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US troop fatalities have hit 83 for October, "the highest monthly toll this year.  The pace of U.S. deaths could make October the deadliest month in two years," the AP says.  "The outcome of a White House meeting Saturday among Mr. Bush and his top security and military officials could become clearer early next week when Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, and Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, are scheduled to conduct an unusual joint news conference in Baghdad." 

Bush repeated on ABC yesterday what he has said before (but not this close to election day) -- that he sees the United States remaining in Iraq well past his presidency. 

The Financial Times says of various Sunday-show appearances, "Leading Republicans and the Bush administration... projected a deepening sense of disarray over Iraq, as they argued with each other over the current state of affairs and the way forward." 

Pat Tillman's brother Kevin, a former Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, last week "wrote a scathing indictment of the war in Iraq, the Bush administration and American apathy" on the website Truthdig.com.