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1:00 PM ET, November 6, 2006


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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
THAT AWFUL PEW POLL:  —  John Judis and I have been e-mailing about the alarming Pew poll that came out today.  It reflects the same trends captured by that earlier Washington Post/ABC poll, except that the trends are, gulp, even more pronounced.  Worse, the folks at Pew have graciously posted …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
A Look Inside That Pew Poll  —  Pew Research has published its crosstabs for the poll that shows the Republicans tightening up the race, which I linked last night.  The internals deliver even more bad news to the Democrats, as significant leads in several demographic categories have been cut drastically or wiped out entirely.
New York Times:
Bush Trumpets Hussein Verdict to Rally Support  —  President Bush on Sunday seized on the conviction of Saddam Hussein as a milestone in Iraq, seeking to rally Republican voters with the issue of national security as some polls suggested that his party might be making gains in the final hours of the campaign.
STRATEGY/POLL MEMOS  —  Memorandum From RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman To Republican Leadership And Interested Parties  —  TO: REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP AND INTERESTED PARTIES  —  FROM: KEN MEHLMAN  —  RE: MOMENTUM  —  New polls say our party is heading into Election Day with strong momentum.
USA Today:
Polls: Dems' lead shrinking, but still strong  —  WASHINGTON — A national USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds remarkable parallels between the congressional elections Tuesday and the watershed elections in 1994 that swept Republicans into control of the House and Senate.
New York Times:
The Saddam Hussein Verdict
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Can the Democrats stay afloat?
Josh White / Washington Post:
Soldiers in Iraq Say Pullout Would Have Devastating Results  —  For the U.S. troops fighting in Iraq, the war is alternately violent and hopeful, sometimes very hot and sometimes very cold.  It is dusty and muddy, calm and chaotic, deafeningly loud and eerily quiet.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Troops Speak Out Against Withdrawal
Poll: Bush approval rating dips to 35 percent  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush's popularity has dipped to 35 percent, according to a new CNN poll, with 41 percent of likely voters saying their disapproval of his performance will affect their vote in Tuesday's elections for control of Congress.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and AMERICAblog
Soldier dies of wounds from Afghanistan battle  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) — An American soldier has died from wounds received during fighting in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Monday.  —  U.S. Army Specialist Isaiah Calloway, of Jacksonville, Fla., died Oct. 30, the U.S. military said.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Saddam death sentence sparks dancing on streets of Baghdad  —  Iraq was braced for retaliation by Saddam Hussein's Sunni supporters and an indefinite curfew remained in force one day after the country's former leader was sentenced to death for crimes against humanity.
Discussion: Redstate
New York Post:
A GOP MASSACRE: A BLOODY TUESDAY  —  THE latest polls portend disaster for the Republican Party tomorrow.  The House appears to be gone; the Senate is teetering on the brink.  —  John Zogby's polling is tracking 15 swing House districts, and he finds Democratic leads in 13.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, Inactivist and QandO
Ronald Brownstein / Los Angeles Times:   Democrats straining for knockout punch
James Q. Wilson / Opinion Journal:
The Press at War  —  What ever happened to patriotic reporters?  —  We are told by careful pollsters that half of the American people believe that American troops should be brought home from Iraq immediately.  This news discourages supporters of our efforts there.  Not me, though: I am relieved.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Hastert May Face Post-Election Unrest  —  Foley Scandal Just One of Speaker's Problems  —  House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert's future is in doubt even if the Republicans retain control of the House because of unease among GOP lawmakers about his handling of the Foley page scandal …
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Vote Theft, Robocalls, and Terry Nelson  —  Terry Nelson, an unindicted co-conspirator in the TRMPAC Tom Delay scandal, and the boss of Jim Tobin, the convicted felon in the NH phone-jamming case, is the head of opposition research for the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee.
News-7 Poll: Webb surges ahead of Allen  —  Democrat Jim Webb has surged ahead of Republican George Allen in the last poll of the campaign, conducted for News-7 by SurveyUSA.  —  The survey shows Webb with 52% of the likely voters, with 44% going to Allen.
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Discussion: MyDD and Hang Right Politics
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Election Day Approaches
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Underdog Ford Gets a Little Help From His Illinois Friend
Albert Aji / Associated Press:
Syria hints at resistance vs. Israel
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Ready for a New Party-in-Trouble
John / Argghhh!:
Nick Schulz / TCS Daily:
TCS on Election 2006  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: Every year the President gives …
Associated Press:
GOP rep. faults White House on Iraq site
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
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Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Dole: Dems 'Content With Losing' in Iraq
Greg Gordon / Real Cities:
FBI willing to go undercover in Congress if necessary
Discussion: Done With Mirrors
Rasmussen Reports:
Webb and Allen Dead Even
River / Baghdad Burning:
When All Else Fails...  ... Execute the dictator.  It's that simple.
Francis Elliott / Independent:
Allow 'active euthanasia' for disabled babies, doctors urge
Discussion: GINA COBB and Blogs for Bush
Christopher Drew / New York Times:
New Telemarketing Ploy Steers Voters on Republican Path
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Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush Says U.S. Pullout Would Let Iraq Radicals Use Oil as a Weapon