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Associated Press:
Bush's Embattled Nominee to Supreme Court Withdraws  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination to be a Supreme Court justice Thursday in the face of stiff opposition and mounting criticism about her qualifications.  —  President Bush said he reluctantly accepted her decision to withdraw …
Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
Harriet Miers Withdraws Nomination  —  Harriet Miers withdrew this morning as a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.  —  In announcing the decision, Miers and President Bush cited their concern with the requests of members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for documents dealing with her work …
Miers withdraws Supreme Court nomination  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush on Thursday accepted the withdrawal of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, according to a statement from the White House.  —  In her letter to the president, Miers said she was "concerned that the confirmation process presents …
Associated Press:
Miers withdraws Supreme Court nomination  —  Conservative Republicans were among those with concerns  —  WASHINGTON - Confronted with criticism from both the left and right, Harriet Miers on Thursday withdrew her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.  —  In a statement, President Bush said he …
Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Miers Withdraws Under Mounting Criticism  —  WASHINGTON - Under withering attack from conservatives, President Bush ended his push to put loyalist Harriet Miers on the Supreme Court Thursday and promised a quick replacement.  Democrats accused him of bowing to the "radical right wing of the Republican Party."
Michelle Malkin:
HARRIET MIERS WITHDRAWS: RELIEF  —  What a relief.  Sad, pensive, what-a-waste relief.  Not happy-joy-joy relief.  —  First Breitbart/AP dispatch 858am EDT: … Exit strategy hinged on refusal to release privileged White House documents.  (Ed Morrissey and Charles Krauthammer called it.)
Harriet Ellan Miers / Washington Post:
Text of Miers's Letter to President Bush  —  Dear Mr. President:  —  I write to withdraw as a nominee to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.  I have been greatly honored and humbled by the confidence that you have shown in me and have appreciated immensely …
Timothy Williams / New York Times:
Miers Failed to Win Support of Key Senators and Conservatives
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister and Fafblog!
Gail Russell Chaddock / Christian Science Monitor:   Their clout rising, blogs are courted by Washington's elite
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:   Happy Harriet Miers Withdrawal Day, Everyone!
Eric / Myopic Zeal:
Harriet Miers Has Withdrawn Her Nomination
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
The Next Nominee  —  Because the assault from the left on the next nominee is going to be so intense, it makes sense to nominate a judge who has recently been vetted and FBI-checked.  Fairly recent Senate hearings are also a plus, as they will demonstrate the necessary ability to handle the heat that is on the way.
Lexie Verdon / Campaign for the Supreme Court:   Sen. Reid's Reaction  —  Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
Murray Waas /
Cheney, Libby Blocked Papers To Senate Intelligence Panel  —  Vice President Cheney and his chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, overruling advice from some White House political staffers and lawyers, decided to withhold crucial documents from the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2004 …
Noe indicted in Bush money-laundering case  —  A federal grand jury has indicted Tom Noe, the former Maumee coin dealer suspected of laundering money into President Bush's reelection campaign, Mr. Noe's attorney told The Blade today.  —  Jon Richardson said he was called this afternoon and informed of the indictment.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Kevin Aylward / Wizbang:
SENATOR TOM COBURN TALKS PORKBUSTING  —  Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) joined bloggers Glenn Reynolds, Mark Tapscott, NZ Bear, Erick Erickson, Tim Chapman, and myself to to discuss spending, appropriations, and earmarks this afternoon in the wake of last weeks "Bridge To Nowhere" drama.
Denny Hastert /
Welcome to my Blog  —  This is Denny Hastert and welcome to my blog.  This is new to me.  I can't say I'm much of a techie.  I guess you could say my office is teaching the old guy new tricks.  But I'm excited.  This is the future.  And it is a new way for us to get our message out.
Discussion: Wonkette
Ezra Klein / TAPPED:
THE CULT OF PERSONALITY RETURNS.  Over at The National Review, Kathryn Lopez has written the single weirdest response to Harriet Miers' withdrawal that I've yet seen: … Wasn't the whole Miers fiasco, to The National Review, an example of getting a Big Thing wrong?
Los Angeles Times:
White House Plans to Deflect  —  If top aides are indicted in the CIA leak case, the administration strategy is to keep its distance.  —  WASHINGTON — The prosecutor hasn't announced any indictments, but President Bush's aides and their allies in Congress are working on strategies to counter …
Warren Hoge / New York Times:
U.N. to Detail Kickbacks Paid for Iraq's Oil  —  UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 26 - More than 4,500 companies took part in the United Nations oil-for-food program and more than half of them paid illegal surcharges and kickbacks to Saddam Hussein, according to the independent committee investigating the program.
Discussion: Rantingprofs

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