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4:40 PM ET, November 1, 2006

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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.
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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.
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 …
Little Green Footballs:
A Message to John Kerry from Iraq
Discussion: Ed Driscoll.com
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Some Dems Join GOP Seeking Kerry Apology
Discussion: RightWinged.com
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.
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.
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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.
Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:   Is CNN Trying To Defend George Allen's Goons?
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.
Discussion: Cutting to the Chase
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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.
Discussion: TIME and Maryland Moment
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Jay Bryant / Real Clear Politics:
The Most Important Senate Race
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.
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: Unclaimed Territory, TIME and Daily Kos
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.
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
What if We're to Blame?  —  "Towering over Presidents and [Congress] . . . public opinion stands out, in the United States, as the great source of power, the master of servants who tremble before it."  — James Bryce, "The American Commonwealth," 1888  —  The problem of American democracy is (of course) democracy.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
New York Post:
SECRET POLICE  —  MILITARY GOV'T MAY BE BEST ANSWER  —  WE went to Iraq to overthrow a police state.  Through a combination of stubbornness, naivete and noble intentions, we've replaced it with another police state - more violent, more corrupt and less accountable.
 
 
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John Whitehead / Environmental Economics:
I don't believe the costs of climate change estimates in the Stern Review
Discussion: The Corner and Catallarchy
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
In Lamont Race, Bitter Democrats Do Pre-Mortems
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Up in Smoke  —  THE SUPREME COURT MAKES ONE OF THE YEAR'S BIGGEST CASES DISAPPEAR.
Little Green Footballs:
Democrat Blog Applauds Kerry's Military Insult
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
After the Storm, Students Left Alone and Angry
Discussion: The Mahablog and TAPPED
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
An Administration Ally Goes Off-Message
Discussion: Think Progress and The Caucus
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Al Franken, San Francisco, Air America
Discussion: GOP Vixen
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Dems hold record 15-point edge over GOP
John Whitesides / Reuters:
House control in range for Democrats-Reuters poll
Gateway Pundit:
Claire McCaskill's Bogus Soldier Stories Unraveled
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
Race Preferences Vote Splits Michigan