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Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Alito Defends His Actions In Two Appeals Court Cases  —  In Letter to Senators, Nominee Denies Conflict of Interest  —  Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. said yesterday that he did nothing improper when he ruled in cases involving two financial firms in which he held accounts …
Mark / Decision '08:
Blogger Conference Call, Ed Gillespie
Discussion: Myopic Zeal
Flip / Suitably Flip:
Conference Call With Alito Advisor Ed Gillespie
Discussion: The Political Teen
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Another Alito Conference Call
Discussion: The Political Teen
TimChapman /
RNC organized blogger conference call with Ed Gillespie
Discussion: Wonkette and
John / AMERICAblog:   Scooterlito  —  Because whether you're a top White House official …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
House GOP Leaders Scuttle Budget-Cut Vote  —  WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders scuttled a vote Thursday on a $51 billion budget-cut package in the face of a revolt by lawmakers over scaling back Medicaid, food stamp and student loan programs.  —  The development was a major setback …
John Byrne /
Pledging to cut spending and slim taxes …
Discussion: The All Spin Zone
Blanton /
Republican Bedwetters on the Hill
Discussion: Viking Pundit
Associated Press:
Pat Robertson Warns Pa. Town of Disaster  —  VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson warned residents of a rural Pennsylvania town Thursday that disaster may strike there because they "voted God out of your city" by ousting school board members who favored teaching intelligent design.
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Senate Approves Limiting Rights of U.S. Detainees  —  WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 - The Senate voted Thursday to strip captured "enemy combatants" at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, of the principal legal tool given to them last year by the Supreme Court when it allowed them to challenge their detentions in United States courts.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
11/10/05 FOX Poll: President Bush's Ratings Continue to Suffer  —  NEW YORK — As investigations and accusations surround the White House, the latest FOX News poll finds President George W. Bush's approval rating at a record low for the second time in as many months.
Terror attacks spark fury in Jordan  —  Amman stunned by suicide bombings  —  AMMAN, Jordan (CNN) — Three terror bombings that killed at least 56 people in Jordan's capital sparked furious protests against al Qaeda on Thursday after a Web site carried a claim that the group was behind the attacks.
Elana Schor / The Hill:
Vets lash out at House over budget moves  —  As Veterans Day approaches and the war in Iraq rages on, veterans-service organizations are criticizing House leaders for ending a 55-year legislative tradition, and fearing that Congress will not fill next year's budget gap for veterans healthcare.
Discussion: Left in the West
Bob Moser / The Nation:
Cornbread and Roses  —  On a soft gray Monday in mid-October, the Interfaith Council shelter in downtown Chapel Hill has a brand-new volunteer, brimming with enthusiasm that's almost annoying at 10:15 in the morning.  "How're you all doing back there?"  John Edwards calls out to the kitchen crew …
Radio Blogger:
Mark Steyn on the pan-Arab identity instead of country citizenship that ties in Jordan, Bali, Chechnya & France.  —  HH: I begin with columnist to the world, Mark Steyn.  You can read everything he writes at  Mark, how are you?  Are you in New Hampshire still?
John F. Manning / New York Times:
Balancing Act  —  SOME Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have argued that Judge Samuel A. Alito's nomination to succeed Justice Sandra Day O'Connor merits more thorough scrutiny, if not outright rejection, because it would disturb the "balance of the court."
Five Minutes With: Paul Krugman  —  Paul Krugman has been called "the most important political columnist in America" by The Washington Monthly.  An economist who has taught at MIT, Princeton, Yale, and Stanford, Krugman became a columnist for the New York Times' opinion section in 2000.
Banned NFL Receiver Terrell Owens Finds a Friend in Ralph Nader  —  Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) — Philadelphia Eagles receiver Terrell Owens has a new supporter in his quest to get his job back: Ralph Nader.  —  The two-time presidential candidate and consumer advocate asked the National Football League …
Michael Moynihan / Stockholm Spectator GroupBlog:
RAI Documentary: Editing, the Michael Moore Way  —  As the credits roll in Fallujah: The Forgotten Massacre (discussed below), and the morose "aren't the Americans evil" music is piped in, the viewer is faced with a horrifying scene: a group of Iraqis, cowering under scant cover, brutally mowed down by Apache helicopter fire.
Al-Libi's Tall Tales  —  A CIA document obtained by NEWSWEEK provides further evidence that the U.S. intelligence community had serious doubts about information from a high-level Qaeda detainee before the Iraq war.  —  Nov. 10, 2005 - A CIA document shows the agency in January 2003 raised questions …
Discussion: The Left Coaster and THE BRAD BLOG
National Review:
The Marines@230  —  On November 10, 1775, 230 years ago, the Continental Congress authorized the formation of two battalions of Marines.  Tradition says that the earliest recruiting of Marines took place at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, owned by Robert Mullan, who later became a Continental Marine officer.

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