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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.
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
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
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
The Anchoress:
Naughty dreams and Rush Limbaugh  —  Filed under: It's all about me!  Me!  ME!  —  Just got reminded of this and thought I'd share it with you, because it's pretty funny, and I am having one of those sleepless nights.  —  I had a friend who was also struggling with insomnia.
Memo to DSCC Staffers  —  Didn't get much sleep last night, did you?  —  That sure went from zero to sixty in a day, and now a Washington Post editorial?  And Michelle Malkin?  —  Don't let the Post editorial calm you down.  You know that the phrase a "pair of twenty something operatives" …
Gateway Pundit:
War Protesters Converge on DC
Discussion: The American Mind
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?
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
Able Danger, Breaking News, 09/23/05  —  UPDATE:  —  Fox News confirms pentagon reversal and five witnesses to testify next week in second round of hearings: … And so it continues.  The question is will the story still live past the hearings.  —  MacRanger has responded to my posts …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Able Danger Foxtrot V: The Pentagon Backstep
Adam Zagorin / Time:
Pattern of Abuse  —  A decorated Army officer reveals new allegations of detainee mistreatment in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Did the military ignore his charges?  —  The U.S. Army has launched a criminal investigation into new allegations of serious prisoner abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan …
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 …
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
David Brooks /
Kerry, Edwards message differs  —  John Kerry and John Edwards ran for office together and they lost together, and they both gave major speeches about Katrina this week, but there the similarity ends.  The two men might as well live in different worlds.  —  Kerry began his speech by making the point that Bush and his crew are rotten.

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