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Mayor stands by ad critics view as racist
Political spot invokes images of attack dogs, water hoses

Published on: 11/10/06

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin said Thursday that she doesn't regret herrole in a controversial eleventh-hour campaign spot that raised the specterof black voters once again "fighting off dogs and water hoses" if aRepublican candidate were elected to the Fulton County Board ofCommissioners.

In the ad for Democrat John Eaves, who won countywide election Tuesday tochairman of the board, Franklin said the civil rights work of Martin LutherKing and Coretta Scott King, Hosea Williams and Maynard Jackson would belost if Republicans were elected.


Mexico's Calderón gives Bush an earful on immigration
President Bush and Mexico's incoming president agreed there's a needfor a comprehensive immigration overhaul. Democrats in Congress can now makeit happen.
McClatchy News Service

WASHINGTON - President Bush welcomed Mexican President-elect FelipeCalderón to the White House on Thursday and got an earful about immigrationrestructuring and controversial legislation that Bush signed recently toconstruct 700 miles of wall along the common border.

''I explained our point of view that it isn't -- can't -- be asolution to the migration problem,'' Calderón told Spanish-languagereporters in a news conference after meeting Bush. He also said he would tryto keep immigration from drowning out other important issues in thebilateral relationship.


Scalia urges literalism

Constitution is 'dead' text, justice claims
By Thomas Kaplan

Contributing Reporter

The Constitution is not a living document, although many courts and legalexperts treat it as such today, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia arguedat a Yale Political Union debate on Thursday.

A staunch conservative and self-proclaimed "originalist," Scalia said theConstitution should be interpreted in terms of its text and the intentionsof its framers, not in the context of personal beliefs or current societalconventions. While some students at the speech said they disagreed with thejustice's argument, many said his eloquence and wit at the podium made hispresentation compelling.


The Los Angeles Times,0,6214614.story

Rumsfeld and nominee in sharp contrast

By Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer

WASHINGTON - In turning to former CIA Director Robert M. Gates to take thereins at the

Pentagon, President Bush has selected a low-key loyalist who is in many waysthe opposite of outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.

Whereas Rumsfeld often seemed bent on running roughshod over the Pentagonbrass, Gates is described by longtime associates as collegial and aconsensus-builder.

If Rumsfeld had little regard for President George H.W. Bush and many ofBush's pragmatic security advisors, including Brent Scowcroft, Gates waspart of that inner circle. He remains close not only to Scowcroft but toother Rumsfeld rivals as well, including Secretary of State CondoleezzaRice.


The Washington Post

Only a Minor Earthquake

By Charles Krauthammer
Friday, November 10, 2006; A31

How serious is the "thumpin' " the Republicans took on Tuesday? Losing onehouse is significant but hardly historic. Losing both houses, however, isdefeat of a different order of magnitude, the equivalent in a parliamentarysystem of a vote of no confidence.

On Tuesday Democrats took control of the House and the Senate. As of thiswriting, they won 29 House seats (with a handful still in the balance),slightly below the post-1930 average for the six-year itch in a two-termpresidency. They took the Senate by the thinnest of margins -- a one-votemajority, delivered to them by a margin of 8,942 votes in Virginia and 2,847in Montana.


'Accidental Speaker' calls it quits
Hastert says he'll stay in House, but friends hint he's hoping forambassadorial post
By Mike Dorning and Christi Parsons
Washington Bureau

November 8, 2006, 10:55 PM CST

WASHINGTON -- It was a sex scandal that made Dennis Hastert the Housespeaker and a sex scandal that helped unmake him.

The "Accidental Speaker," whose unlikely rise to the top ends with Hastertas the longest-serving Republican speaker in history, was plucked from anobscure junior position in the party leadership during the chaotic momentsafter newly nominated Republican speaker Bob Livingston resigned in December1998 after the disclosure of an extramarital affair.


The Washington Post

Hill Demographic Goes Slightly More Female
No Racial Shift, But Minorities' Influence May Rise

By Lois Romano
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 9, 2006; A39

The House and Senate elections this week added at least five women to thenext Congress, the only notable demographic shift in an otherwise dramaticpolitical upheaval.

For the most part, Congress will remain dominated by white men. In terms ofracial demographics, neither body will see a change in numbers, but theinfluence of minority leaders could increase: Five blacks and one Hispanicare in line for House committee chairmanships.


The Washington Post

Ed Bradley, The News Pioneer Who Never Lost His Cool

By Wil Haygood
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 10, 2006; C01

Ed Bradley had cool like a vault has money.
The celebrated "60 Minutes" newsman, who died yesterday of leukemia at 65,was certainly learned, absolutely a globe-trotter, and highly honored. Butit was his cool that drew bearhugs from men and cheek-to-cheek kisses fromwomen all over the world.

Deborah Willis, a professor of photography and imaging at New YorkUniversity, came of age in Philadelphia -- Bradley's birthplace -- duringthe 1970s, when the newsman was routinely showing up on national newsbroadcasts. Women were pointing to his picture in Jet and Ebony, in Time andNewsweek. Ed Bradley came to the American party with crossover cachet."He had this style that everyone tried to emulate," says Willis.


Democratic Governors Claim Edge
Democratic governors say victories give them 'significant' edge in 2008
White House campaign
Nov. 8, 2006
By ROBERT TANNER AP National Writer

(AP) Jubilant Democrats saw their victories in Tuesday's gubernatorialelections as a pathway to the presidency in 2008.

"It's extremely significant, the winning of these governors' races, forwinning in '08, for congressional redistricting, for shifting the power ofpolicy from the federal government to the states," said New Mexico Gov. BillRichardson, a Democrat who won a second term and is himself exploring aWhite House run.

"It shows that Democratic governors are viewed as budget balancers (and)problem solvers," he said. "This is why so many of them have been elected inred states. Voters recognize that."


The Washington Post

`Superstar' Pastors Pose Challenge

The Associated Press
Friday, November 10, 2006; 3:29 AM

-- Pastor Ted's influence was felt everywhere in New Life Church: in thevideos shown at worship; in the New Life bookstore, which stocked books herecommended; and in the story of the church itself. He started New Life inhis basement,building it into a 14,000-member nationally known megachurch.As the Rev. Ted Haggard's fortunes rose, so did the church's.

So when Haggard fell spectacularly from grace in a scandal involving drugsand allegations of gay sex, many wondered if New Life, so tied to his publicpersona, would crash with him.

The answer has significance far beyond the Haggard tragedy. As evangelicalmegachurches have sprung up around the country, concerns have grown overwhether superstar pastors help or hurt faith communities.


Mehlman to step down from RNC post
By LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer 13 minutes ago

Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, whose party lost bothchambers of Congress in the midterm elections, will step down from his postwhen his two-year term ends in January, GOP officials said Thursday.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because Mehlman had notyet made his intentions public.

Brian Jones, an RNC spokesman, declined to comment beyond saying that anannouncement about Mehlman's future with the party would be made in the daysahead.

Democrats won control of the House and Senate on Tuesday by capitalizing onvoter frustration with President Bush, the war in Iraq and thescandal-scarred Congress. Democrats also took a majority of governors' postsand gained a decisive edge in state legislatures.


The New York Times

November 10, 2006
Bipartisanship on Hold
President Bush was back on TV yesterday, without the scowl he'd beensporting the day after the election but with the surviving members of hisCabinet. He talked about how much he was looking forward to lunching withNancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and working on "the great issues facing America." Mr. Bush said his team would "respect the results" of theelection.

Just maybe not right away.

Without missing a beat, Mr. Bush made it clear that, for now, his idea ofhow to "put the elections behind us" is to use the Republicans' last twomonths in control of Congress to try to push through one of the worst ideashis administration and its Republican allies on Capitol Hill have come upwith: a bill that would legalize his illegal wiretapping program and gut thelaw that limits a president's ability to abuse his power in this way.


The New York Times

November 9, 2006
Evangelical Leader:
GOP Abandoned Voters
Filed at 4:42 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Conservative Christian leader James Dobson accused theRepublican Party of abandoning values voters in the midterm elections -- andpaying the price by losing control of Congress. ''What did they do withtheir power?'' Dobson said in a statement. ''Very little that values voterscare about.''

Finger-pointing abounded in the days after Democrats seized control ofCongress after 12 years in the minority. Dobson, chairman of Focus on theFamily, issued a statement railing against the Republicans for letting theirmajorities slip away.

''They consistently ignored the constituency that put them in power until itwas late in the game, and then frantically tried to catch up at the lastminute,'' said Dobson, who argued that religious conservatives ensured GOPwins in 2004.


The Washington Post

Now the Decider Must Listen

By Eugene Robinson
Friday, November 10, 2006; A31

Short of actual insurrection, I don't think the country could have spoken more clearly than it did Tuesday. But there's one question still to be answered, and in honor of Donald Rumsfeld, who now can devote full time and attention to stretching the boundaries of modern philosophy, let's call it a "known unknown": Did George W. Bush really hear what the nation told him about Iraq?

I think he did, but I'm pessimistic that he'll listen.

Since the election, the president has been saying all the right things about bipartisanship, about how eager he is to work with the new Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill. But what choice does he have after an electoral "thumpin' " of such historic proportions?


Montana's Tester Squeaks by GOP Rival

The Associated Press
Thursday, November 9, 2006; 4:40 AM

HELENA, Mont. -- Democrat Jon Tester ran as an outsider to what he called Washington's "culture of corruption" _ but got a boost from opposition to the war in Iraq and his Republican opponent's gaffe-laden campaign.

The 50-year-old organic farmer and state Senate president rode that populist horse all the way to a Senate seat by ousting Republican Sen. Conrad Burns by a wafer-thin margin.

"It is absolutely, critically important that we change the direction of the country," Tester said Wednesday.

"Now is the time to come together and put politics aside."


Forwarded from Kenneth Sherrill - Ken's List

Huffington Post (blog), November 8, 2006

The Anti-Rights Democrat
Terry Curtis Fox

Out here in the blue part of the Blue/Red Zone, people have been walking around with shocked smiles. This is Western North Carolina, where I've been teaching, as divided a Congressional District as any in the country. There is very little purple in these hills. Asheville is as liberal as Santa Monica; the university town fifty miles to the west is much the same.

In between is an area so red that a local preacher demanded that his congregants leave church if they so much as thought of voting for John Kerry.


Mike Beebe (D)

Thursday, November 9, 2006; A42

Arkansas Attorney General Mike Beebe handily defeated Republican Asa Hutchinson to give Democrats control of the governorship. Beebe replaces Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), who was term-limited and in office since 1996. Beebe, 59, is a veteran politician who has been in public office for 24 years. Hutchinson, a former congressman and Department of Homeland Security official, was the first opponent Beebe had ever faced.

The race was the most expensive in state history, with the candidates spending a combined $8.8 million and each drawing campaign visits from such party luminaries as former president Bill Clinton and President Bush.

Beebe promised to phase out the state's 6-cent tax on groceries and expand pre-kindergarten programs.


Technology Review

Monday, November 06, 2006
Microsoft unveils 3-D maps in latest bid to upstage Google
By Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. has upgraded its online mapping service to include three-dimensional tours of 15 U.S. cities, marking another step in its dogged pursuit of Internet search leader Google Inc.

With the improvements unveiled Monday, Microsoft is hoping to upstage Google's popular ''Earth'' software, which enables about one-third of the world's population to obtain an aerial view of their homes and neighborhoods.


'60 Minutes' Newsman Ed Bradley Dies
Bradley Was 65

POSTED: 12:19 pm EST November 9, 2006
UPDATED: 12:36 pm EST November 9, 2006

Ed Bradley, a longtime veteran of the CBS news magazine "60 Minutes," has died.

Bradley was 65.

In an on-air announcement, anchorwoman Katie Couric said Bradley died from complications of leukemia.

Bradley died Thursday at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital.

The 2005-06 season of "60 Minutes" marked Bradley's 25th year with the groundbreaking, critically hailed CBS news magazine.

Bradley was born June 22, 1941 in Philadelphia.

He collected 19 Emmys, the most recent for a segment on the reopening of the racially motivated murder case of Emmett Till.


Toledo Blade

Strickland easily takes Ohio governor job


COLUMBUS - Disgusted by scandal and frustrated with Ohio's lagging economy, voters yesterday elected a Democratic governor for the first time in 20 years, taking aim at the Republican machine that had controlled every statewide office since 1994. See the latest Ohio results

Ted Strickland, a congressman from southeast Ohio who campaigned on a message of change including cleaning up Republican corruption, trounced Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, a conservative who vowed to revive the state's economy by cutting taxes.

With 64 percent of precincts reporting, Mr. Strickland had 59 percent of the vote to Mr. Blackwell's 38 percent, in the first general election since the scandal erupted over the state's $50 million rare-coin investment controlled by Tom Noe.


Montana's Newest Senator Seeks Change

Associated Press Writer

November 9, 2006, 4:27 AM EST

HELENA, Mont. -- Democrat Jon Tester ran as an outsider to what he called Washington's "culture of corruption" -- but got a boost from opposition to the war in Iraq and his Republican opponent's gaffe-laden campaign.

The 50-year-old organic farmer and state Senate president rode that populist horse all the way to a Senate seat by ousting Republican Sen. Conrad Burns by a wafer-thin margin.

"It is absolutely, critically important that we change the direction of the country," Tester said Wednesday. "Now is the time to come together and put politics aside."


November 8, 2006

Rumsfeld Resigns as Defense Secretary After Big Election Gains for Democrats


Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, the hard-driving and super-confident Pentagon boss who came to symbolize President Bush's controversial Iraq policy, is resigning, President Bush announced today.

Mr. Bush, appearing at the White House the day after the Republican Party suffered sweeping defeats in Tuesday's midterm elections, said he and Mr. Rumsfeld had had "a series of thoughtful conversations" and agreed that "the time is right for new leadership at the Pentagon."


AP: Democrats Win Both Houses Of Congress
Va. Senate Race Goes To Webb
POSTED: 3:41 am EST November 7, 2006
UPDATED: 9:02 pm EST November 8, 2006

WASHINGTON -- The Democrats clinched the final victory needed for a 51-seat majority in the U.S. Senate Wednesday night, according to the Associated Press, effectively handing both houses of Congress to the party for the first time since 1994.

Jim Webb was declared the winner by the AP reporters who contacted election officials in all 134 localities where voting occurred. About half had completed canvassing and nearly all absentee ballots had been counted, according to the AP.

As of Wednesday, the Senate stood at 49 Republicans and 50 Democrats (including two independents who caucus with the party), with Virginia still up in the air. Because Vice President Dick Cheney holds the tie-breaker in the chamber, the Democrats needed a full 51 seats in their caucus to win majority control.


Wandering No More

by Libby Post

I was happy Tuesday night after the Democrats took the House. Thursday morning, I was ecstatic.

That morning I did my usual thing-got up, pulled on some clothes, walked the dog and sat down at the computer to check my e-mail and the headlines. There it was on MSNBC, the Associated Press had called the Senate race in Virginia for James Webb.

The improbable was now reality-we had taken back Congress. Washington, DC is now a two-party town with the Republican arrogance of power in a free-fall.

Everyone I spoke with Wednesday was a bit giddy-and that was just with winning the House. After 12 long years of wandering in the political wilderness, it's amazing what coming in from the cold will do for your soul.

In New York State, 12 years of George Pataki is over. We no longer have to suffer a Republican governor in a Democratic state who carefully avoided getting anyone mad at him. As a result, George didn't do much of anything except posture, make commercials heralding health insurance programs for families and children that he initially opposed and consider running for President.


The Miami Herald

Posted on Thu, Nov. 09, 2006

Conservatives fail on ballot measures

Several GOP-leaning states rejected popular conservative causes, instead backing stem cell research and rejecting limits on abortion rights.
Associated Press

From the country's heartland, voters sent messages that altered America's culture wars and dismayed the religious right -- defending abortion rights in South Dakota, endorsing stem cell research in Missouri, and, in a national first, rejecting a same-sex marriage ban in Arizona.

Conservative leaders were jolted by the setbacks and looked for an explanation Wednesday. Gay-rights and abortion-rights activists celebrated.

The verdict on abortion rights was particularly clear:

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