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Jesse J. Holland / Associated Press:
Democrats Prod Roberts on Abortion Stance  —  WASHINGTON - Supreme Court nominee John Roberts jousted with Democratic senators Tuesday at his confirmation hearing to be chief justice, dodging their attempts to pin down his opinions on abortion, voting rights and other legal issues.
Matt Margolis / Blogs for Bush:
Roberts Hearings: Live Blogging Day 2  —  most recent updates on top...  UPDATE, 03:47 PM EDT: Finstein is up... the self-proclaimed spokeswoman for all women... So, we've probably got 30 minutes ahead of us "discussion" on Roe v. Wade and women's issues....  UPDATE, 03:45 PM EDT: Official Transcript of Kyl's Questioning...
Andrew / Confirm Them:
Not an Encouraging Morning
Discussion: NewsBlog
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
As Battlefield Shrinks, Democrats Mute Their Attacks  —  The first day of confirmation hearings for Judge John G. Roberts Jr. to become the 17th chief justice of the United States proved to be a tepid opening to what once was billed as a battle of monumental proportions between left and right.
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Bush Takes Responsibility for Blunders  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush said Tuesday that "I take responsibility" for failures in dealing with Hurricane Katrina and said the disaster raised broader questions about the government's ability to respond to natural disasters as well as terror attacks.
Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
Write For Your Life  —  Most everyone knows someone who has intentionally endured a slight or injustice to demonstrate, to all the world, that they are indeed the aggrieved party.  We have heard them describe the elaborate fantasies: 'then everyone will see' ... 'it will be undeniable that I' …
Discussion: neo-neocon and Mere Rhetoric
George F. Will / Washington Post:
A Poverty of Thought  —  It took exactly one month — until the president's prime-time news conference of Oct. 11, 2001 — to refute the notion that Sept. 11 "changed everything."  When a reporter said, "You haven't called for any sacrifices from the American people," he replied, "Well …
The MinuteMan / JustOneMinute:
Recapping Gretna  —  Gretna, a working class community connected to New Orleans by a bridge across the Mississippi, briefly caught the attention of the media and blogosphere last week.  Now, Chris Matthews is back with it, but we have also found a conflicting eye-witness version.
Discussion: QandO
White House:
President Welcomes President Talabani of Iraq to the White House  —  PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you all.  It's an honor to welcome the first democratically elected President of Iraq to the White House.  I'm proud to stand with a brave leader of the Iraqi people, a friend of the United States, and a testament to the power of human freedom.
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.
Cecilia M. Vega / San Francisco Chronicle:
As bodies recovered, reporters are told 'no photos, no stories'  —  New Orleans — A long caravan of white vans led by an Army humvee rolled Monday through New Orleans' Bywater district, a poor, mostly black neighborhood, northeast of the French Quarter.  —  Recovery team members wearing …
Discussion: The Left Coaster
Right Wing Nut House:
CARNIVAL OF THE CLUELESS #13  —  The Carnival is back!  —  GLENN REYNOLDS SAYS "DON'T MISS IT!" … (Ben Hur: 1959)  —  It may surprise you to learn that the #1 best selling work of fiction in the history of the United States - at least as far as a percentage of contemporary population …
Discussion: Brainster's Blog
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 …
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.
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 …
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.

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