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8:45 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.
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.
Discussion: Balkinization and Cliff Schecter
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Cash-N-Kerik  —  So Bernie Kerik is finally getting indicted.
Discussion: All Spin Zone
New York Times:
Kerik's Corruption Case Dogs Giuliani
ABCNEWS:
Giuliani Admits 'Mistake' in Case of Indicted Police Commissioner
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Martina Stewart / CNN Political Ticker:
Sources: Grand jury indicts ex-N.Y. police commissioner Kerik
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
How Will Media Play Kerik's Indictment?
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
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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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
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 …
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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
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 …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp and New York Times
Michael Luo / New York Times:
From Back of G.O.P. Pack, Huckabee Is Stirring  —  Mike Huckabee's field staff had expected a modest crowd for a campaign event at a tiny rural community college near here on Wednesday.  But as people began to cram into the shoe-box-size room, campaign organizers scurried to roll back a dividing wall and set up extra chairs.
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
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Easy stereotypes mask a complicated South  —  HILTON HEAD, S.C. — In the 2000 GOP primary, the lens of the national media lingered on two images that visiting journalists felt summed up this state's red-necked Southern essence: the born-again students and faculty at Bob Jones University …
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
A Bush Veto Is Overridden for the 1st Time  —  With Action on Spending Bills, Hill Signals Fight With White House Over Priorities  —  A year after Democrats won control of Capitol Hill, Congress delivered its clearest victory yet over President Bush yesterday, resoundingly overturning …
 
 
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Karl Rove / Opinion Journal:
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
SPEAK FOR YOURSELF....Responding to my suggestion earlier today …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Democrats in big, big trouble because of the Great Iraq War — again
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