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4:01 AM ET, December 3, 2006

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New York Times:
Rumsfeld Memo Proposed 'Major Adjustment' in Iraq  —  Two days before he resigned as defense secretary, Donald H. Rumsfeld submitted a classified memo to the White House that acknowledged that the Bush administration's strategy in Iraq was not working and called for a major course correction.
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New York Times:
Rumsfeld's Memo of Options for Iraq War  —  Following is the text of a classified Nov. 6 memorandum that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld sent to the White House suggesting new options in Iraq.  The memorandum was sent one day before the midterm Congressional elections and two days before Mr. Rumsfeld resigned.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Corruption, Cronyism and Incompetence  —  I sincerely hope that the Democrats in the House and Senate, no matter how much pressure they get to do otherwise from the "centrist" Mandarins and callow Kewl Kidz, go hard after the Bush administration on war profiteering, cronyism, corruption and waste.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
RUMSFELD ON IRAQ....A couple of days before he got fired, it turns out that Donald Rumsfeld wrote a memo outlining a bunch of possible options for the war in Iraq.  The full text is here.  —  "In my view it is time for a major adjustment," the memo says, before listing a wide range …
Hindrocket / Power Line:   RUMSFELD'S PARTING ADVICE
The Daily Dish:   The Rumsfeld Memo  —  The Bush administration is leaking like a spigot right now.
Spocko / First Draft:
Re: This could kill New Orleans (Score: 1)  —  I have multiple ideas.  I'm thinking about official leverage, unofficial leverage.  Public PR and underground PR.  —  Also Counterintuitive across the crazysphere reaching  —  Official Public PR Leverage.  Someone who is a press darling needs to say something strong.
Discussion: Majikthise
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Rebecca Mowbray / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Commercial insurer to pull out of area  —  Businesses fear Travelers' move will put the brakes on recovery  —  St. Paul Travelers Cos.  Inc., Louisiana's largest commercial insurance provider, plans to cancel all its commercial property policies in the New Orleans area next year …
New York Times:
Next Chairman for Intelligence Opposed War  —  Representative Nancy Pelosi, the incoming House speaker, sent a strong new signal on Friday that Democrats intend to confront the White House by naming a Texas congressman who opposed the war in Iraq as the next chairman of the House intelligence committee.
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Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
Pelosi Taps Reyes for Intelligence Post
Discussion: In From the Cold
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:   Texas Democrat to Head House Intelligence Panel
Elizabeth Mehren / Los Angeles Times:
Workers a thorny issue for Romney  —  The Massachusetts governor's lawn crew included illegal immigrants, a newspaper reports.  —  BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a 2008 GOP presidential aspirant and an outspoken critic of illegal immigration, apparently employed undocumented landscape workers at his home near Boston.
Discussion: Power Line
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Boston Globe:
Romney's lawn firm draws new scrutiny
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and AMERICAblog
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Poloniumania: British cops eye shadowy group of former Russian agents; Update: Killer ID'd?  —  Loose cannons or Putin puppets with just enough independence to give him plausible deniability? … That article's five days old but the Telegraph has new info on Dignity and Honor in today's issue …
Discussion: Telegraph, Guardian and BBC
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
AIDS fight needs churches, Obama says  —  Senator disagrees on condom issue, but tells evangelicals that moral guidance is needed.  —  U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois told more than 2,000 evangelical leaders in Orange County on Friday that he "respectfully but unequivocally" …
Discussion: Sirotablog
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Gaza women warned of immodesty  —  A hitherto unknown group calling itself the Just Swords of Islam issued a warning to Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip over the weekend that they must wear the hijab or face being targeted by the group's members.  —  In pamphlets distributed in various parts …
Jim Yardley / New York Times:
Living Memories of Bound Feet, War and Chaos in China  —  WANG ZAIBAN, CENTER, WITH WU XIUZHEN, LEFT  —  AT ages 84 and 83, Wang Zaiban and Wu Xiuzhen are old women, and their feet are historical artifacts.  They are among the dwindling number of women in China from the era when bound feet …
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Bernd Debusmann / Reuters:
In U.S., fear and distrust of Muslims runs deep  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters)- When radio host Jerry Klein suggested that all Muslims in the United States should be identified with a crescent-shape tattoo or a distinctive arm band, the phone lines jammed instantly.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Donklephant
Associated Press:
Castro Absent From Cuban Military Parade  —  Fidel Castro Remains Absent From Military Parade Marking 50th Anniversary of Cuban Revolution  —  HAVANA Dec 2, 2006 (AP)— A military parade marking the 50th anniversary of the date Fidel Castro and fellow rebels landed in Cuba to launch …
Eric Foner / Washington Post:
He's The Worst Ever  —  Ever since 1948, when Harvard professor Arthur Schlesinger Sr. asked 55 historians to rank U.S. presidents on a scale from "great" to "failure," such polls have been a favorite pastime for those of us who study the American past.  —  Changes in presidential rankings reflect shifts in how we view history.
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Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:   The Worst President Ever
New York Times:
Bush to Meet With Head of Iraq Shiite Party  —  The White House said Friday that President Bush would meet next week with Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, the head of one of the most powerful Shiite parties in Iraq, the latest step in a burst of new administration attempts to try different approaches to bolstering the fragile Iraqi government.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Marc Sandalow / San Francisco Chronicle:
Best not to take Bush too literally
Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
Congressman faulted for Quran at oath  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Keith Ellison, who will become the first Muslim member of Congress next month, has offended some conservatives with his plan to use the Quran during his ceremonial swearing-in.  The decision by Ellison, D-Minn. …
Discussion: The News Blog and Firedoglake
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
WITLESS 'WISDOM'  —  BAKER'S WORTHLESS IRAQ ADVICE  —  YES, it's been quite a week for the 10 members of the Iraq Study Group, the committee formed last spring to offer recommendations on a path forward in Iraq.  —  They had a wonderfully invigorating leak session the other day with The New York Times …
Discussion: TKS and Blue Crab Boulevard
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Rick Klein / Boston Globe:
Kerry to postpone decision on '08 run  —  Associates say 'joke' fallout stunned him  —  WASHINGTON — Senator John F. Kerry's election-eve "botched joke" about the war in Iraq — and the fierce denunciations his comments drew from fellow Democrats — has led him to reevaluate whether to mount …
 
 
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