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2:50 AM ET, November 9, 2007

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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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Michelle Malkin:
The Kerik indictment, Giuliani, and the GOP  —  We are all fallen, imperfect beings.  The news of the federal indictment of Bernie Kerik is a sad moment, a cautionary tale, and an object lesson.  —  Sad, because Kerik rose from the child of a prostitute to "America's cop"-and this nation loves such tales of success.
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
How Will Media Play Kerik's Indictment?
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
Martina Stewart / CNN Political Ticker:
Sources: Grand jury indicts ex-N.Y. police commissioner Kerik
ABCNEWS:
Giuliani Admits 'Mistake' in Case of Indicted Police Commissioner
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Giuliani: Erred in not checking Kerik, indicted today
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.
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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.
The Blotter:
Exclusive: FBI: Al Qaeda May Strike U.S. Shopping Malls in LA, Chicago  —  Richard Esposito and Vic Walter Report:  —  The FBI is warning that al Qaeda may be preparing a series of holiday attacks on U.S. shopping malls in Los Angeles and Chicago, according to an intelligence report distributed …
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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
New FBI Warning: Al Qaeda Plans U.S. Mall Attacks Holiday Season
Discussion: Reuters
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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Daily Mail:
Tidal wave heading for England's east coast poses 'extreme danger to life'  —  Tens of thousands of householders are today preparing for some of the worst coastal floods in decades.  —  Sea levels could rise up to 9ft this morning along part of the East Coast, putting lives at risk.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
SPEAK FOR YOURSELF....Responding to my suggestion earlier today that the American public increasingly opposes the Iraq war regardless of how well it's going, Tobin Harshaw of the Opinionator says: … Not only is this baseless (read the post and judge for yourself), it's craven.  Even worse, it's bad writing.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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Tanta / Calculated Risk:
WaMu and The Rep War  —  Via PJ at Housing Wire, I see that WaMu put a PR out yesterday on the matter of Mr. Cuomo's investigation into its appraisal practices.  As PJ notes, this is the part that matters: … That last sentence is clearly a direct response to the last sentence of this part of Fannie Mae's PR from earlier yesterday:
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Forbes:   Fed's Bernanke again reluctant to raise loan limit for Fannie, Freddie
Daily Mail:
British Muslim woman convicted of penning poems about beheadings  —  An airport worker who wrote poems about beheadings is the first woman to be found guilty under new terror laws.  —  Samina Malik, who liked to call herself a "lyrical terrorist", called for attacks on the West and described …
Bruce Alpert / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Prostitute tells her Vitter tale in skin mag  —  She says he bristled about 'these damn politicians' out to get him  —  WASHINGTON — A former New Orleans prostitute who has said David Vitter was a regular customer in 1999 says the soon-to-be congressman and U.S. senator was sometimes stressed during …
Discussion: The Politico and The Sleuth
Ali / Think Progress:
Lieberman: 'Paranoid, Hyper-Partisan' 'Left-Wing Blogs' Wrote 'Conspiracy Theories' On Iran  —  Speaking today at the Johns Hopkins Center for Politics and Foreign Relations, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) accused "left-wing blogs" of making up "conspiracy theories" about the Kyl-Lieberman amendment, which passed the Senate last month.
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush's Disastrous Dollar Policy  —  President Bush doesn't talk about the dollar much, but when he does, he's got exactly one thing to say about it: "We have a strong dollar policy."  —  It's becoming increasingly clear, however, that Bush's "strong dollar policy" is driving the greenback into the ground.
Daniel Pipes Columns:
Saddam's Damn Dam  —  The surge of U.S. troops in Baghdad is succeeding but deeper structural problems continue to plague the American presence in Iraq.  The country's largest dam, 40 kilometers northwest of Mosul, near the Turkish border, spectacularly symbolizes this predicament.
ABCNEWS:
Paul vs. Bernanke on Value of the Dollar  —  Candidate Rep. Ron Paul Faces Off With Fed Chairman  —  When you are Ron Paul, your public enemy No. 1 is the chairman of the Federal Reserve.  —  Because when you are Ron Paul, although you are technically a Republican, you are really a libertarian …
 
 
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''Citizen 2.'' Will Impact 2008 Election, According to New Study …
Discussion: Blog P.I. and techPresident
Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
New Iraq measure would require withdrawal
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Is Kevin Drum a Clinton sycophant?
Michael Luo / New York Times:
From Back of G.O.P. Pack, Huckabee Is Stirring
Discussion: Lonewacko
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Decks Are Stacked in War Crimes Cases, Lawyers Say
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Democrats in big, big trouble because of the Great Iraq War — again
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
The Clinton pile-on piles higher: Et tu Richardson?
Discussion: Liberal Values
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Deroy Murdock on Waterboarding, Ctd.
 Earlier Items: 
Atrios / Eschaton:
Centrism  —  Let's be clear that "centrism" is, for the most part …
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Iraqi passengers sue airline, claim discrimination
Marshall Wittmann / lieberman.senate.gov:
Lieberman Delivers Major Address on "The Politics of National Security"
Discussion: Wake up America and Commentary
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Veteran Interrogator: You Don't Need to Torture Even in 'Ticking Bomb' Case
The Long War Journal:
Why the violence has declined in Iraq
philly.com:
Rare welcome to a red-blooded conservative
Discussion: Attytood and Hullabaloo
David Stout / New York Times:
In First Bush Veto Override, Senate Enacts Water Bill