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1:45 PM ET, November 1, 2006

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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. Central Command Charts Sharp Movement of the Civil Conflict in Iraq Toward Chaos  —  A classified briefing prepared two weeks ago by the United States Central Command portrays Iraq as edging toward chaos, in a chart that the military is using as a barometer of civil conflict.
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The Daily Dish:
Abandoning An American Soldier  —  While the media is obsessed parsing the ad libs of someone on no ballot this fall, something truly ominous has just happened in Iraq.  The commander-in-chief has abandoned an American soldier to the tender mercies of a Shiite militia.
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Kirk Semple / New York Times:
Iraqi Demands Pullback; U.S. Lifts Baghdad Cordon  —  Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki demanded the removal of American checkpoints from the streets of Baghdad on Tuesday, in what appeared to be his latest and boldest gambit in an increasingly tense struggle for more independence from his American protectors.
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:   On Iraqi Orders, Bush Abandons American Soldier To Al-Sadr's Militia
Think Progress:
Kerry Says 'I'm Sorry' on MSNBC, Snow Still Claiming He Hasn't Apologized  —  This morning on MSNBC, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) apologized for his comments on Monday.  "Of course I'm sorry for the botched joke," he said, calling his comments "pretty stupid."  Watch it:  —  About hour later, Tony Snow said the following on CNBC:
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The Free Press, Mankato, MN:
Kerry cancels Mankato appearance  —  The dueling rallies scheduled for Mankato today on behalf of Republican congressman Gil Gutknecht and Democratic challenger Tim Walz lost some of their pizzaz Tuesday night when Sen. John Kerry pulled out of the Democratic rally.
New York Times:
As Vote Nears, Stances on War Set Off Sparks
Bill Brubaker / Washington Post:
Kerry Remark Draws Sharp Criticism
Baltimore Sun:
Governor race a tossup … The Maryland governor's race is a virtual tie less than a week before Election Day, as Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s relentless attacks on Mayor Martin O'Malley's record on crime and schools have eroded the Democrat's support in the Baltimore suburbs, a new poll for The Sun shows.
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Jay Bryant / Real Clear Politics:
The Most Important Senate Race
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG
Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Letter from Mike Stark  —  The following is a letter to NBC29 from Mike Stark, the man who was tackled for a comment he made at Senator Allen's campaign stop in Charlottesville on Tuesday.  —  My name is Mike Stark.  I am a law student at the University of Virginia, a marine, and a citizen journalist.
Discussion: Dependable Renegade
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Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:   Is CNN Trying To Defend George Allen's Goons?
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
N. Korea Agrees to Return To Talks  —  North Korea agreed yesterday to return to the six-nation nuclear disarmament talks, just three weeks after it conducted its first test of a nuclear device.  —  The country's unexpected decision, which was announced by Chinese and U.S. officials in Beijing …
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New York Times:
North Korea Will Resume Nuclear Talks
Tom Brown / Reuters:
Alleged al Qaeda agent Padilla claims torture  —  MIAMI (Reuters) - Lawyers for alleged al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla have asked a Florida judge to dismiss the terrorism case against him, saying he was tortured and force-fed psychedelic drugs while held at a U.S. military brig for more than 3-1/2 years.
Discussion: QandO and Say Anything
John Whitesides / Reuters:
House control in range for Democrats-Reuters poll  —  WASHINGTON, Nov 1 (Reuters) - Democrats are ahead in races for 12 of 15 key Republican-held seats in the U.S. House one week before the Nov. 7 elections, placing them within striking range of winning control of the chamber, according to Reuters/Zogby polls released on Wednesday.
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
This Is No Fun  —  I just thought I would go on record stating that the last few weeks and months have really sucked for me.  I spent my whole life in the GOP- starting in 1984 with county meetings, going to Teenage Republican camp (my friends called it Hitler Youth Camp …
Ezra Klein:
What's Wrong With The Press Corps?  —  This.  Greenwald comments: … It's not just unseemly, it's unprofessional.  The point of journalism, of punditry, of analysis, is that it's independent.  That doesn't mean it's not ideological, or even totally non-partisan, but that it's not written to attract external approval.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Will Evans / Salon:
Money trails lead to Bush judges  —  A four-month investigation reveals that dozens of federal judges gave contributions to President Bush and top Republicans who helped place them on the bench.  A Salon/CIR exclusive. … At least two dozen federal judges appointed by President Bush since 2001 …
Discussion: Left in the West and Bring it On!
Michelle Malkin:
They don't support our troops  —  ***scroll for updates***  —  Dan Riehl notes that libs are rallying behind Kerry because he was just speaking "the truth."  Via the SFChronicle website:  —  Chickenhawk invocation?  Check.  Absolute moral authority card?  Check.  Unapologetic elitism?
Rasmussen Reports:
Partisan Trends: Dems Peaking at the Right Time  —  In the final full month before Election 2006, the number of people identifying themselves as Republicans has fallen to its lowest level since we began reporting this measure of partisan trends in January 2004.
Discussion: Daily Kos and TIME
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Pelosi's Unintelligent Choice  —  If Democrats win control of the House next week, Nancy Pelosi's first test as speaker will arrive long before the 110th Congress convenes.  Her choice to head the House intelligence committee — unlike other House committees, this one is left entirely …
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 Glittering Eye and Gawker
The Allen Report:
Why Some Top Republicans Think They May Still Have the Last Laugh  —  The President, The Vice President and Karl Rove are all over the airwaves predicting that, against the apparent odds, the GOP will keep both houses of Congress next Tuesday.  White House officials say this is not just cheerleading …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Dems hold record 15-point edge over GOP  —  NBC/WSJ poll: Worst may be over for Republicans after Foley sex scandal … WASHINGTON -  —  Mark Murray  —  The final pre-election NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll suggests that Democrats continue to have a significant advantage heading …
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Blagojevich holds steady despite latest allegations  —  Gov. Rod Blagojevich maintained a sizable advantage over Republican Judy Baar Topinka even as new corruption allegations surfaced involving his close supporters, a new Tribune/WGN-Ch. 9 poll shows.  —  A week before the election …
Washington Post:
House Democrats Propose More Spending for Military and Education  —  GOP Says Plan Would Imperil Efforts to Balance Budget  —  As part of their midterm election push, House Democrats are promoting a wide-ranging legislative agenda that would add tens of billions of dollars a year …
Bloomberg:
Wages, benefits on upswing  —  WASHINGTON — Wages and benefits paid to American workers rose last quarter by the most since 2004, as the unemployment rate matched a five-year low.  —  The Labor Department said Tuesday that its employment cost index rose 1 percent compared with the second quarter.
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Scared Monkeys
 
 
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