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12:05 PM ET, November 2, 2006


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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 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.
Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
Bush owes troops an apology, not Kerry  —  Olbermann: Bush 'appearing to be stupid' about Kerry's joke  —  Keith Olbermann  —  On the 22nd of May, 1856, as the deteriorating American political system veered toward the edge of the cliff, U.S. Rep. Preston Brooks of South Carolina shuffled …
Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:
Olbermann's Special Comment : There is no line this President …
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 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."
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 …
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 …
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
Paula Woodward / KUSA-TV:
Man claims 3-year sexual relationship with pastor  —  and Nicole Vap Executive Producer Investigative  —  DENVER - A gay man and admitted male escort claims he has had an ongoing sexual relationship with a well-known Evangelical pastor from Colorado Springs.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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.
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.
Ed Morrissey / Examiner:
Have Reagan's conservatives won the revolution?  —  WASHINGTON - It would be the highest irony if the evidence of conservative evolution came on the occasion of a bruising midterm election, but two stories by the media today suggest that conservatives have changed the paradigm of politics over the last generation.
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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Lamont files an FEC complaint over Lieberman's expenditure of petty cash
David Rennie / Telegraph:
Youths challenge the French state
Ross Sneyd / Associated Press:
Dean defends Kerry, attacks Bush in Vt.
Anita Kumar / St. Petersburg Times:
FBI questions two more former aides to Harris
Ruy Teixeira / Showdown 06:
State of the Race Update III: Six Days to Go!
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Bush, Trying to Rally Base, Defends Rumsfeld
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Republican Seems to Rally in Run for Seat Foley Quit
Will / Attytood:
Bush: If you can't get bin Laden, get "the number-three guy …
Garance Franke-Ruta / American Prospect:
Allen's Options  —  Why did a beleaguered hi-tech company grant …
Tim Butcher / Telegraph:
Iran 'wrecked kidnap deal with bribe'
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Kerry hands GOP a Halloween treat
Discussion: Viking Pundit and Wizbang
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