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By Michelle Malkin  •  January 27, 2006 05:19 PM

Debbie Schlussel has a report on an alleged bomb found on a flight at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Dianne Feinstein reneges. Here’s her announcement on her plans to vote no on cloture for the SCOTUS nomination of Sam Alito.

Gateway Pundit has a massive round-up on rioting in Gaza and violence between Hamas and Fatah.

Glenn Reynolds recommends Shadegg for GOP majority leader.

Haleigh Poutre has been moved to a rehab facility. Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney has appointed an outside panel to probe Haleigh’s case:

Gov. Mitt Romney on Friday appointed the president of a national children’s advocacy group and two doctors to investigate how the state handled the case of an 11-year-old Westfield girl allegedly beaten into a coma by her adoptive mother and stepfather.

Christine Ferguson, president of FirstFocus, will head the panel, which is expected to report to the governor in a month.

Ferguson is the former commissioner of the state’s Department of Public Health and a one-time chief of Rhode Island’s Department of Human Services.

Harry Spence, commissioner for the state’s Department of Social Services, has said his agency was aware that Haleigh Poutre had been suffering serious injuries during the past few years. But he said social workers and Haleigh’s doctors believed the girl was hurting herself.

She was hospitalized in a coma in September, but has shown signs of improvement since DSS won a court order earlier this month to remove her from life support. Haleigh is now at the Franciscan Hospital for Children in Boston, where her doctor says she’s “medically stable” and being evaluated.

Romney said he wants the panel to provide recommendations that will help DSS avoid failures that occurred with Haleigh’s care.

Also on the panel are Mary Anne Badaracco, chief of the psychiatry department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Jeffrey Burns, who heads the division of critical care medicine at Children’s Hospital in Boston. Burns is also co-chair of the hospital’s ethics committee.

Pundit Review Radio will interview Andrew Goldberg, managing editor of The Smoking Gun, which exposed James Frey’s million little lies, this weekend. Tune in.

Oh, my: Re-re-re-spect. (Hat tip: Drudge)

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