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Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
Al-Zarqawi May Be Among Dead in Iraq Fight  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. forces sealed off a house in the northern city of Mosul where eight suspected al-Qaida members died in a gunfight — some by their own hand to avoid capture.  A U.S. official said Sunday that efforts were under way to determine …
Zarqawi probably killed!  —  According to these two sources, Iraqi and US military forces in Mosul think that Zarqawi, al-Qaeda leader in Iraq was possibly killed in a raid on a house where members of al-Qaeda were holding a meeting.  —  Al-Mada paper said that terrorists hiding in a house fired …
Jamal Halaby / Associated Press:
Al-Zarqawi's Jordan Family Renounces Him  —  AMMAN, Jordan - Family members of Jordanian-born Abu Musab al-Zarqawi renounced the terrorist leader Sunday after his al-Qaida in Iraq group claimed responsibility for the Nov. 9 suicide attacks on three Amman hotels that killed 59 people.
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Widespread Violence Kills Dozens Across Iraq  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, Nov. 20 - The Marine Corps said today that 15 Iraqi civilians and a United States marine were killed on Saturday when a roadside bomb exploded in the town of Haditha, 140 miles northwest of Baghdad.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Isikoff And Thomas Point To Armitage  —  Evan Thomas and Michael Isikoff of Newsweek review the bidding in the Woodward leak mystery, and single out former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage as a likely suspect: … Motive and opportunity.  Let's start with opportunity …
Iskikoff: Novak and Woodward's Source May Be the Same
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Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
Tough Week for The Post and a Star
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Locked doors thwart Bush's bid to duck question  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - Irked by a reporter who told him he seemed to be "off his game" at a Beijing public appearance, President George W. Bush sought to make a hasty exit from a news conference but was thwarted by locked doors.
Door thwarts quick exit for Bush
Discussion: The Poor Man and The Left Coaster
Associated Press:
Biden: Alito's Views May Bring Filibuster  —  WASHINGTON - The views that Samuel Alito expressed on reapportionment in a 20-year-old document could jeopardize his Supreme Court nomination and provoke a filibuster, a leading Democratic senator said Sunday.  —  "I think he's got a lot …
New York Times:
The Perplexing Pandemic Flu Plan  —  The Bush administration deserves credit for issuing a comprehensive plan to combat pandemic influenza and for seeking $7.1 billion to get it started.  But the lengthy document recently issued by the Department of Health and Human Services looks …
Discussion: The American Street
Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Bush Lowers Temperature of Iraq War Debate  —  BEIJING - After fiercely defending his Iraq policy across Asia, President Bush abruptly toned down his attack on war critics Sunday and said there was nothing unpatriotic about opposing his strategy.  —  "People should feel comfortable …
Andrew /
LOST?  John Burns has been a pretty reliable guide to reality in Iraq.  His piece today makes sobering reading.  The next phase looks messy, but not necessarily more disastrous than what has happened up till now.  (Yeah, I know that's not exactly a high standard).  I'm hanging in there with David Brooks.
Discussion: OxBlog
Stryker / Digital Warfighter:
Off the Fence and Off the Cuff
Discussion: Matt Welch
Jason DeParle / New York Times:
'Mean Jean' Goes to Washington, and Invites a Firestorm  —  WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 - She grew up in the rough-and-tumble of a family auto racing business, went through concealed-weapons training, and bears a local nickname seldom applied to shrinking violets: "Mean Jean."
Journalism Versus Reality in Iraq  —  November 20, 2005: American troops are developing a hate-hate relation with journalists.  The basic problem is that soldiers and marines in Iraq have access, usually via the Internet, to what the mass media is saying about what they think is happening in Iraq.
Patricia Dalton / Washington Post:
What's Wrong With This Outfit, Mom?  —  I heard about it in my kitchen before I read about it in the newspaper: After visiting the expanded Tysons Corner Center this fall, my 23-year-old daughter said, "You won't believe how weird Victoria's Secret's gotten: It's all red and black with a bunch of mannequins that look like porn stars."
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Sharon leaving Likud to form centrist party  —  Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will announce on Monday that he intends to quit the Likud and form a new centrist political party, sources close to Sharon said on Sunday.  —  Sharon is to visit President Moshe Katsav on Monday and ask him to dissolve the Knesset.
Michael J. Totten:
Driving  —  When I first arrived in Beirut I thought Lebanese drivers must be among the worst in the world.  They don't stop at red lights.  They drive the wrong way down one-ways.  Seat belts are verboten, and the concept of lanes is utterly alien.  Speed limits?  No way.
Kristen Hays / Associated Press:
Jewish Leader Blasts 'Religious Right'  —  HOUSTON - The leader of the largest branch of American Judaism blasted conservative religious activists in a speech Saturday, calling them "zealots" who claim a "monopoly on God" while promoting anti-gay policies akin to Adolf Hitler's.

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