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New York Times:
Aide to Cheney Appears Likely to Be Indicted; Rove Under Scrutiny  —  WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 - Associates of I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, expected an indictment on Friday charging him with making false statements to the grand jury in the C.I.A. leak inquiry, lawyers in the case said Thursday.
Washington Post:
Rove, Libby Assemble Team to Handle Possible CIA Leak Indictments  —  The White House, district court officials and two possible targets of the CIA leak investigation were making preparations yesterday for the possible announcement of indictments by special counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald today …
Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:
CIA Leak Investigation Reaches Finish Line  —  WASHINGTON — The federal grand jury investigating the CIA leak case prepared for a final day of deliberations as a special prosecutor huddled with his legal team Thursday about whether to seek indictments against administration figures for allegedly leaking the name of a covert operative.
Discussion: firedoglake and The Moderate Voice
Wall Street Journal:
Libby Indictment Likely Over Leak; Rove in Jeopardy
Discussion: AMERICAblog and TalkLeft
Joe / AMERICAblog:   RoveGate update from NYTimes
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 …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
No Time For Celebration  —  No conservative or Republican should feel like gloating over the withdrawal of Harriet Miers today, although perhaps a feeling of relief would be understandable.  Bush made a mistake in nominating Miers, but it wasn't Miers' mistake — and she acted honorably …
La Shawn / La Shawn Barber's Corner:
Blog Swarm Strikes Again: Harriet Miers Withdraws Nomination
Hugh Hewitt / New York Times:
Why the Right Was Wrong  —  OVER the last two elections, the Republican Party regained control of the United States Senate by electing new senators in Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas.  These victories were attributable in large measure …
Hotlineblog / Hotline On Call:
A Miers Tick-Tock  —  Original reporting from today's Hotline:  —  "The tipping point came within the past several days.  GOP Senators privately communicated to WH CoS Andy Card that unless they had access to hard evidence that Miers was conversant in constitutional issues, there was no way she would be confirmed.
Associated Press:
George Takei Discloses His Homosexuality  —  LOS ANGELES - George Takei, best known for his role as Mr. Sulu in "Star Trek," came out as homosexual in the current issue of a magazine covering the Los Angeles gay and lesbian community.  —  Takei told The Associated Press on Thursday …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Wizbang
'We don't need al-Qaida'  —  Abu Theeb is the leader of a band of Sunni insurgents that preys on US targets north of Baghdad.  Last week he openly defied al-Qaida in Iraq by actively supporting the referendum.  Ghaith Abdul-Ahad spent five days with him - and uncovered evidence of a growing split in the insurgency
Discussion: Rantingprofs and Secular Blasphemy
James W. Brosnan /
Virginia governor's candidate pulls ads after 'Sambo' attack  —  WASHINGTON - Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial candidate pulled campaign ads from a bloggers' Web site Thursday because the blogger had derided a black Republican candidate in Maryland as "Sambo."
Discussion: Daily Kos and Swing State Project
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?
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner on National …:
Discussion: Legal Fiction and Demagogue
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 …
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
A Separate Peace  —  America is in trouble—and our elites are merely resigned.  —  It is not so hard and can be a pleasure to tell people what you see.  It's harder to speak of what you think you see, what you think is going on and can't prove or defend with data or numbers.  That can get tricky.
"I gave them a sword.": The consequences of the anti-Miers movement.  —  In his interviews with David Frost, Richard Nixon declared:  —  Since the despicable treatment of Judge Robert Bork in 1987, the conservative movement has struggled to restore integrity and decency to the judicial nominatin process …
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.
John / AMERICAblog:
Forbes magazine tells companies to "dig up dirt" on bloggers  —  Forbes has a cover story this week on the "Attack of the Bloggers," and it is probably the worst article ever, in terms of getting the story wrong and hyperbole.  (You have to subscribe to their site for free to read the article - it's really not worth it.)
Discussion: Sirotablog

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