs that Criticize the Times
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
In Lamont Race, Bitter Democrats Do Pre-Mortems