Last day to register to VOTE!!

Friday is the last day to register to vote, change your address, or party affiliation.  Hopefully you have taken care of that!  If you know of any good Democrats who have waited until the last minute, that minute has arrived!

You can click here to find your voter registration status.

You can pick up registration forms at area libraries, the Board of Elections, or Democratic HQ but you must hand deliver them to the Board of Elections by 5 PM. 

Mark Warner (D – Va.) not running for president

Photo:WaPoI seriously thought that he would make a great candidate.  Oh, bother. From National Journal:

Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner dropped the first bombshell of the ’08 race with his Oct. 12 announcement to forego a White House bid. “…[W]hile politically this appears to be the right time for me to take the plunge—at this point, I want to have a real life,” he said in a statement announcing his decision.

What does Warner’s exit from the Dem stage mean for the other non-Hillary Clinton hopefuls? Look for one of the biggest immediate beneficiaries to be Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, who folks may start to take much more seriously. What’s not clear is when John McCain, John Edwards and Clinton officially declare their intentions. They all have the standing to wait a bit longer than others, but at the same time, they’d like to make sure their challengers don’t get too much oxygen. This should be fascinating to watch.

North Korea fallout

Great article by Joseph Cirincione from the Center for American Progress in Salon.com:

We have suspected for more than 15 years that North Korea has separated plutonium from nuclear reactor fuel for use as the core of a nuclear bomb. If the test there on Monday of a nuclear device proves to be authentic, North Korean scientists will have demonstrated that they have designed an explosive casing that can compress plutonium to critical mass, triggering an explosion. North Korea will have become the world’s ninth nuclear-armed state.

The Bush administration appears divided over how to respond. Yet, despite some internal dissent, hard-liners in the administration have controlled the U.S. approach to North Korea since Bush took office. That approach has brimmed with tough talk and threats, while scorning diplomacy as a badge of weakness. The White House refuses to negotiate directly with North Korea — but it has no viable plan, military or otherwise, for stopping further tests. North Korea’s provocative move is the latest evidence that Bush’s strategy for preventing the global spread of nuclear weapons has failed.

The greatest danger is not that North Korea would attack us or our allies with this new capability, or even that they would provide a nuclear weapon to terrorists. Kim Jong Il would know that the response to the use of a North Korean bomb by him or his surrogates would end his life, his regime and a good part of his country. The greatest danger is what happens next in the region — and the specter of a new arms race that could fast spiral out of control. more