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2:15 AM ET, November 2, 2006

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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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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.
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
MSNBC:
Kerry apologizes for 'botched joke' on Imus
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
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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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 …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
PR 101  —  I can see we're going to have to set up some sort of "Democratic PR school" soon.  There seem to be a few remedial lessons they are lacking, as the John Kerry incident demonstrates.  —  First of all — I don't care if John Kerry was eating live babies on TV …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, Daily Kos and Hot Air
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 …
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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
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 / 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:
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.
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.
 
 
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Gateway Pundit:
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Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
The blame game scenarios
Market Wire:
Republicans Outnumber Democrats Online, According to Nielsen//NetRatings
Gen. Wesley Clark / The Huffington Post:
We Owe it to Our Troops to Return to the Real Issue of the Election
Nicholas Wade / New York Times:
Substance in Red Wine Extends Life of Mice
 Earlier Items: 
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.
The Hill:
72 hours to victory? Maybe not
Happyfeminist / The Happy Feminist:
MARYLAND COURT'S INTERPRETATION OF RAPE LAW IS PREDICATED …
Clay Waters / timeswatch.org:
Richard Berke Bashes Blogs that Criticize the Times
New York Post:
SECRET POLICE  —  MILITARY GOV'T MAY BE BEST ANSWER
Rasmussen Reports:
Partisan Trends: Dems Peaking at the Right Time
Discussion: TIME and Daily Kos