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David Kaspar / Davids Medienkritik:
2005 German National Election: Unexpected Results  —  Surprising Numbers: 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:
David Rising / Associated Press:
Germany's Schroeder Refuses to Concede  —  BERLIN - Exit polls showed conservative challenger Angela Merkel's party leading in German parliamentary elections Sunday but falling short of the majority she needed to form a center-right coalition as the nation's first female chancellor.
No clear winner after German vote  —  Early projections show a tight finish to Germany's election, with both main parties claiming victory.  —  Challenger Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) won only the slimmest of leads, early results suggest.  —  Some predictions give the CDU …
The Latest News on Germany's Parliamentary Elections  —  SPIEGEL ONLINE is reporting live throughout the evening on the latest developments in Germany's chancellor race.  Check back here for up-to-the-minute developments until the election has been called.  —  (11:27 p.m.) According to forecasts by broadcasters ARD:
Returns show that the conservatives …
Split German Vote Has Both Conservatives, Schroeder Claimng Victory
Discussion: MyDD
BBC:   Hung parliament looms in Germany
Bruce Kesler / Democracy Project:
Remember Germany? Remember Afghanistan?
Discussion: protein wisdom and GOP Bloggers
Jay / Stop the ACLU:
Give Us The Memos  —  Certain memos that could very well play an instrumental part in the confirmation process of John Robert's are being concealed from the public.  But we are not talking about the Solicitor General's memos that are protected under a attorney-client type protection.
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Flawless Roberts holding Dems scoreless
Discussion: Ed and Country Store
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Give Us the Memos!
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Roberts's Sterling Showing
Discussion: Power Line and Discriminations
Agence France Presse:
Clinton launches withering attack on Bush on Iraq, Katrina, budget  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - Former US president Bill Clinton sharply criticised George W. Bush for the Iraq War and the handling of Hurricane Katrina, and voiced alarm at the swelling US budget deficit.
Doug Simpson / Associated Press:
New Orleans Mayor Defends Return Plan  —  NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Mayor Ray Nagin defended his plan to return up to 180,000 people to the city within a week and a half despite concerns about the short supply of drinking water and heavily polluted floodwaters.  —  Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad Allen …
Discussion: Reaganites Unite!
Young and female - a brave new face of Afghan politics  —  Declan Walsh in Kabul  —  Among the stony-faced mugshots on posters plastered across election-crazed Kabul, one stands out.  At first glance it looks like an ad for a Bollywood blockbuster: a close-up of a pretty young woman …
Discussion: normblog
Gateway Pundit:   Afghanistan! Making History!
Afghanistan Election Update
Discussion: SoCalPundit
Henry G. Brinton / Washington Post:
Darwin Goes to Church  —  Most adult Sunday school classes don't raise eyebrows, but my church is planning to hold one that's sure to.  It's called "Evolution for Christians," and it will be taught this winter by David Bush, a member of the church I lead, Fairfax Presbyterian.
David Smith / Observer:
How the penguin's life story inspired the US religious right
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.
Glenn Reynolds /
SO THE EARLIER PORK POST — in which various bloggers posted and emailed about pork in their states — looked kind of promising, and N.Z. Bear and I got together to figure out a way to take it up a notch.  —  How are we going to mobilize the blogosphere in support of cuts in wasteful spending to support Katrina relief?
Discussion: Decision '08
Washington Post:
Obeying Orders  —  IN THIS COUNTRY it is not a crime for a journalist to complain — even to complain loudly — about the government's attempts to manipulate the media.  But it is a crime in China, as Shi Tao, a journalist in Hunan, recently discovered.  At a meeting in April 2004 …
Discussion: Roger L. Simon and The Right Coast
Fareed Zakaria / MSNBC:
Leaders Who Won't Choose  —  In Washington, it's business as usual in the face of a national catastrophe.  —  Newsweek  —  Sept. 26, 2005 issue - Adversity builds character," goes the old adage.  Except that in America today we seem to be following the opposite principle.
Discussion: Angry Bear and Secular Blasphemy
Transcript for September 18  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: former President Bill Clinton convenes leaders from around the world to discuss poverty, religion, the environment, and more.  Speakers include King Abdullah of Jordan, British Prime Minister Tony Blair …
A disturbing view from inside FEMA  —  Worker: Decision-makers lack disaster experience  —  Programming note: Watch CNN TV all weekend to help identify and reunite children displaced by Hurricane Katrina with their families.  —  (CNN) — As Hurricane Katrina bore down on the Gulf Coast three weeks ago …

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