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9:55 AM ET, November 9, 2007

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Dan Eggen Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate Confirms Mukasey By 53-40  —  Historically Low Tally for New Attorney General  —  A divided Senate narrowly confirmed former federal judge Michael B. Mukasey last night as the 81st attorney general, giving the nominee the lowest level of congressional support of any Justice Department leader in the past half-century.
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Mukasey Wins Vote in Senate, Despite Democrats' Doubts  —  The Senate confirmed Michael B. Mukasey as attorney general Thursday night, approving him despite Democratic criticism that he had failed to take an unequivocal stance against the torture of terrorism detainees.
Karl Rove / Opinion Journal:
A Failure to Lead  —  The Democratic Congress is more interested in acting out than in taking positive action.  —  This week is the one-year anniversary of Democrats winning Congress.  But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid probably aren't in a celebrating mood.
Yahoo! News:
Mukasey confirmed as attorney general  — Mukasey confirmed as attorney general  —  WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed retired judge Michael Mukasey as attorney general Thursday night to replace Alberto Gonzales, who was forced from office in a scandal over his handling of the Justice Department.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What happened to the Senate's "60-vote requirement"?  —  Every time Congressional Democrats failed this year to stop the Bush administration (i.e., every time they "tried"), the excuse they gave was that they "need 60 votes in the Senate" in order to get anything done.
Richard Esposito / ABCNEWS:
Bernard Kerik: America's Cop Indicted  —  Federal Grand Jury Indicts Kerik on Various Corruption Charges  —  A federal grand jury has voted to indict former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik on charges stemming from the acceptance of free rent and apartment renovations …
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New York Times:
Kerik's Corruption Case Dogs Giuliani  —  The scene outside the old Victorian-style courthouse in Dubuque on Thursday morning showed that the indictment of Bernard B. Kerik is at the very least a big distraction for Rudolph W. Giuliani's presidential campaign.
NY Daily News:
Rudy Giuliani won't say if he'd pardon Kerik as President  —  BY MARY RAE BRAGG in Dubuque, Iowa, and DAVID SALTONSTALL in New York  —  Rudy Giuliani refused to say if he'd consider pardoning his old friend Bernie Kerik - who was indicted Thursday on federal corruption charges - if elected President.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Cash-N-Kerik  —  So Bernie Kerik is finally getting indicted.
Discussion: All Spin Zone
New York Times:
Police Block Bhutto From Attending Rally  —  The opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was placed under house arrest this morning, her political party said.  Streets were filled with police officers carrying batons and shields, and trucks blocked roads, trying to prevent access to a protest rally …
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Washington Post:
Bhutto Detained at Home  —  Police Also Detained Over 5,000 Opposition Party Members Throughout Pakistan  —  Security officials barricaded former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto inside her home behind barbed wire, concrete blocks and armored cars on Friday morning, and turned out in force …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Clinton tops 2008 rivals, gets $530M in earmarks  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) has won tens of millions of dollars more in federal earmarks this year than her rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, even though two of them have significantly more Senate seniority.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and QandO
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Fisnik Abrashi / Associated Press:
59 schoolchildren died in Afghan blast  —  KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's deadliest suicide attack since the Taliban regime's ouster killed 59 schoolchildren, while 96 other students were wounded in the blast, the Education Ministry spokesman said Friday.
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Michael Stittle / CTV.ca:   Warlords no better than Taliban, says Afghan MP
Joerg Wolf / The Moderate Voice:
Germany's Day of Destiny  —  While 9/11 has shaped US foreign policy and national identity significantly, German identity and foreign policy has been shaped even more by 9.11. — that's how we write "November 9th."  —  This is what happened on November 9th in Germany:
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Associated Press:   Merkel, Bush to focus on Iran in talks at Texas ranch
NPR:
Editor's Note: The Tale of the Tip  —  · It started as an aside in a longer interview, but it became an Internet sensation within hours.  —  Anita Esterday, a waitress at the Maid-Rite in Toledo, Iowa, told NPR's David Greene in a report that aired on Morning Edition Thursday that …
JoinRudy2008:
PAT ROBERTSON ENDORSES RUDY GIULIANI FOR PRESIDENT  —  The Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee today announced that Pat Robertson has endorsed Rudy Giuliani for President of the United States.  —  "It is my pleasure to announce my support for America's Mayor, Rudy Giuliani …
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New York Times:
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David Brooks / New York Times:
History and Calumny  —  Today, I'm going to write about a slur.
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USA Today:
Father defends Bush on Iraq war
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Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Things Are Tough All Over  —  But Mrs. Clinton is no Iron Lady.
Discussion: Don Surber and Betsy's Page
Jad Mouawad / New York Times:
Rising Demand for Oil Provokes New Energy Crisis
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Easy stereotypes mask a complicated South
Greg Krikorian / Los Angeles Times:
12 arrested in counter-terrorism and drug-trafficking investigation
Thomas Fuller / New York Times:
Myanmar Standoff Appears to Soften
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Martina Stewart / CNN Political Ticker:
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Michael Luo / New York Times:
From Back of G.O.P. Pack, Huckabee Is Stirring
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Democrats in big, big trouble because of the Great Iraq War — again
Bruce Alpert / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Prostitute tells her Vitter tale in skin mag
Discussion: The Sleuth, The Politico and TBogg
Daily Mail:
Tidal wave heading for England's east coast poses 'extreme danger to life'