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10:30 PM ET, November 1, 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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Lazy and uneducated photo of the day!  —  Someone just sent me this.  I think it's too good to be true, but you can inspect the full-sized version yourself by clicking the image.  —  If it is a photoshop, it's awfully well done.  —  Update: Readers think it's real.  I concur.
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Kerry apologizes for 'a botched joke'  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. John Kerry apologized for "a botched joke" about President Bush's Iraq policies that led Bush and fellow Republicans to accuse him of insulting U.S. troops.  Even some Democrats assailed Kerry, who had some campaign appearances scratched Wednesday.
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.
MSNBC:
Kerry apologizes for 'botched joke' on Imus  —  Kerry says administration has 'failed America,' playing distraction politics … In an unscheduled call-in interview this morning, Senator John Kerry (D-Ma) spoke with Don Imus about his misstatements in a speech Monday.
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
Massachusetts' botched joke  —  It's hard to know where to start with our junior senator's botched joke, about dumb people getting stuck in Iraq.  —  The first person who comes to mind for me is Marine Cpl. Matt Boisvert.  When I met him at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in late 2004 …
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Some Dems Join GOP Seeking Kerry Apology  —  A few Democratic candidates joined Republicans Wednesday in pressing John Kerry to apologize for a comment critics said appeared disrespectful of U.S. troops as several Kerry campaign appearances were canceled.  —  "Whatever the intent …
Rick Klein / Boston Globe:
Kerry's 'stuck in Iraq' remark ignites firefight with Bush, GOP
Discussion: USA Today
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Kerry Apologizes, Calls Remarks a 'Botched Joke'
Discussion: Inactivist
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.
Discussion: Preemptive Karma
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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
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
In Lamont Race, Bitter Democrats Do Pre-Mortems  —  Lieberman Seems to Hug Big Lead in Connecticut; Ned Speaks in Past Tense; Lefties Blame Wolfson; Brazile: Bloggers 'Give You Wind But Not Sail'  —  Ned Lamont, Connecticut's Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, crossed the rainy street alone.
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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.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
PR 101  —  I can see we're going to have to set up some sort of "Democratic PR school" soon.  There seem to be a few remedial lessons they are lacking, as the John Kerry incident demonstrates.  —  First of all — I don't care if John Kerry was eating live babies on TV …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, Hot Air and Daily Kos
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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 …
Agence France Presse:
Nearly half of Americans uncertain God exists: poll  —  Nearly half of Americans are not sure God exists, according to a poll that also found divisions among the public on whether God is male or female or whether God has a human form and has control over events.
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:
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Allen's Fumbles, Romney's Gain  —  Even before the votes are counted, over the Republican Party a "thick darkness broodeth" — words from a Victorian hymn, for a party with a Victorian tendency.  But one Republican, who is not running for anything this year, will emerge from this bruising season with enlarged prospects.
 
 
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