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Associated Press:
Bush's Embattled Nominee to Supreme Court Withdraws  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination to be a Supreme Court justice Thursday in the face of stiff opposition and mounting criticism about her qualifications.  —  President Bush said he reluctantly accepted her decision to withdraw …
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 …
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 …
Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Miers Withdraws Under Mounting Criticism  —  WASHINGTON - Under withering attack from conservatives, President Bush ended his push to put loyalist Harriet Miers on the Supreme Court Thursday and promised a quick replacement.  Democrats accused him of bowing to the "radical right wing of the Republican Party."
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.)
Gail Russell Chaddock / Christian Science Monitor:
Their clout rising, blogs are courted by Washington's elite  —  WASHINGTON - Beltway politicos, famously slow to adopt technology, are wooing blogs - all but Trent Lott.  —  "Bloggers claim I was their first pelt, and I believe that.  I'll never read a blog," says the former Senate majority leader …
Washington Post:
Statement by the President  —  The White House Office of the Press Secretary  —  Today, I have reluctantly accepted Harriet Miers' decision to withdraw her nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States.  —  I nominated Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court because of her extraordinary legal experience …
Timothy Williams / New York Times:
Miers Failed to Win Support of Key Senators and Conservatives
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Miers withdraws as Supreme Court nominee
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:   Happy Harriet Miers Withdraws Day, Everyone!
Eric / Myopic Zeal:
Harriet Miers Has Withdrawn Her Nomination
Erick /
The Miers Withdrawal
Discussion: Bench Memos …
E. M. Zanotti / The American Princess:   So You Wanted Someone Worse
Washington Post:
White House Officials Brace for Charges  —  Announcement of Grand Jury Actions Not Likely Today  —  The prosecutor in the CIA leak case met with the federal grand jury today and was prepared to outline possible charges, two days after the FBI conducted last-minute interviews …
Warren Hoge / New York Times:
U.N. to Detail Kickbacks Paid for Iraq's Oil  —  UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 26 - More than 4,500 companies took part in the United Nations oil-for-food program and more than half of them paid illegal surcharges and kickbacks to Saddam Hussein, according to the independent committee investigating the program.
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad / Washington Post:
The New Sunni Jihad: 'A Time for Politics'  —  Tour With Iraqi Reveals Tactical Change  —  NORTH OF BAGHDAD — For weeks before Iraq's constitutional referendum this month, Iraqi guerrilla Abu Theeb traveled the countryside just north of Baghdad, stopping at as many Sunni Arab houses and villages as he could.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
I'm Moving Off The Fence  —  I took what little time at work (on my lunch break) that I could to read through the speech given by Harriet Miers to the Executive Women of Dallas in 1993, and wound up re-reading three more times tonight.  I would encourage everyone to read this speech carefully …
Andrew Ian Dodge / Dodgeblogium:
To a fallen friend  —  This is by far the most difficult thing I have had to write as a writer and a blogger.  Dodgeblogium and its sister sites (both live & dormant) have lost a true friend in the form of Heather "Mommabear'.  It is the final act in what has been a long an eventful life.
Discussion: The Gray Monk
Kathy Kinsley / On The Third Hand:
Momma Bear has passed away.
Discussion: Dean's World and The Laughing Wolf

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