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12:00 AM ET, November 27, 2006

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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Rangel says men join the army only if they can't have "a decent career"  —  Hence his support for the draft.  If even our volunteers are there involuntarily, why shouldn't everyone be? … This won't get as much attention as what Lurch said (or was understood to have said) a few weeks ago.
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Sister Toldjah:   Rep. Charlie Rangel disrespects our military - again
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:   Top Democrat: Troops Are Stupid
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.
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:   DIGGING INTO McCAIN....The redoubtable Matt Welch does …
Atrios / Eschaton:
No  —  Look, people who advocate adding "personal accounts" to Social Security are just stupid people.  Really, just morons.  There's no reason to do it.  There's no reason to take any part of Social Security contributions and put them in a little fund account with my name on it.
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Brad DeLong / Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal:
Social Security Reform
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Blinded by the St. McCain/Holy Joe War  —  I haven't heard much from the "good news in Iraq" Stepford Republicans lately-have you?  There's nothing too civil about this war:  —  KATHLEEN KOCH: Michael, the Iraqi government and the U.S. military in Baghdad keep saying this is not a civil war.
Discussion: Firedoglake and WTF Is It Now??
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Des Moines Register:
Obama talks with top advisers in Iowa  —  The Illinois senator gets filled in on the caucus leadoff state as he weighs a 2008 presidential bid.  —  Democrat Barack Obama has sought the advice of top campaign workers in Iowa and has established a seedling support network in this state …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
BBC:
Bookcase 'trap' killed US woman  —  The body of a missing US woman has been found by her family, wedged upside down behind a bookcase in her room.  —  Mariesa Weber, 38, is believed to have fallen over and become trapped as she tried to reach behind the bookcase to adjust the plug for a TV set.
Discussion: Majikthise and The Education Wonks
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.
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Redstate:
"U.S. involved in Iraq longer than WWII"
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Wake up America
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
In New Congress, Pork May Linger  —  Senators Ted Stevens of Alaska and Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii are the best of friends in the Senate, so close they call each other brother.  Both are decorated veterans of World War II.  They have worked together for nearly four decades as senators from the two youngest and farthest-flung states.
MSNBC:
MTP Transcript for Nov. 25  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: One year ago the Republican governor of California had an approval rating of just 32 percent.  His disapproval: sky-high at 58 percent.  And yet, two weeks ago, in the midst of a national Democratic landslide, he was overwhelmingly re-elected.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Angry Bear
Faiz / Think Progress:
Lott Attacks Rove, Says 'I've Had Problems With Some Of His Conduct'  —  Earlier this month, rumors began swirling that Karl Rove may soon leave the White House, in part because he and incoming Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott (R-MS) have failed to get along.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Jeffrey Bartholet / Newsweek:
Sword of the Shia  —  He can deal out death through his black-clad followers and roil the government any time he chooses.  Why Moqtada al-Sadr may end up deciding America's fate in Iraq.  —  Wathiq Khuzaie / Getty Images for Newsweek  —  Underestimated No More: Educated Shiites once dismissed …
Discussion: The American Street
Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
To be scorned and shunned  —  Michael Totten trembles as the New York Times threatens to unload its ultimate weapon.  Trembles in laughter, most probably.  The NYT warned Syria that it would pay a price for its aggression.  And what a price. … But it is Russell Berman who points …
Discussion: jules crittenden
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 …
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 …
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Home Schoolers Content to Take Children's Lead  —  On weekdays, during what are normal school hours for most students, the Billings children do what they want.  One recent afternoon, time passed loudly, and without order or lessons, in their home in a North Side neighborhood here.
Discussion: The Remedy and The News Blog
 
 
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Reuters:
Iraq tribe says it kills dozens of Qaeda fighters
Daniel Foggo / Times of London:
Traces of killer substance at London hotel
PR Newswire:
Officer in Bush Motorcade Accident Dies
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Charlie Savage / Boston Globe:
Hail to the chief  —  Dick Cheney's mission to expand …
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Scott Turow / New York Times:
Scalia the Civil Libertarian?
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Washington Post:
Needed: A Big Stick
Associated Press:
Despite truce, Palestinian attacks go on
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The "centrist" position on the war in Iraq
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Science a la Joe Camel
 

 
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