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Craig S. Smith / New York Times:
10 Officers Shot as Riots Worsen in French Cities  —  PARIS, Monday, Nov. 7 - Rioters fired shotguns at the police in a working-class suburb of Paris on Sunday, wounding 10 officers as the country's fast-spreading urban unrest escalated dangerously.  Just hours earlier, President Jacques Chirac called …
Chirac vows to punish rioters  —  Riots, arson take new turn, spreads across country  —  PARIS, France (CNN) — As arson and violence spreads into regional France and central Paris, French President Jacques Chirac has vowed to crack down on the perpetrators.
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Wake up, Europe, you've a war on your hands
Thomas Ferraro / Reuters:
Democrat says Alito unlikely to face a filibuster  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A key Democrat said on Sunday that he expects the full Republican-led Senate to vote on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito without the threat of a Democratic filibuster.  —  But Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Filibuster Momentum Dying Out  —  The political momentum of a Democratic filibuster appears to have dissipated over the weekend after a momentary corrective earlier this week.  Last weekend, two key GOP members of the Gang of 14 asserted that they would not only support the confirmation …
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Biden: Alito Filibuster Seems Unlikely
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Biden: Alito Probably Won't Be Filibustered
Ron Harris / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Is Jimmy Massey telling the truth about Iraq?  —  WASHINGTON  —  For more than a year, former Marine Staff Sgt. Jimmy Massey has been telling anybody who will listen about the atrocities that he and other Marines committed in Iraq.  —  In scores of newspaper, magazine and broadcast stories …
Discussion: Daimnation!
Ron Harris / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Why did the press swallow Massey's stories?  —  WASHINGTON  —  Media outlets throughout the world have reported Jimmy Massey's claims of war crimes, frequently without ever seeking to verify them.  —  For instance, no one ever called any of the five journalists who were embedded …
Bruce Kesler / Democracy Project:   What a difference 34-years makes!
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
The Intelligence War  —  LAST TUESDAY, Senate Democrats fired the opening shot in the coming battle over prewar intelligence on Iraq when Minority Leader Harry Reid took the Senate into a closed session.  The offensive began in earnest this weekend with a New York Times article:
Douglas Jehl / New York Times:
Report Warned Bush Team About Intelligence Doubts
Transcript for November 6  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: the vice president's former chief of staff, Lewis Libby, is arraigned in federal court.  —  (Videotape):  —  MR. THEODORE WELLS: He has declared that he wants to clear his good name.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Rep. Tom Coburn: Body Language Soothsayer  —  Rep. Tom Coburn: Body Language Soothsayer  —  On MTP today, Sen. Tom Coburn said that because of his medical training he can tell if somebody is lying just by using their body language.  —  Video-WMP QT coming
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Pandagon
Joseph Farah and / WorldNetDaily:
Joe Wilson fumes over Vallely charges in WND  —  Demands retraction of statements alleging he 'outed' wife in Fox studio  —  WASHINGTON - Ambassador Joseph Wilson's attorney is demanding Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely retract a statement he made to WND that the man at the center of the CIA leak case …
Mark Noonan / Blogs for Bush:
Vallely vs Wilson
Jerusalem Post:
EU to launch Palestinian police mission  —  The EU plans to announce on Monday that it will launch a three-year mission, starting January 1, to help the Palestinians build up a credible police force, EU officials said.  —  Officials said the decision by the EU foreign ministers …
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Aksa Brigades endorse Iran's call to eliminate Israel
Dan /
SO FRIDAY WAS A PRETTY GOOD DAY....  Friday was a great day for two reasons.  First, a 70 degree day in Chicago in November is a rare treat and needs to be properly savored.  —  [Wow, you're keeping up such a brave face after getting denied tenure—ed.] Well, that leads to the second …
Discussion: Pharyngula
California Conservative:
"Carnival Of Arnold" — Inaugural Edition  —  In the order they were received, and without further ado, we recommend you read the following:  —  Proposition 77: Vote Yes  —  by Eric's Grumbles Before The Grave  —  Excerpt: A history of the deal that lead to the 2000 Gerrymander …
Discussion: mccannta and SoCalPundit
Dick Stanley / Austin American-Statesman:
3,000 protest Klan's rally of 14  —  Klan favors banning gay marriage  —  Ten men and four women calling themselves members of the American White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan gathered at City Hall plaza Saturday for a brief and hugely contested rally against gay marriage.
Movies and Dreams...  My parents, like many Iraqis of their generation and educational background, discouraged too much tv.  When E. and I were younger, they were vigilant about the type of shows and movies we were allowed to watch.  They didn't like for us to be exposed to propaganda- Arab …
Discussion: Pacific Views

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