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5:25 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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Associated Press:
Kerry apologizes for '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.  Some Democrats in close races assailed Kerry, while others called the flap …
DownWithTyranny!:
HAROLD FORD OR JOHN KERRY— I'D TAKE KERRY ANY DAY OF THE WEEK.  AND ERIC MASSA IS LIKE 100 TIMES MORE THE MAN THAN HAROLD FORD  —  An organization I'm affiliated with endorsed Harold Ford for the U.S. Senate a few days after Harold Ford felt the need to butt into the Connecticut senate race …
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 …
CNN:
After remark, Kerry curtails campaigning for Democrats
Jenffifer Loven / 570news.com:
Fallout from Kerry flap reflected in comments, campaign schedule changes
Discussion: Times Herald-Record
Dean Barnett / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
Why It Matters  —  First thing's first: The outrage is real.
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?
Discussion: IntoxiNation
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.
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
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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Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Lieberman push for GOP votes may aid GOP
Discussion: Grade-One Gadfly
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
 
 
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Alan Stewart Carl / Donklephant:
Democrats Winning with Centrist Voices
Clay Waters / timeswatch.org:
Richard Berke Bashes Blogs that Criticize the Times
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Up in Smoke  —  THE SUPREME COURT MAKES ONE OF THE YEAR'S BIGGEST CASES DISAPPEAR.
Renae Merle / Washington Post:
First Ears, Then Hearts and Minds
Discussion: TAPPED and Matthew Yglesias
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
After the Storm, Students Left Alone and Angry
Discussion: The Mahablog and TAPPED
Ezra Klein:
What's Wrong With The Press Corps?
 Earlier Items: 
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
What if We're to Blame?
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
An Administration Ally Goes Off-Message
Discussion: Think Progress and The Caucus
Washington Post:
House Democrats Propose More Spending for Military and Education
Andrea Shalal-Esa / Reuters:
Air Force said to seek $50 bln emergency funds
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Dems hold record 15-point edge over GOP
John Whitesides / Reuters:
House control in range for Democrats-Reuters poll