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8:40 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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Karen Tumulty / Time:
John Kerry, Still One Step Behind  —  Once again, the former Presidential candidate deals with a gaffe by trying to compensate for his last mistake.  Karl Rove is cheering  —  You've got to wonder about John Kerry's eye-hand coordination.  His career is falling into a pattern.
Discussion: TIME and Ace of Spades HQ
David Stout / New York Times:
Kerry and G.O.P. Spar Over Iraq Remarks  —  Senator John Kerry, left, spoke at a rally on Monday in support of California Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Phil Angelides.  President Bush, right, addressed supporters Tuesday afternoon while campaigning in Georgia for a Republican House candidate.
Kos / Daily Kos:
The John Kerry nonsense  —  Man, there are times when this stuff is more ridiculous than anything a fiction writer or satirist could ever dream up.  —  So John Kerry mangles a sentence in a public appearance, and the right-wing smear machine and its traditional media enablers are apoplectic.
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
White House, Kerry Exchange Accusations  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House and Sen. John Kerry traded their harshest accusations since the 2004 presidential race on Tuesday, with President Bush accusing the Democrat of troop-bashing and Kerry calling the president's men hacks who are "willing to lie."
Bob Lewis / Associated Press:
Heckler subdued at George Allen event  —  RICHMOND, Va. - A heckler who confronted Sen. George Allen (news, bio, voting record) at a campaign appearance Tuesday was put in a chokehold and slammed to the floor by three of the Republican's supporters in an incident captured on video.
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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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Brendan J. Lyons / Albany Times Union:
Congressman's wife called police
Discussion: The News Blog and Oliver Willis
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
This Is No Fun  —  I just thought I would go on record stating that the last few weeks and months have really sucked for me.  I spent my whole life in the GOP- starting in 1984 with county meetings, going to Teenage Republican camp (my friends called it Hitler Youth Camp …
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 …
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.
Joseph Panossian / Associated Press:
Hezbollah: Talks over soldiers under way  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Tuesday that "serious negotiations" were under way over the fate of two Israeli soldiers whose July 12 capture by his militant group sparked a month of brutal fighting in Lebanon.
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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.
Cynthia Banham / Sydney Morning Herald:
PNG tells Australia: we will stop your aid  —  PAPUA New Guinea is threatening to dramatically reduce the money it receives from Canberra, suspend all official visits by Australians or impose onerous travel restrictions, and recall its high commissioner.  —  Whether it does so …
Peter F. Schaefer / TCS Daily:
More MacArthur, Less Marshall  —  In an earlier commentary on TCS I argued that what we did in postwar Japan has important lessons for what we do in any postwar enterprise including Iraq and Afghanistan.  This generated a considerable number of comments from TCS readers, most of which were at least somewhat critical.
Discussion: EconLog
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.
 
 
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