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Washington Post:
President Struggles to Regain His Pre-Hurricane Swagger  —  COLORADO SPRINGS, Sept. 23 — President Bush flew here ahead of Hurricane Rita on Friday to show command of a federal disaster response effort that even supporters acknowledge he fumbled three weeks ago.
Steve Soto / The Left Coaster:
Top Republican Tells Post: Laura Has Taken Away Bush's Swagger  —  The vultures, aye, the vultures....  A Washington Post Page One story in Saturday's edition tells us that Bush's trip to Northern Command this weekend is designed to help Bush look like he is in command once again while trying to regain his swagger.
Discussion: firedoglake
Associated Press:
Frist Knew About Blind Trust Investments  —  Despite Denials, Frist Updated on His Investments in Blind Trust Investments  —  WASHINGTON Sep 24, 2005 — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., was updated several times about his investments in blind trusts during 2002 …
Discussion: Sisyphus Shrugged
Washington Post:
SEC, Justice Investigate Frist's Sale of Stock  —  Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is facing questions from the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission about his sale of stock in his family's hospital company one month before its price fell sharply.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
A Weakened But Deadly Rita Slams Into Gulf Coast UPDATED  —  Rita has hit the U.S. Coast — if not as mind-boggling as originally feared, fearsome nonetheless with top winds of 100 mph/  —  According to CNN, Rita has now become a Category 2 storm (winds 96-110 mph).
Thomas Korosec / Houston Chronicle:
Beaumont escapes severe surge; Louisiana hit hard  —  BEAUMONT — Beaumont Mayor Guy Goodson said this morning that early reports say the city has escaped the worst-predicted storm surge after Hurricane Rita made landfall at 2:30 a.m. just east of Sabine Pass about 30 miles away.
Discussion: Off the Kuff and Austin Bay Blog
Josh White / Washington Post:
New Reports Surface About Detainee Abuse  —  Two soldiers and an officer with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division have told a human rights organization of systemic detainee abuse and human rights violations at U.S. bases in Afghanistan and Iraq, recounting beatings, forced physical exertion …
Surfer Arrested Off Shore Of Galveston As Rita Approaches  —  A surfer off the shore of Galveston, Texas, was arrested Friday for not adhering to evacuation orders and surfing the large waves created by an approaching Hurricane Rita, according to a Local 6 News report.
Michelle Malkin:
Discussion: The Reaction
Rita Liveblog, Friday - 11:15pmCDT
Discussion: The Political Teen
The Anchoress:
Not having any fun?  —  Jonah Goldberg is finding politics less fun these days.  —  LaShawn Barber says she's getting a little bored with it too.  —  I'm not bored with it, yet, but I will agree that it's less fun.  It's hard to have fun with politics when so many - on both sides …
The Anchoress:   Naughty dreams and Rush Limbaugh
Gateway Pundit:
Waiting on Ramsey Clark!  —  Well, the Jew-hater just got off stage on CSPAN.  (I thought this was an Anti-Iraq War Rally?  Hmm...)  —  ...The announcer just asked for Barbara to meet her friend at the "Socialist Liberation Tent"...  Alexis Deveaux is reading her poetry, now.
Discussion: protein wisdom and
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Paying people to stay in the path of the storm.  —  By now you have seen pictures of the long lines of cars leaving Texas.  Some reports suggest average speeds of one mile per hour.  It is unlikely that such a result is optimal.  —  Randall Parker suggested closing or limiting some of the on-ramps to freeways to limit clogging.
Discussion: Stormwatchers
Eric Berger / SciGuy:
Let's talk about the evacuation, shall we?
Andrew Buncombe / Independent:
Soldier's chilling testimony fuels demonstrations against Iraq war  —  A former American soldier who served in Iraq and filed for conscientious objector status has given an extraordinary insight into the war's dehumanising effects ­ an insight that helps explain why the British …
Discussion: Today in Iraq
David Adesnik / OxBlog:
OXBLOG WILL PROTEST THE WAR TOMORROW!  Well, to be more precise, OxBlog will attend the anti-war protest at the White House tomorrow in order to conduct interviews with the protesters and possibly write an article about the whole affair.  —  Now, I mentioned earlier this week that pointing …
Fiscal Policy: Why 'Stupid' Fits  —  Hurricane Rita heads inexorably westward, threatening to add to the human and financial costs of Hurricane Katrina.  And when it comes to taxes and spending, Washington acts as if nothing is happening.  —  True, a group of very conservative Republicans issued …
Fox News:
Judiciary Panel Approves Roberts  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 Thursday to confirm John Roberts (search) to be the 17th chief justice of the United States Supreme Court.  The full Senate will take up debate on the nomination on Monday, and vote on Thursday.
Discussion: GOP Bloggers
Amazing Reporting for Hurricane Rita  —  I am not really a media pundit but I have been overwhelmed by the fantastic reporting of Hurricane Rita from CNN.  What is interesting is that I don't usually like a lot of the CNN reporters but I have really been impressed by the professionalism …
Associated Press:
Beatty rips Schwarzenegger at nurses' convention  —  OAKLAND (AP) — Actor Warren Beatty leveled a blistering political assault on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday night, accusing him of governing "by show, by spin, by cosmetics and photos ops" while imposing Bush administration policies on California.
Joe /
Frozen in Faith: Religion At Convocation  —  Dartmouth's new Student Assembly president, Noah Riner, volleyed silver oratory at Convocation—the official opening of the academic year—on Tuesday.  The usually-unobjectionable event provoked at least a few murmurs as Riner invoked God …
Peter Robinson / The Corner on National Review Online:
Discussion: Bush in a Tree and

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