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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Homeland security aide leaving White House  —  Frances Fragos Townsend, President George W. Bush's homeland security adviser, will announce Monday that she's leaving the White House, a senior administration official told Politico.  —  "It's an important job and she was good at it," the official said.
Associated Press:
Bush's homeland security adviser steps down  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Fran Townsend, the leading White House-based terrorism adviser who gave public updates on the extent of the threat to U.S. security, is stepping down after 4½ years.  —  President Bush said in a statement Monday morning that Townsend …
Washington Post:
U.S. Cites Drop In Attacks Since Buildup in Iraq; Bombs Kill 20  —  U.S. officials on Sunday declared a 55 percent drop in attacks since the launch of an offensive nine months ago, while bombs across Iraq killed at least 20 people, highlighting the country's continuing security threats.
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New York Times:
U.S. Says Attacks in Iraq Fell to the Level of Feb. 2006  —  The American military said Sunday that the weekly number of attacks in Iraq had fallen to the lowest level since just before the February 2006 bombing of the Shiite shrine in Samarra, an event commonly used as a benchmark …
Los Angeles Times:
Sects unite to battle Al Qaeda in Iraq
Marc Santora / New York Times:
McCain Takes On Clinton, With an Eye to Civility  —  Senator John McCain tried Sunday night to make the case that he was best positioned to defeat Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in a general election, outlining a series of contrasts with her on issues including national security and health care.
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Mideast Conference Nears, With Few Plans  —  'No One Seems to Know What Is Happening,' Arab Envoy Says  —  A few days after Thanksgiving, President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice plan to open a meeting in Annapolis to launch the first round of substantive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks during Bush's presidency.
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:   U.S. Pushes for Turnout at Middle East Conference
Josef Federman / Associated Press:   Israel approves release of 441 prisoners
New York Times:
U.S. Hopes to Arm Pakistani Tribes Against Al Qaeda  —  A new and classified American military proposal outlines an intensified effort to enlist tribal leaders in the frontier areas of Pakistan in the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban, as part of a broader effort to bolster Pakistani forces …
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Mi Casa, Sue Casa  —  Nancy Pelosi tries to force the Salvation Army to hire people who can't speak English.  —  It's been less than a week since New York's Sen. Hillary Clinton and Gov. Eliot Spitzer had to climb down from their support of driver's licenses for illegal aliens.
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Democrats Say They Won't Back Down on War  —  Democrats in Congress failed once again Friday to shift President Bush's war strategy in Iraq, but insisted that they would not let up.  Their explanation for their latest foiled effort seemed to boil down to a simple question: "What else are we supposed to do?"
Agence France Presse:
Baghdad by night — juice bars, neon lights, bustling streets  —  The gaudy orange, green and purple electronic palm trees flashing in the dark alert you that you're getting close to one of Baghdad's bustling nightspots.  —  The palms, like a mirage, can be seen from way down the darkened streets …
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
State Dept. Tries Blog Diplomacy  —  T he State Department, departing from traditional public diplomacy techniques, has what it calls a three-person, "digital outreach team" posting entries in Arabic on "influential" Arabic blogs to challenge misrepresentations of the United States …
Bean / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
My Uterus.  A UPS Box.  What's the difference?  —  Well, to the forced pregnancy brigade, there is no difference: my uterus is nothing but a glorified storage container, holding something until it reaches its destination (birth).  Now there's proof:  —  Here's a transcript, via Trailer Park Feminist:
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister and TBogg
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BBC:
Kosovo warned over independence  —  Foreign ministers from several EU countries have urged Kosovo Albanians not to declare unilateral independence following Saturday's elections.  —  Independence without foreign support could isolate Kosovo, they warned.  —  A party led by a former Kosovo …
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Pajamas Media:
War on Terror Conversations: Fred Thompson [Video]  —  In the first Pajamas Media War on Terror Conversation, Presidential candidate Fred Thompson discusses the current situations in Iran, Iraq and Pakistan.  The senator/actor also explains why he thinks the recent Hollywood anti-war films are box office failures.
Simon Jenkins / Times of London:
It's one small step from Brown's paranoid state into a police one  —  Britain is not a police state but a nation with police state tendencies.  In any democracy the dictates of freedom wrestle with those of security.  Britons are a liberal people who want to be safe.
 
 
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