In the News and on the Air: 'Throes' Keep Coming Last throes of "last throes" from Vice President Cheney; Santorum on partitioning Iraq; and classified documents stray from Los Alamos.
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In the News and on the Air: 'Throes' Keep Coming

Cheney's Civil Discourse. Whatever throes the Iraqi insurgency may be in, they are apparently not the last throes.

Vice President Dick Cheney publicly took back his 2005 declaration that the insurgency was in its "last throes." (Audio)

Sixteen months later, insurgents are still fighting, and NPR's Juan Williams asked, "Do you think they're in the last throes now?"

"I can't say that," Cheney answered. "I can't say that we're over the hump."

The Vice President went on to say Iraq is not in a civil war.

"When I think civil war, I think Antietam, Gettysburg. I don't think we're there yet."

The interview was scheduled for broadcast on many NPR member stations at 8:10 a.m. ET, and will be rebroadcast, mostly on the West Coast, two hours later.

Sorta Shocked by Santorum. Cheney also took a swipe at Democrats who question the war — he mentioned them in the same breath as Osama bin Laden. He did not mention some of his fellow Republicans, who are also looking for new ways to approach Iraq.

One is Rick Santorum, the Pennsylvania senator struggling to win re-election. His opponent constantly links him to President Bush.

Santorum says he still supports the president — but that he's willing to consider fresh options to stop Iraq's sectarian violence.

He's even willing to discuss the "partition" of the country.

"Is that a shock to you?" Santorum asked in our interview, broadcast this morning. "Is that a shock to you? I'm asking you a question."

(Are you talkin' to me?)

Well, yes, it was a little surprising.

The senator's position is now similar to that of some Democrats.

Found in Los Alamos. We've learned that more classified information disappeared from the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

NPR's David Kestenbaum tells us that police were conducting a drug raid when they stumbled upon a number of apparently classified documents.

They were in the home of a Los Alamos employee.

It's not clear why the employee had the documents, or even if they had been declassified at some point.

This isn't the first problem with classified information at Los Alamos, which has also suffered through the disappearance and re-appearance of computer hard drives.

Apparently, the problem is not in its last throes.

Posted at 7:55 a.m. on Oct. 25