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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
French Riots Come After Multiple Warnings Of Islamist Attacks  —  The riots in France have little connection to the Islamist terrorist offensive against the West, if the American media coverage gives any indication.  However, alert CQ reader Mr. Michael points out that both American …
French Muslim group issues fatwa against rioting  —  PARIS, Nov 6 (Reuters) - One of France's largest Islamic groups issued a fatwa against rioting on Sunday after officials suggested Muslim militants could be partly to blame for violent protests scarring poor neighbourhoods around the country.
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 …
Molly Moore / Washington Post:
'Shock Wave' of Violence Spreads Across France for Eleventh Night  —  PARIS, Nov. 7 — France's national police chief warned Monday that a "shock wave is spreading across the country" as rioting intensified in cities throughout France during an eleventh night of violence.
What's Wrong with Europe?
Yahoo! News:
French urban violence worsens: 1,300 cars torched, 300 arrests
Discussion: Vodkapundit and One Hand Clapping
Washington Post:
Cheney Fights for Detainee Policy  —  As Pressure Mounts to Limit Handling Of Terror Suspects, He Holds Hard Line  —  Over the past year, Vice President Cheney has waged an intense and largely unpublicized campaign to stop Congress, the Pentagon and the State Department from imposing …
Janny Scott / New York Times:
Court Choice Is Conservative by Nature, Not Ideology  —  In an office two doors away from Attorney General Edwin Meese III, Samuel A. Alito Jr. found himself at the heart of the Reagan revolution.  He was a 35-year-old deputy assistant attorney general and it was 1985.
La Shawn / La Shawn Barber's Corner:
Two-Year Blogiversary  —  Last Saturday marked the second year I've been blogging.  I was too busy with my 20th high school reunion to notice.  What can I say?  It's been a great ride.  —  While I consider myself a pure blogger, one who enjoys (and in my case, craves) the act of blogging itself …
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
New York Times:
Delays Hurting U.S. Rebuilding in Afghanistan  —  TURMAI, Afghanistan, Nov. 2 - Islamuddin Ahmadiyar, a 22-year-old student, remembers the excitement in this dusty farming hamlet in central Afghanistan when American contractors broke ground two years ago.  —  A one-story, 12-room health clinic …
Discussion: Rantingprofs and Patridiot Watch
Steve Fainaru / Washington Post:
For Many in Iraq, Death Is Quick and Capricious  —  Platoon Sergeant's Fate Turned on Factors He Could Not Calculate  —  KIRKUK, Iraq — His men called him "Big Daddy," and, for many of them, Sgt. 1st Class Robbie D. McNary was larger than life.  —  He stood more than six feet tall …
Discussion: Rantingprofs and
Gateway Pundit:
Massive Muslim Demonstration Against Al Qaida!!  —  * 150,000 Demonstrate Against Al Qaida in Morocco  —  * Protesters Pledge Unity with Iraq!  —  * "All Moroccans are with Iraq, all Moroccans are innocent," the marchers chanted.  —  * Rally draws people cutting across political lines
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
Los Angeles Times:
Antiwar Sermon Brings IRS Warning  —  All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena risks losing its tax-exempt status because of a former rector's remarks in 2004.  —  The Internal Revenue Service has warned one of Southern California's largest and most liberal churches that it is at risk of losing …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Rachel / Tinkerty Tonk:
RINO SIGHTINGS  —  Get out your binoculars and focus: The RINOs have been sighted.  —  INOs aren't always in the right, reports Professor Bainbridge.  Big spending Conservatives used their weight to push the repeal of Colorado's TABOR law, a model of limited government and, by extension, limited government spending.
Discussion: Don Surber
Los Angeles Times:
Alito's Record Defies Labels  —  There's little talk of a filibuster by Democrats, who see no ideological bent in 15 years' worth of legal opinions by the high court nominee.  —  WASHINGTON — For the second time in three tries, President Bush has found a Supreme Court nominee who does not present an easy target for Senate Democrats.
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Biden says filibuster on Alito unlikely
Discussion: ACSBlog
Kieran Healy / Crooked Timber:
Libertarian Litmus Test  —  Over at Volokh, the puppy blood is flying again.  This time, it's Juan Non-Volokh who defends America's network of secret, overseas torture centers against the vicious charge that they resemble Soviet gulags: … Nice to see a fine legal mind at work on such a hard problem.
Discussion: Washington Post and Balkinization
Juan Non-Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:   GITMO STILL NO "GULAG": Back in June I endorsed former Soviet …
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
A DEADLY INTERROGATION  —  Can the C.I.A. legally kill a prisoner?  —  At the end of a secluded cul-de-sac, in a fast-growing Virginia suburb favored by employees of the Central Intelligence Agency, is a handsome replica of an old-fashioned farmhouse, with a white-railed front porch.
Discussion: ACSBlog
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court to rule on military tribunals  —  (The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to rule on the constitutionality of the special military tribunals President Bush created to try war crimes charges against terrorist suspects who are foreign nationals — a major test of presidential wartime authority.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy

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