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101 Americans die in Iraq during October


BAGHDAD, Iraq – The American death toll for October climbed past 100, a grim milestone reached as a top White House envoy turned up unexpectedly in Baghdad on Monday to smooth over a rough patch in U.S.-Iraqi ties. At least 80 people were killed across Iraq, 33 in a Sadr City bombing targeting workers.

A member of the 89th Military Police Brigade was killed in east Baghdad Monday, and a Marine died in fighting in insurgent infested Anbar province the day before, raising to 101 the number of U.S. service members killed in a bloody October, the fourth deadliest month of the war. At least 2,814 American forces have died since the war began.

Upon arriving on an unannounced visit, National Security Adviser
Stephen Hadley went straight into meetings with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his security chief, Mouwafak al-Rubaie, telling them he “wanted to reinforce some of the things you have heard from our president.”

The White House said Hadley was not on a mission to repair ragged relations, accounts of which it said had been “overblown” by the news media.

“Absolutely not,” said Gordon Johndroe, spokesman for the National Security Council in Washington. “This is a long planned trip to get a first hand report of the situation on the ground from the political, economic and security fronts.”
But the timing of the visit argued otherwise.

Last week Al-Maliki issued a string of bitter complaints — at one point saying he wasn’t “America’s man in Iraq” — after U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad unveiled adjustments in America’s Iraq strategy.

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Newspapers Across Country Support Dem Candidates…


LINKS TO ENDORSEMENTS:

CT: New York Times Calls Lamont “By Far the Better Candidate.”

MN: Pioneer Press Knows Klobuchar Will Be Independent in Washington.

MN: Duluth News-Tribune Says Minnesotans Would Be Well-Served By Klobuchar.

MO: Kansas City Star Says McCaskill Will “Bring Needed Change.”

MT: Great Falls Tribune Calls Some of the Attacks on Tester “Laughable.”

NJ: Star-Ledger Chooses Menendez Based on Issues and Experience.

NJ: The Record Worries That Kean Jr. Is “An Enigma” On the Issues.

PA: Times-Tribune Says Casey Is “Exactly What the Senate Needs.”

PA: Patriot News Concludes That Santorum “Has Too Many Wrong Answers.”

PA: Morning Call Commends Casey’s Work As Auditor General and State Treasurer.

VA: Roanoke Times Opts For Independent Webb Over Bush Rubberstamp Allen.

VA: Daily Press Chooses Webb For His Positions on Iraq.

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Shreddin’ With Dick


Spotted on 10/19, by an eagle-eyed Wonkette reader: The Mid-Atlantic Shredding Services truck making its way up to the Cheney compound at the Naval Observatory.

Fun fact: Mid-Atlantic Shredding Services has been contracted by the Secret Service for our Executive Branch’s record-not-keeping needs.

The present contractor providing Pickup & Destruction of Sensitive Waste Material services is Mid Atlantic Shredding Services and the current rate is $0.095 cents per lbs.

You better get crackin’, Dick — that evidence won’t destroy itself!

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