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Douglas Jehl / New York Times:
Report Warned Bush Team About Intelligence Suspicions  —  WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 - A high Qaeda official in American custody was identified as a likely fabricator months before the Bush administration began to use his statements as the foundation for its claims that Iraq trained Al Qaeda members …
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Smoking Gun on Manipulation of Iraq Intelligence?  'NY Times' Cites New Document  —  NEW YORK Ever since the Democrats briefly closed the U.S. Senate from view earlier this week, to protest alleged Republican foot-dragging in probing Bush administration pre-war manipulation of intelligence …
Steve Soto / The Left Coaster:   Did Harry Reid Hit Bill Frist This Week With The "Smoking Gun"?
Andrew /
OBAMA THE HAWK:  —  Some tough talk from a future Democratic presidential contender.
Discussion: Legal Fiction
Faiz / Think Progress:   Bush, Cheney, and Powell Repeatedly Pushed False Evidence To Justify War
Don Surber:
L'Intifada (continued)  —  From Deutsche Presse Agentur (Hat tip … I prefer to fight Baghdad in Baghdad.  —  You know the French rioting is serious when Jo at Jo's Cafe starts blogging about it.  She is a military wife whose priorities are more focused on the light …
Olivier Guitta / The Counterterrorism Blog:   Intifada in Paris  —  For the past week, the suburbs of Paris …
Olivier Guitta / Weekly Standard:
Paris When It Sizzles  —  THE FRENCH USE THE EUPHEMISM …
Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
The FBI's Secret Scrutiny  —  In Hunt for Terrorists, Bureau Examines Records of Ordinary Americans  —  The FBI came calling in Windsor, Conn., this summer with a document marked for delivery by hand.  On Matianuk Avenue, across from the tennis courts, two special agents found their man.
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
President Has Little to Say About Questions on Rove  —  MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina, Nov. 4 - President Bush was asked four times on Friday about Karl Rove and the C.I.A. leak investigation, and four times he refused to answer.  —  Speaking to reporters in this seaside resort city …
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Senate Votes Again for Ban on Abusing Prisoners  —  WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 - The Senate restated its support on Friday for banning the abusive treatment of prisoners in American custody, and the measure's Republican sponsor chided the House Republican leadership for delaying a vote on it.
Michael Wines / New York Times:
The Forgotten of Africa, Wasting Away in Jails Without Trial  —  LILONGWE, Malawi - Since Nov. 10, 1999, Lackson Sikayenera has been incarcerated in Maula Prison, a dozen iron-roofed barracks set on yellow dirt and hemmed by barbed wire just outside Malawi's capital city.  —  He eats one meal of porridge daily.
Discussion: TalkLeft
A Man / The Right Nation:
Weekend Round-Up  —  â-ºAnn Coulter, su RealClear Politics (via Nickie Goomba), spiega perché l'ultima settimana ha raffreddato, per l'ennesima volta, le speranze del fronte anti-Bush.  â-ºA Michael Moore, nemico giurato delle big corporations …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Four arrests linked to Chinese spy ring  —  Four persons arrested in Los Angeles are part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering ring, federal investigators said, and the suspects caused serious compromises for 15 years to major U.S. weapons systems, including submarines and warships.
Eleanor Clift / Newsweek:
Pick Your Battles  —  Democrats shouldn't waste their time filibustering Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.  There are bigger fights coming down the pike.  —  Nov. 4, 2005 - Democrats shouldn't filibuster Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court unless he really bungles the hearings.
Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
Credentials Are Fine, but Values Matter, Too  —  Thus sayeth the high priests of far-right conservatism: To be worthy of appointment to the Supreme Court, a nominee must be scholarly, a great intellect and a possessor of sterling conservative credentials.  In addition, the nominee …
Discussion: reasoned audacity …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Alito Smear #3: The Rock-Ribbed Racist's Candidate
Discussion: Confirm Them
Herbert E. Meyer / The American Thinker:
Finally, the spotlight has started to swing away from Lewis Libby and his allegedly perjurous grand-jury testimony toward where that spotlight should have focused all along: on the CIA's incompetent, weird - and possibly treasonous—response to Vice President Cheney's inquiry about Iraq's interest in purchasing yellowcake from Niger.
James M. McPherson / New York Times:
'Team of Rivals': Friends of Abe  —  Mathew Brady/Corbis; Time Life Pictures/Getty Images; Mathew Brady/Hulton Archive/Getty Images; Hulton Archive/Getty Images  —  MORE books about Abraham Lincoln line the shelves of libraries than about any other American.  Can there be anything new to say about our 16th president?
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Fight Back, Mr. President  —  Last week, I suggested that the Bush administration's second-term bear market had bottomed out.  Since then, we've been pummeled by polls showing Bush in continued decline.  Perhaps my bullish call on Bush was a bit early.  Or perhaps it was wrong.  Which is it?
Drudge Report:
JERSEY GOVERNOR RACE TURNS UGLY: CHARGES OF ABORTION, AFFAIRS DRIVE LAST DAYS  —  New Jersey Public Radio & Television aired a report Friday night in which New Jersey Democratic Candidate for Governor Jon Corzine was grilled about whether a staffer he allegedly had an affair with — had an abortion.
Discussion: Eschaton, A Blog For All and Public Eye

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