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  Sir George
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Boston Herald
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Captain's Quarters
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Chicago Boyz
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Chris Nolan
  Chris Nolan
Chronicle of Higher Education
  Mark Bauerlein
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  Thomas Lang
  Susan Q. Stranahan
  Bryan Keefer
The Claremont Institute
  Bruce Sanborn
Clayton Cramer's BLOG
  Clayton Cramer
The Corner
  Jonah Goldberg
  John Derbyshire
  John J. Miller
  Jack Fowler
  Tim Graham
  Lambert @Corrente
  Leah A
Crescat Sententia
  Will Baude
Daily Kos
  Damian Penny
  Daniel Drezner
Dean's World
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  EDM Staff
  Ed Driscoll
Electablog* U.S. Ambassador to Cyberspace
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Happy Furry Puppy Story Time with Norbizness
Harry's Place
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The Hill
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Hit and Run
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INDC Journal
  Bill @INDCJournal
  Glenn Reynolds
  Phillip Carter
Ipse Dixit
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  Tom Maguire
Kesher Talk
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Lean Left
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The Left Coaster
  Steve Soto
The Liquid List
  Shawn @LiquidList
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Little Green Footballs
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Los Angeles Times
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Mathew Gross
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Matthew Yglesias
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Michelle Malkin
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New York Times
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No More Mister Nice Blog
  Steve M.
Obsidian Wings
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Oh, That Liberal Media
  Stefan Sharkansky
Opinion Journal
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Outside The Beltway
  James Joyner
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The People's Republic of Seabrook
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The Poor Man
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  Steve Bainbridge
protein wisdom
  Jeff Goldstein
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  Dale Franks
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Roger L. Simon
  Roger L. Simon
Sadly, No!
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  Farhad Manjoo
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  Jan Haugland
Shot In The Dark
  Mitch Berg
The Sideshow
  Avedon Carol
Silent Running
  Country Bumpkin
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  Alisa @SilentRunning
Silflay Hraka
  Fred Clark
  Phillip Carter
a small victory
  Michele Catalano
Southern Appeal
  JD @SouthernAppeal
  Michael DeBow
  Paul @SouthernAppeal
  James Frederick Dwight
The Spoons Experience
  Christopher Kanis
Suburban Guerrilla
  Susan Madrak
t a c i t u s
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  Taegan Goddard
the talking dog
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  Nick Confessore
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  Alexa Baracaia
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Tim Blair
  Tim Blair
  Michelle Malkin
  Robert Novak
Travelling Shoes
  H.D. Miller
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  Jim Henley
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  Jim Lindgren
  Juan Non-Volokh
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  Kevin Drum
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  Alan Cooperman
  Harold Meyerson
Washington Times
  Charles Hurt
Weekly Standard
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White House
Winds of Change.NET
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Wired News
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World O'Crap

Arafat the monster
  By / Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
YASSER ARAFAT died at age 75, lying in bed surrounded by familiar faces. He left this world peacefully, unlike the thousands of victims he sent to early graves.
In a better world, the PLO chief would have met his end on a gallows, hanged for mass murder much as the Nazi chiefs were hanged at Nuremberg.
Joe Gandelman: He's Chiraq. They define themselves by the praise they freely offer regarding Arafat — ignoring things like this. <
Charles Johnson: Arafat the Monster — Jeff Jacoby gets it exactly right: Arafat the monster. YASSER ARAFAT died at age 75, lying in bed surrounded by familiar faces.
Greg Ransom: REMEMBERING THE CHILDREN MURDERED BY ARAFAT. "Bless his soul" says George Bush. "A man of courage" says the President of France.
Jan Haugland: PS: Whatever was the cause of Arafat's death, Jeff Jacoby gives him the obituary he deserves.
Ed Driscoll: Update: Jeff Jacoby looks at Arafat the Monster.
Jeff Goldstein: Only they said it in Hebrew. **** (h/t SVJ) **** update: For a decidedly anti-Carteresque view, try Jeff Jacoby...
Also: McQ, JD @SouthernAppeal, Damian Penny

How Arafat Got Away With It
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
The Soviets, U.S. , EU and other foreign enablers helped this thug stay in power.
It is considered bad form to speak ill of the dead, but I will make an exception for Yasser Arafat, the pathetic embodiment of all that went wrong in the Third World after the demise of the European empires.
Joe Gandelman: Self-Damning Praise — Consider Yasser Arafat's true place in history by those who praise him (i.e. consider the...
Betsy Newmark: Max Boot, who knows something about war (see his book, Savage Wars of Peace), looks at how Yasser Arafat has deceived western leaders and elites for years.
Tom Smith: Off to that great compound in the sky — Arafat is in a better place, and so are we.
Charles Johnson: Max Boot on Arafat — Here's a rare appearance of good sense and clear thinking at the Los Angeles Times, as Max Boot...
Mike Rappaport: Bush and Arafat — Here is an excerpt from the Max Boot piece to which Tom linked.
Bill Hobbs: Here's a 1991 article by Daniel Pipes detailing the PLO's finances. Max Boot speaks ill of the dead. Nobody deserves it more than Arafat.
Also: Glenn Reynolds

Former US President Jimmy Carter calls Arafat a "powerful human symbol"
  AFP   —   Permalink 
MIAMI (AFP) - Former US President Jimmy Carter called Yasser Arafat "a powerful human symbol and forceful advocate" who united Palestinians in their pursuit of a homeland.
"Yasser Arafat's death marks the end of an era and will no doubt be painfully felt by Palestinians throughout the Middle East and elsewhere in the world," Carter said.
Joe Gandelman: Former President Jimmy Carter seemed to brush aside any nit-picking negative tidbits about Arafat (like the innocent...
Christopher Kanis: HISTORY'S GREATEST MONSTER EULOGIZES ARAFAT AFP: [snipped quote] That's all you need to know right there.
Greg Ransom: "A man of courage" says the President of France. "A powerful human symbol" says Jimmy Carter. A powerful human symbol, yes indeed.
Roger L. Simon: The Syrian Defense Minister called Arafat "the son of sixty thousand whores," but Jimmy Carter called him "a powerful...
Captain Ed: Jimmy Carter Eulogizes Terrorist; No One Surprised — To no one's great shock, Jimmy Carter decided to wax eloquent about the world's premier terrorist at his passing.
Bill Hobbs: Arafatwa — Former Lousy President Jimmah Carter has said the following about the recently-dead terrorist Yasser Arafat:...
Also: Charles Johnson

Liberal Groupthink Is Anti-Intellectual
  By / Chronicle of Higher Education   —   Permalink 
Conservatives on college campuses scored a tactical hit when the American Enterprise Institute's magazine published a survey of voter registration among humanities and social-science faculty members several years ago.
Jim Lindgren: Mark Bauerlein, "a professor of English at Emory University and director of research at the National Endowment for...
Jeff Goldstein: All that's missing are the lines for potatoes and toilet paper — Mark Bauerlein, the Chronicle of Higher Education,...
Greg Ransom: THE MESSAGE IS GETTING OUT — a full half of all American's are aware that universities are deeply biased leftist institutions.
Joanne Jacobs: Bubble brains — Groupthink in college faculties is anti-intellectual, writes Max Bauerlein, an Emory English professor, in Chronicle of Higher Education.
Avedon Carol: "Conservatives make up new excuse for why they are basically dumb."
Glenn Reynolds: SOME INTERESTING THOUGHTS on the shocking lack of diversity in higher education, in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Also: Stanley Kurtz

No Vote Necessary
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
John Mica has pulled off a feat many of us would have thought impossible. He has been elected to Congress without ever having his name on the ballot this year. His story says a lot about what has happened to the House of Representatives, the part of the...
John Hawkins: Excerpt Of The Day: The End Of Democracy In The House — In his latest column, David Broder points out, correctly, that...
Glenn Reynolds: GERRYMANDERING IN THE HOUSE: David Broder says it's more of a threat to democracy than many appreciate: [snipped quote] This is a real problem.
Betsy Newmark: Unaccountably for me, I agree with David Broder. Gerrymandering is bad for our country.
Edward _: "Automatically Reinstated in Washington" — Via Instapundit — According to David Broder in the Washington Post, outside...
Steve Bainbridge: Update: More on this topic from David Broder: "Five of Florida's 25 representatives ran unopposed this year, four of them, like Mica, with no primary opponent.

Spanish PM Having Trouble Congratulating Bush
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - World leaders have been flooding President Bush with congratulatory calls since his reelection victory, but at least one — Spain's Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero — appears to be having trouble getting through.
Joe Gandelman: What Does He Expect Department — Spain's Prime Minister is having awful telelphone problems these days, and we wonder...
Taegan Goddard: Bush Snubs Spanish Leader — Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who pulled his country's troops out of...
Mathew Gross: Petulance — Via PoliticalWire: "Bush Snubs Spanish Leader Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who...
FrancoAlemán: "Now, more than a week after the voting, the two leaders still have not hooked up."

Europe Must Adapt to U.S. View on Terror, NATO Chief Says
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 11 - The head of NATO said today that there was a critical "perception gap" between Europe and the United States on the subject of global terror and that Europeans must move closer to the American view of the seriousness of the threat.
Hindrocket: NATO Head Says U.S. Right on Terrorism — NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer told the New York Times today...
Orrin Judd: ONE-WAY BRIDGE: Europe Must Adapt to U.S. View on Terror, NATO Chief Says (WARREN HOGE, Nov. 11, 2004, NY Times) [snipped quote] The Europeans thinking only of themselves?
Stirling Newberry: Mark today on your calender as the day NATO began to die.

Veterans Day, 2004
  White House   —   Permalink 
Americans live in freedom because of our veterans' courage, dedication to duty, and love of country. On Veterans Day, we honor these brave men and women who have served in our Armed Forces and defended our Nation.
Across America, there are more than 25 million veterans.
Bruce Sanborn: Thank You — Today it is fitting to say: [snipped quote] Today it is just to say: thank you.
James Joyner: Veterans Day, 2004 — White House Proclamation: Veterans Day, 2004 [snipped quote] « Hide it
Michele Catalano: See a slideshow of photos from the memorial here. The President's Veteran's Day proclamation History of Veteran's Day
Phillip Carter: President Bush, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs have all published eloquent messages for this Veterans Day.
The Big Trunk: The proclamation issued by President Bush in honor of Veterans Day 2004 succinctly captures the essence.
Dean Esmay: Veteran's Day — Quoted from the White House web site: [snipped quote] Armed Liberal has an inspirational and lengthy missive on what Veterans mean to him.

France's Chirac hails Arafat as man of courage
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac, confirming Yasser Arafat's death, has hailed the Palestinian leader as a man of courage and conviction who embodied the Palestinian struggle for a state.
Steve M.: PARTY OF MORAL VALUES — For praising Arafat, Jacques Chirac deserves death, says prominent right-wing blogger.
Captain Ed: On the other hand, we have Jacques Chirac of France, whose country siphoned millions of dollars in oil-for-food money...
Roger L. Simon: Meanwhile, Jacques Chirac seems to agree with CBS while Power Line is skeptical.
Bill @INDCJournal: All You Need to Know About France ... in one statement: [snipped quote] Courage does not entail stealing billions of...
Christopher Kanis: VERY SUPERSTITIOUS — You know how famous people always seem to die in threes? I have a nomination for number two.
Judith Weiss: Ding dong Part II. (Part I here.) Yassir Arafat: 1929-2004, the bio. Jacques Chirac hails Arafat as man of courage.
Also: Michael J. Totten

On 'Moral Values,' It's Blue in a Landslide
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
FAREWELL to Swift boats and "Shove it!," to Osama's tape and Saddam's missing weapons, to "security moms" and outsourced dads. They've all been sent to history's dustbin faster than Ralph Nader memorabilia was dumped on eBay.
Susan Q. Stranahan: Now, thanks to the wonders of online editions, you can read Rich's latest take on the November 2 election four days ahead of your buddies, and start talking about it now.
Oliver @LiquidList: In the meantime, read Frank Rich's colum today.
Taegan Goddard: Blue States Win on "Moral Values" — Frank Rich says "there's only one problem with the storyline proclaiming that the country swung to the right on cultural issues in 2004.
David Allan Pell: Value-rrific — The latest column from Frank Rich made me think of an important point that I'm not sure is really sinking in.
Kos: Frank Rich nails it — It is Blue Culture which is ascendant: [snipped quote] Indeed, why should we cater to the...

Democrats Vie for Party Chair
  By / ABCNEWS   —   Permalink 
Nov. 11, 2004 - Former presidential candidate Howard Dean — without a public office but with a cadre of enthusiastic supporters and lingering presidential ambitions — has emerged as the highest-profile Democrat to seriously consider running for the party's soon-to-be-open national chair.
Kos: Not that I hadn't considered this before, but I'm glad ABC News writes about a possible Howard Dean/Simon Rosenberg team to head the DNC.
Chris Bowers: DNC Chair Cattle Call, Week One — Update Two: Things seem to be changing so quickly, that most of what I have written is now heavily disputed by this new article.

Advocates for Activated Guard, Reserve Troops Renewing Calls for Pay Relief
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
On this Veterans Day, about 180,000 members of the National Guard and reserves are serving on active military duty. Surveys show that 40 percent of them make less money while mobilized than they earn in their civilian jobs.
Leah A: You can find out here what meager relief this Republican dominated congress, under the leadership of a President so...
Phillip Carter: According to the Washington Post, roughly 40 percent of the reservists now mobilized face a "pay gap", where they make...

New Group to Tout Democrats' Centrist Values
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
As Democrats continue to stagger from last week's election losses, a group of veteran political and policy operatives has started an advocacy group aimed at using moderate Senate Democrats as the front line in a campaign to give the party a more centrist profile.
Ezra Klein: The Department of Redundant Efforts — New group like the old group: [snipped quote] When asked about the Democratic...
Taegan Goddard: The Third Way — A group of veteran political and policy operatives has formed an "advocacy group aimed at using...
Jude Nagurney Camwell: The new Third Way Democrat's movement sounds like a surefire way to kill off newfound excitement among new, young Democratic voters, who are the face of our future.
Rickheller @Centerfield: Update: Greg also blogged a Washington Post article on the group, including some information on how they're ramping up.

World leaders hope that in death Arafat will achieve peace
  AFP   —   Permalink 
PARIS (AFP) - World leaders voiced hope that the death of Yasser Arafat would give fresh impetus to the moribund Middle East peace process, but were divided over the Palestinian leader's legacy.
Betsy Newmark: Kofi Annan seems determined to be more despicable every single day. This is his response to Yasser's passing.
Charles Johnson: No Eulogy for Arafat at LGF — As the world leaders shed crocodile tears... UN Secretary General Kofi Annan praised...
KJL: U.N. FLAGS AT HALF-MAST — Yup: "UN Secretary General Kofi Annan praised Arafat's struggle to win international...

'Groundhog Day' in Iraq
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
I got a brief glimpse of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's news conference on Monday, as the battle for Falluja began. I couldn't help but rub my eyes for a moment and wonder aloud whether I had been transported back in time to some 20 months ago, when the war for Iraq had just started.
Dale Franks: Questions — Thomas Friedman has some important questions to ask.
David Allan Pell: Lay Off, Watch Fox — Thomas Friedman: "Taking in this scene I had very mixed feelings: a fervent hope that victory in...
Jude Nagurney Camwell: One of the best Thomas Friedman columns I've read is in today's NY Times. With clarity, he asks relevant, common-sense questions about the war in Iraq.

State for Palestinians and Peace With Israel Left Unrealized
  NYT   —   Permalink 
RAMALLAH, West Bank, Thursday, Nov. 11 - Yasir Arafat, the Palestinian leader, died early Thursday morning in a Paris hospital, a French military spokesman announced.
Shawn @LiquidList: Politics: Arafat Is Gone — It's the end of an era.
Damian Penny: Update II: an all-too-typical headline in (where else?) the New York Times: "State for Palestinians and Peace With Israel Left Unrealized".
Jack Cluth: Good riddance to just another murderer and thoroughly corrupt leader — Yasser Arafat Dies at 75; No Successor Set...
Kevin Raybould: He has been effectively dead for days now. The only question remains is whether or not his death helps the cause of peace.
Will Baude: Only Death — Yasser Arafat is dead, I think. My friend Zev Berger has a few thoughts.
John Cole: A Chance For Peace? Arafat is dead. Let the pain begin for the bastard, as he roasts slowly in hot flames for all of eternity.

Arafat Gets the Di Treatment
  By / NRO   —   Permalink 
Arab leaders long ago stopped liking or respecting Yasser Arafat, or indeed believing a word he said. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak once referred to him, in the presence of Secretary of State Warren Christopher, as "a son of a dog."
Ed Driscoll: Update: Tom Gross explains the Lady Di treatment that the press is giving Arafat. Update: Jeff Jacoby looks at Arafat the Monster.
Cori Dauber: That's right, a military honor guard. Just what are the criteria for those these days? Update: Ouch.

Latest Conspiracy Theory -- Kerry Won -- Hits the Ether
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
MIAMI, Nov. 10 — The e-mail subject lines couldn't be any bigger and bolder: "Another Stolen Election," "Presidential election was hacked," "Ohio Fraud."
Even as Sen. John F. Kerry's campaign is steadfastly refusing to challenge the results of the...
Thomas Lang: And today we heard from the Washington Post: "Ultimately, none of the most popular theories holds up to close scrutiny."
Damian Penny: The lies won't die — The Washington Post effectively refutes the conspiracy theories which allegedly "prove" John Kerry won the election.
Jon Henke: The WaPo's bit of sanity.... "Ultimately, none of the most popular theories holds up to close scrutiny.

  New York Post   —   Permalink 
VINCENT D'Onofrio, the star of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," passed out while shooting the hit TV series yesterday morning — prompting insiders to gossip that the actor is "losing it."
"Ever since John Kerry lost the election, [D'Onofrio] has lost his [bleep,]" said our on-set insider.
Betsy Newmark: Here is an actor who is passing out, apparently, because of his extreme disappointment in Kerry's defeat.
Jonah Goldberg: OUT OF HIS EDGAR SUIT — From Page Six (link via Drudge): [quote] November 11, 2004 — VINCENT D'Onofrio, the star of "Law &...[end quote]
Ace: As usual, I was wrong: [quote] November 11, 2004 — VINCENT D'Onofrio, the star of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," passed out...[end quote]
PoliPundit: Schadenfreude — Yet another Hollywood actor loses it.

Vatican praises Arafat for Palestinian vision
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
The Vatican has praised Yasser Arafat as a charismatic leader who struggled to win independence for his people, and repeated its support of a sovereign Palestinian state alongside Israel.
Christopher Kanis: THE ANTI-SEMITISM OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH — It's probably not fair to blame senile old JP2 for the vile garbage he...
Andrew Sullivan: THE "ILLUSTRIOUS DECEASED": The Vatican weighs in on Yassir Arafat. They're only slightly less distraught than the BBC.

Bush Nominates His Top Counsel for Justice Post
  NYT   —   Permalink 
A court appointment, senior Republicans said, could have prompted a more intense confirmation fight, especially because some conservatives regard Mr. Gonzales as too moderate on the question of abortion and not sufficiently hardline in opposing affirmative action.
Lambert @Corrente: [quote]So the White House has taken a step back from the red-hot confrontation that Ashcroft embodied, but we don't know how big a step back." (via NY Times) [end quote] Merciful heavens.
Matthew Yglesias: Democracy Promotion Abroad... ...enthusiastic endorsement of torture here at home. All in a day's work at the Oxblog.
Ezra Klein: I understand you might not want to fight this. But did you have to destroy our case before it even got made?
Patrick Belton: TWO THUMBS UP, THOUGH, FOR GONZALES: A Texas migrant worker turned Harvard Law graduate, and a moderate on the bench - I'll be looking forward very much to seeing more of this guy.

Ex-C.I.A. Chief Nets $500,000 on Talk Circuit
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 - George J. Tenet has kept a low public profile since he stepped down as the country's intelligence chief in July. But it turns out that he has had a lot to say.
In the past few months, Mr. Tenet has earned well over $500,000 in speaking fees from about 20 appearances, associates said.
Cori Dauber: I find it interesting that while the Times is kind enough to mention that former CIA chief Tenet's recent speeches have...
James Joyner: Ex-C.I.A. Chief Tenet Nets $500,000 on Talk Circuit — Ex-C.I.A. Chief Nets $500,000 on Talk Circuit [RSS] NYT [snipped quote] That much is a slam dunk.
David Allan Pell: Off the Record ... Sort Of — Picking up bits and pieces from George Tenet's speaking tour.

Hill at Tufts: Use Bible to guide poverty policy
  By / Boston Herald   —   Permalink 
Hillary Clinton got religion yesterday, calling it a mistake for the Democrats not to engage Evangelical Christians on their own turf - essentially ceding the vote to President Bush [related, bio].
Marc Schulman: Hillary Gets Religion — Speaking at Tufts University just outside of Boston, Senator Clinton called it a mistake for...
Glenn Reynolds: And in what probably isn't a coincidence, it looks as if Hillary Clinton is trying to boost the amount of God-talk on the Left.

Call to avenge Arafat 'assassination'
  The Australian   —   Permalink 
THE militant Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades urged militants to attack Israel to avenge the "Zionist assassination" of Yasser Arafat, who died hours earlier in a Paris hospital, said a statement received by AFP today.
Tim Blair: Nice to see his followers embracing Yasser's philosophy of kindness: "The militant Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades urged...
Wind Rider: By the way...cause of death? Wait for it. He was assassinated! It was the JEEEEEEEWS! Oh, right, like you didn't see that one coming.
Damian Penny: This didn't take long — Arafat's been dead barely 24 hours, and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade has already issued a...

Florida E-Vote Fraud? Unlikely
  By / Wired News   —   Permalink 
Since the election, liberal blogs and discussion sites have been raising a ruckus over an analysis of Florida voting results that's been spreading on the internet, which shows President Bush received a much higher number of votes than the number of registered Republicans in many counties.
Jeff Goldstein: MSNBC's hyperventilating partisan hack Keith Olbermann has a third distressing private thought "...screw Occam AND his goddamn razor..."* **** (h/t Glenn)
Glenn Reynolds: WIRED NEWS is pouring still more cold water on vote-fraud claims.

'He's Got Two of 'Em'
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
Well, I just can't stop being happy. I don't mean elated—it's hard to get elated by big history, as opposed to by the birth of a baby, say, or a child's being elected president of the debating club—but I continue to feel relief (the exit poll hives have gone down) and satisfaction (my countrymen, such good sense they have).
Lorie Byrd: Classic Noonan — This is a great article by Peggy Noonan that touches on several of the themes we have written about the past few weeks.
Betsy Newmark: Peggy Noonan is still ecstatic about the election results. I share her happiness.
Steve M.: I imagined cradling it in my arms, protecting it from unsmooth roads... Peggy Noonan focusing a bit, er, lower as she...

'The Rape of Nanking' author is found dead
  Mercury News   —   Permalink 
Iris Chang, the bestselling Bay Area author whose book on Japanese atrocities in China during World War II catapulted her to fame and prominence, was found dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. She was 36.
Ginny @ChicagoBoyz: I assume the suicide comes from all the personal everyday reasons people commit suicide - but in her study, I would have turned from life, too.
Orrin Judd: THE ABYSS STARES ALSO INTO YOU: 'The Rape of Nanking' author is found dead (Jessie Mangaliman, Cecilia Kang and Chuck...

Bork Hearings Resurface as Impediment to Specter
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 - Many liberal women have never forgiven Senator Arlen Specter for his pointed questioning of Prof. Anita F. Hill, whose accusations of sexual harassment against Judge Clarence Thomas, then a Supreme Court nominee, riveted the nation.
Chris Nolan: SpecterVision — This week, over at I'm talking - again - about Sen. Arlen Specter. He's in big trouble.
Taegan Goddard: Specter Gears for Fight — The New York Times notes that conservatives "have never forgiven" Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA)...
Steve M.: So I guess this is the plan: Emboldened by their role in re-electing President Bush, conservatives are making Mr...
John J. Miller: "I'm concerned that it may be," he says in today's New York Times. Read those words again, people: I'm concerned that it may be.

Our Collateral Damage
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
If you watch HBO's "Last Letters Home" — and you should — keep an eye on a particular father of a slain soldier and listen hard. The other parents, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, friends and siblings are occasionally eloquent, always moving and always sad, but this one father is starkly different.
Avedon Carol: "Richard Cohen recommends you watch Last Letters Home on HBO - which, I understand, is being unlocked for viewing by anyone who has cable whether they subscribe to HBO or not."
Cori Dauber: TAKING HONOR AWAY — Post Columnist Richard Cohen writes today about a movie made of loved ones of those killed in Iraq reading their last letters home.
Kevin Raybould: UPDATE: For all his problems, Richard Cohen can be eloquent at times. This is an example of that eloquence.

Loyal to a Fault?
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
There is a great deal to admire about White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales, whom President Bush nominated yesterday to replace John Ashcroft as attorney general.
Kevin Drum: Phil has an abridged version of the argument in Slate today. If you want the read the industrial strength version, it's in the Washington Monthly this month.
Hilzoy @ObsidianWings: Update: Phil Carter has a good article on Gonzales in Slate.

Nominee for Attorney General Rides an Ideological Divide
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 - When Alberto R. Gonzales was 12, he hawked cold sodas at Rice University football games in Houston, his hometown. The son of a migrant worker, he occasionally stole glances at the campus and the students, dreaming, as he recounted in the commencement address there in May, that he might one day be among them.
Sadly @SadlyNo: Setec Astronomy — Apparently, full disclosure isn't spelled Gonzales: [snipped quote] This post is dedicated to the use of extremely obscure references as titles.
David Allan Pell: It's telling that both sides are a bit wary of the selection.

ABC Affiliates Balk at 'Ryan' Airing
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON (Hollywood Reporter) - Fearful of the FCC crackdown on indecent broadcasts, at least 18 ABC affiliates plan to pre-empt the network's unedited broadcast of the film "Saving Private Ryan" at 8 Thursday night.
Norbizness: So do a number of ABC affiliates, including the one in Austin, in deciding not to air Saving Private Ryan tonight.
Jeff Quinton: ABC Affiliates refuse to air Saving Private Ryan — Hollywood Reporter: "Fearful of the FCC (news - web sites)...
Ann Althouse: UPDATE: Here's another version of the same story, noting that 18 ABC affiliates are refusing to carry the film and...

Our Wars
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Showing unusual courage, the Smithsonian has charged onto the controversial battleground of America's wars — and generally done well.
The National Museum of American History exhibition opening today to mark Veterans Day is the first overview of U.S. military history the Smithsonian has ever mounted.
Kevin Drum: The Washington Post has the story.
James Joyner: Smithsonian Opens "Americans at War" Exhibit — Our Wars (Thomas Ricks, WaPo) [snipped quote] Unfortunately, politics seems inextricable from history these days.
Cori Dauber: NEW MUSEUM EXHIBIT — Despite his opening paragraph's temporizing, I'd trust Tom Ricks absolutely. If you can go, go.

History will judge Arafat harshly: Howard
  ABC News   —   Permalink 
Prime Minister John Howard says Yasser Arafat will be remembered as a leader who failed to grasp an opportunity for peace in the Middle East.
Officials have described the Palestinian President as being in the final phase of his life.
Damian Penny: Update: three cheers for John Howard. Update II: an all-too-typical headline in (where else?) the New York Times: "State for Palestinians and Peace With Israel Left Unrealized".
Captain Ed: First, we have John Howard of Australia, whose country has staunchly supported our war on terror and the effort to...

Leaders mark Arafat's passing
  CNN   —   Permalink 
(CNN) — Leaders from around the world have offered condolences in statements marking the passing of Yasser Arafat.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he was "deeply moved" after learning of the Palestinian leader's death.
Colt on November: The reactions have varied. Kofi says he was 'deeply moved' upon learning that the career terrorist had died in his bed.
James Joyner: Leaders mark Arafat's passing (CNN) [quote] Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said: "The recent events could be a historic turning point for the Middle East.[end quote]
Country Bumpkin: Kofi Annan, bless his little cotton socks, demonstrates once again his grip on world affairs: [snipped quote] I fear we will see much of this in coming days.
Betsy Newmark: Reading through these remarks from world leaders is a Rohrschach test of who is serious in fighting terrorism and who is posturing.
Judith Weiss: Kofi Annan is deeply moved. Guys, that kind of tactless simplistic talk will create enemies and alienate potential allies.

Iraqi hostages found in Falluja
  BBC   —   Permalink 
US-led troops involved in fighting against insurgents in the Iraqi city of Falluja have found four imprisoned men believed to be Iraqi hostages.
Three of the men were contractors working for the US military, a US marines spokesman said, and the fourth said he was a taxi driver.
Jan Haugland: Fallujah hostages freed — The US-led forces attacking Fallujah have released four Iraqi hostages who still have their heads on their shoulders.
Captain Ed: Marines Free Hostages In Fallujah — In another demonstration of the need for action, a US Marine Corps contingent freed...

Veterans Day With a Difference
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
When he dreams, it is never of that terrible day in April when he watched a man in an alley in Tikrit, Iraq, press a tiny button on a remote control automobile key and set off an explosion that sent shrapnel into his spinal cord and shattered nearly every bone in his right leg.
Cori Dauber: But, then, that's why the rest of us get beautiful articles like this.
The Big Trunk: The Post's story is "Veterans' Day with a difference" and the Times story is "Honoring our veterans."

3 charged after political debate gets ugly in Apple Valley
  AP   —   Permalink 
Three teens are accused of attacking two classmates in an election-related assault near the school they attended at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley.
The Nov. 4 fight started in a computer room at the School of Environmental Studies with students calling...
Mitch Berg: Curiously, the Strib piece on the subject doesn't mention the allegiance of the alleged attacker, although the PiPress puts it in the headline.
Captain Ed: Oddly enough, however, when i turned to my trusty hometown newspaper for more extended coverage than the AP provided, I...

Political Debate at Minn. School Gets Ugly
  AP   —   Permalink 
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. - Three high school students, one allegedly armed with a bat, were charged with attacking a pro-President Bush classmate after he reportedly said only gays would support Sen. John Kerry .
Mitch Berg: Teach Your Children Well — Young Kerry supporter allegedly attacks Bush-supporting friend with a baseball bat: "Three...
Captain Ed: Minnesota Teen Democrats Take 'Moonbat' Label Seriously — Two days after John Kerry lost to George Bush, three of his...

The media's Barack Obama fever
  By /   —   Permalink 
Here are a few mainstream media rules of thumb: Minority Democrats in public office are inspirational role models. Minority Republicans in public office are embarrassing sellouts.
Minority Democrat politicians are principled. Minority Republican politicians are misguided.
Betsy Newmark: Michelle Malkin contrasts how the media gushes over Barack Obama and dismisses Bobby Jindal. [snipped quote] Exactly so.
SLZoll: Our next guest is the loveless and talent-free Michelle Malkin, whose column this week is about how if the media...

Bush Moves to Privatize Social Security
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Fresh from re-election, President Bush is dusting off an ambitious proposal to overhaul Social Security , a controversial idea that had been shelved because of politics and the administration's focus on tax cuts and terrorism.
Avedon Carol: "If you believe in anything decent, fight this thing like crazy. I do not want to see America's old people left on ice floes."
Fred Clark: Leigh Strope of the Associated Press thinks this is a good idea: [Republicans] say Democrats can no longer criticize...
Bryan Keefer: In an article yesterday, the Associated Press' Leigh Strope makes an elementary — but critical — mistake.
Orrin Judd: BIGGER, FASTER,: Bush Moves to Privatize Social Security (LEIGH STROPE, 11/10/04, Associated Press) "Fresh from...

Statement by the President
  White House   —   Permalink 
The death of Yasser Arafat is a significant moment in Palestinian history. We express our condolences to the Palestinian people. For the Palestinian people, we hope that the future will bring peace and the fulfillment of their aspirations for an independent, democratic Palestine that is at peace with its neighbors.
James Joyner: After several false alarms, it's official this time: Yasir Arafat, Palestinian Leader, Dies at 75 (NYT) Palestinian...
Orrin Judd: YOU THINK SPAIN GOT HARDBALLED...: Statement by the President (November 10, 2004) "The death of Yasser Arafat is a significant moment in Palestinian history.
Judith Weiss: You want to be nuanced, like this: "The death of Yasser Arafat is a significant moment in Palestinian history.
KJL: ARAFAT: PRESIDENT BUSH RESPONDS "http://www.whitehouse.go v/news/releases/2004/11/2 0 041111.html Office of the Press...

Palestinian Leader Arafat Dies at 75
  AP   —   Permalink 
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Yasser Arafat, who triumphantly forced his people's plight into the world spotlight but failed to achieve his lifelong quest for Palestinian statehood, died Thursday at age 75.
Stefan Sharkansky: He quotes the lead from a different version of AP's obituary "Yasser Arafat, who triumphantly forced his people's...
Wind Rider: But, it was so unexpected! Arafat is dead? Really? but they kept saying... Well he is, and he was.
H.D. Miller: Yassir — So Yassir Arafat finally kicked the bucket. Let the pitchforking begin!
Pejman Yousefzadeh: TOO LONG FOR THE WORLD — I won't shed any tears. Yasser Arafat was a failed leader, a corrupt autocrat, a man who preyed on both Israeli and Palestinian lives.
Mathew Gross: Arafat Dies — For real this time. What impact do you think this will have in the Middle East?
Kevin Hayden: Arafat is Dead — And now the struggle begins, not just for the Palestinians, but for the whole of the Muslim Arab world.
Also: Ed Driscoll, Jeff Jarvis

Veteran leader Yasser Arafat dies
  BBC   —   Permalink 
The veteran Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has died in a French hospital, nearly two weeks after being transferred from the West Bank.
The 75-year-old, who dominated Palestinian politics for 40 years, died at 0330 (0230GMT) on Thursday.
Talking Dog: After a sudden illness and two weeks of near death, Palestinian Authority President and P.L.O. Chairman Yasir Arafat died at 75 in a French military hospital.
C. D. Harris: In contrast with the post immediately below this one, which mourns the loss of a good and gentle man before his time,...
KJL: "'MARTYR'" I'd keep an eye on the Beeb, make sure everyone there is ok.
David Carr: He's dead.
Alisa @SilentRunning: PS: I know Kiwi Bob beat me to it, but I thought I'd give you the British version of the event (with a working link, in case you still had doubts).
Orrin Judd: A GREAT DAY IN PALESTINE: Veteran leader Yasser Arafat dies (BBC, 11/11/04) [snipped quote] There will be elections and a recognized Palestinian State by the end of 2005.

Palestinian leader Arafat dies at 75
  CNN   —   Permalink 
PARIS, France (CNN) — Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, 75, the leader who passionately sought a homeland for his people but was seen by many Israelis as a ruthless terrorist and a roadblock to peace, died early Thursday in Paris.
Kevin Drum: The death of Yasser Arafat is certainly a golden opportunity to shift gears and get real about pushing for peace in the...
Captain Ed: See Ya, Yasser — The world's first celebrity terrorist died peacefully today, a fate that he denied thousands of others...
JD @SouthernAppeal: And look at the completely unbiased lede for this CNN obit.
Jan Haugland: Arafat is officially dead — The godfather of terrorism is finally dead, and now it's official. And pretty close to schedule, as expected.
Joe Gandelman: Birth Of A New Jewish Holiday — Arafat After a week of is-he-dead-or-isn't-he plus speculation on where he stashed...
Roger L. Simon: Of course nothing compares with the knowledge that ding, dong, the Wicked Witch is Dead!
Also: David Allan Pell, Gene @HarrysPlace

Reform on the right
  By /   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — The untold story from last week's Republican victory was the ineffectiveness of the left's attacks on right-wing reform. Democrats surprisingly did not launch a national campaign against partial privatization of Social Security.
Jesse Taylor: Reforming Reform — Granting us insight into the Republican "reformer" mind, Robert Novak lets us know the bellwether...
Orrin Judd: MORE: Reform on the right (Robert Novak, November 11, 2004, Townhall) "The untold story from last week's Republican...
Betsy Newmark: This must feel good for Stephen Moore. "Meanwhile, it was a bad election day for EMILY's list, which funds pro-choice female candidates.

Half of BBC staff face the axe
  By / This Is London   —   Permalink 
The BBC is planning to axe as many as 50 per cent of jobs across the board, insiders revealed today.
A raft of cuts is being designed to prove the BBC is giving value for money before a review of its 10-year royal charter in 2006.
Glenn Reynolds: NOT EVERYONE WILL BE SAD ABOUT THIS NEWS: [snipped quote] Payback for the Gilligan affair? Probably not.
Sir George: And then, to cap it all off, it looks like the BBC News is firing a third, yes, a third of their addled, incompetent employees.

Yasir Arafat, Palestinian Leader, Dies at 75
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Yasir Arafat, who died on Thursday in Paris at age 75, was the wily, enigmatic father and leader of Palestinian nationalism for almost 40 years and symbolized his people's longing for a distinct political identity and independent state.
Ed Driscoll: He's Dead, Jim! Yasser Arafat has assumed room temperature.
Stirling Newberry: Why Tell The Truth? Lying is so much more profitable.

Yasser Arafat Dies in France
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, 75, has died in a military hospital near Paris, 13 days after he left his shell-battered compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah for treatment of a still uncertain disorder, Palestinian officials reported.
Daniel Drezner: Open Arafat thread — Feel free to comment on the significance of Yasser Arafat's death here. In particular — is it good for the Palestinians?
David Adesnik: 50 YEARS TOO LATE: Arafat dead.
Charles Paul Freund: Allah Yeghama'lo — "May God bury him even deeper," according to a bitter Levantine curse. Arafat is dead.

A National Party?
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
FROM ALMOST THE MOMENT he was appointed to the United States Senate, Georgia Democrat Zell Miller began to warn his party from the floor and via op-ed that it was allowing its ideology to cripple its appeal. Miller warned Terry McAuliffe and he warned Hillary Clinton.
James Joyner: What Zell Miller Can Teach Republicans — Hugh Hewitt assembles thoughts he's been expressing on his blog (and...
Hugh Hewitt: My latest on the Arlen Specter debate can be found at the "A National Party?"

Troops Secure Much of Fallujah
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
FALLUJAH, Iraq, Nov. 10 — U.S. and Iraqi forces established control over more than 70 percent of Fallujah on Wednesday, U.S. commanders said, and troops described encountering only small pockets of resistance as they pushed through a city that they likened to a ghost town.
Cori Dauber: The Post today, when they have their own reporters up, not AP, is also citing US commanders for their 70% figure.
David Adesnik: The WaPo is now reporting that Coaltion forces have basically taken over the city.
Jim Henley: Fallujah Once, Shame on YOU - To the surprise of people who don't read this weblog — [snipped quote] reports the Washington Post today.

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat Dies
  AP   —   Permalink 
PARIS — Yasser Arafat (search), who triumphantly forced his people's plight into the world spotlight but failed to achieve his lifelong quest for Palestinian statehood, died Thursday at age 75.
He was to the end a man of many mysteries and paradoxes — terrorist, statesman, autocrat and peacemaker.
Ace: Arafat's Condition Improves to Stable But Dead — Good riddance to bad rubbish.
B.C: The Father of Modern Terrorism, Ibn Khanzeerah al Sharmootah, aka Yasshole Araf**k has finally gone to be raped by his 72 well-hung demons for all eternity.

For Arafat, His Life Personified His Dream
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
For virtually his entire adult life, Yasser Arafat had one dream, and he pursued it with such energy and zeal — some would say fanaticism — that he came to personify the dream itself.
The dream was of self-determination and statehood for the Palestinian people, and in the end he did not live to see it.
Tim Graham: Today's Washington Post Arafat history comes with the headline: "A Dreamer Who Forced His Cause Onto World Stage."
Gregory Djerejian: The WaPo appears first out of the gates with a Lee Hockstader obit.

President Nominates Judge Al Gonzales as Next Attorney General
  White House   —   Permalink 
THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. I'm pleased to announce my nomination of Judge Al Gonzales to be the Attorney General of the United States. This is the fifth time I have asked Judge Gonzales to serve his fellow citizens, and I am very grateful he keeps saying "yes."
Hilzoy @ObsidianWings: Here is part of President Bush's statement on nominating Alberto Gonzales to be attorney General: [snipped quote] Alberto...
Orrin Judd: President Nominates Judge Al Gonzales as Next Attorney General (11/10/04) "THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon.

Arafat Mystery: The Hidden Cash
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
JERUSALEM, Nov. 10 - As Yasir Arafat lies dying in Paris, the battle over his legacy involves an unstated but widely acknowledged concern: He personally controls several billion dollars, and no one else knows where it all is.
David Allan Pell: Third, now that he is dead, other Palestinians will be left to search for the billions of dollars that he personally controlled.
Gene @HarrysPlace: Arafat's billions — One of many reasons why the late Yasser Arafat was not worth Barbara Plett's tears— or anyone...

Eyewitness: Defiance amid carnage
  BBC   —   Permalink 
As US forces battle insurgents in streets strewn with rubble and corpses, Iraqi sources question the claims that the US controls much of Falluja. The BBC News website spoke by phone to Fadhil Badrani, a journalist in the city who reports for the BBC World Service in Arabic.
Stirling Newberry: Fallujah — Eyewitness BBC account reports at least 6 US dead and 4 crippled tanks.
Charles Johnson: UPDATE at 11/10/04 6:48:24 pm: Here's another report from Fadhil Badrani: Defiance amid carnage.

Gonzales to Succeed Ashcroft, Sources Say
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - President Bush has chosen White House counsel Alberto Gonzales, a Texas confidant and the most prominent Hispanic in the administration, to succeed Attorney General John Ashcroft , sources close to the White House said Wednesday.
John Hawkins: Misc Commentary For Nov 10, 2004 — "Alberto Gonzales looks to be W's choice to replace John Ashcroft and personally, I think it's a great pick.
Zoe Kentucky: Gonzales is the new Ashcroft, um, I mean Attorney General.
Lorie Byrd: It looks like they are already getting something for their support, although I am sure this is a decision the President...
Steve M.: He also wrote a controversial February 2002 memo in which Bush claimed the right to waive anti-torture law and...
Steve Bainbridge: Bush just went with the conventional wisdom pick: White House counsel Alberto Gonzales. No real surprise there.
Jeralyn Merritt: Update: Looks like the choice is Alberto Gonzales. Now there will be a vacancy in the White House Counsel's office.
Also: James Joyner, Steve Soto, C. D. Harris

Senators Accuse U.N. Leader of Blocking Their Fraud Inquiry
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Leaders of a United States Senate subcommittee investigating allegations of fraud in the oil-for-food program in Iraq have accused Kofi Annan, the United Nations secretary general, of obstructing their inquiry.
Bigwig: It's a corrupt organization. Kofi's all to eager genuflection to Arafat's corpse is nothing more than the respectful bow of a student to the master.
Glenn Reynolds: UNSCAM UPDATE: [snipped quote] (Via Tom Maguire).
KJL: U.S. SENATE VS. U.N. Pressing for Oil-for-Food accountability.
Tom Maguire: UNSCAM Update - A Bipartisan Request For Kofi — From the NY Times: [snipped quote] We note that Judith Miller has the...

No Litmus Test
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
To resolve any concern that I would block pro-life judicial nominees, take a look at my record. I have consistently opposed any litmus test. I have backed that up by voting to confirm pro-life nominees including Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Dale Franks: So much so that he's gone to the Wall Street Journal to declare his willingness to support the president's judicial nominees.
James Joyner: Update (0903): Sen. Specter has the lead editorial in WSJ today, claiming that he was misquoted and citing supportive comments by Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.
Paul @SouthernAppeal: Specter Comes to Own Defense — Arlen Specter has an op-ed on Opinion Journal defending his pro-life credentials.
Deacon: HINDROCKET adds: In this morning's Wall Street Journal, Specter pleads his case effectively: "To resolve any concern...
John J. Miller: The senator's campaign to salvage his chance to head the Senate Judiciary Committee continues today with a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

  New York Post   —   Permalink 
November 10, 2004 — SEN. Zell Miller (D- Ga.) laced into New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd yesterday on the "Imus in the Morning" radio show, saying, "The more Maureen Loud [sic] gets on 'Meet the Press' and writes those col umns, the redder these states get.
Jesse Taylor: Does anyone think that if we look over enough Senate floor transcripts, we'll find Zell Miller trying to play the penis game with Republican senators?
Matt Stoller: It's Miller Time — Zell Miller [snipped quote] Let's break this down.
Hecate: But I'd never call her a high brow hussy from New York City.
Steve M.: However, please tell me I'm not reading too much into this: Miller also suggested "that red-headed woman at the New York...
Ace: Despite the best efforts of six firefighting companies, Zell Miller continues to blaze out of control: [snipped quote] High-brow hussy?
Josh Chafetz: From today's NY Post: [snipped quote] I think Dowd definitely got the better of that exchange.
Also: Radley Balko, KJL

Bush Moves Quickly on Ashcroft Successor
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush is moving swiftly toward naming a successor to Attorney General John Ashcroft, and White House counsel Alberto Gonzales has emerged as the leading candidate for the job.
Jeralyn Merritt: Bush has named him. White House officials say Alberto Gonazales most likely will be the next Attorney General.
Christopher Kanis: GONZALES FOR A.G. This is great news. Gonzales as A.G. lilkely means that he won't be nominated for the Supreme Court anytime soon, as many had anticipated/feared.
Jonah Goldberg: GONZALES — The next AG?
Michelle Malkin: According to this article, White House counsel Alberto Gonzales is the leading candidate to replace John Ashcroft as Attorney General.
Taegan Goddard: Gonzales Tapped for Attorney General — President Bush "is moving swiftly toward naming a successor to Attorney General...

Conspiracy Theories Abound After Bush Victory
  ABCNEWS   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2004 — There were minor voting irregularities on Election Day — long lines, voting machine breakdowns, shortages of provisional ballots — but some people are now leveling charges of voter fraud.
Ace: ABCNews Debunks Paranoid Leftie Ravings About "Stolen Election of 2004" — Shocking, I know, but there's the evidence, right there in black-and-white.
Juan Non-Volokh: ABC News reports that some see these problems as evidence of a conspiracy to "steal" the presidency.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: Call for desperate measures: [snipped quote] I've seen plenty of weblogs that are now trying to foster conspiracy...
Jeanne D'Arc: ABC, the Boston Globe, and Salon all investigate what the Globe calls the "Internet-fueled conspiracy theories" about voting irregularities.
Clayton Cramer: Marks of Fanaticism — It's when you lose the election by 3.5 million votes, even prominent Democrats admit that they...
Orrin Judd: FULL BLUE MOONERS: Conspiracy Theories Abound After Bush Victory: Web Sites, E-mails Conjure Phantom Voters, Invented...

Bush Nominates Gonzales for Attorney General
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
President Bush today nominated his White House counsel and trusted confidant, Alberto R. Gonzales, to be his new attorney general, filling the vacancy left by the retirement of John D. Ashcroft.
Joe Gandelman: Bush's Choice For Attorney General: A Step In The Right Direction — Whether it's meant to be or not, President George...
Zach N: The Washington Post reported today that Alberto R. Gonzales, White House Counsel and one time Texas Supreme Court...
Captain Ed: Bush Picks Gonzalez — George Bush made the first Cabinet-level selection of his second term, nominating Alberto Gonzalez, Jr for Attorney General.
James Joyner: Bush Nominates Gonzales for Attorney General (WaPo) "President Bush today nominated his White House counsel and trusted...

Kerry returns to Hill, Dems ponder strategy
  By / The Hill   —   Permalink 
Top Hill Democrats huddled yesterday to try to devise a strategy to combat President Bush's agenda despite their weakened ranks in Congress.
"Fifty-four-plus million Americans voted for healthcare," Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said yesterday in his first visit to the Hill since losing the presidential race.
James Joyner: Defusing the Nuclear Option — Kevin Drum reacts to Trent Lott's call for eliminating the filibuster option for judicial...
Sam Rosenfeld: Last year, Trent Lott was one of the leading advocates for the "nuclear option" of changing parliamentary rules to...
Kevin Drum: THE NUCLEAR OPTION....Senate Republicans have been muttering recently about invoking the "nuclear option" to stop Democratic filibusters of judges in the Judiciary Committee.

Liberal Christians Challenge 'Values Vote'
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Liberal Christian leaders argued yesterday that the moral values held by most Americans are much broader than the handful of issues emphasized by religious conservatives in the 2004 presidential campaign.
Jack Cluth: So much for the separation of Church and State — Evangelicals Say They Led Charge for GOP Liberal Christians Challenge...
Nick Confessore: Here's an interesting Washington Post article about religious liberals and their plans going ahead.
Atrios: Perhaps America thinks otherwise: Liberal Christian leaders argued yesterday that the moral values held by most...
Steve Soto: As a confirmation to this survey, Zogby did a large sample survey for the Center for American Progress and two other...
David Allan Pell: According to a recent poll by Zogby, those moral values included issues such as the Iraq war and poverty and economic justice.

Who Is Alberto Gonzales?
  ABCNEWS   —   Permalink 
Nov. 10, 2004 — Alberto R. Gonzales, the second of eight children, grew up in a two-bedroom house in Houston, and rose to become one of President Bush's closest advisers, who has followed him from the Texas statehouse to the White House.
Joe Gandelman: So what did Bush accomplish? He picked someone whose life narrative is truly inspirational.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: GONZALES FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL — So much for my thoughts that Larry Thompson would succeed to the position of Attorney General.
Dean Esmay: The new U.S. Attorney General will be Alberto Gonzalez. Gonzalez has several advantages.
James Joyner: Who Is Alberto Gonzales?

Internet buzz on vote fraud is dismissed
  By / Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — As they ricochet around the country on the Internet, the details seem aligned to raise the eyebrows of suspicious Democrats.
President Bush recorded 4,258 votes to Senator John F. Kerry's 260 in one suburb of Columbus, Ohio — where only 638 ballots were cast.
Thomas Lang: Yesterday, the Boston Globe wrote, "Much of the traffic is little more than Internet-fueled conspiracy theories, and...
Taegan Goddard: Buzz on Vote Fraud Debunked — The Boston Globe investigates the various claims floating around the Internet that "have...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: UPDATE Farhad Manjoo also pours cold water on the voter fraud claims, as does this report.
James Frederick Dwight: The Globe's front page today has a treatment of the "internet buzz on vote fraud."

How About a Little Country Twang?
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Listen closely. That silence you hear is the sound of Democrats not recriminating.
We are, to be sure, post-morteming like nobody's business. It could scarcely be otherwise after the most heartbreaking defeat just about any Democrat can recall.
Avedon Carol: Im the WaPo, Harold Meyerson says there's something good goin' down in the Democratic Party: Listen closely.
Orrin Judd: LIPSTICKING THE PIG: How About a Little Country Twang?
EDM Staff: Harold Meyerson Notes Continuing Democratic Unity — An excellent piece by Harold Meyerson in Wednesday's Washington...

Was the election stolen?
  By / Salon   —   Permalink 
Election Day 2004, like all national elections, saw its share of glitches, ineptitude, fraud, and intimidation. The Election Incident Reporting System, a national database of election irregularities compiled by volunteers working with various voting-rights groups, lists 30,000 such incidents for 2004.
Harley: In the interests of mental health, give it a read whenever the siren song of Stolen Election wafts across the waves.
Glenn Reynolds: SALON is pouring cold water on the stolen-election claims emanating from the nuttier sectors of the left.
Mitch Berg: Attention, Moonbats: Christmas Cancelled — According to that right-wing tool Salon, rumors that the election was stolen...
Tom Maguire: Some life - we criticize Krugman when he writes, we criticize him when he doesn't... UPDATE: Can't spell "No sale" without Salon; more debunking here; cold water from Atrios.

Queen is exposed to Highland game
  By / This Is London   —   Permalink 
Having one's picture taken sitting next to the Queen is usually no sniggering matter.
Particularly when it's an official photograph of the battalion in full uniform and Her Majesty is there in her role as commander of the armed forces.
Jack Cluth: Queen is exposed to Highland game Is this a sausage in your kilt…or are you just glad to see me??
John Derbyshire: SCOTS WHA HAE — "Tell me, Sir, is anything worn under the kilt?" "No, Ma'am, everything's just as good as new!"

U.S. Pressed Halliburton in Kuwaiti Deal
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to Kuwait and other senior U.S. officials put pressure on Halliburton (NYSE:HAL - news) to award a contract to a Kuwaiti company suspected of overcharging to bring fuel into Iraq , according to State Department documents released on Wednesday.
Susan Madrak: CROOKS — I guess it depends on what you mean by "values."
Hecate: Pink is the navy blue of India. And Haliburton is the new Enron. Imagine if we had an Attorney General who believed in justice?

Bush attorney general pick is Alberto Gonzales
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WASHINGTON (CNN) — White House counsel Alberto Gonzales is President Bush's pick to replace Attorney General John Ashcroft.
"His sharp intellect and sound judgment have helped shape our policies in the war on terror," Bush said Wednesday afternoon from the White House.
Talking Dog: The ink wasn't even dry on John Ashcroft's long overdue resignation, before the President announced his choice to...
The Poor Man: Making Friends — Bush has nominated Alberto Gonzales to replace John Ashcroft as Attorney General. Yup, that Alberto Gonzales.

Hostage 'Slaughterhouses' Found in Fallujah
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NEAR FALLUJAH, Iraq — Iraqi troops have found "hostage slaughterhouses" in Fallujah (search) where foreign captives were held and killed, the commander of Iraqi forces in the city said Wednesday.
Captain Ed: Cleaning House In Fallujah — The AP reports that Iraqi armed forces have found the houses where terrorists led by Abu...
Charles Johnson: The Holy City of Slaughterhouses — Hostage 'Slaughterhouses' Found in Fallujah.
Jan Haugland: Fallujah house of horrors — US and Iraqi forces fighting in Fallujah have found a "slaughter house" with remains of hostages, film and equipment used by al-Zarqawi's butchers.

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FORGIVE Mindy Evnin if she's not up for cake and candles today. Even if she knows how important this birthday was for her son.
On this day in a Philadelphia tavern, the Continental Congress gave birth to the Marine Corps almost a full year before the Declaration of Independence.
Ace: The New York Post also celebrates the Marines' birthday. Thanks again to ScottK.
Jack Fowler: Our good friend and NR's former Washington Bureau Chief Bill McGurn launches his new weekly New York Post column today...
Paul Jaminet: GOD BLESS THEM IN FALLUJAH: Fortunate Son (William McGurn, NY Post, 11/10/2004; via PowerLine) "America still looks to the Marines to do the job no one else can.
Blackfive: Happy Birthday, Marines! Go get 'em, Devil Dogs!!! Update: Jay B. sends this NYPost article about a Marine Corps Mom.
The Big Trunk: In the New York Post William McGurn tells the exemplary story of one Marine, fallen in Iraq, and of his mother:...

Five Reality Checks For Democrats: Dump Kofi, Moore, Dopes
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Democrats of Manhattan, rise and shine! It's been over a week now. The American people have spoken, and what they said was: They don't want you. The vote is in, the map is more red than blue, that smirking jerk you love to hate is back for four more years.
Orrin Judd: THE RULES: Five Reality Checks For Democrats: Dump Kofi, Moore, Dopes (Tish Durkin, 11/10/04, NY Observer)...
Ace: I've been putting off reading this article all day, and now I regret doing so: "Democrats of Manhattan, rise and shine!

Judiciary panel seen as tinderbox
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Republicans and Democrats are bracing for what they say could be the most bitter partisan fight in more than 25 years on the Senate Judiciary Committee, already the scene of some of the Senate's most acrimonious showdowns and stalemates.
Eugene Oregon: I didn't - especially regarding judicial nominations [snipped quote] I also like the Washington Times' analysis of the issue of the filibuster [snipped quote] Several?
Hugh Hewitt: Charles Hurt's Washington Times' piece this morning is a warning to conservatives that the Specter debate is playing right into Democratic hands.
Michael DeBow: A Cornyn staffer's description of the short term future of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Rebel Fighters Who Fled Attack May Now Be Active Elsewhere
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BAGHDAD, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 10 - Insurgent leaders in Falluja probably fled before the American-led offensive and may be coordinating attacks in Iraq that have left scores dead over the past few days, according to American military officials here.
Kos: And regardless of whatever "gains" the US may be making in Falluja, we are still losing control in other parts of the country.
Kevin Raybould: A Famous Victory — It seems that the leaders of the Fallujah resistance have left the city and are coordinating attacks...
Kevin Hayden: A Criminal Disregard for Life — After vigorous faith-based invocations of God by military commanders trying to bolster...
Cori Dauber: The final front page article provided by the Times really offers no new information, but seeks only to undermine the importance of the battle.

Do You Hear Sleigh Bells? Nah, Just Tom Hanks and Some Train
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Based on the 32-page children's book by Chris Van Allsburg, the new animated feature "The Polar Express" has already received attention for the advanced technology employed to make the film and the heart-skipping amount of money reportedly spent to transpose the story from page to screen.
Jeff Jarvis: Meet Scrooge: In the NY Times, unknown critic Manohla Dargis tries to show off in a most obnoxious way about a children's movie (my emphasis added): [snipped quote] Oh, come on.
Ann Althouse: From Manohla Dargis's review of "Polar Express": "creepily unlifelike beings vacuum-sealed simulacrum of the world Hitler's Nuremberg rally entrances airborne scrotum"

US find Fallujah 'slaughterhouses'
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Iraqi troops involved in the assault on Fallujah have found houses in Iraq where hostages had been held and killed by kidnappers.
Major-General Abdul-Qader Jassim, the provincial military governor said: "We have found hostage slaughterhouses in Fallujah that were used by these people and the black clothing that they used to wear to identify themselves."
Brian Micklethwait: Should we spell it Falluja or Falujah?
Marcus @HarrysPlace: Presumably this sort of thing - evidence of which is coming to light after raids in Fallujah - is considered above board and defensible in Roy's world.