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N. Korea Says Sanctions Would Be Act of War

In his country’s first formal statement since its claimed atomic bomb test on Monday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il said he would consider additional sanctions imposed on the country an act of war.

  • Bush said he has “no intention” of attacking Pyongyang, and that the U.S. remains committed to diplomacy, but also “reserves all options to defend our friends in the region.”
  • Hmm…when have we heard that one before?

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    FBI Unable to Attract Arabic Speakers

    According to new FBI statistics, of the bureau’s 12,000 agents, only 33 speak even minimally functional Arabic.  It gets worse: Of the 33, none work on international terrorism.
    (h/t: Think Progress)

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    North Korea Threatens Another Explosion

    North Korea’s No. 2 leader, Kim Yong-nam, threatened a second nuclear test if the U.S. refuses to back down: “If the United States continues to take a hostile attitude and apply pressure on us in various forms, we will have no choice but to take physical steps to deal with that.”

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    Iraqi funeral
    washingtonpost.com

    Iraq Study: 655,000 Dead Since Invasion

    A survey team made up of Iraqi physicians and epidemiologists from Johns Hopkins University has determined that the U.S. invasion of Iraq caused the deaths of roughly 655,000 people.  The estimate is more than 20 times higher than one Bush gave in December, but the researchers believe they have substantial evidence to back the claim.

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    Religious missions
    From the NYT

    Gov’t Bending Regulations for the Pious

    Check out part three of this four-part N.Y. Times series on ways in which the religious enjoy special tax breaks and exemptions from regulations that their secular counterparts do not.
    Calling Sam Harris…

    Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Fareed Zakaria
    From Newsweek

    Zakaria Throws in the Towel on Iraq

    Fareed Zakaria, the editor of Newsweek International, a longtime supporter of sending more troops to Iraq, has called it quits.
    This is big. Like Tom Friedman, who jumped on the antiwar bandwagon in August, Zakaria was a relative moderate who made the war palatable to centrists.

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    Texas GOP Plays Atheist Card in Judge Race

    The Republican Party of Texas has sent out a newsletter calling a Democratic nominee for a seat on the 6th Court of Appeals a “professed atheist.” A local poli sci professor says he’s never seen the religion card pushed that hard. (via Andrew Sullivan)

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    Foley caption
    From AndrewSullivan.com

    Yuck Yuck

    This is the winner of Andrew Sullivan’s “Mark Page - George Bush” photo caption contest. Larger image

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    Dems Leaving GOP Bloodied at Polls

    Four national surveys on Oct. 9 confirmed that Democrats enjoy huge 20-point leads over GOP’ers in the upcoming elections. Also:

  • NYT: Dems pull even to GOP’ers for first time in terrorism-handling ratings
  • USA Today: 54% say GOP’ers acted for “political reasons” in Foleygate
  • Wash Po: Bush is at 39%
  • CNN: 52% think Hastert should resign

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    Republicans Revise Election Estimates

    A top GOP strategist has said Republicans may lose as many as 30 House seats in the coming election.  Democrats need to pick up 15 seats to take control.

    Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


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