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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 …
Michelle Malkin:
LETTERS TO THE GOP  —  Reader reaction to the GOP cave-in on ANWR has been overwhelming.  I'm reprinting just a small sample of letters that came in this morning from conservatives fed-up with Republican "leadership."  —  Update 1120am EST.  I'll keep adding letters throughout the day.
John Byrne /
Pledging to cut spending and slim taxes …
Discussion: The All Spin Zone
The Anchoress:
Attention GOP Leadership:
Steve Bainbridge /
Liveblogging the Ed Gillespie Call  —  Notes on the latest RNC conference call with bloggers re SCOTUS nominee Samuel Alito.  Ed Gillespie is going to focus on Democratic attacks on SCOTUS nominee Alito based on his failure to recuse himself from two cases.  (See NYT article.)
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Another Alito Conference Call
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
Flip / Suitably Flip:
Conference Call With Alito Advisor Ed Gillespie
Discussion: The Political Teen
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.
U.S. Newswire:
Veterans Lash Out at Loss of Voice on Capitol Hill  —  Contact: David E. Autry of Disabled American Veterans, 202-314-5219  —  WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 /U.S. Newswire/ — A proposal to end the long-standing practice of veterans groups addressing a joint session of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees …
Elana Schor / The Hill:
Vets lash out at House over budget moves
Discussion: Left in the West
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.
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 …
John / AMERICAblog:
Scooterlito  —  Because whether you're a top White House official, or a nominee for Supreme Court justice, it doesn't matter what kind of lies you make up under oath so long as you're a Republican.  —  When other judges have submitted answers to written questions from the Senate Judiciary …
Michael Kranish / Boston Globe:
Alito reviewed '95 case involving sister's firm
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?
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Biden: "I'm Running"  —  Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) seems to have made up his mind to enter the 2008 presidential race, based on reading between the lines of a letter he sent to a potential donor last month and obtained by The Fix from the camp of a potential presidential rival.  —  "I'm running," Biden writes.
Patrick J. Buchanan / Human Events:
Bush Leaves GOP in Crisis  —  With the rout of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's initiatives, Democratic victories in New Jersey and Virginia, and President Bush's free fall in national polls on job performance, credibility and character, the Republican Party is in imminent peril of losing the country.
Claire Cozens / Guardian:
Riot coverage 'excessive', says French TV boss  —  One of France's leading TV news executives has admitted censoring his coverage of the riots in the country for fear of encouraging support for far-right politicians.  —  Jean-Claude Dassier, the director general of the rolling news service TCI …
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.
Associated Press:
Frist concerned more about leaks than secret prisons  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says he is more concerned about the leak of information regarding secret CIA detention centers than activity in the prisons themselves.  —  Frist told reporters Thursday …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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."
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

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