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Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
Harriet Miers Withdraws Nomination  —  Harriet Miers withdrew this morning as a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.  —  In announcing the decision, Miers and President Bush cited their concern with the requests of members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for documents dealing with her work …
Miers withdraws Supreme Court nomination  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush on Thursday accepted the withdrawal of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, according to a statement from the White House.  —  In her letter to the president, Miers said she was "concerned that the confirmation process presents …
Michelle Malkin:
HARRIET MIERS WITHDRAWS: RELIEF  —  What a relief.  Sad, pensive, what-a-waste relief.  Not happy-joy-joy relief.  —  First Breitbart/AP dispatch 858am EDT: … Exit strategy hinged on refusal to release privileged White House documents.  (Ed Morrissey and Charles Krauthammer called it.)
Harriet Ellan Miers / Washington Post:
Text of Miers's Letter to President Bush  —  Dear Mr. President:  —  I write to withdraw as a nominee to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.  I have been greatly honored and humbled by the confidence that you have shown in me and have appreciated immensely …
Timothy Williams / New York Times:
Miers Failed to Win Support of Key Senators and Conservatives
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister and Fafblog!
Gail Russell Chaddock / Christian Science Monitor:   Their clout rising, blogs are courted by Washington's elite
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Happy Harriet Miers Withdrawal Day, Everyone!
Eric / Myopic Zeal:
Harriet Miers Has Withdrawn Her Nomination
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Murray Waas /
Cheney, Libby Blocked Papers To Senate Intelligence Panel  —  Vice President Cheney and his chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, overruling advice from some White House political staffers and lawyers, decided to withhold crucial documents from the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2004 …
Discussion: The Stakeholder
Noe indicted in Bush money-laundering case  —  A federal grand jury has indicted Tom Noe, the former Maumee coin dealer suspected of laundering money into President Bush's reelection campaign, Mr. Noe's attorney told The Blade today.  —  Jon Richardson said he was called this afternoon and informed of the indictment.
NY Daily News:
Buzz about a Karl plea as probers close in  —  WASHINGTON - Jittery Bush aides gnawed their nails yesterday as a special prosecutor zeroed in on White House political guru Karl Rove's role in blowing a CIA agent's cover.  —  In the closing hours of the grand jury probe …
Sources: Prosecutor focusing on Rove
Discussion: Wonkette and The Heretik
Sam Skolnik / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Leak indictments would be 'a sad day,' Wilson says
The Next Nominee  —  Because the assault from the left on the next nominee is going to be so intense, it makes sense to nominate a judge who has recently been vetted and FBI-checked.  Fairly recent Senate hearings are also a plus, as they will demonstrate the necessary ability to handle the heat that is on the way.
Lexie Verdon / Campaign for the Supreme Court:   Sen. Reid's Reaction  —  Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
Ezra Klein / TAPPED:
THE CULT OF PERSONALITY RETURNS.  Over at The National Review, Kathryn Lopez has written the single weirdest response to Harriet Miers' withdrawal that I've yet seen: … Wasn't the whole Miers fiasco, to The National Review, an example of getting a Big Thing wrong?
Denny Hastert /
Welcome to my Blog  —  This is Denny Hastert and welcome to my blog.  This is new to me.  I can't say I'm much of a techie.  I guess you could say my office is teaching the old guy new tricks.  But I'm excited.  This is the future.  And it is a new way for us to get our message out.
Discussion: Wonkette
Steve Clemons:
Retraction: Sources on Office Expansion Wrong  —  Part of the process of reporting is doing the best one can do to source information, and seek double confirmation regarding stuff we post.  —  The source of mine in the real estate brokerage arena has called to retract information shared …
Kevin Aylward / Wizbang:
SENATOR TOM COBURN TALKS PORKBUSTING  —  Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) joined bloggers Glenn Reynolds, Mark Tapscott, NZ Bear, Erick Erickson, Tim Chapman, and myself to to discuss spending, appropriations, and earmarks this afternoon in the wake of last weeks "Bridge To Nowhere" drama.
TimChapman /
A conference call with Senator Coburn

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