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1:45 PM ET, November 11, 2007

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Pakistan Politics:
Musharraf Releases Highest Ranking Taliban Ever Captured  —  Parvez Musharraf needs more militants to militate against in order to affirm the presence of his totalitarian military in Pakistan's civilian sphere.  As I noted in my article Pakistan, Prince of Denmark, this means that Musharraf …
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While Pakistan Burns  —  If you think Musharraf's wrong to free jailed Taliban members while he busts dissidents, wait until you hear who's back on the loose.  —  Pakistani lawyers, human-rights activists and opposition-party members can scarcely ignore the irony of their situation …
Discussion: The American Street and Macsmind
New York Times:
Obama and Clinton Duel for Iowa Democrats  —  In back-to-back speeches Saturday before thousands of Iowa Democrats, Senator Barack Obama pointedly suggested that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was running a "poll-driven campaign" out of fear of what Republicans might say about her in a general election.
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New York Times:
Abdicate and Capitulate  —  It is extraordinary how President Bush has streamlined the Senate confirmation process.  As we have seen most recently with the vote to confirm Michael Mukasey as attorney general, about all that is left of "advice and consent" is the "consent" part.
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New York Times:
This Is Your Brain on Politics  —  This article was written by Marco Iacoboni, Joshua Freedman and Jonas Kaplan of the University of California, Los Angeles, Semel Institute for Neuroscience; Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania …
Paul Krugman:
Innocent mistakes  —  So there's a campaign on to exonerate Ronald Reagan from the charge that he deliberately made use of Nixon's Southern strategy.  When he went to Philadelphia, Mississippi, in 1980, the town where the civil rights workers had been murdered, and declared that …
Sister Toldjah:
Celebrating America and what makes her so great  —  Senator Zell Miller, who I quoted Friday, said it best at the 2004 Republican National Convention:  —  "Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier.
Patrick French / Daily Mail:
The surprising truth about Rage Boy, America's hated poster-boy of Islamic radicalism  —  Don't you hate Islamic Rage Boy?  'MoBlows', writing on the Jihad Watch website, certainly does.  —  "I just want to put my fist down his throat," he says.  The 'boy' in question rose to prominence earlier …
Discussion: Six Meat Buffet and Jihad Watch
Gareth Porter / Asia Times:
Spooks refuse to toe Cheney's line on Iran  —  WASHINGTON - The US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran has been held up for more than a year in an effort to force the intelligence community to remove dissenting judgments on the Iranian nuclear program.
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal and MoJoBlog
Robert / Jihad Watch:
"Pure Islam" and Michael van der Galiën  —  Michael van der Galiën is a 23-year-old American Studies student at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands, and correspondent in the Netherlands for Pajamas Media.  In a post entitled "Islamic Law and Violence," …
Pamela Hess / Associated Press:
Definition changing for people's privacy  —  WASHINGTON - As Congress debates new rules for government eavesdropping, a top intelligence official says it is time that people in the United States changed their definition of privacy.  —  Privacy no longer can mean anonymity, says Donald Kerr …
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Romney, Clinton ahead, vulnerable in N.H. poll  —  Race still open, analysts say  —  Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Hillary Clinton remain the clear front-runners in the New Hampshire presidential primary, but both have vulnerabilities that could erode their support among voters in the weeks ahead …
Discussion: Pollster.com
Little Green Footballs:
CAIR Meets Radical Palestinian Cleric  —  Unindicted co-conspirators CAIR are boasting about a meeting in their Washington DC headquarters with Palestinian Islamist cleric Tayseer al-Tamimi—who is well-known for raving about Jerusalem being an "Islamic city," claiming that Zionist plots …
Discussion: Solomonia
Eli Kintisch / Science/AAAS:
Giving Climate Change a Kick  —  CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS—Top climate scientists have cautiously endorsed the need to study schemes to reverse global warming that involve directly tinkering with Earth's climate.  Their position on geoengineering, which will likely be controversial …
Aaron Bruns / Cameron's Corner:
Another Question Planted by Team Hillary?  —  From Major Garrett, a Fox News Exclusive:  —  In a telephone interview with Fox, Geoffrey Mitchell, 32, says he was approached by an operative for the Clinton campaign to ask a planted question about standing up to President Bush on Iraq war funding.
 
 
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