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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A Day of Firsts, Overshadowed  —  Yesterday's opening of the John Roberts confirmation hearings was a time for historic firsts.  —  Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) made 49 first-person references in a 10-minute statement that was, ostensibly, not about himself.
Charles Lane / Washington Post:   Nominee's Rulings Lean Right
Washington Post:
'Judges Are Not Politicians,' Roberts Says
Discussion: Left in the West
Guy Taylor / Washington Times:
'Ginsburg standard' pits parties
The last post  —  Here we go - as foreshadowed a few week ago, it's the time to say good-bye.  —  I'm not one for making speeches (at least not for myself), so let me just say: thank you.  Thank you for all your support and encouragement, for reading and linking to my stuff, and for coming back.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Arthur Chrenkoff / Opinion Journal:
Taking My Leave  —  A roundup of the past two weeks' good news from Iraq.  —  It has been almost a year and a half since I first started compiling the often under-reported and overlooked stories of positive developments in Iraq and, later, Afghanistan.  Now I must say goodbye.
California Conservative:
Chrenkoff'S "Last Post"  —  The blogosphere feels a great loss this morning.
Discussion: Dadmanly
Gateway Pundit:
Gaza a Ga-Ga!  —  PALESTINIANS CELEBRATE JEWISH WITHDRAWAL FROM GAZA,  —  Palestinian officials struggle to gain control over the chaos in Gaza.  —  Leader of the Islamic militant group Islamic Jihad, Nafez Azzam, second from right, and other unidentified representatives of his group …
Discussion: Power Line
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The 20 Most Obnoxious Hurricane Katrina Quotes  —  "You 60 million losers who voted for this loser open YOUR wallets.  This president declared war on the poor long ago, and while some of us cared enough to vote for someone who gave a d@mn, you buried your heads in the sand …
Matt Margolis / Blogs for Bush:
Roberts Hearings: Live Blogging Day 2  —  most recent updates on top...  UPDATE, 11:24 AM EDT: Housing... Voting rights... Accuses Roberts of "not fully appreciate" the problem of discrimination in our country... Roberts agrees voting is "a fundamental right."
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
The Roberts Hearings, Day Two  —  10:20 - Kennedy confronts Roberts …
Discussion: Associated Press and Stop the ACLU
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner on National Review Online:
ASSESSING TEN YEARS  —  Andrew Ferguson wrote that political power had compromised conservatism's intellectual standards; Powerline criticized him; now Ross Douthat is defending him (with a bit more heat than I've come to expect from Douthat).  Being in the middle of a blogfight is probably …
Discussion: The American Scene
David W. Moore / Gallup:
Katrina third most closely followed news event after 9/11, Iraq War  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Most Americans were not impressed with the initial response to Hurricane Katrina, but according to the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup survey, majorities of Americans now say that the people and officials involved …
Doug Struck / Washington Post:
45 Bodies Found In La. Hospital  —  Bush Visits New Orleans and Defends Federal Response; FEMA Chief Quits  —  NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 12 — The bodies of 45 patients left in a hasty evacuation were recovered from a New Orleans hospital, officials said Monday, as the city braced for the scenes left by the receding waters.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
George Galloway Is Gruesome, Not Gorgeous  —  Now, watch me debate him.  —  My old friend and frequent critic Geoffrey Wheatcroft once tried to define a moment of perfect contentment and came up with the idea of opening a vintage wine while settling down to read an undiscovered work by P.G. Wodehouse.
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
End of the Bush Era  —  The Bush Era is over.  The sooner politicians in both parties realize that, the better for them — and the country.  —  Recent months, and especially the past two weeks, have brought home to a steadily growing majority of Americans the truth that President Bush's government doesn't work.
Andrew North / BBC:
Karzai urges terror fight rethink  —  Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the US and other international forces need to reconsider their approach to bringing peace to Afghanistan.  —  Violence largely blamed on the Taleban has claimed at least 1,000 lives this year - the worst toll since 2001.
Discussion: In the Bullpen
Jim VandeHei / Washington Post:
Talabani Says Iraqis Could Replace Many U.S. Troops  —  President's Claim About Major American Withdrawal by Year's End Conflicts With White House Position  —  Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said in an interview yesterday that the United States could withdraw as many as 50,000 troops by the end of the year …
Israeli evades arrest at Heathrow over army war crime allegations  —  · Retired general tipped off after judge issues warrant  —  · Ex-commander accused of demolishing Gaza homes  —  Vikram Dodd and Conal Urquhart in Tel Aviv  —  Scotland Yard was thwarted yesterday …
Deacon / Power Line:
NO ANALYSIS DAMMIT, WE'RE THE MSM  —  Michael Kinsley has blown the whistle on his former employer, CNN.  As reported by Drudge, Kinsley says that the network is coaching guests to "get angry" when they go on the air to discuss Hurricane Katrina.  Kinsley bases this accusation on the experience …
Discussion: Austin Bay Blog
James Taranto / Opinion Journal:
Best of the Web  —  Ship of Fools  —  As we've heard ad nauseam the past couple of weeks, the Katrina disaster raises serious questions about race in America.  Just how serious became clear Saturday afternoon, when Fox News Channel's Alicia Acuna conducted a live interview with a frustrated …
Discussion: baldilocks and Michael Williams

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Gloria Steinem / Guardian:
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Discussion: normblog
Bull Moose:
One Down, One to Go  —  The Moose pleads with the President …
Discussion: TAPPED
Oil prices steady as energy demand cools
Discussion: OxBlog
Sam Coates / Washington Post:
The Costly Price of Facing a Grand Jury
Mr. Snitch / Mister Snitch!:
Here comes the story of the Hurricane
White House:
President Visits School in Gulfport, Mississippi

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NYT's Brooks revealed that "from Day One," …
Houston Chronicle:
FEMA says debit card distribution at Reliant Park complete
Fox News:
FEMA Chief Brown Resigns
Discussion: TAPPED and Iowa Voice
Republican Talking-Points FAQ
Washington Post:
A Major Test for FEMA And Its Contracting Crew
Michael J. Totten:
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Sharon Bernstein / Los Angeles Times:
Large Portion of Los Angeles Loses Power
Mark Steyn / Telegraph:
Bush kept his head and the danger's passed
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