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3:00 PM ET, November 23, 2007

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Daily Mail:
Meet the women who won't have babies - because they're not eco friendly  —  Had Toni Vernelli gone ahead with her pregnancy ten years ago, she would know at first hand what it is like to cradle her own baby, to have a pair of innocent eyes gazing up at her with unconditional love …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Cellphone Tracking Powers on Request  —  Secret Warrants Granted Without Probable Cause  —  Federal officials are routinely asking courts to order cellphone companies to furnish real-time tracking data so they can pinpoint the whereabouts of drug traffickers, fugitives and other criminal suspects …
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Can You See Me Now?  —  Federal agents routinely request tracking data …
Dan Lehr / WTVC-TV:
Corker "Underwhelmed" With President Bush  —  Tennessee Senator Bob Corker raised some eyebrows at a luncheon at the Chattanoogan hotel Tuesday with remarks about President Bush.  —  Speaking to a crowd of about 500 supporters, led by Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey …
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Corker 'underwhelmed' by Bush's knowledge of Iraq.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Jennifer Hunter / Chicago Sun Times:
Hillary bracing for possible letdown in Iowa  —  Is Hillary running scared in Iowa?  The latest poll from the Washington Post and ABC News shows Barack Obama ahead in the Hawkeye State, slightly in the lead with 30 percent to Hillary Clinton's 26 percent.  Although this is statistically a tie …
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Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
Hillary criticized for press strategy
Discussion: Threat Level and National Review
Marc Kaufman / Washington Post:
Clinton Favors Future Human Spaceflight
Donald Lambro / Washington Times:
Democrats party of rich, study finds  —  Democrats like to define themselves as the party of poor and middle-income Americans, but a new study says they now represent the majority of the nation's wealthiest congressional districts.  —  In a state-by-state, district-by-district comparison …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Sarkozy's Triumph  —  New French President Nicolas Sarkozy has won an impressive and historic victory over the French unionists.  After announcing his economic reforms, union activists tried to invoke 40 years of successive victories for French socialism by once again rushing to the barricades …
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Geraldine Baum / Los Angeles Times:   France in no mood to say vive la revolution
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
On Iraq, a State of Denial  —  It does not have the drama of the Inchon landing or the sweep of the Union comeback in the summer of 1864.  But the turnabout of American fortunes in Iraq over the past several months is of equal moment — a war seemingly lost, now winnable.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Real Rudy  —  Rudy Giuliani can play a little rough at times, but there are some moments when an inner light turns on and he turns downright idealistic.  One of those moments came on Oct. 10, 1996, as he stepped on the podium at the Kennedy School of Government to deliver a speech on immigration.
USA Today:
20,000 vets' brain injuries not listed in Pentagon tally  —  At least 20,000 U.S. troops who were not classified as wounded during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan have been found with signs of brain injuries, according to military and veterans records compiled by USA TODAY.
Ian Black / Guardian:
Saudis make up 41% of foreign fighters in Iraq  —  More than 40% of the foreign fighters who entered Iraq to join the insurgency in the past year were citizens of Saudi Arabia, America's key partner in the Middle East, according to detailed information seized from a camp used by them.
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Salah Nasrawi / Associated Press:
Saudi Arabia to be at peace conference
Discussion: YID With LID
Bushra Juhi / Associated Press:
Bombs kill 26 in Baghdad, northern Iraq  —  BAGHDAD - Two bombs exploded hours apart Friday in a central Baghdad pet market and a police checkpoint in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, killing 26 people and wounding dozens, officials said.  —  The attacks were among the deadliest in recent weeks …
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Stephen Farrell / New York Times:
Attack at Baghdad Market Kills at Least 13
Discussion: Daily Kos
Al Baker / New York Times:
City Homicides Still Dropping, to Under 500  —  New York City is on track to have fewer than 500 homicides this year, by far the lowest number in a 12-month period since reliable Police Department statistics became available in 1963.  —  But within the city's official crime statistics …
Mike Cox / Opinion Journal:
Second Amendment Showdown  —  The Supreme Court has a historic opportunity to affirm the individual right to keep and bear arms.  —  The Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case that will affect millions of Americans and could also have an impact on the 2008 elections.
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
So What's So Bad About Corn?  —  As Iowa Enjoys a Bumper Crop, Farmers Hear It From Environmentalists, Ethanol Skeptics and Other Critics  —  NEVADA, Iowa — To say that corn is king around here is to come close to demoting it.  In the last couple of weeks, the farmers of this state finished harvesting …
Discussion: theGarance.com
Liz Sly / Chicago Tribune:
New boss turns the tables on Al Qaeda  —  Ex-Sunni insurgent becomes U.S. ally  —  The once-dreaded Al Qaeda in Iraq stronghold of Amariyah has a new boss, and he's not shy about telling the story of the shootout that turned him into a local legend and helped change the tenor of the Iraq war.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Rudy: Yes, I Voted For McGovern, But I Actually Preferred Nixon  —  As he seeks to court GOP primary voters, one potential sticking point has been his opposition to the Vietnam War in the early 1970s and his vote for Dem George McGovern in 1972.  But Rudy has now concocted a new explanation for that vote: He didn't mean it.
New York Times:
The Immigration Wilderness  —  The nation certainly sounds as if it's in an angry place on immigration.  —  A major Senate reform bill collapsed in rancor in June, and every effort to revive innocuous bits of it, like a bill to legalize exemplary high school graduates, has been crushed.
 
 
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Looseheadprop / Firedoglake:
Our Lady of the Law  —  Mario Cuomo gave a speech on the Wednesday …
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Dana Thomas / New York Times:
Made in China on the Sly  —  AMERICA'S holiday shopping season …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Your Holiday Shopping Conundrums Solved!
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Thompson motivation hard to pinpoint
Discussion: Wonkette and Hot Air
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Muted Ad Messages in Vogue
Discussion: Althouse
Financial Times:
China reverses decision to bar US carrier
Bushra Juhi / Associated Press:
Twin bombings kill at least 26 in Iraq
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Crossing Bush's Line
Discussion: Democrats.com
 Earlier Items: 
Abby Simons / Des Moines Register:
Biden's heartache, past burdens can't defuse heart, ideas
Discussion: The Caucus
Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
With Iraq Improving, Will Neocon Ideas Return?
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Returnees Find a Capital Transformed
Discussion: The Swamp
Lynnley Browning / New York Times:
For Lawyers, Perks to Fit a Lifestyle
Telegraph:
Taliban control half of Afghanistan, says report
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Banks Gone Wild
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
Where the Votes Are, So Are All Those Calories
Reuters:
Clinton wins surprise support from former French first lady