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Todd S. Purdum / New York Times:
New Disclosure Could Prolong Inquiry on Leak  —  WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 - The disclosure that a current or former Bush administration official told Bob Woodward of The Washington Post more than two years ago that the wife of a prominent administration critic worked for the C.I.A. threatened Wednesday …
Washington Post:
Woodward Could Be a Boon to Libby  —  The revelation that The Washington Post's Bob Woodward may have been the first reporter to learn about CIA operative Valerie Plame could provide a boost to the only person indicted in the leak case: I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
Radio Blogger:   Mickey Kaus explains the Bob Woodward angle in the Plame affair.
Washington Post:
1985 Memo by Alito Has Legal Weight, Senators Say  —  Two key Republicans and some Democrats said yesterday that Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. will be unable to assert during his confirmation hearing that his personal views have no bearing on how he might rule because he has stated legal opinions …
Discussion: TAPPED
Dan Balz / Washington Post:   Rep. Davis Warns of Backlash if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned
Louis Freeh / Opinion Journal:
An Incomplete Investigation  —  Why did the 9/11 Commission ignore "Able Danger"?  —  It was interesting to hear from the 9/11 Commission again on Tuesday.  This self-perpetuating and privately funded group of lobbyists and lawyers has recently opined on hurricanes, nuclear weapons …
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Cheney Says Senate War Critics Make 'Reprehensible Charges'  —  WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 - Vice President Dick Cheney joined the White House attack on critics of the Iraq war Wednesday night when he told a conservative group that senators who had suggested that the Bush administration manipulated …
Wall Street Journal:
Bush's Approval Rating Falls Again, Poll Shows  —  President Bush's positive job rating continues to fall, touching another new low for his presidency, the latest Harris Interactive poll finds.  —  Bush's current job approval rating stands at 34%, compared with a positive rating of 88% soon after 9/11 …
James Glanz / New York Times:
American Faces Charge of Graft for Work in Iraq  —  In what is expected to be the first of a series of criminal charges against officials and contractors overseeing the rebuilding of Iraq, an American has been charged with paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks …
Aram Roston / MSNBC:
NBC: Massive bid-rigging scam alleged in Iraq
Discussion: Informed Comment and Demagogue
Jonathan Finer / Washington Post:
Among Insurgents in Iraq, Few Foreigners Are Found  —  BAGHDAD — Before 8,500 U.S. and Iraqi soldiers methodically swept through Tall Afar two months ago in the year's largest counterinsurgency offensive, commanders described the northern city as a logistics hub for fighters …
Discussion: ParaPundit and Rantingprofs
White House:
Vice President's Remarks at the Frontiers of Freedom Institute 2005 Ronald Reagan Gala  —  Thank you very much, and good evening to all of you.  I heard about your gathering, and since I work down the street from here I thought I'd drop in and say hello.  —  Let me thank the good people …
Brendan / Open Source:
"Open Source Media": In Case You're Confused,  —  In May we named our show "Open Source" and we named our non-profit production company "Open Source Media."  In fact, this used to be our URL until we decide to scrap the "net" and look for an "org."  But here's the actual legal-type description of what we are:
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Congress Arrives at A Deal on Patriot Act  —  Limits Would Spare Some Controversial Government Powers  —  House and Senate negotiators reached a tentative agreement yesterday on revisions to the USA Patriot Act that would limit some of the government's powers while requiring the Justice Department …
Knight Ridder:
In challenging war's critics, administration tinkers with truth  —  WASHINGTON — Vice President Dick Cheney turned up the White House rhetoric Wednesday in attacking critics of the Iraq war, accusing some unnamed lawmakers of lacking "backbone."  —  Cheney's rough-edged remarks were the latest …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TAPPED
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Post Reporter Is Held in Contempt in Civil Suit  —  A federal judge found a Washington Post reporter in contempt of court yesterday for refusing to reveal who gave him information about an investigation of nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee.  —  U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ruled …
Jamie Glazov / Front Page Magazine:
Where the WMDs Went  —  Frontpage Interview's guest today is Bill Tierney, a former military intelligence officer and Arabic speaker who worked at Guantanamo Bay in 2002 and as a counter-infiltration operator in Baghdad in 2004.  He was also an inspector (1996-1998) for the United Nations Special Commission …
US senators demand oil execs re-testify, under oath  —  Senate Democrats demanded that oil company executives who testified last week about skyrocketing energy prices reappear before lawmakers and testify under oath, after news reports raised questions about the truthfulness of their testimony.
open media sores of indeterminate origins  —  Many years ago, I ghost wrote a segment for The Chris Rock show mocking the dot-com boom.  The tape is lost in the mess here...but from what I recall a guy working out of his mother's garage had an idea for a business.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Criticism of Voting Law Was Overruled  —  Justice Dept. Backed Georgia Measure Despite Fears of Discrimination  —  A team of Justice Department lawyers and analysts who reviewed a Georgia voter-identification law recommended rejecting it because it was likely to discriminate against black voters …
Debbie Schlussel:
Christians, Minutemen—Bad; Detroit—Good: What You Can & Can't Say in America  —  TV teaches you a lot about what you can and can't say in America, these days.  —  On Wednesday Night's NBC line-up, Christians were portrayed as violent fanatics who try to blow up a Detroit mosque.

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