Friday's must-reads

By Geraldine Sealey
Published October 8, 2004 2:03PM (EDT)

Reuters: New payroll numbers provide fodder for tonight's presidential debate. U.S. business added 96,000 new jobs in September, fewer than economists expected.

Knight-Ridder: Heading into tonight's debate in St. Louis, Kerry has closed the gap in the polls and has fresh ammunition against the president on Iraq, thanks to Rumsfeld, Bremer and Duelfer. Bush is "beginning to sound desperate" in tearing down Kerry as the news from Iraq tears down the president.

AP: Gen. Zinni criticizes Bush administration for failures in run-up to war, says he expects U.S. troops to be in Iraq for five to 10 years facing a "witch's brew" of insurgents, criminals and "al-Qaida wannabes."

AFP: U.S. aid experts say Pentagon crippled efforts to provide humanitarian relief for Iraq after the invasion.

AP Ralph Nader called John Edwards a "sniveling coward" for not attacking Dick Cheney on Tuesday night for favoring award limits in medical malpractice lawsuits.

Geraldine Sealey

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