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4:10 AM ET, November 2, 2006

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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.
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William Branigin / Washington Post:
Kerry Apologizes, Calls Remarks a 'Botched Joke'  —  Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) issued a new apology today for a "botched joke" that has been interpreted as a slap at U.S. troops, saying he did not intend to disparage any service members.  —  The apology, in a written statement issued this afternoon …
Discussion: OxBlog and Inactivist
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Kerry's speech at the Angelides event, uncut(?)  —  I don't know for sure that it's uncut but it looks that way.  —  The pertinent material comes right at the beginning.  He takes the podium at 1:30, delivers a pair of feeble Bush jokes, then seems to transition into the serious part …
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.
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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.
David Stout / New York Times:   Bush Reaffirms Support for Rumsfeld and Cheney
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 …
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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Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:
Olbermann's Special Comment : There is no line this President has not crossed — nor will not cross — to keep one political party, in power.  —  Tonight we got another one of Keith's special comments and this one was another top-notch job.  Olbermann left no stone unturned while going through …
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Johnny Dollar / Olbermann Watch:
COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - NOVEMBER 1, 2006
Discussion: Hot Air and Say Anything
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Kerry hands GOP a Halloween treat  —  Just as the Republicans were about to lose the November elections through every fault of their own, U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Ketchup) had to go open his mouth.  —  It was almost like the time he tried to pass himself off as Jethro Bodine in Ohio and cost himself the White House, but worse.
Discussion: Viking Pundit
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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.
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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Gateway Pundit:
Missouri ACORN Workers Indicted, 35,000 Questionable Forms!  —  35,000 Questionable Registration Forms!  —  Yes, you read that correctly...35,000 questionable registration forms!  —  Kansas City election officials said this was the most irresponsible and extensive voter registration abuse in Missouri they had seen.
Discussion: PUB DEF and Redstate
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Yahoo! News:
ACORN Workers Indicted For Alleged Voter Fraud
Discussion: Iowa Voice
Associated Press:
Columnist Coulter in hot water over voting  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — Conservative columnist Ann Coulter has refused to cooperate in an investigation into whether she voted in the wrong precinct, so the case will probably be turned over to prosecutors, Palm Beach County's elections chief said Wednesday.
Discussion: Bring it On!
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:
Nicholas Wade / New York Times:
Substance in Red Wine Extends Life of Mice  —  Can you have your cake and eat it?  Is there a free lunch after all, red wine included?  Researchers at the Harvard Medical School and the National Institute on Aging report that a natural substance found in red wine, known as resveratrol …
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
The blame game scenarios  —  Leadership lineups will likely undergo a major face-lift after the midterms  —  WASHINGTON -  —  Chuck Todd  —  There are three potential outcomes when this year's midterm elections come to a close:  — Scenario I: Democrats ride a wave of discontent …
Discussion: The Agonist and Suburban Guerrilla
Happyfeminist / The Happy Feminist:
MARYLAND COURT'S INTERPRETATION OF RAPE LAW IS PREDICATED ON THE NOTION OF WOMEN AS CHATTEL  —  Yesterday a mid-level state appellate court in Maryland interpreted Maryland's common law in such a way as to preclude women from withdrawing consent to sex after penetration has occurred.
 
 
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Survivor Iraq: The deadliest game
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US issues Lebanon 'plot' warning
Market Wire:
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Gen. Wesley Clark / The Huffington Post:
We Owe it to Our Troops to Return to the Real Issue of the Election
Little Green Footballs:
Kerry Excuse Number 4
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
Massachusetts' botched joke
Discussion: The Anchoress and Hyscience
Ahmed Yousef / New York Times:
Pause for Peace  —  HERE in Gaza, few dream of peace.
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Lazy and uneducated photo of the day!