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The Rundown - October 13

RFE/RL In The Media
# "Open Central Asia" reprints Muhammad Tahir's piece on water in the region

International Press Review

# U.S. officials provided more details about the alleged assassination plot
# "Iran's Act of War" - Reuel Marc Gerecht, "The Wall St. Journal"
# "Those Keystone Iranians" - David Ignatius, "The Washington Post"
# "The Lede (NYT)" collects reactions to the assassination plot

# "Putin’s Rasputin" - Peter Pomerantsev, "London Review of Books"
# Andrei Soldatov on Russia's de-moralized FSB
# "Time To Abandon 'Reset'?" - Fly & Zarate, "National Review"

# "Taking Out Tymoshenko" - Julia Ioffe, "The New Yorker"
# "The End of Ukraine's Golden Girl?" - David Stern, "Foreign Policy"

Afghanistan & Pakistan
# Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn look at ISAF press releases
# The New America Foundation polls Afghans from the south on war, transition, and life
# "Mastung Massacre" - Abdul Wahab, "Newsline"

Of Interest
# Hillary Swank's trip to Grozny may cost her some PR points
# "The New York Times" reports on Iraqi b-boys
# How to run a social media news team

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# A package of spending bills will be brought to the Senate floor today
# Matt Bai on the GOP field
# "The Wall St. Journal" may not have the circulation numbers it claims
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"