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Dave Gilson

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Sherwood Chokes Self

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 11:24 PM EST

Fox has reported that Republican (and alleged mistress-strangler) Rep. Don Sherwood has lost to Chris Carney in Pennsylvania's 10th District. For a bit of the back story on the (failed) attempt to paint Navy vet Carney as not antiwar enough, see Josh Harkinson's story "Swift Boating the Fighting Dems".

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Michelle Malkin's Favorite Site of the Night

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 10:54 PM EST

On Fox News, (a heavily collagened?) Michelle Malkin just referred viewers to NewsBusters.org, which is "exposing and combating liberal media bias." A sampling of some of the shocking "bias" the site has uncovered tonight:

Around 7:10EST, CNN's Wolf Blitzer continued to frame his coverage from a Democratic perspective, stating, "the Democrats need just 7 seats to become the majority party in the U.S. Senate" he did the same for the House as well.

That is the standard fare for the press, frame things from what the Democrats can do to get things going.

OK, let's reframe: "The Republicans need to hold onto just 7 seats to remain the majority party in the U.S. Senate." Did I just reveal my conservative bias? Next:

CNN's Bill Schneider reported tonight that the veteran vote went for Republican Senator George Allen. The anchor seemed baffled as to how such a thing could happen. During election night coverage, he mentioned that Webb was a "veteran" or "decorated hero" three times in four sentences...

Um, last time we checked Jim Webb was a veteran and decorated war hero. Next:

During an election night discussion of the Missouri embryionic [sic] stem cell debate, CNN's Paul Begala slammed Rush Limbaugh as a "drug-addled gasbag."

Um, last time we checked...

Another Republican Stands Up the President

| Mon Nov. 6, 2006 6:27 PM EST
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President Bush went to a rally for Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist today, but Crist apparently had better things to do. His campign explained that he wasn't snubbing the prez, but that he already had the vote in the Panhandle wrapped up, and needed to campaign in other areas of the state. Riiiight. Crist isn't the first Republican to head for the hills (I know there are no hills in Flordia) when the president's come by on a campaign swing. April Rabkin collects a few more examples in our current issue, like Washington senatorial candidate Mike McGavick, who missed a Bush stop in Seattle because his son had just graduated from high school—a day earlier.

Iraq Scrapes Bottom of International Corruption Index

| Mon Nov. 6, 2006 2:20 PM EST

Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International just released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index, and Iraq is almost at the bottom of the barrel, tied with Myanmar and Guinea. This is the first year TI has not figured Iraq's pre-war record of corruption into its findings. Not that the transition has helped: Last year, Iraq was ranked 137 out of 158; this year it's 160 out of 163. Goodbye, Oil for Food scam, hello Bagmen of Baghdad. Not that we care where our billions of dollars in reconstruction money are going, anyhow...

Army Recruiters: "War Ended a Long Time Ago"

| Mon Nov. 6, 2006 12:10 PM EST

There are 138,000 American soldiers in Iraq, and no signs of a drawdown in sight. But don't tell that to the bunch of Army recruiters caught on tape by ABC lying to potential recruits about whether they might end up in the sandbox.

"Nobody is going over to Iraq anymore?" one student asks a recruiter.

"No, we're bringing people back," he replies.

"We're not at war. War ended a long time ago," another recruiter says.

And if the recruits don't like Army life? One recruiter falsely claimed they could easily get "a 'Failure to Adapt' discharge.... It's an entry-level discharge so it won't affect anything on your record. It'll just be like it never happened."

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