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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.)
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 …
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 …
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Harriet Miers Withdraws from Supreme Court Fight  —  Harriet Miers has withdrawn from consideration for the Supreme Court, as I suspected earlier this morning.  —  NEWS ALERT |  8:56 AM ET: Bush's Embattled Nominee to Supreme Court Withdraws (NYT)  —  Details will follow.
Timothy Williams / New York Times:
Miers Failed to Win Support of Key Senators and Conservatives  —  WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 - Harriet E. Miers withdrew her nomination for the Supreme Court this morning after her selection by President Bush led to criticism from both conservatives and liberals.  —  In recent days …
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister and Fafblog!
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:   Happy Harriet Miers Withdrawal Day, Everyone!
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Miers withdraws as Supreme Court nominee
Eric / Myopic Zeal:
Harriet Miers Has Withdrawn Her Nomination
Erick /
The Miers Withdrawal
Discussion: Bench Memos …
Andrew /
THE KRAUTHAMMER SOLUTION:  —  In the end, the Bush team decided …
Discussion: PoliBlog and DownAndDirty
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 …
Washington Post:
White House Officials Brace for Charges
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.
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.
Discussion: Rantingprofs
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
An Anchor Intimately Recalls Katrina  —  It's never too soon to replay the blame game.  —  "In His Own Words: Brian Williams on Hurricane Katrina" on the Sundance Channel serves as a study aid for those who wish to re-examine the government's neglect of the poorest victims of that terrible storm.
Cori Dauber / Rantingprofs:   Cashing In  —  You don't have to cash in in venal, monetary terms to cash in.

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