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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 …
Craig S. Smith / New York Times:
First Death Is Reported in Paris Riots as Arson Increases  —  PARIS, Monday, Nov. 8 - France's urban unrest claimed its first life today when a 61-year-old man died of injuries sustained last week when he was beaten by a hooded youth in the Parisian suburb of Stains .
Bloomberg:   Berlin Car Fires May Be Inspired by French Rioters, Police Say
Jerusalem Post:
Riots in France claim first fatality
Discussion: Cold Fury
Michael J. Totten:
Paris: The Beirut of Europe
Angela Doland / Associated Press:
Rioters Set Fire to Bus in Southern France
Discussion: Real Teen
French riots claim first fatality
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush Declares: 'We Do Not Torture'  —  PANAMA CITY, Panama - President Bush vigorously defended U.S. interrogation practices in the war on terror Monday and lobbied against a congressional drive to outlaw torture.  —  "There's an enemy that lurks and plots and plans and wants to hurt America again," Bush said.
Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
Bush: "We do not torture"  —  PANAMA CITY (Reuters) …
Discussion: Steve Clemons
Andrew /
So, is it a "clash of civilizations?"  —  Yesterday, Clive Davis expanded on some comments he made earlier here, about blog response and press coverage (or lack thereof) of the riots in France, and added some interesting-looking links to some French blogs.  He also provides a helpful translation …
Discussion: Clive Davis
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.
David Stout / New York Times:
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case on Military Tribunals  —  WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 - The Supreme Court agreed today to take a case involving Osama bin Laden's driver that presents a major test to the Bush administration's military tribunals for foreign terror suspects.
Associated Press:
Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Military Tribunals  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider a challenge to the Bush administration's military tribunals for foreign terror suspects, a major test of the government's wartime powers.
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 …
Laurence H. Tribe / Boston Globe:
Alito's world  —  YOU CAN'T help doing a double-take when you read Judge Samuel Alito's opinion holding Congress powerless to compel states to provide family medical leave to their employees.  It was a position the Supreme Court rejected in a nearly identical case when it held three years later …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Ann Althouse / Althouse:   Alito and the Family Medical Leave Act — Part 5.
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 …
Michael Janofsky / New York Times:
When Cleaner Air Is a Biblical Obligation  —  WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 - In their long and frustrated efforts pushing Congress to pass legislation on global warming, environmentalists are gaining a new ally.  —  With increasing vigor, evangelical groups that are part of the base of conservative support …
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
A Debatable Ploy by NBC  —  Live 'West Wing' Earns No Points for Substance  —  A moderately bewildering exercise in exceptional acting and lily-livered irrelevancy, last night's special episode of the NBC drama series "The West Wing" was designed to inject some much-needed zip into what has become a stubbornly buzzless old warhorse.
Drudge Report:
HOLLYWOOD ROCKED: 'GAY COWBOY' MOVIE BECOMES AN OSCAR FRONTRUNNER  —  Arriving with nudity and explicit gay sex scenes between two cowboys, UNIVERSAL/FOCUS FILMS's BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN has quietly become an award season frontrunner, interviews with Academy members reveal.
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
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Morale, and Profits, Down At the Times  —  New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. says his paper should have corrected its flawed reporting on whether Iraq had illegal weapons far sooner than it did, calling this an "institutional failure."  —  Judith Miller, accused by Editor Bill Keller …

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