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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 …
Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:
Suspense Builds Over CIA Leak Investigation  —  WASHINGTON — The CIA leak case continued to build today toward a climactic finish as a grand jury investigating possible wrongdoing by top White House figures met behind closed doors for three hours and the special counsel met privately with the chief judge overseeing the case.
Steve Clemons:
New Information: First the Website, Now the New Office Space  —  Patrick Fitzgerald's intermediaries denied that there was any significance to the establishment of a new website, minimalist as it is, for the Office of the Special Counsel which is investigating the "outing" …
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Prosecutor Meets With Chief Judge  —  Consequences for Leak Probe Tough to Divine  —  WASHINGTON—The federal prosecutor investigating the alleged involvement of White House officials in the leak of a CIA operative's identity spent most of the lunch hour today meeting with the chief judge …
New York Times:
Grand Jurors Hear Counsel on Leak Case  —  WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 - The special counsel in the C.I.A. leak inquiry met for more than three hours with the federal grand jury on Wednesday and later talked privately with the district judge in the case as the White House waited out another day in the expectation of possible indictments.
Steve Clemons:
Rumors, Accident, Interviews, Articles and Jon Stewart
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Hotlineblog / Hotline On Call:
Evening Buzz, Buzz  —  From his hospital bed, Steve Clemons …
Judd / Think Progress:
ALLEN: "A Likely Scenario …
Washington Times:
Women's group calls for Miers withdrawal  —  The nation's largest conservative women's group yesterday called for the withdrawal of the Harriet Miers Supreme Court nomination as The Washington Times learned that a key promoter of the nomination had suddenly quit the White House lobbying effort.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Signs Of The End For The Miers Nomination?
Discussion: Galley Slaves
National Review:
Miers's Muddle
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Nominee Is Pressed on Her Abortion Views
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Matthew J. Franck / Bench Memos on National …:   Joining the "Withdraw Now" Crowd
The Gray Monk:
Requiem for Church Mouse  —  It is with great sadness that I have to report that my beloved Church Mouse has died.  She finally succumbed to the cancer which attacked her around this time last year at 12.30 EST (17.30 BST) today.  She will be missed.  Earlier this year her husband …
Andrew Ian Dodge / Dodgeblogium:   To a fallen friend  —  This is by far the most difficult thing …
Kathy Kinsley / On The Third Hand:
Momma Bear has passed away.
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 …
Robert A. George / RAGGED THOTS:
Why I Am Not A Democrat (Part 2)  —  As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.  —  Once again, Mr. Gilliard "represents" wonderful, reasoned, intellectual discourse from the Left.  —  (WARNING: Be careful clicking on this if you are at work.)  —  File under category of: "Racist Imagery — It's OK If You Are A Liberal"
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.
Richardsale / Sic Semper Tyrannis 2005:
Aides To Be Indicted, Probe to Continue  —  Aides To Be Indicted, Probe to Continue  —  By Richard Sale, long-time Intelligence Correspondent  —  Two top White House aides are expected to be indicted today on various charges related to the probe of CIA operative Valerie Plame whose classified identity …
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 and Barcepundit
LZ Granderson /
Three-time MVP 'tired of having to hide my feelings'  —  Calling life in the closet "miserable," three-time Olympic gold medalist and reigning WNBA MVP Sheryl Swoopes announced she is gay in an exclusive interview in the current issue of ESPN The Magazine.  —  "My reason for coming …
Gareth Smyth / Financial Times:
Wipe Israel from map, says Iran's president  —  Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, Iran's fundamentalist president, on Wednesday declared that Israel should be "wiped off the map" and warned Arab countries against developing economic ties with Israel in response to its withdrawal from Gaza.
Discussion: TigerHawk, Say Anything and Hooah Wife
Nazila Fathi / New York Times:
Iran's New President Says Israel 'Must Be Wiped Off the Map'
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
CBS Replaces Its News Chief; Sports Executive Is Successor  —  CBS replaced the president of its news division with its top sports executive yesterday, in the latest shake-up for a news organization damaged by a discredited broadcast about President Bush's military service and …
Discussion: Rantingprofs and Poynter Online
What Congress did is disgusting.  —  You heard what the Senate did to Tom Coburn's attempt to impose some sanity on spending.  —  How do they live with themselves?  —  Years ago, interviewing economist Walter Williams for a show ABC News called "Greed," I was perplexed when Williams said …

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