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The Washington Post 's E.J. Dionne bemoans the neocon approach to Iraq taken by the Bush Administration, arguing that it's anti-conservative "that we went in with the arrogant assumption that we are so good and our ideals were so right that even if we tried to do this with too small a force, everything would turn out fine. How could conservatives ignore the military professionals who rightly insisted that we needed many more troops to pull off such an ambitious endeavor?" LINK

The politics of intelligence:

The administration formally submitted the legislation that would create a National Intelligence Director with full budgetary authority yesterday. LINK

The politics of the CIA leak:

Judith Miller has been ordered to testify in the investigation into the leak of a CIA agent's name. LINK

The Washington Post 's Carol Leonnig also reports on the decision by a federal judge on Thursday to deny Miller's motion to quash her subpoena. LINK

On the Hill:

Emily Pierce of Roll Call reports the Senate Armed Services Committee is "on the verge of losing out in the jurisdictional turf battle." LINK

The Senate initiative to strengthen and expand the federal hate crimes law is probably dead, given House Republicans' objection to it, the Washington Post 's Helen Dewar reports. LINK

AP's Jesse Holland reports that the House will vote next week a bill that prohibits federal courts from hearing cases about whether the inclusion of "under God" violates the First Amendment. LINK

Big Casino budget politics: Medicare:

The New York Times ' Robert Pear reports on concern over new data that show Medicare is paying patients' private health care plans more than if the patients were covered by traditional Medicare. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: the Senate:

Roll Call predicts Republicans will gain a single Senate seat on Nov. 2. LINK

The woman who sued Senate candidate Dr. Tom Coburn 13 years ago went public yesterday to stand by her story, the Washington Post 's Lois Romano reports. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: the House:

House Democratic leaders are furiously considering filing a lawsuit Rep. Rodney Alexander of Louisiana for failing to return more than $70,000 in contributions to his re-elect the party-switcher, Erin P. Billings reports in Roll Call . LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Nader-Camejo '04:

Today the Nader-Camejo campaign will be in court in Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Florida.

The New York Times ' Kit Seelye reports Senator John McCain called for Ralph Nader's name to be allowed on the Florida ballot and that he will file a friend-of-the-court brief if the Florida Supreme Court keeps Nader off the ballot. LINK

At 8:00 am ET the Florida Supreme Court hears oral arguments and by all accounts will declare their answer today — given that overseas ballots must be mailed by tomorrow.

Mary Ellen Klas of the Miami Herald reports on the Florida Democratic Party that refuses to be "blindsided once by Ralph Nader" as today it will "unleash its final legal assault" against the independent candidate in court. Today's legal showdown has become old home week to for legal advisers involved in Florida's recount battle of 2000. Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe, who was a legal strategist for Gore, will argue Nader should not gain access through the Reform Party. And Ken Sukhia, a former U.S. attorney who helped George W. Bush's recount team, will argue for Nader. LINK

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