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9:20 AM ET, November 1, 2006

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Bill Brubaker / Washington Post:
Kerry Remark Draws Sharp Criticism  —  A comment Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) made about getting "stuck in Iraq," which he later said was a botched joke about President Bush, prompted sharp criticism today from Bush and other Republican leaders.  —  Bush accused Kerry of insulting American troops …
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New York Times:
As Vote Nears, Stances on War Set Off Sparks  —  For at least a few hours on Tuesday, President Bush had a chance to relive his victorious campaign of 2004, taking a break from a bleak Republican campaign season as he attacked Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts over the war in Iraq.
Brad Wilmouth / NewsBusters.org:
Olbermann: 'Stupid' Bush Team Misinterpret Kerry, Laura Bush in 'Gutter' over Fox Ads  —  On Tuesday's Countdown, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann came to the defense of Senator John Kerry in the aftermath of the Democratic Senator's comment that those who don't study and get an education …
Karen Tumulty / Time:
John Kerry, Still One Step Behind  —  Once again, the former Presidential candidate deals with a gaffe by trying to compensate for his last mistake.  Karl Rove is cheering  —  You've got to wonder about John Kerry's eye-hand coordination.  His career is falling into a pattern.
Discussion: TIME and Ace of Spades HQ
ABCNEWS:
Did Kerry Hand Republicans a November gift?  —  Politicians Look to Capitalize on Democratic Senator's Iraq War Comments  —  For weeks, Republicans on the campaign trail have been looking for something — anything — to talk about other than the record of the Republican Congress …
Kos / Daily Kos:
The John Kerry nonsense  —  Man, there are times when this stuff is more ridiculous than anything a fiction writer or satirist could ever dream up.  —  So John Kerry mangles a sentence in a public appearance, and the right-wing smear machine and its traditional media enablers are apoplectic.
David Stout / New York Times:
Kerry and G.O.P. Spar Over Iraq Remarks
Bob Lewis / Associated Press:
Heckler subdued at George Allen event  —  RICHMOND, Va. - A heckler who confronted Sen. George Allen (news, bio, voting record) at a campaign appearance Tuesday was put in a chokehold and slammed to the floor by three of the Republican's supporters in an incident captured on video.
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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.
NY Daily News:
Tomorrow's News: Sweeney's Alleged Domestic Abuse  —  Joe Mahoney and I report tomorrow off a state police report of an incident in which Rep. John Sweeney's wife apparently called the police to report domestic violence.  —  The full story follows:  —  POWERFUL UPSTATE Rep. John Sweeney got …
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Brendan J. Lyons / Albany Times Union:
Congressman's wife called police
Discussion: The News Blog and Oliver Willis
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Peter F. Schaefer / TCS Daily:
More MacArthur, Less Marshall  —  In an earlier commentary on TCS I argued that what we did in postwar Japan has important lessons for what we do in any postwar enterprise including Iraq and Afghanistan.  This generated a considerable number of comments from TCS readers, most of which were at least somewhat critical.
Discussion: EconLog
Cynthia Banham / Sydney Morning Herald:
PNG tells Australia: we will stop your aid  —  PAPUA New Guinea is threatening to dramatically reduce the money it receives from Canberra, suspend all official visits by Australians or impose onerous travel restrictions, and recall its high commissioner.  —  Whether it does so …
 
 
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