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Security Politics

— The White House continues to emphasize that progress is being made toward a transfer of responsibility to Iraqi security forces, despite troublesome comments from Prime Minister Maliki.  The US death toll in Iraq this month has hit 100, "making the month the fourth-deadliest for the US military since the 2003 invasion," per the Financial Times

The court trying Saddam Hussein now might delay its verdict by a few days, a move that would shift it past the midterm elections.  "The court had been due to deliver a verdict on Nov. 5." 

The Washington Times runs the first of a five-part series previewing life under a Democrat-run House, focusing generally on expected battles over security issues and increased Democratic oversight.