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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 …
Joanne Kenen / Reuters:
Democrats scrutinize Alito in Vanguard case  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democrats on Wednesday stepped up their scrutiny of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito's role in a 2002 case that they say could pose a possible conflict of interest.  —  When Alito became a federal appeals court judge in 1990 …
Flip / Suitably Flip:
Conference Call With Alito Advisor Ed Gillespie
Discussion: The Political Teen
Mark / Decision '08:
Blogger Conference Call, Ed Gillespie
Discussion: Myopic Zeal
TimChapman /
RNC organized blogger conference call with Ed Gillespie
Discussion: Wonkette and
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Another Alito Conference Call
Discussion: The Political Teen
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: SCOTUSblog, Steve Clemons and TalkLeft
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 …
Blanton /
Republican Bedwetters on the Hill
Discussion: Viking Pundit
John Byrne /
Pledging to cut spending and slim taxes …
Discussion: The All Spin Zone
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House Leaders Postpone Vote on Budget Bill
Discussion: The Left Coaster and Wonkette
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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."
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?
Anne E. Kornblut / New York Times:
Rove Is More His Old Self at the White House  —  WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 - The architect, it seems, is back.  —  Hunkered down for almost all of October while a grand jury considered his fate, Karl Rove has rebounded as a visible presence at the White House over the last two weeks …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
Rove aide called back to testify as inquiry into Rove's role wraps up, lawyers say  —  Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald will soon conclude his investigation into whether President Bush's deputy chief of staff Karl Rove gave false statements to a grand jury investigating the leak of a covert CIA agent …
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 …

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