- Debate moderator Tim Russert prods Republican senator George Allen and his war-critic challenger, Jim Webb on issues of character: Why, as governor, did Allen display the confederate flag and a noose in his office? What did Webb mean in 1979, when he called the Naval Academy "a horny woman's dream?"
- Pope's new apology questionably apologetic. In Somalia, Islamic militants shoot a nun.
- And the big winners of Germany's elections are ... Berlin's openly gay mayor, East Germany's openly xenophobic neo-nazi party.
- A shift in the wind? Republicans closing slightly in pre-midterm-election polling.
[With Rolling Stone]