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Washington Post:
Senators Assail Miers's Replies, Ask for Details  —  The top two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday complained about the written responses they received from Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers this week, and warned her to expect tough questions from Republicans and Democrats alike …
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Miers Is Asked to Redo Reply to Questions  —  WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 - The Supreme Court nomination of Harriet E. Miers suffered another setback on Wednesday when the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked her to resubmit parts of her judicial questionnaire …
Michelle Malkin:
THE TROUBLE WITH HARRIET  —  I have stayed away from the depressing and divisive subject of Harriet Miers for a few days.  It was a healthy little respite.  But things have taken yet another grim, embarrassing turn—and it is becoming increasingly difficult to imagine that this nomination …
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Out on the Ledge  —  If you need me this morning, I'll be out on the window ledge.  Because it is becoming clearer and clearer that we are headed towards the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice who has no idea what the Constitution says.  —  The Washington Post buries the lede in this story about Harriet Miers.
Los Angeles Times:
Cheney, CIA Long at Odds  —  The vice president's history of tension with the agency may help explain why his office is an area of interest in the blown-cover probe.  —  WASHINGTON — For more than a decade, Dick Cheney has tussled with the CIA, first as secretary of Defense and later as vice president.
Secrets, Evasions and Classified Reports  —  The CIA leak case isn't just about whether top officials will be indicted.  A larger issue is what Judith Miller's evidence says about White House manipulation of the media.  —  Oct. 19, 2005 - The lengthy account by New York Times reporter Judy Miller …
Carla Anne Robbins / Wall Street Journal:
Vice President's Aide Draws Spotlight
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
FEMA Official Says Boss Ignored Warnings  —  WASHINGTON - Federal Emergency Management Agency officials did not respond to repeated warnings about deteriorating conditions in New Orleans and the dire need for help as Hurricane Katrina struck, the first FEMA official to arrive conceded Thursday.
Mary Curtius / Los Angeles Times:
Chertoff Says FEMA's Lack of Planning to Blame
Robert H. Bork / Opinion Journal:
Slouching Towards Miers  —  Bush shows himself to be indifferent, if not hostile, to conservative values.  —  With a single stroke—the nomination of Harriet Miers—the president has damaged the prospects for reform of a left-leaning and imperialistic Supreme Court, taken the heart …
American Prospect:
The Incompetence Dodge  —  From our November issue: The liberal hawks now say the idea of the war wasn't bad, just its execution.  This saves face — and serves a more dangerous function.  —  Victory, as John F. Kennedy observed, has a thousand fathers, while defeat is an orphan.
Michael Graczyk / Associated Press:
DeLay Appears in Houston for Booking  —  HOUSTON - Rep. Tom DeLay turned himself Thursday in at the Harris County sheriff's office, where he was photographed, fingerprinted and released on bond on state conspiracy and money laundering charges.  —  "He posted $10,000 bond and they have left …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Colonel Finally Saw Whites of Their Eyes  —  As Colin Powell's right-hand man at the State Department, Larry Wilkerson seethed quietly during President Bush's first term.  Yesterday, Colonel Wilkerson made up for lost time.  —  He said the vice president and the secretary of defense created a …
Timothy M. Phelps / Newsday:
Nation Print Edition
Discussion: Steve Clemons and onegoodmove
Andrew Roth / The Club For Growth:
The Coburn Amendment - A Blog Swarm?  —  The blogosphere is starting to rally support for the Coburn Amendment.  Glenn at Instapundit (here too), Michelle Malkin,, and, plus several others have written about it.  —  And now it looks like we have BIPARTISAN SUPPORT.
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Army Examining an Account of Abuse of 2 Dead Taliban  —  WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 - The Pentagon announced Wednesday night that the Army had started a criminal investigation into allegations that American soldiers in Afghanistan had burned the bodies of two dead Taliban fighters and then used …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Shock Jock's Audience Is Beating Him to the Door  —  The Howard Stern exodus has begun.  Unfortunately for Stern, it's his audience that's leaving, not him.  —  The shock jock won't jump to satellite radio until January, but in the meantime, his listeners in the Washington area seem to be heading for the exits.
Jim Hoagland / Washington Post:
Legacies of a Leak Case  —  When historians write about the Weimarization of Washington in the Bush years, they will highlight the tawdry and divisive case involving the publication of Valerie Plame's CIA association and the unjust incarceration of reporter Judith Miller.
Discussion: Poynter Online

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