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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Hearings Tempest Downgraded to Topical Storm  —  Hurricane Katrina is having a gale-force impact on the John Roberts confirmation hearings.  —  When the Senate hearings begin this morning, the cable news networks plan to dip in and out after carrying some opening statements.
Washington Post:
Senate To Start Roberts Hearings  —  Nominee's Views Could Shape Court for Years  —  The Senate convenes the first confirmation hearing for a chief justice nominee in nearly two decades today, starting a week of admonitions and questions for John G. Roberts Jr. certain to probe deeply …
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Welcome to the Roberts Confirmation Hearings  —  12:50 - Senator Grassley says that Roberts appears to be extremely well qualified, and is impressed with his view of the "limited role" of the courts.  He is the first to say he wants to ask Roberts about his responsibilities as head of the federal judiciary …
Associated Press:
Senate Panel Begins Hearings to Decide on Nomination of Roberts
Discussion: ACSBlog
Robert Novak /
Replacing O'Connor Could Get Ugly  —  WASHINGTON — With Senate confirmation of Judge John G. Roberts Jr. as chief justice virtually assured, the struggle for the Supreme Court returns to replacing retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.  The belief in legal and political circles is that President Bush …
Ronald Brownstein / Los Angeles Times:
To Fill O'Connor's Shoes, Bush Might Want to Cross the Aisle
Article III Groupie / Underneath Their Robes:
Breaking News: Clerkly Clues to the Justices' Plans!
Discussion: ACSBlog
Deacon / Power Line:
YEARNING FOR A CARTERESQUE WAR ON TERROR  —  The only thing worse than an MSM piece that's plainly devoid of analysis is an MSM piece that contains its illusion.  A case in point is this shockingly bad article by Newsweek's Michael Hirsh that appeared in today's Washington Post.
Discussion: Pandagon, Daily Pundit and Dean's World
Gaijinbiker / Riding Sun:
The amazing success of George W. Bush
Michael Hirsh / Washington Post:
9/11 — and Counting
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan and INTEL DUMP
Associated Press:
NBC's Williams: Journalists' gloves off  —  NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's Brian Williams says the lasting legacy of Hurricane Katrina for journalists may be the end of an unusual four-year period of deference to people in power.  —  There were so many angry, even incredulous …
Oliver Willis:   NBC's Anchor Admits They've Been Deferring To Bush
Lamia Lahoud / Jerusalem Post:
Rajoub: PA to fight terror only if IDF pulls back more  —  The Palestinian Authority will take all necessary steps to fight terror in Gaza provided Israel withdraws completely and gives hope there will be negotiations over a Palestinian state and more pullbacks from the West Bank …
Associated Press:
PA bulldozers begin razing remaining Gaza synagogues
Triumphant England reclaim Ashes  —  Fifth Test, The Oval:  —  England 373 & 335 drew with Australia 367 & 4-0  —  England win the Ashes 2-1  —  Full scorecard  —  Kevin Pietersen smashed his first ever Test century to earn the draw that gave England a 2-1 series win and the Ashes for the first time since 1987.
Discussion: and Crooked Timber
National Review:
This Is "Tackling Extremism"?  —  After the 7/7 bombing attacks by Islamo-fascists that killed scores of Londoners, British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced with great fanfare that he would create a Home Office task force of committees to "tackle extremism."
Melanie / Melanie Phillips's Diary:
The monster in Britain's midst
Discussion: USS Neverdock
Steve Clemons:
"Freedom Walk" Not So Free  —  John Smith, an employee of the U.S. Department of Commerce, arrived at work last week, and he and all other of his fellow department colleagues had a voice mail from Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez.  —  The voice mail went something like this:
Fox News:
Bush Supporters Question Iraq War Tactics  —  WASHINGTON — When President Bush (search) meets with his Iraqi counterpart at the White House on Tuesday, the administration and its supporters are sure to extol the virtues and the wisdom of the American role in rebuilding Iraq.
Sadie /
RINOs Without A Hero?  —  Inspired by Vanity Fair by William Makepiece Thackeray (LONDON, June 28, 1848)  —  As the Commissar of the RINOs sits before the curtain on the boards and gazes into the political arena, a feeling of profound melancholy washes over his haggard and weary face.
Discussion: Argghhh!
Mark Hosenball / Newsweek:
Iraq: Planning For Pullout  —  Sept. 19, 2005 issue - Analysts at the Defense Intelligence Agency have begun war-gaming scenarios for what might happen in Iraq if U.S. force levels were cut back or eliminated, say counterterrorism and defense sources.  The officials, who asked not to be named …
Bbmoe / Quid Nimis:
Carnival of the Revolutions  —  Submissions from bloggers around the globe concerning Freedom and Democracy and all that good stuff.  —  Introduction  —  A common theme that runs through many posts about democracy's progress, or lack there of, is the freedom of the press.
Discussion: Armies of Liberation
Brett Martel / Associated Press:
Hopelessness Begins to Lift in New Orleans  —  NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Though 50 percent of New Orleans remains flooded and teams are still working to recover the dead, there are signs that hopelessness is beginning to lift two weeks after Hurricane Katrina plowed ashore.
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Bush Denies Racial Component to Response  —  NEW ORLEANS — President Bush denied Monday there was any racial component to people being left behind after Hurricane Katrina, despite suggestions from some critics that the response would have been quicker if so many of the victims hadn't been poor and black.

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