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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.
Nancy Benac / Associated Press:
Roberts Repeatedly Dodges Roe V. Wade
Discussion: Right Wing News and Hit and Run
Radio Blogger:
Slow Joe Biden can't tell the difference between the First Amendment and First Base.  —  Baseball comparisons were the theme of the day today in the John Roberts hearings.  After Judge Roberts gave a very even-toned opening statement yesterday, in which he compared a justice's role as that of an umpire …
Confirmation Report  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee has complaints about judges.  For one thing, Republicans on the committee appear to think that "activist judges" are more dangerous to America than terrorism, hurricanes, and chemical weapons.  Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., vigorously condemns the …
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.
La Shawn / La Shawn Barber's Corner:
'I Take Responsibility'  —  Well Mr. Bush, that's a lot …
Discussion: The Shape of Days
Deignan / Info Theory:
Bush Should Resign  —  In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina …
Discussion: damnum absque injuria
Washington Post:
Bush Takes Responsibility for Katrina Failures  —  Bush's Approval Rating Drops To New Low in Wake of Storm  —  President Bush said today he takes responsibility for any government failures in dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and said the disaster exposed "serious problems" …
Bush: 'I take responsibility'  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush took responsibility on Tuesday for any failures in the federal response to Hurricane Katrina and acknowledged the storm exposed serious deficiencies at all levels of government four years after the September 11 attacks.
Discussion: JunkYardBlog
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.
Gateway Pundit:
Iraqis Protest Terrorism as US Routs  —  IRAQI PRESIDENT TALBANI HONORS THE US FOR SACRIFICES IN IRAQ,  —  VIDEO HERE … While US and Iraqi forces decimated the terrorist stronghold near the Syrian border, Iraqis in Tal Afar protested against the terrorists who had been walled up there.
MaryKatharineHam /
Stronger Than You Think You Are  —  I'm hosting the Cotillion this week, so go over and check it out.  There are tons of great 9/11 and Katrina-related posts.  Others who have had the pleasure of hosting this week are TFS Magnum, Portia Rediscovered, and e-Claire.
Discussion: sisu
Claire / e-Claire:
Cotillion Ball — 9/13 Edition
Emily Beal / Portia Rediscovered:   Dancing Queens  —  This week, I have the honor and downright pleasure …
Associated Press:
DeLay associates indicted in investigation  —  AUSTIN - Two associates of U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay were indicted Tuesday on additional felony charges of violating Texas election law and criminal conspiracy to violate election law for their role in the 2002 legislative races.
Jesselee / The Stakeholder:
Conspiracy Indictments for TRMPAC Boys
Discussion: ArchPundit
U.S. Newswire:
Conyers Releases Non-Partisan Congressional Research Service Report on Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Report Confirms that Louisiana Took Necessary and Timely Steps  —  WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 /U.S. Newswire/ — Pursuant to a September 7 request by Representative John Conyers to review …
Discussion: SoCalPundit
John Byrne /   Nonpartisan congressional research report finds Louisiana governor took necessary steps
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Amid Katrina Chaos, Congressman Used National Guard to Visit Home  —  Two Heavy Trucks, Helicopter Were Involved in Lawmaker's Trip at Height of Crisis  —  Sept. 13, 3005 — Amid the chaos and confusion that engulfed New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck, a local congressman used National Guard troops …
Bus Story Debunked?  — claims that it has "debunked" the claim that New Orleans had a huge bus fleet that it could have used to evacuate the poor from the city before Hurricane Katrina hit, but a careful analysis of ThinkProgress's article makes it clear that the Left-wing website has it wrong.
Think Progress:
Right-Wing Myths About Katrina, Debunked
The beauty products from the skin of executed Chinese prisoners  —  · Cosmetics firm targets UK market  ·  —  Lack of regulation puts users at risk  —  A Chinese cosmetics company is using skin harvested from the corpses of executed convicts to develop beauty products for sale in Europe …
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.
James Pinkerton / Tech Central Station:
The MSM Bites Back!  —  Mainstream Media RIP?  Not yet.  Indeed, for now, the headline should read, "Mainstream Media Rips Bush in Wake of Katrina Crisis."  And in fact, the header atop The Boston Phoenix, "Katrina Rips Bush a New One," was far harsher.  —  As Mark Twain might …
Discussion: Power Line and The LLama Butchers
Dennis Prager /
The feminization of society: Judeo-Christian values: part XXII  —  As a result of the repudiation of Judeo-Christian values, we are witnessing the ascendance of the feminine in Western society.  —  There are two reasons for this.  One is the overriding belief in equality …

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