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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House Shelves Alaska Drilling in Budget Fight  —  WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 - House Republican leaders were forced to jettison a plan for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska on Wednesday night to save a sweeping spending bill, a concession that came one day after the party suffered significant election loses.
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Dem's win in Va. gov race gives GOP a scare  —  House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert and the House Republican campaign chairman, Rep. Tom Reynolds, were given a sobering warning last week by senior GOP political operatives.  They were told that on Tuesday, Nov. 8, the Democrats were sure to win the governorship of Virginia.
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
House Drops Arctic Drilling From Bill  —  WASHINGTON - A solid phalanx of Republican moderates drove House GOP leaders to drop a hotly contested plan to open an Alaskan wilderness area to oil drilling as a sweeping budget bill headed toward a vote Thursday.  —  A plan to allow states to lift …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
GOP to Strike Arctic Drilling From House Bill
California Conservative:   Open Letter To Dennis Hastert And Congressional Republicans
Scott Burgess / The Daily Ablution:
Indy Reporter Responds, Phosphorus 'Witness' Discredited, Racism in the Banlieue  —  One good sign that you've done well in a discussion is the descent by your counterpart into the realm of the ad hominem.  If, at the same time, he ignores the substantive, factual points you've raised (e.g. …
Hassan M. Fattah / New York Times:
Shocked Jordanians Protest Bombings in Their Capital  —  AMMAN, Jordan, Nov. 10 - Thousands of Jordanians staged protests in the heart of the capital today against the terrorist bombings that killed 59 people and wounded about 100 when they ripped nearly simultaneously through three popular hotels on Wednesday night.
Jamal Halaby / Associated Press:
At Least One American Among Dead in Jordan  —  AMMAN, Jordan - At least one American was among the 56 people killed by suicide bombers in attacks on three U.S.-based hotels Wednesday night, a U.S. Embassy official said Thursday.  At least two other Americans were wounded.  The victims were not identified.
Michael Kranish / Boston Globe:
Alito reviewed '95 case involving sister's firm  —  Questions persist about conflicts  —  WASHINGTON — Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., who said in 1990 that he would disqualify himself from cases involving his sister's law firm, was a member of an appeals court that reviewed a 1995 case …
New York Times:
Democrats Press Court Designee Over Mutual Fund Case  —  WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 - Laying the groundwork for a possible strategy of attacking Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., Senate Democrats are ratcheting up their questions about the judge's failure to disqualify himself from a case involving Vanguard …
Discussion: Sisyphus Shrugged
Joe / AMERICAblog:
Alito has a history of not keeping his word to the US Senate
Discussion: Left in the West
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Stop This Amendment.  —  From the AP: … To repeat: this could come up for a vote tomorrow.  TalkLeft has posted a pdf of the amendment.  The relevant text: … This is seriously bad news.  As best I can tell, it strips the courts of all power to hear any habeas motion from a detainee …
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:   Senator: Bar Terror Suspects From Court
Weekly Standard:
The Party of Sam's Club  —  THE PRESIDENCY OF GEORGE W. Bush has three years yet to run, but this season of scandal and disillusionment is an opportune moment for conservatives to start thinking seriously about the post-Bush era—and particularly how to fashion a domestic policy from the wreckage …
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Could I ever become a Democrat?
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Intelligence Probe Takes Shape  —  Senators Discuss Inquiry Into Administration Statements About Iraq  —  The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence yesterday worked out a tentative arrangement for pursuing its inquiry into how the Bush administration publicly portrayed the intelligence …
Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
Bush 'sank' GOP in Virginia  —  RICHMOND — President Bush's sinking popularity helped seal Democrat Timothy M. Kaine's victory in Virginia's gubernatorial election Tuesday, politicians and pollsters said yesterday.  —  "We know that George Bush is just killing us," said Delegate David B. Albo …
James Ridgeway /
Centrist Democrats Notch Big Win
Discussion: Centerfield
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
An Important Indictment  —  The flailing Bush presidency continues to spin off new compelling story lines almost daily; yesterday it was torture, today it's Bush as electoral albatross.  It's almost inevitable that the media will let some fall by the wayside.
Lynne Duke / Washington Post:
The Reporter's Last Take  —  In an Era of Anonymous Sources, Judy Miller Is a Cautionary Tale of the Times  —  NEW YORK Judy Miller's fumbling with the tape recorder.  It's not even her tape recorder.  —  "This is off the record," she's saying, her voice high and nasal.
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Down Syndrome Now Detectable In 1st Trimester  —  Earlier Diagnosis Allows More Time for Decisions  —  A first-trimester screening test can reliably identify fetuses likely to be born with Down syndrome, providing expectant women with that information much earlier in a pregnancy than current testing allows …
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
White House Stands by 'Not Accurate' Quote in Dispute  —  NEW YORK Presidential Press Secretary Scott McClellan's short answer to a question at his daily press briefing last week has prompted a dispute between the White House press office and two news organizations that offer transcripts of the events.
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
At the White House, Prizes for 14 Champs  —  Medal of Freedom Ceremony Shows Ali as Fast as Ever  —  Aretha Franklin was teary-eyed, Carol Burnett was teasing, Alan Greenspan was reliably taciturn, and "The Greatest of All Time" stole the show when President Bush bestowed the Medal of Freedom …
Discussion: WTF Is It Now??

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