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Andrew / Confirm Them:
Not an Encouraging Morning  —  I've looked over the transcript for today's morning session, and can make a few comments.  For me, the answers from Judge Roberts were not encouraging.  —  First of all, I thought that Senator Hatch's questioning was excellent.  Hatch pointed out that precedent is weakest in constitutional cases.
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.
Claire / e-Claire:
Cotillion Ball — 9/13 Edition  —  This has been an extraordinarily eventful week.  Katrina has brought echos of the trauma of 9/11, and the anniversary of 9/11 has brought another dimension to the response to Katrina.  —  Our Cotillion Ball members have covered many aspects of the week in thoughtful and evocative ways.
MaryKatharineHam /
Stronger Than You Think You Are  —  I'm hosting the Cotillion …
Discussion: sisu
Emily Beal / Portia Rediscovered:   Dancing Queens  —  This week, I have the honor and downright pleasure …
Zendo Deb / TFS Magnum:
Heroes: Everyday and Extraordinary People
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.
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
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" …
Discussion: AMERICAblog, Don Surber and Demagogue
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.
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
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 and Daily Pundit
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 …
Austin Bay Blog:
Katrina: Is it all about Cooper?  —  Powerline has a superb post on Anderson Cooper's CNN Katrina theatrics.  The powerline post indicates Cooper has done two things: he's cast himself in the role of moral arbiter- because he saw a dead body in New Orleans, and -because of his "rage"- made the story about him.
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 …
Discussion: Hugh Hewitt
Paper: Internal docs show feds 'bungled' Katrina response  —  RAW STORY  —  As the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency stepped down yesterday, government documents surfaced showing that vital resources, such as buses and environmental health specialists …
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
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 …
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
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 …

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