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8:25 AM ET, November 2, 2006

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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 …
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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.
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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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:
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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
BBC:
US issues Lebanon 'plot' warning  —  The United States has said there is "mounting evidence" that Syria, Iran and Hezbollah are planning to topple the Lebanese government.  —  The White House said Syria hoped to stop the formation of an international tribunal to try suspects in the killing of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri.
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Ezra HaLevi / Arutz Sheva:
UN Admits Syria Arming Hizbullah, UNIFIL Takes Nights Off
Discussion: Israellycool and Israel Matzav
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 …
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Kerry hands GOP a Halloween treat  —  Just as the Republicans were about to lose the November elections through every fault of their own, U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Ketchup) had to go open his mouth.  —  It was almost like the time he tried to pass himself off as Jethro Bodine in Ohio and cost himself the White House, but worse.
Discussion: Viking Pundit
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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!
Ahmed Yousef / New York Times:
Pause for Peace  —  HERE in Gaza, few dream of peace.  For now, most dare only to dream of a lack of war.  It is for this reason that Hamas proposes a long-term truce during which the Israeli and Palestinian peoples can try to negotiate a lasting peace.  —  A truce is referred to in Arabic as a "hudna."
New York Times:
The Great Divider  —  As President Bush throws himself into the final days of a particularly nasty campaign season, he's settled into a familiar pattern of ugly behavior.  Since he can't defend the real world created by his policies and his decisions, Mr. Bush is inventing a fantasy world …
The Hill:
72 hours to victory?  Maybe not  —  A campaign claiming it was going to "win on turnout" used to be regarded as a certain loser.  Suddenly, it's not a joke anymore.  Republican operatives are claiming their 72-hour program can hold back this year's wave.  —  Of course, turnout can be vital …
Tim Butcher / Telegraph:
Iran 'wrecked kidnap deal with bribe'  —  Israel has accused Iran of scuppering attempts to win the release of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli corporal captured by Palestinian militants near Gaza, by paying the militant Palestinian Islamic group Hamas £30 million not to agree to a prisoner exchange.
Patrick Walters / Associated Press:
Casey defends Kerry, but campaign stop is called off  —  PHILADELPHIA - Democratic Senate candidate Bob Casey cautiously defended Sen. John Kerry on Wednesday, saying controversial remarks he made about troops in Iraq were a mistake that his Republican opponent was trying to use to revive a desperate campaign.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
The blame game scenarios  —  Leadership lineups will likely undergo a major face-lift after the midterms  —  WASHINGTON -  —  Chuck Todd  —  There are three potential outcomes when this year's midterm elections come to a close:  — Scenario I: Democrats ride a wave of discontent …
Discussion: The Agonist and Suburban Guerrilla
Ed Morrissey / Examiner:
Have Reagan's conservatives won the revolution?  —  WASHINGTON - It would be the highest irony if the evidence of conservative evolution came on the occasion of a bruising midterm election, but two stories by the media today suggest that conservatives have changed the paradigm of politics over the last generation.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
 
 
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Gen. Wesley Clark / The Huffington Post:
We Owe it to Our Troops to Return to the Real Issue of the Election
Little Green Footballs:
Kerry Excuse Number 4
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Nicholas Wade / New York Times:
Substance in Red Wine Extends Life of Mice
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
Massachusetts' botched joke
Discussion: The Anchoress and Hyscience
Happyfeminist / The Happy Feminist:
MARYLAND COURT'S INTERPRETATION OF RAPE LAW IS PREDICATED …
Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Bush says Rumsfeld, Cheney should stay