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11:15 AM ET, November 2, 2006


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Dallas Morning News:
Frank Schaeffer: I should be supporting Allen.  Instead, I'm leaving the party.  —  I'm a Christian, a writer, a military parent and a registered Republican.  —  On all those counts, I was disgusted by an e-mail I just received that's being circulated by campaign supporters of Republican George Allen …
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Flubbed Joke Makes Kerry a Political Punching Bag, Again  —  He's back.  —  Senator John Kerry had been carefully and quietly building himself back up after his failed 2004 presidential run, campaigning for Democratic candidates in places where he could forget about his sometimes strained relationships …
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
New York Times Lies to Its Readers About the Content of Kerry's Remarks  —  The New York Times's Kate Zernike runs interference for John Kerry on the topic of his controversial "stuck in Iraq" remarks — to the point of flatly misrepresenting to readers the content of the remarks.
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Kerry hands GOP a Halloween treat
New York Post:
GIS DROP SMART BOMB ON KERRY  —  HILARIOUS HEROES FIRE BACK OVER DEM AND DUMBER CRACK ABOUT IRAQ  —  By TODD VENEZIA in N.Y. and IAN BISHOP in Washington  —  A group of GIs showed they are smart enough to take on condescending Sen. John Kerry - by deploying a hilariously misspelled sign mocking …
US issues Lebanon 'plot' warning  —  The United States has said there is "mounting evidence" that Syria, Iran and Hezbollah are planning to topple the Lebanese government.  —  The White House said Syria hoped to stop the formation of an international tribunal to try suspects in the killing of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri.
Ezra HaLevi / Arutz Sheva:
UN Admits Syria Arming Hizbullah, UNIFIL Takes Nights Off
Discussion: Israellycool and Israel Matzav
Yahoo! News:
ACORN Workers Indicted For Alleged Voter Fraud  —  Four people have been indicted on charges of voter fraud in Kansas City, officials said Wednesday.  —  Investigators said questionable registration forms for new voters were collected by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now …
Bjorn Lomborg / Opinion Journal:
Stern Review  —  The dodgy numbers behind the latest warming scare.  —  The report on climate change by Nicholas Stern and the U.K. government has sparked publicity and scary headlines around the world.  Much attention has been devoted to Mr. Stern's core argument that the price of inaction …
Arnold Kling / TCS Daily:
Operation Sunscreen  —  "Using the results from formal economic models …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Results in key Senate races - Reuters poll  —  WASHINGTON, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Democrats must gain six seats in Tuesday's election to win U.S. Senate control, and they lead in six of the seven most vulnerable Republican-held states, according to Reuters/Zogby polls released on Thursday.
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 …
New York Times:
The Great Divider  —  As President Bush throws himself into the final days of a particularly nasty campaign season, he's settled into a familiar pattern of ugly behavior.  Since he can't defend the real world created by his policies and his decisions, Mr. Bush is inventing a fantasy world …
John Solo / Associated Press:
Kerry's '72 Army Comments Mirror Latest  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - During a Vietnam-era run for Congress three decades ago, John Kerry said he opposed a volunteer Army because it would be dominated by the underprivileged, be less accountable and be more prone to "the perpetuation of war crimes."
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Sy Hersh: U.S. army in Iraq is the most "violent and murderous" in American history  —  Waffles hands him the baton and off he goes.  Winter Soldier '06: … He goes on to speculate that invading Iraq was one of the 12 steps in Bush's AA program.  —  Sy Hersh, leftist hero.
Ross Sneyd / Associated Press:
Dean defends Kerry, attacks Bush in Vt.  —  BURLINGTON, Vt. - The chairman of the Democratic National Committee leaped to the defense of the party's 2004 presidential nominee Wednesday against charges that he was insulting American troops serving in Iraq.  —  Howard Dean, in comments …
Rich Lowry / New York Post:
Discussion: The American Thinker
Ralph Peters / USA Today:
Last gasps in Iraq  —  I supported this war, but the deteriorating situation is starting to convince me that we can't win.  Those of us who hoped that the Iraqis could achieve democracy were wrong — and their failure has implications for the entire region.
Jason Horowitz /
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.
Washington Post:
Scandals Alone Could Cost Republicans Their House Majority  —  Indictments, investigations and allegations of wrongdoing have helped put at least 15 Republican House seats in jeopardy, enough to swing control to the Democrats on Tuesday even before the larger issues of war, economic unease and President Bush are invoked.
Market Wire:
Republicans Outnumber Democrats Online, According to Nielsen//NetRatings  —  "Moderate" Is the Most Common Political Leaning Among Web Users  —  Nielsen//NetRatings (NASDAQ: NTRT), a global leader in Internet media and market research, announced today that 36.6 percent of U.S. adults online are Republicans …
Anita Kumar / St. Petersburg Times:
FBI questions two more former aides to Harris  —  WASHINGTON - Federal investigators have interviewed at least two more former chiefs of staff to U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris as part of a federal inquiry into her relationship with a convicted defense contractor.
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: Wonkette and Bring it On!
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