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Ayotte: Planned Parenthood’s Case

By on 11.30.05 | 11:53AM

Their counsel, Jennifer Dalven, is leading with the fear of a medical emergency. "The undisputed evidence here is that ... every minute puts [the women] at risk."

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Ayotte: Standards for Facial Challenges

By on 11.30.05 | 11:46AM

Solicitor General Paul Clement: Ayotte isn't even meeting a large fraction of cases in which the statute would be invalid.

Souter: That was true in Casey.... After Casey, I don't think one could plausibly argue that Salerno is the standard....

Kennedy: If not Casey or Salerno, how should I rule?

Clement: In favor of the state... their case is based on a one in a thousand possibility.

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Ayotte: One Application

By on 11.30.05 | 11:34AM

Listening to the oral arguments in the Ayotte case: Scalia mentioned that it's rare for the Court to invalidate a law if only one application violates rights.

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The Silence on Lieberman is Deafening

By on 11.30.05 | 11:22AM

Will someone please explain how Jack Murtha caused an uproar and Joe Lieberman was largely ignored? That's a rhetorical question...

Meanwhile, POTUS gives another great speech at the Naval Academy and the cables have gone out of their way to let the Ds rewrite history, warp the reality of the real progress being made in Iraq, and distort the truth for political gain.

Clearly, the MSM wants Iraq to be Vietnam (and all that connotes) as badly as the folks at and the DNC.

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THAT Gary Hart?

By on 11.30.05 | 11:16AM

Yes, a fellow member of the political graveyard elite (qualification: U.S. senator, ran for president, failed, thinks folks still care what he thinks) has spoken for John Kerry. John Kerry's PAC/shadow campaign just sent a fundraising email under Hart's name:

When John Kerry called for the withdrawal of 20,000 troops over the holidays, and the majority of remaining combat troops by the end of 2006, linking bringing troops home to clear benchmarks, you added energy and passion to that initiative.

When John Kerry called for accelerated training of Iraqi troops, greater international involvement, and improved reconstruction efforts, you amplified his voice.

Now, because of your efforts and those of all these Democratic leaders, make no mistake: the wheel has turned in the national debate over the war in Iraq. The American people have responded to the tough questions we've been asking because they had the same ones. The result is that the Bush Administration is being forced to engage in something they've gone to great lengths to avoid: an open debate about the war in Iraq.

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Out of the Park

By on 11.30.05 | 10:45AM

A reporter friend of mine tasked with covering the Bush speech for a major daily newspaper which shall go unnamed here (suffice to say the outlet in question has not been all that friendly to this administration) just remarked to me that the president "hit a home run" in Annapolis and "really reclaimed a lot of momentum." The seasoned reporter was visibly moved just talking about it. I'll be interested to see if his true impression of the event makes it past his editors...

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RE: Today’s Speech on Iraq

By on 11.30.05 | 10:13AM

To read the full document on Iraq, "Victory in Iraq", released by the White House this morning, please click here.

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Preemptive Reading

By on 11.30.05 | 9:41AM

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in a recent interview, defended the Administration's policy of detaining potential terrorists, as a necessary component of the "War on Terror." Apparently Administration policy wonks have been re-reading works by 19th-century philosopher Jeremy Bentham, who advocated arresting people from groups with a tendency to commit crimes. Bentham also advocated torture as a means of securing "confessions."

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Today’s Speech on Iraq

By on 11.30.05 | 8:16AM

The president will outline his strategy for winning in Iraq today in what is being billed as a major speech to be delivered at the US Naval Academy. According to information being released by the White House, the president will say that victory in Iraq comes in three parts:

*Short term, Iraq is making steady progress in fighting terrorists, meeting political milestones, building democratic institutions, and standing up security forces.

*Medium term, Iraq is in the lead defeating terrorists and providing its own security, with a fully constitutional government in place, and on its way to achieving its economic potential.

*Longer term, Iraq is peaceful, united, stable, and secure, well integrated into the international community, and a full partner in the global war on terrorism.

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