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Richard Morin / Washington Post:
Majority of Americans Favor Alito Nomination  —  Most Expect Nominee Wouldn't Vote to Strike Down Roe v. Wade  —  A majority of Americans favor the confirmation of federal appeals court judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the U.S. Supreme Court and an even larger proportion believe Alito would not vote …
Associated Press:
NOTEBOOK: Alito Is a Springsteen Fan  —  He's a Springsteen fan, history buff and marksman.  He can whip up a salmon pate, but don't ask him to bake a cake.  His marriage proposal began as an offer to take dancing lessons.  —  These insights into Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito came from his wife …
Ken I. Kersch / Opinion Journal:
'Mainstream' Bias  —  What Sam Alito and Louis Brandeis have in common.
Discussion: sisu
Your Witness, Senators  —  Expert suggestions on cross-examining Sam Alito.
Discussion: Althouse
Leonard A. Leo / New York Times:   Thirty Questions for Alito: Finality and Fallibility
Liz Austin / Associated Press:
Texas Court Won't Dismiss DeLay Charges  —  AUSTIN, Texas - The state's highest criminal court on Monday denied Rep. Tom DeLay's request that the money laundering charges against him be dismissed or sent back to a lower court for an immediate trial.  —  The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied …
Never a Texas Two-Step  —  When legal and ethical questions began spinning around House majority leader Tom DeLay last year, President George W. Bush was publicly supportive.  Privately, though, he questioned his fellow Texan's mojo.  Bush had scored 10 points higher than DeLay …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Two Major Contenders in Race to Lead House Republicans  —  WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 - The contest for House Republican leader shaped up Sunday as a race between two senior rivals, with the Bush administration and its Congressional allies braced for a potentially divisive internal battle at the start of a crucial campaign year.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Hastert Moves to Tighten Rules on Lobbyists  —  With Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) formally removed from congressional leadership, House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) took the next step yesterday in Republican efforts to distance the party from a growing corruption scandal …
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Perspective: Create an e-annoyance, go to jail  —  Annoying someone via the Internet is now a federal crime.  —  It's no joke.  Last Thursday, President Bush signed into law a prohibition on posting annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail messages without disclosing your true identity.
US troops seize award-winning Iraqi journalist  —  American troops in Baghdad yesterday blasted their way into the home of an Iraqi journalist working for the Guardian and Channel 4, firing bullets into the bedroom where he was sleeping with his wife and children.
Juan / Informed Comment:   The Guerrillas who Came in from the Cold
National Review:
One Moment in Time  —  There's an old Chinese theory according to which the best way to understand historical events is not to reconstruct the sequence of "causes" by which the events were "produced," but rather to look at the unique characteristics of the moment in which the events occurred.
Associated Press:
Sen. Kennedy to Publish Children's Book  —  Meet the latest children's author, Sen. Ted Kennedy, and his Portuguese Water Dog, Splash, his co-protagonist in "My Senator and Me: A Dogs-Eye View of Washington, D.C."  —  Scholastic Inc. will release the book in May.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
RNC Blogger Forum: Hearing Live-Blog, Day 1
Discussion: Elephants in Academia
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Marks for Sharks  —  The Abramoff scandal may sink congressional Republicans if they don't get serious about spending reforms.  —  It's fitting that Rep. Tom DeLay is returning to his seat on the Appropriations Committee now that he is gone for good as House majority leader.
Opinion Journal:
Incumbency Over Ideas  —  The House GOP's real problems.
Daniela Deane / Washington Post:
Cheney Briefly Hospitalized Monday Morning  —  Vice President Dick Cheney went to George Washington University Hospital in the middle of night Monday experiencing shortness of breath, which doctors found was unrelated to his recurring heart problems, a White House statement said.
Discussion: The Heretik
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:   Cheney Hospitalized, Then Released
US draws up space tourism rules  —  Space tourists must be screened to ensure they are not terrorists, according to proposed regulations from the US Federal Aviation Administration.  —  The draft report's suggestions aim to prevent a terrorist from destroying a spacecraft or using it as a weapon.
Discussion: Wonkette
Washington Post:
N.Y. Times Editor-Reporter Dies After Attack in NW  —  David E. Rosenbaum, a longtime editor and reporter in the Washington bureau of the New York Times, died yesterday after being beaten and robbed Friday night near his home in upper Northwest Washington.  —  Rosenbaum, 63 …

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