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11:20 AM ET, November 1, 2006

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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.
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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 …
USA Today:
White House presses for Kerry apology
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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.
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.
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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: TAPPED and Attytood
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.
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Michelle Malkin:
The New York Times to the rescue!  Kerry cancels appearances?  Dem cancels Kerry  —  Guess the NYTimes couldn't stand to see the Associated Press doing all the water-carrying for Kerry and the Dems.  Here's the Times' contribution to the save-Kerry's-backside campaign available tonight on the Times website.
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 …
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 …
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.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
WHY DID HE DO IT?  —  John Kerry's gaffe yesterday was a self-inflicted wound, greatly compounded by his refusal to apologize and his bizarre attack on the Republicans, as if they had somehow made him stick his foot in his mouth.  One wonders what possessed Kerry to say that soldiers are both dumb and lazy …
Gateway Pundit:
Claire McCaskill's Bogus Soldier Stories Unraveled  —  On August 19, 2003, at 4:45 p.m. local time, a truck bomb exploded outside the United Nations Headquarters in Baghdad.  Several American military personnel were called to the scene to evacuate those who were badly hurt...
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 …
Discussion: Oliver Willis
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.
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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