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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senate Republicans Pushing for a Plan on Ending the War in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 - In a sign of increasing unease among Congressional Republicans over the war in Iraq, the Senate is to consider on Tuesday a Republican proposal that calls for Iraqi forces to take the lead next year …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Senators Agree on Detainee Rights  —  A bipartisan group of senators reached a compromise yesterday that would dramatically alter U.S. policy for treating captured terrorist suspects by granting them a final recourse to the federal courts but stripping them of some key legal rights.
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Senators Reach Gitmo Detainees Compromise
Kevin Drum / The Washington Monthly:
TODAY'S WAR NEWS....Hmmm.  Very interesting news on the war front tonight.
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
Don Surber:
Bush Whacks Situational Hawks  —  Welcome Malkin readers.  I'm flattered. … "Some call this evil Islamic radicalism; others, militant Jihadism; still others, Islamo-fascism.  Whatever we choose to call this enemy, we must recognize that this ideology is very different from the tenets of the great religion of Islam.
Discussion: A Blog For All and Jo's Cafe
White House:
President Delivers Remarks at Elmendorf AFB on War on Terror  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all.  Thanks for the warm welcome.  (Applause.)  Laura and I were in the neighborhood - (laughter) — we thought we'd come by to say hello to the nation's "Arctic Warriors."  (Applause.)
Poll: Bush approval mark at all-time low  —  (CNN) — Beset with an unpopular war and an American public increasingly less trusting, President Bush faces the lowest approval rating of his presidency, according to a national poll released Monday.  —  Bush also received his all-time worst marks …
William J. Bennett / National Review:
Rockefeller's Confession  —  What was the West Virginia Democrat doing as a freelancing prewar diplomat?  —  Yesterday, on Fox News Sunday, the following exchange took place between Chris Wallace and U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence:
New York Times:   A Reminder of How Debate Over Prewar Intelligence Continues to Shadow Bush
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Chillin' with Chalabi: My Journey into the Surreal  —  Ahmad Chalabi's Washington visit hit the top floor today, as he met with Don Rumsfeld in the morning and Dick Cheney in the afternoon.  —  No official word on what they discussed — but I got a sneak peek Friday night over the course …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Gawker
John Ward Anderson / Washington Post:
U.S. Widens Offensive In Far Western Iraq  —  Insurgent Positions Near Syria Targeted  —  BAGHDAD, Nov. 14 — The U.S. military broadened its offensive in western Iraq on Monday, launching a major attack on insurgent positions in the town of Ubaydi near the Syrian border and killing …
New York Times:
2 Marines Die in Assault on Small Iraqi Town
Maria Newman / New York Times:
F.D.A.'s Rejection of Contraceptive Is Questioned  —  Correction Appended  —  The Food and Drug Administration did not follow its usual procedures in rejecting an application for over-the-counter sales of the emergency contraceptive pill Plan B, the investigating arm of Congress found today.
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Report Details F.D.A. Rejection of Next-Day Pill
Discussion: The All Spin Zone
David Stout / New York Times:
Parents Carry Burden of Proof in School Cases, Court Rules  —  WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 - The Supreme Court ruled today, in a case of intense interest to educators and millions of parents, that people who demand changes to their children's special-education programs have the burden of proving those programs inadequate.
Discussion: Don Surber and ACSBlog
Washington Post:
In Special-Ed Case, Court Backs Montgomery Schools
Discussion: Simianbrain and Hit and Run
Tony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Senate Weighs Measures Urging Bush Set Limits in Iraq (Update1)  —  Nov. 14 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Senate opened debate today on measures that would put the chamber on record for the first time asking President George W. Bush to set limits for keeping American troops in Iraq.
Washington Post:
No Right to Abortion, Alito Argued in 1985  —  Reagan-Era Papers Show Staunch Conservatism  —  As a young lawyer in the Reagan administration, Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote that "the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion," declared his firm opposition …
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Another Set of Scare Tactics  —  Mr. President, it won't work this time.  —  With a Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll finding 57 percent of Americans agreeing that George W. Bush "deliberately misled people to make the case for war with Iraq," the president clearly needs to tend to his credibility problems.
I just spent... / Hullabaloo:
Back Room Benedict Arnolds  —  I just spent the last hour reading this series of posts on Obsidion Wings about the reprehensible Lindsey Graham amendment to limit habeas corpus.  I feel sick.  —  I suppose that everyone has certain nightmares that haunt them deeply in some far corner of their consciousness.
New York Times:
Decoding Mr. Bush's Denials  —  To avoid having to account for his administration's misleading statements before the war with Iraq, President Bush has tried denial, saying he did not skew the intelligence.  He's tried to share the blame, claiming that Congress had the same intelligence he had, as well as President Bill Clinton.
Kevin Drum / The Washington Monthly:
MANIPULATING INTELLIGENCE....Did the Bush administration mislead the country during the runup to the Iraq war?  It's true that they turned out to be wrong about a great many things, but that doesn't answer the question.  It merely begs it.  Were they sincerely wrong, or did they intentionally manipulate …

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