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3:55 PM ET, November 25, 2010

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BBC:
Girl, 15, arrested over ‘Facebook Koran burning video’  —  A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of inciting religious hatred after allegedly burning an English language version of the Koran.  —  The 15-year-old, who lives in the West Midlands, allegedly posted the video, filmed two weeks ago on her school premises, on Facebook.
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin's North Korea Gaffe  —  Liberals Seize on Palin's Gaffe on Glenn Beck Show  —  Was it a simple blunder or did a possible 2012 presidential contender really get her geography wrong?  —  That's the question being debated after Sarah Palin said in an interview with Glenn Beck Wednesday that North Korea was a U.S. ally.
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Jeremy Laurence / Reuters:
North Korean leader and son visited artillery site: reports  —  (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and his son and successor Jong-un visited the artillery base from where shells were fired at a South Korean island just hours before the attack, South Korean media reported on Thursday.
Associated Press:
SKorea's defense chief resigns over NKorea attack  —  YEONPYEONG ISLAND, South Korea — South Korea's defense minister resigned Thursday amid intense criticism two days after a North Korean artillery attack killed four people on a small island near the Koreas' disputed frontier.
Haaretz:   Lieberman: How will the world stop Iran if it can't stop N. Korea?
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
What Murkowski's write-in win says about the electorate  —  If you have any doubts about the real meaning of this month's midterm elections, let me refer you to the most notable winner in those contests.  I am talking about Lisa Murkowski, the reelected senator from Alaska.
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James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Ex-House Leader DeLay Found Guilty in Texas Case  —  AUSTIN - A Texas jury Wednesday found Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader and Texas political powerhouse, guilty in a money-laundering trial involving contributions to political campaigns.  —  Jurors deliberated for 19 hours …
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Washington Post:
DeLay convicted of money-laundering charges in campaign finance scheme
Discussion: Greg's Opinion
Austin American-Statesman:
DeLay jurors focus on ‘both’ ends of transaction
Juan A. Lozano / Associated Press:   Jury convicts Tom DeLay in money laundering trial
Brobinson / Fox Nation:
Michelle Obama OKs Americans to Eat Pie on Thanksgiving  —  Barbara Walters White House interview, which included first lady Michelle Obama, ranged from the strife between North and South Korea to airport screening, the midterm elections, the economy, and Thanksgiving traditions.
The Huffington Post:
Palin Slams Michelle Obama Again, This Time For Anti-Obesity Campaign  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — An appearance by Sarah Palin on Laura Ingraham's radio show Wednesday morning drew a bit of pre-Thanksgiving buzz for a swipe she took at Barbara Bush for suggesting …
John Schwartz / New York Times:
U.S. to Drop Color-Coded Terror Alerts  —  There goes another punch line.  —  The Department of Homeland Security is planning to get rid of the color-coded terrorism alert system.  Known officially as the Homeland Security Advisory System, the five-color scheme was introduced by the Bush administration in March 2002.
Christopher N. Osher / Denver Post:
Ward Churchill loses appeal of his firing  —  The Colorado Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court decision denying University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill's effort to get his job back.  —  The court ruled that Denver District Judge Larry Naves was right to direct a verdict in favor …
Discussion: Right Wing News
John Stossel / Real Clear Politics:
A Lost Thanksgiving Lesson  —  Had today's political class been in power in 1623, tomorrow's holiday would have been called “Starvation Day” instead of Thanksgiving.  Of course, most of us wouldn't be alive to celebrate it.  —  Every year around this time, schoolchildren are taught …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
G.O.P. Senators Detail Objections to Arms Treaty  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's plans to modernize the nation's nuclear weapons complex remain inadequate and should be further refined before the ratification of a new arms control treaty with Russia, the lead Senate Republican negotiator said Wednesday.
Discussion: The Reaction and Prairie Weather
Telegraph:
Barack Obama's grandmother ‘prays he converts to Islam’  —  Barack Obama's Kenyan grandmother has said she prayed for the US president to convert to Islam, according to reports.  —  Barack Obama  —  Sarah Omar, 88, who was on hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, told the Al-Qatan Saudi daily …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Maayana Miskin / Arutz Sheva:
Report: Clinton and Obama Pulled ‘Bait and Switch’ on Netanyahu  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  As Israel waits for a letter clarifying America's guarantees in exchange for a proposed building ban for Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria, a diplomatic source has come forward saying that no such letter is on its way.
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT and Israel Matzav
Reza Sayah / CNN:
Pakistan president urged not to pardon Christian woman  —  Islambad, Pakistan (CNN) — Two prominent Pakistani Muslim leaders threatened Wednesday to call for nationwide protests if the president pardons a Christian woman sentenced to death for insulting the Muslim prophet Mohammed.
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Associated Press:
Protesters oppose pardon for Pakistani Christian
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Obama Turkey Pardon: “It Feels Pretty Good to Stop at Least One Shellacking this November”  —  Updated 12:19 p.m. Eastern Time  —  President Obama on Wednesday morning pardoned a pair of turkeys - Apple and “feathered understudy” Cider - quipping that “it feels pretty good to stop at least one shellacking this November.”
Discussion: Hot Air, Althouse, Daily Kos and Infowars
Jennifer Viegas / Discovery News:
Find out why we eat turkeys, but never see their eggs in the store. … Discovery News > Earth News > Could Climate Change Ruin Thanksgiving Dinner? … Climate change could one day affect the cost and quality of dishes traditionally served for Thanksgiving Day dinner …
 
 
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Israel's leaders have handcuffed themselves to the extreme right
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