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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 …
Molly Moore / Washington Post:
Chirac Speaks Out on Rioting  —  On 11th Day of Unrest, French President Vows to Restore Order  —  PARIS, Nov. 6 — French President Jacques Chirac addressed the public Sunday for the first time in 11 days of the country's worst violence in decades, saying his government's "absolute priority" …
Chirac vows to punish rioters
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.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Althouse
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.
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 …
Discussion: Wonkette, War and Piece and First Draft
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Biden: Alito Filibuster Seems Unlikely  —  WASHINGTON - Samuel Alito should get an up-or-down vote on his Supreme Court nomination, a Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday, playing down the chances of a filibuster.  —  "My instinct is we should commit," said Sen. Joseph Biden …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Biden: Alito Probably Won't Be Filibustered
Thomas Ferraro / Reuters:
Democrat says Alito unlikely to face a filibuster
Jennifer Aniston: Seven Things* I'd Rather Talk About ... Than the Men in (or Out) of My Life  —  My new movie, "Derailed."  It's a really sexy psychological thriller with Clive Owen.  I had never done a thriller before.  It was hard to kiss Clive, but you know what?
Discussion: The Sideshow, mediabistro and TalkLeft
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.
Juan Non-Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
GITMO STILL NO "GULAG": Back in June I endorsed former Soviet …
Discussion: Balkinization
Stephen Schwartz / Tech Central Station:
"Red Belt" Riots  —  In December 1979, at 31, I first went to Europe.  I was then an anti-Stalinist, revolutionary communist.  I flew to London and after a boat-train trip to Paris, was met by comrades in the small movement to which I belonged, centered in France and Spain.
Discussion: Cold Fury
Ron Harris / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Why did the press swallow Massey's stories?
Bruce Kesler / Democracy Project:   What a difference 34-years makes!
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
Richard W. Stevenson / New York Times:
White House Tries to Keep Distance From Leak Case  —  WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 - In the hours before the Justice Department informed the White House in late September 2003 that it would investigate the leak of a covert C.I.A. officer's identity, Scott McClellan, the White House press secretary …
David Sirota / The Huffington Post:
D.C.'s Professional B.S. Artists Again Go Off On Iraq  —  The Philadelphia Inquirer's top political reporter, Dick Polman, has an interesting piece today about how more Democrats are (finally) admitting they were wrong in supporting the Iraq War, and that they were misled by the Bush administration.
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.
Alan Cooperman / Washington Post:
Court Could Tip to Catholic Majority  —  Some Say Slant Is Dangerous; Others See Historic Victory  —  If Samuel A. Alito Jr. is confirmed to the Supreme Court, a majority of its nine justices for the first time will be Roman Catholics — a fact that, depending on whom you ask …
Discussion: Althouse
U.S. Marine killed in Anbar offensive  —  Operation targets insurgents near Iraq's border with Syria  —  HUSAYBA, Iraq (CNN) — U.S. Marines and Iraqi troops fought insurgents house-to-house in a town near the Syrian border Sunday, with one U.S. Marine killed during the latest major offensive in the region.
Discussion: The Fourth Rail and Vodkapundit

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