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The Honorable John P. Murtha  —  War in Iraq  —  (Washington D.C.)- The war in Iraq is not going as advertised.  It is a flawed policy wrapped in illusion.  The American public is way ahead of us.  The United States and coalition troops have done all they can in Iraq, but it is time for a change in direction.
Rod Dreher / The Corner on National Review Online:
MURTHA BREAKS  —  Don't know how many of you caught Rep. John Murtha's very angry, very moving speech just now in which he called on the White House to institute an immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.  CNN didn't air the entire thing, but as I listened to it, I could feel the ground shift.
Discussion: Mathew Gross and Think Progress
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.
Washington Times:
Woodward and the Plame affair
Discussion: Power Line and The Tar Pit
Radio Blogger:   Mickey Kaus explains the Bob Woodward angle in the Plame affair.
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:
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 …
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 …
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Judge Finds Post Reporter in Contempt
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 and The Carpetbagger Report
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Rep. Davis Warns of Backlash if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned
Discussion: War and Piece
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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Two 'Bridges to Nowhere' Tumble Down in Congress  —  WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 - Congressional Republicans decided Wednesday to take a legislative wrecking ball to two Alaskan bridge projects that had demolished the party's reputation for fiscal austerity.  —  Straining to show new dedication …
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Funding for Alaskan Bridges Eliminated
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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 …
Randall Parker / ParaPundit:
Foreign Fighters Rare In Iraq
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 …
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
A lie for a just cause  —  STOP ME IF YOU'VE heard this already.  But there are people out there — honest, decent, sincere people and deranged moonbats, too — who think that George W. Bush lied about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein.  No, seriously, it's true.  "Bush lied, people died" is one of their catchier slogans.
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

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