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Washington Post:
Bush Aides Brace for Charges  —  Grand Jury May Hear Counts in Leak Case Today  —  The prosecutor in the CIA leak case was preparing to outline possible charges before the federal grand jury as early as today, even as the FBI conducted last-minute interviews in the high-profile investigation …
Poll: Few doubt wrongdoing in CIA leak  —  Neighbor, former official questioned with grand jury set to expire  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Only one in 10 Americans said they believe Bush administration officials did nothing illegal or unethical in connection with the leaking of a CIA operative's identity …
Los Angeles Times:
Fitzgerald Focuses Again on Rove  —  WASHINGTON — As his investigation nears a conclusion, special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald has returned his attention to White House adviser Karl Rove, interviewing a Rove colleague with detailed questions about contacts that President Bush's close aide …
Caroline Daniel / Financial Times:
Indictments in CIA leak 'about to be handed down'  —  Indictments in the CIA leak investigation case are expected to be handed down by a grand jury on Wednesday, bringing to a head a criminal inquiry that threatens to disrupt seriously President George W. Bush's second term.
New York Times:
Leak Counsel Is Said to Press on Rove's Role  —  WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 - With the clock running out on his investigation, the special counsel in the leak case continued to seek information on Tuesday about Karl Rove's discussions with reporters in the days before a C.I.A. officer's identity was made public …
Adam Entous / Reuters:
CIA leak investigators hold last-minute interviews
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
Jo Becker / Washington Post:
In Speeches From 1990s, Clues About Miers Views  —  Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers said in a speech more than a decade ago that "self-determination" should guide decisions about abortion and school prayer and that in cases where scientific facts are disputed and religious beliefs vary, "government should not act."
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Senators in G.O.P. Voice New Doubt on Court Choice  —  WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 - The drumbeat of doubt from Republican senators over the Supreme Court nomination of Harriet E. Miers grew louder Tuesday as several lawmakers, including a pivotal conservative on the Judiciary Committee, joined those expressing concerns about her selection.
Washington Post:
New Push for Miers Is in the Works  —  Speech by Nominee Among Moves Being Considered by White House  —  The Bush administration, concerned that vocal critics are wounding Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers while she quietly prepares for her Senate hearing 12 days from now …
New York Times:
Wal-Mart Memo Suggests Ways to Cut Employee Benefit Costs  —  Wal-Mart workers set up furniture at the store near Bella Vista, Ark.  —  An internal memo sent to Wal-Mart's board of directors proposes numerous ways to hold down spending on health care and other benefits while seeking to minimize damage to the retailer's reputation.
Washington Post:
U.S. Military Death Toll in Iraq Hits 2,000  —  The number of U.S. troops who have died in the Iraq war hit 2,000 yesterday, a toll felt deeply at big military bases across America that active-duty soldiers and families call home, as well as in hundreds of communities where the National Guard and reservists work, live and train.
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
James Dao / New York Times:
2,000 Dead: As Iraq Tours Stretch On, a Grim Mark
Discussion: Rantingprofs
Cori Dauber / Rantingprofs:   The Post Covers the 2000 Figure
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Calling Galloway's Bluff  —  The Senate uncovers a smoking gun.  —  Just before my last exchange with George Galloway, which occurred on the set of Bill Maher's show in Los Angeles in mid-September, I was approached by a representative of the program and asked if I planned to repeat my challenge to Galloway on air.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Bill Would Allow Second Attempts at Federal Death Sentence  —  If all 12 members of a jury in a capital case in federal court cannot agree on whether to impose the death penalty, a convicted defendant is automatically sentenced to life in prison.  —  But that may be about to change.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and TalkLeft
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Measure Would Alter Federal Death Penalty System
Pejman Yousefzadeh /
Fare Thee Well, Sweet Fence  —  Note that this post is not meant to speak for any of the other Editors at Red State.  I state only my own personal position.  —  Ever since the nomination of Harriet Miers, I have promised myself that no matter how pessimistic and depressed I got over her selection …
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
2,000th Death Marked by Silence and a Vow  —  Bush Says War in Iraq Will Require More Resolve, While Protesters Plan Vigils  —  Washington marked the 2,000th American fatality of the Iraq war with a moment of silence in the Senate, the reading of the names of the fallen from the House floor …
Associated Press:
Iran president wants Israel 'wiped off the map'  —  Ahmadinejad says new wave of Palestinian attacks will destroy Israel  —  TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's hard-line president called for Israel to be "wiped off the map" and said a new wave of Palestinian attacks will destroy the Jewish state, state-run media reported Wednesday.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Better To Be Wrong Than Gutless  —  If my blog hosting service is willing, I will post my *PURELY SPECULATIVE* guesses in the Plame leak investigation:  —  Karl Rove walks - no indictment, nada.  Jeralyn Merritt, who has been doing a superb job on this, keeps the flame flickering for a …

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