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Berlin Car Fires May Be Inspired by French Rioters, Police Say  —  Nov. 7 (Bloomberg) — Arsonists who burned five cars in Berlin today may have sought to imitate rioters in France, police in the German capital said.  Another three cars were set alight at a car dealer in the northern German city of Bremen.
Michael J. Totten:
Paris: The Beirut of Europe
Jerusalem Post:
Riots in France claim first fatality
Discussion: Cold Fury
Angela Doland / Associated Press:
Rioters Set Fire to Bus in Southern France
Discussion: Real Teen
BBC:   French violence hits fresh peak
French riots claim first fatality
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: Amygdala and ACSBlog
Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
Bush: "We do not torture"  —  PANAMA CITY (Reuters) …
Discussion: Steve Clemons
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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

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