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Washington Post:
Asterisks Dot White House's Iraq Argument  —  President Bush and his national security adviser have answered critics of the Iraq war in recent days with a two-pronged argument: that Congress saw the same intelligence the administration did before the war, and that independent commissions …
Richard W. Stevenson / New York Times:
Bush Contends Partisan Critics Hurt War Effort  —  TOBYHANNA, Pa., Nov. 11 - President Bush on Friday sharply criticized Democrats who have accused him of misleading the nation about the threat from Iraq's weapons programs, calling their criticism "deeply irresponsible" and suggesting that they are undermining the war effort.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Bush Fights Back  —  ON VETERANS' DAY, the president fought back.  In a major speech Friday at Tobyhanna Army Depot in Pennsylvania, President Bush defended the war in Iraq.  Most notably, he defended the probity and honesty with which his administration made the case for the war to remove Saddam.
Deacon / Power Line:
THEY'RE BAAACK  —  Dana Milbank and Walter Pincus attempt to pick at the Bush administration's defense of its handling of pre-war intelligence and its statements about what that intelligence showed.  But they succeed only in showing that the attacks on Bush in these regards are meritless and hypocritcal.
Discussion: Unclaimed Territory
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:   Bush Forcefully Attacks Iraq Critics
Don Surber:
Bush's Gettysburg  —  Welcome Instapundit readers.  —  From a small town in Pennsylvania, the president came to finally answer critics of an increasingly unpopular war, a war that Democrats hoped would sweep them into office in the next election. … Much attention is being given …
Pasco Conservative / Stuck On Stupid:
Veteran's Day Blogfest!  —  From :  —  Veterans' Day (formerly Armistice Day)  —  November 11, is the anniversary of the Armistice which was signed in the Forest of Compiegne by the Allies and the Germans in 1918, ending World War I, after four years of conflict.
Jakejacobsen / Freedom Folks:
War, What Is It Good For?  —  Of course today is Veterans day.  A day to reflect on those who've sacrificed for our freedoms.  I think most of us tend to think of those in our own lives rather than some sort of celluloid hero.  —  My experience from childhood is drawn from my paternal grandfather.
Discussion: Kenders' Musings
Romeocat / CatHouse Chat:
Veterans' Day, 2005  —  Today is the day that our country sets aside to give due honor and thanks to the men and women who have so faithfully served their country.  Ever since our country was founded 229 years ago, men and women have stepped forward selflessly to stand for America.
Mdrache / overtaken~by~events:
Present Arms
Discussion: The Truth Laid Bear
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Democrats Losing Race For Funds Under Dean  —  The Democratic National Committee under Howard Dean is losing the fundraising race against Republicans by nearly 2 to 1, a slow start that is stirring concern among strategists who worry that a cash shortage could hinder the party's competitiveness in next year's midterm elections.
Curt /
The President's Speech  —  President Bush gave a great speech today, actually a outstanding speech: … You can view one of my favorite parts here.  The transcript is here.  —  About time he swung back at these idiots on the left and the MSM.  —  I also believe this was a great day to make this speech.
Deacon / Power Line:
THE PATHETIC MICHAEL SCHEUER  —  claims that, "in the war against al Qaeda, Saddam Hussein was one of our best allies."  And the selectively pathetic Chris Matthews gives Scheuer a free pass on his big lie.  Thomas Joscelyn has the details.  —  JOHN adds: That's an interesting change of heart on Scheuer's part.
Discussion: The American Thinker
Kevin Rothstein / Boston Herald:
Mayor suggests summit, searches to stem flow of illegal guns  —  Pointing to the rising number of shootings in Boston, Mayor Thomas M. Menino is calling for a "handgun summit" in New England and raised the possibility of random police searches of cars crossing into the state to intercept illegal weapons.
Discussion: Wizbang
Mumbles Unveils His Latest "Plan"
KEN / Oblogatory Anecdotes:
Thank You Veterans!  Trackback Weekend!  —  Read Complete Post!  —  You can read my weekly article on by clicking on the link.  My story conserns school choice and Children First Utah.  —  Also it is Trackback weekend.  You can leave a trackback or comment on any subject.
Barnaby J. Feder / New York Times:
Peter F. Drucker, a Pioneer in Social and Management Theory, Is Dead at 95  —  Peter F. Drucker, the political economist and author, whose view that big business and nonprofit enterprises were the defining innovation of the 20th century led him to pioneering social and management theories …
George Ryan Trial / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama rips Kirk nod to anti-Arab bias  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Barack Obama, the U.S. Senate's only black member, criticized another lawmaker from Illinois on Wednesday for published comments on discrimination against young Arabs.  —  Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk was at an event last weekend …
New York Times:
Bush's Conservative Judge Harbors Libertarian Streak  —  Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. has vigorously defended freedom of expression, adopting a stance that places him among a group of conservative judges with a libertarian streak.  —  Judge Alito's broad reading of the freedom of speech …
Discussion: Below The Beltway and TalkLeft
David Burge / iowahawk:
LES RISIBLÉS  —  EXCERPTS FROM MY FAILED MUSICAL  —  (IH Bigups to the great Mike Wallster of Ipso Facto for the illustration)  —  ACT I … CHIRAC  —  It's great to be part of the UN... the EU's a marvelous thing...  VILLEPIN  —  In our little cloister the world is our oyster...
Discussion: The Bad Hair Blog

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