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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
BBC:   French violence hits fresh peak
Angela Doland / Associated Press:
Rioters Set Fire to Bus in Southern France
Discussion: Real Teen
French riots claim first fatality
Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
Bush: "We do not torture"  —  PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - The United States will do what it takes to protect itself but "we do not torture," President Bush said on Monday in response to criticism of reported secret CIA prisons and the handling of terrorism suspects.
Discussion: Steve Clemons
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …

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