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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 …
David B. Caruso / Associated Press:   Judith Miller Retires From the N.Y. Times
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
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 …
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.
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: The Strata-Sphere
Jamal Halaby / Associated Press:   Suicide Bombers Kill 53 at Jordan Hotels
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 …
Andrew Buncombe / Independent:
US criticised for use of phosphorous in Fallujah raids
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. …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Ousted CBS Producer Comes Out Swinging  —  After a year of silence about the biggest scandal in CBS News history, Mary Mapes has plenty to say — about George W. Bush, Karl Rove, Les Moonves, her father, bloggers, the mainstream press and others who she believes contributed to her downfall.
TigerHawk:   Fisking Mary Mapes: Resisting the revision of RatherGate
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).
US News:
The election results  —  There's a ritual, a kind of kabuki dance, to interpreting the results of the two gubernatorial elections, in Virginia and New Jersey, that are held the year after the presidential election.  If one party wins both elections, its spin doctors claim that they are a verdict …
Larry Kudlow / The Corner on National Review Online:   ELECTION RESULTS ARE A WAKE-UP CALL
John Derbyshire / The Corner on National Review Online:
Louise Chu / Associated Press:
San Francisco Voters Approve Handgun Ban  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Voters approved ballot measures to ban handguns in San Francisco and urge the city's public high schools and college campuses to keep out military recruiters.  —  The gun ban prohibits the manufacture and sale of all firearms …
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.
Los Angeles Times:
Voters Reject Schwarzenegger's Bid to Remake State Government  —  The governor's four ballot proposals, the foundation of his sweeping plans for change in Sacramento, are halted at the polls.  —  In a sharp repudiation of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Californians rejected all four …

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