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2:20 PM ET, November 26, 2006


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Washington Post:
Baghdad Braces For More Reprisals  —  Cellphones and Web Spread Threats, Fear  —  In the aftermath of one of the deadliest spasms of violence, a new level of fear and foreboding has gripped Baghdad, fueled in part by sectarian text messages and Internet sites, deepening tensions in an already divided capital.
Edward Wong / New York Times:
A Matter of Definition: What Makes a Civil War, and Who Declares It So?  —  Is Iraq in a civil war?  —  Though the Bush administration continues to insist that it is not, a growing number of American and Iraqi scholars, leaders and policy analysts say the fighting in Iraq meets the standard definition of civil war.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Guardian:   Iraqi coalition on brink of collapse as country descends towards civil war
Prospect Magazine:
What is a civil war?
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and Wake up America
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
THE 'EURABIA' MYTH  —  A RASH of pop prophets tell us that Muslims in Europe are reproducing so fast and European societies are so weak and listless that, before you know it, the continent will become "Eurabia," with all those topless gals on the Riviera wearing veils.  —  Well, maybe not.
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Quartet of ladies shows where we're headed  —  Have you seen a movie called ''Four Jills In A Jeep''?  Don't worry, it's not at the multiplex.  It came out in 1944.  A wartime movie, about the contribution of the gals to the big existential struggle.  Great title, and downhill after that.
Discussion: Power Line
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Associated Press:
Despite truce, Palestinian attacks go on  —  JERUSALEM - Israeli troops withdrew from the Gaza Strip as an unexpected truce took hold Sunday, but two major Palestinian militant groups, saying they had no intention of stopping their attacks, fired volleys of homemade rockets into Israel.
Discussion: A Blog For All
Washington Times:
Rockets fire into Israel
Discussion: jules crittenden and Power Line
Diaa Hadid / Associated Press:
Hamas women seek bigger political role
Discussion: NewsHog
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
Iraq Group a Study In Secrecy, Centrism  —  In the history of U.S. foreign policy, there's been nothing like it: a panel outside government trying to bail the United States out of a prolonged and messy war.  —  The innocuously titled Iraq Study Group, which has evolved into a parallel policy establishment …
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
The "centrist" position on the war in Iraq  —  This Washington Post article on the inner workings of the bizarrely revered Baker-Hamilton Commission is notable for several reasons, the first of which is that neoconservatives are stomping their feet and whining loudly because they feel …
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
U.S. involved in Iraq longer than WWII  —  WASHINGTON - The war in Iraq has now lasted longer than the U.S. involvement in the war that President Bush's father fought in, World War II.  As of Sunday, the conflict in Iraq has raged for three years and just over eight months.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
Needed: A Big Stick  —  Iran and Syria are waging war in the Middle East.  Will the West fight back?  —  ONE WAY TO understand the deteriorating situation in the Middle East is to contrast last week's assassination of Lebanese Christian leader Pierre Gemayel with the response to it.
jules crittenden:
Abandonment with Honor
Discussion: The Swamp and The Agitator
Gateway Pundit:
Another Massive Anti-Chavez Protest in Caracas  —  Amazing!  —  It was the largest protest in Venezuelan history!  —  V-Crisis has the story and more photos from the demonstration today in Caracas.  —  (Hat Tip Instapundit)  —  Venezuela News and Views has video!  —  Wow!
Daniel / Venezuela News And Views:   Apotheosis in Caracas: Rosales draws the biggest rally in Venezuela's History
Alexander Litvinenko / BBC:
In full: Litvinenko statement  —  Russian former spy Alexander Litvinenko dictated a statement two days before his death, which was read out by his friend Alex Goldfarb outside University College Hospital in London on Friday.  —  I would like to thank many people.
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Los Angeles Times:
Do we need another T.R.?  —  If John McCain gets his way, you'll have your faith in the country restored ... or else!  —  YOU CAN READ 1,000 profiles of GOP presidential front-runner John McCain without encountering a single paragraph examining his core ideological philosophy.
Discussion: Political Animal and Matt Welch
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Here Come the Economic Populists  —  FOR years, the Clinton wing of the Democratic Party, exercising a lock on the party's economic policies, argued that the economy could achieve sustained growth only if markets were allowed to operate unfettered and globally.
Abby Ellin / New York Times:
Big People on Campus  —  ASK Sheana Director for a detailed description of herself, and chances are the word fat will come up.  It is not uttered with shame or ire or any sense of embarrassment; it's simply one of the things she is, fat.  —  "Why should I be ashamed?" said Ms. Director …
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG
G. Willow Wilson /
AZHAR OUTLAWS FEMALE CIRCUMCISION  —  The Grand Sheikh of Al Azhar, the oldest and most highly respected institution in Sunni Islam; and the Grand Mufti of Egypt have released an official fatwa declaring the practice of female circumcision (also called female genital mutilation or female genital cutting) un-Islamic.
Discussion: TigerHawk and Secular Blasphemy
Washington Post:
Success of Drug Plan Challenges Democrats  —  It sounded simple enough on the campaign trail: Free the government to negotiate lower drug prices and use the savings to plug a big gap in Medicare's new prescription-drug benefit.  But as Democrats prepare to take control of Congress …
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Financial Times:
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Alisa Tang / Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Agonist
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
Presidential Politix & Mitt Romney's Underwear
Discussion: Althouse
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Discussion: Thoughts
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Discussion: the talking dog
Brent Budowsky / The Huffington Post:
Sad Sunday: Iraq War Longer Than World War Two. …
Pajamas Media:
EASY PREY IN PARIS — "A jackpot, a Black and a Jew."
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Anne D'Innocenzio / Associated Press:
Discussion: TBogg and Associated Press
Vicki Lee Parker / Raleigh News & Observer:
Holiday retail season starts strong
Discussion: New York Post