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7:30 AM ET, November 2, 2006

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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 …
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.
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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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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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
Media Matters for America:
Dobbs misrepresented Kerry's remarks, as CNN ignored AP report supporting Kerry's explanation … Leading off the October 31 edition of CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight, host Lou Dobbs misrepresented Sen. John F. Kerry's (D-MA) remarks during an October 30 speech at a campaign rally in Pasadena, California.
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John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Kerry hands GOP a Halloween treat
Discussion: Viking Pundit
BBC:
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.
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Ezra HaLevi / Arutz Sheva:
UN Admits Syria Arming Hizbullah, UNIFIL Takes Nights Off
Discussion: Israellycool and Israel Matzav
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 …
Discussion: Riehl World View and Raising Kaine
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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!
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 …
Tim Butcher / Telegraph:
Iran 'wrecked kidnap deal with bribe'  —  Israel has accused Iran of scuppering attempts to win the release of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli corporal captured by Palestinian militants near Gaza, by paying the militant Palestinian Islamic group Hamas £30 million not to agree to a prisoner exchange.
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:
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
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 …
Patrick Walters / Associated Press:
Casey defends Kerry, but campaign stop is called off  —  PHILADELPHIA - Democratic Senate candidate Bob Casey cautiously defended Sen. John Kerry on Wednesday, saying controversial remarks he made about troops in Iraq were a mistake that his Republican opponent was trying to use to revive a desperate campaign.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
 
 
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