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Washington Times:
DeLay declares 'victory' in war on budget fat  —  House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said yesterday that Republicans have done so well in cutting spending that he declared an "ongoing victory," and said there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget.  —  Mr. DeLay was defending …
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Conservatism, R.I.P.  —  We've all heard rumors that conservatism …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Steve Soto / The Left Coaster:   The Smoking Gun: Memo Shows Chertoff Didn't Act For 36 Hours Even With Authority To Go Around State Officials
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Last night we noted the new Knight-Ridder article which shows …
Discussion: QandO
Michelle Malkin /
Monumental surrender  —  I am not an architect, but here is my 9/11 architectural philosophy: War memorials should memorialize war.  If you want peace and understanding and healing and good will toward all, go build Kabbalah centers.  —  Please, for the sake of those who have sacrificed …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
The Point Of War Monuments
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The Issue Senators Dare Not Speak of by Name  —  Of the many questions to emerge during this morning's confirmation hearing for John G. Roberts Jr., two clearly stood out: Who is Stare Decisis?  And what does Roberts think of her?  —  Thirty-four times this morning, the senators …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
As Questioning Begins, Euphemisms Abound
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Sounding Less Conservative but Still Noncommittal
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
F.A.A. Alerted on Qaeda in '98, 9/11 Panel Said  —  WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 - American aviation officials were warned as early as 1998 that Al Qaeda could "seek to hijack a commercial jet and slam it into a U.S. landmark," according to previously secret portions of a report prepared last year by the Sept. 11 commission.
Discussion: Donklephant
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Before getting to the meat of this post, let me stipulate that there are some cases where restoring critical infrastructure after a natural disaster is more important than restoring power to civilian neighborhoods, hospitals or even possibly saving lives.  —  That said, this seems awfully odd.
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
The Roberts Hearings, Day Three  —  11:10 - Fifteen minute break.  —  11:09 - Kennedy raises affirmative action.  He asks about the weight Roberts would give to a brief filed by military officers.  Roberts says it is relevant to whether there is a "compelling governmental interest."
Discussion: Stop the ACLU and MSNBC
Washington Post:
Taxes and Transportation Top Va. Debate  —  Gubernatorial Forums Spark Name-Calling, Accusations  —  Virginia's candidates for governor engaged in an afternoon of face-to-face recriminations on tax and transportation issues yesterday, clashing during two debates in Fairfax County …
The First 'Great' Debate in Virginia
Discussion: MyDD and Swing State Project
Honest Reporting:
Synagogue Desecrations  —  Media outlets rationalize the burning of sacred Jewish sites in Gaza  —  Mere hours after Israel completed its historic withdrawal from Gaza on Sunday (Sept. 11), Palestinian mobs descended on former Jewish settlements, desecrating their synagogues by burning them to the ground and looting anything left.
The Anchoress:
Press ignores Talabani's grateful praise  —  "In the name of Iraqi people, I say to you, Mr. President, and to the glorious American people, thank you, thank you.  Thank you, because you liberated us from the worst kind of dictatorship."  —  "Mr. President, you are a visionary, great statesman.
Discussion: MaxedOutMama, Power Line and Dr. Sanity
Jay DeFoore / Editor and Publisher: To Launch Premium Service Next Monday: Will Fans Pay for Famed Columnists?  —  NEW YORK Come Monday, Sept. 19, fans of New York Times columnists Maureen Dowd, Paul Krugman, and David Brooks will have to break out their credit cards.  Sept. 19 is the launch date of TimesSelect …
Rex /
Trial Of The Century: Keillor V.  —  A couple weeks ago, this website received, via the appropriately old-fashioned U.S. Postal Service, a cease and desist letter from Garrison Keillor's attorney.  Click inside to read the letter and the unfinished saga of the humorless crank.
USA Today:
Governors handle crisis in own ways  —  In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco has prayed for the dead, comforted the living and defended her leadership after an abrupt emergence onto the national stage.  —  How does she cope?
Bigwig / Silflay Hraka:
The Carnival Of The Vanities Turns Three  —  The 156th edition of the Carnival of the Vanities is hosted  Three years ago today, give or take a week or so, the CoTV—and the idea of blog carnivals itself, was born.  As with so many blog inventions, its genesis is owed …
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Whose Victory, Exactly?  —  Last week my son's elementary school raised several thousand dollars for hurricane victims by washing cars.  My other son's preschool announced without fuss that a boy from New Orleans would be joining the class.  My employer is organizing help …
David Burge / iowahawk:
EVERY LITTLE BIT HURTS  —  Iowahawk Special Guest Commentary  —  by Joshua Markos Mikos Atrios  —  For the Angels of Indignation  —  Two weeks ago, millions of Americans watched in horror as the city of New Orleans was savaged by the relentless, pollution-fueled fury of Hurricane Katrina.
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 …

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