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E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Case For a 'No' Vote on Roberts  —  "Where are you?"  —  That was the question Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) almost plaintively posed to Judge John Roberts as the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings neared their conclusion.  It is the right question.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Roberts's Sterling Showing  —  The question of whether Judge John Roberts is qualified to be chief justice of the United States has been rendered moot by his performance in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings.  He is so obviously — ridiculously — well-equipped to lead government's third branch …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Supreme Court Endorsement And Manuevers  —  There are several fascinating — and significant — developments on the Supreme Court nominee(s) front where Chief Justice nominee John Roberts has received an endorsement from a major newspaper and a solid GOP website gives some inside info on the internal battles over the next court nominee.
Washington Post:
Confirm John Roberts  —  JOHN G. ROBERTS JR. should be confirmed as chief justice of the United States.  He is overwhelmingly well-qualified, possesses an unusually keen legal mind and practices a collegiality of the type an effective chief justice must have.  He shows every sign of commitment to restraint and impartiality.
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
The Prediction Stands …
Discussion: Big Lizards
Christopher Hitchens / Telegraph:
'Galloway is a hot, blustering bully - but I'm staying on his case until the very end'  —  The experience of spending some hours on a public platform with George Galloway is disappointingly similar to the experience of watching him on al Jazeera, or on Syrian state television.
The big showdown  —  New Yorkers queued around the block to see two British political heavyweights - writer Christopher Hitchens and MP George Galloway - square up over the war in Iraq.  Andrew Anthony flew to america to take them both on...  Outside the Mason Hall in Gramercy Park …
Discussion: Kesher Talk and Clive Davis
Norm / normblog:   New York bust-up  —  Late last night I got round to listening …
Robert Mayer / Publius Pundit:
MILLIONS OF AFGHANS HEAD TO THE POLLS  —  "I am very confident [that] on the 19th of September, the day after the elections here, we are all going to wake up and realize that the heroes of Afghanistan were the people that went out and cast their vote for their own future."
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Gateway Pundit:
Afghanistan!  Making History!  —  The Polling Places Are Now Open!  —  * Record turnout is expected in spite of the threats and violence  —  * There have been attacks on soldiers on Saturday  —  * 20 terrorists were arrested planning to kill thousands with a dam explosion
Discussion: normblog
CALIFORNIA YANKEE:   Afghanistan Election Update
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Flawless Roberts holding Dems scoreless  —  Ever since prolonged attendance at "the world's greatest deliberative body" during the Clinton impeachment trial, my general line on the U.S. Senate has been to commend the example of New Zealand: They had a Senate, and they abolished it.
Discussion: Country Store
Washington Post:
Lack of Cohesion Bedevils Recovery  —  Red Tape, Lapses in Planning Stall Relief  —  Three weeks after Hurricane Katrina struck, red tape and poor planning have left thousands of evacuees without basic services, according to local and state officials, public policy experts and survivors themselves.
Bloated and biased BBC  —  I PROBABLY shouldn't be telling you this," chuckled media mogul Rupert Murdoch, before revealing to a seminar audience how Tony Blair had reacted to BBC coverage of the US flood disaster: "He said it was just full of hatred of America and gloating at our troubles.
Discussion: Biased BBC
Blair attacks BBC for 'anti-US bias'
Discussion: BuzzMachine and Abracadabrah
David Kaspar / Davids Medienkritik:
2005 German National Election: Shock Preliminary Results  —  Totally Unexpected Results: CDU/CSU Much Lower - FDP Much Higher Than Expected  —  Here are the initial preliminary results from today's election as reported in the German media.  These results can still fluctuate, they are not final and official:
Discussion: Shot In The Dark and Clive Davis
The Road to the Chancellery in Brief
Tyler / T. Longren:
No More N.O. Occupation!  —  Cindy Sheehan is back, and stupider than ever.  I read about this a little bit yesterday before I unplugged myself for the day. … Did ya read that?  Pretty retarded huh?  I just can't believe she's still out there being the huge attention whore she is.
Palestinian Terrorists Pour Tens of Millions into a New Arms Stockpile  —  DEBKAfile Exclusive Report  —  The list obtained by DEBKAfile's exclusive military and intelligence sources, contains -  —  1. 3,000 automatic rifles.  The new supply, most of which is destined for Hamas …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   An 'Irregularity' On Flight 17 (Update: Nothing But Us Birds)
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Able Danger: Closed Hearings?  —  AJ Strata notes that the Senate Judiciary Committee has come under pressure from the Pentagon to close its Able Danger hearings to the public, just when it has finally acknowledged finding three additional witnesses that corroborate the identification …
Discussion: Abracadabrah and The Strata-Sphere
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
Able Danger, The Cole Too, 09/17/05
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Military May Play Bigger Relief Role  —  President Bush's push to give the military a bigger role in responding to major disasters like Hurricane Katrina could lead to a loosening of legal limits on the use of federal troops on U.S. soil.  —  Pentagon officials are reviewing that possibility …
Rita Beamish / Associated Press:
Money Earmarked for Evacuation Redirected  —  As far back as eight years ago, Congress ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop a plan for evacuating New Orleans during a massive hurricane, but the money instead went to studying the causeway bridge that spans the city's Lake Pontchartrain, officials say.

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