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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Times and Reporter Reach Agreement on Her Departure  —  The New York Times and Judith Miller, a veteran reporter for the paper, reached an agreement today that ends her 28-year career at the newspaper and caps more than two weeks of negotiations.  —  Ms. Miller went to jail this summer rather …
New York Times:
Times Editor's Memo to Staff on Judith Miller  —  To the Staff:  —  Judy Miller has retired from The New York Times effective today.  —  In her 28 years at The Times, Judy participated in some great, prize-winning journalism.  She displayed fierce determination and personal courage …
Discussion: Wonkette
David B. Caruso / Associated Press:   Judith Miller Retires From the N.Y. Times
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Judy is Out; Wants It Made Clear She Didn't Screw Libby (Just the American Public)
Discussion: The Original Blog
Associated Press:
Attacks at U.S.-Based Hotels in Amman Were Minutes Apart  —  AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Suicide bombers carried out nearly simultaneous attacks on three U.S.-based hotels in the Jordanian capital Wednesday night, killing at least 57 people and wounding 115 in what appeared to be an al-Qaida assault …
Explosions rock Jordan hotels  —  At least 18 killed, 120 injured; blasts said to have earmarks of al-Qaida  —  AMMAN, Jordan - Suicide bombers on Wednesday attacked three hotels frequented by Westerners, and at least 18 people were killed and 120 wounded, police said.
Discussion: T. Longren
Athena / Terrorism Unveiled:
It has happened, Amman has been attacked  —  Terrorists have attacked three hotels in Amman, the Radisson SAS, the Hyatt, and the Days Inn, both very nice hotels in the capital, with many tourists, as well as locals going there to eat at their nice restaurants and for celebrations such as weddings.
Bombers hit 3 Amman hotels  —  AMMAN (Reuters) - Three suspected suicide bombers blew themselves up in three hotels in Amman on Wednesday and many people were feared dead, Jordan's official news agency, Petra, reported.  —  The agency, quoting a police spokesman, said the three targeted hotels …
Andrew Cochran / The Counterterrorism Blog:
Jordan Suicide Bombings at Hotels (updated)  —  LAST UPDATE AT 6:10 pm ET.  Three near-simultaneous suicide bombings at three Western hotels in Amman with no prior warning of threat - first suicide bombings in Jordan - at least 57 dead and 300+ wounded, apparently most of them Jordanians and no Americans …
Washington Post:
Explosions Rock Three Hotels in Jordan
Discussion: In the Bullpen and IMAO
Jamal Halaby / Associated Press:   Suicide Bombers Kill 53 at Jordan Hotels
Scott Burgess / The Daily Ablution:
Ablution Exclusive: Weapons Expert Challenges White Phosphorus Claims  —  Predictably, the "US used chemical weapons at Fallujah" story is spreading like phosphorus fire, and the Independent reprises its coverage today.  —  Interestingly, a careful reading of the latest Indy article …
Andrew Buncombe / Independent:
US criticised for use of phosphorous in Fallujah raids  —  A leading campaign group has demanded an urgent inquiry into a report that US troops indiscriminately used a controversial incendiary weapon during the battle for Fallujah.  Photographic evidence gathered from the aftermath …
Norman Podhoretz / Commentary:
Who Is Lying About Iraq?  —  Among the many distortions, misrepresentations, and outright falsifications that have emerged from the debate over Iraq, one in particular stands out above all others.  This is the charge that George W. Bush misled us into an immoral and/or unnecessary war in Iraq …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Bush, GOP mired in political quicksand  —  NBC/WSJ poll shows president at new lows in all job approval categories  —  WASHINGTON - Democrats might be overstating that their gubernatorial victories Tuesday in New Jersey and Virginia are glaring signs for next year's midterm congressional elections …
Reuel Marc Gerecht / Opinion Journal:
I Spy With My Little Eye . . .  . . . something beginning with the letter S.  (Answer: Sloppy spooks.)  —  "And they [CIA employees] have to expect that when they do their jobs, that information about whether or not they are affiliated with the CIA will be protected. …
Larry Kudlow / The Corner on National Review Online:
ELECTION RESULTS ARE A WAKE-UP CALL  —  Last night's election results were a stinging blow to the Republican party.  Undoubtedly Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Rahm Emmanuel are in very good moods today.  This off-year election raises the question about a Democratic sweep in next year's mid-term elections.
Discussion: Viking Pundit
Joel Kotkin / Opinion Journal:
Why Immigrants Don't Riot Here  —  France's rigid economic system sustains privilege and inspires resentment.  —  The French political response to the continuing riots has focused most on the need for more multicultural "understanding" of, and public spending on, the disenchanted mass in the country's grim banlieues (suburbs).
Blair defeated over terror laws  —  Tony Blair says his authority is intact despite suffering his first House of Commons defeat as prime minister  —  He said he hoped MPs "do not rue the day" they rejected his call to allow police to detain terror suspects for up to 90 days without charging them.

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