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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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
Miers withdraws Supreme Court nomination  —  Conservative Republicans were among those with concerns  —  WASHINGTON - Confronted with criticism from both the left and right, Harriet Miers on Thursday withdrew her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.  —  In a statement, President Bush said he …
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.)
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."
Harriet Ellan Miers / Washington Post:
Text of Miers's Letter to President Bush
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Breaking News: Miers Withdraws
Discussion: UNCoRRELATED
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Happy Harriet Miers Withdrawal Day, Everyone!
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 …
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.
Sources: Prosecutor focusing on Rove  —  Fitzgerald looking into possible perjury in CIA leaks probe  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is focusing his investigation into the leak of a CIA operative's identity on whether White House Deputy Chief …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Wonkette
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.) …
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 …
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.
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?
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
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.
Discussion: alicublog and The LLama Butchers

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