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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 …
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.
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.
John F. Burns / New York Times:
It's Still a Mystery  —  Photograph by Christoph Bangert/Polaris, for The New York Times; illustration by Brian Rea  —  AT a lunch with a senior American commander here last week, the raid that uncovered a secret Interior Ministry torture center in Baghdad prompted a question …
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 …
David Adesnik / OxBlog:
SULLIVAN ON MURTHA: Given that Andrew's stance on the both the war …
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Los Angeles Times:
How U.S. Fell Under the Spell of 'Curveball'  —  The Iraqi informant's German handlers say they had told U.S. officials that his information was 'not proven,' and were shocked when President Bush and Colin L. Powell used it in key prewar speeches.  —  BERLIN — The German intelligence officials responsible …
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 …
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
Washington Post rebukes Bob Woodward  —  Programming Note: Bob Woodward discusses the CIA leak probe and his silence, Monday on Larry King Live at 9 p.m. ET  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The Washington Post's ombudsman rebuked journalist Bob Woodward on Sunday for withholding what he knew …
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 …
Powell aide: Torture 'guidance' from VP  —  Former staff chief says Cheney's 'flexibility' helped lead to abuse  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A former top State Department official said Sunday that Vice President Dick Cheney provided the "philosophical guidance" and "flexibility" that led to the torture of detainees in U.S. facilities.
CNN LATE EDITION WITH WOLF BLITZER  —  Interview With Donald Rumsfeld; Interview With Lawrence Wilkerson  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  WOLF BLITZER, HOST: It's 11 a.m. in Washington, 8 a.m. in Los Angeles, 7 p.m. in Baghdad, and midnight in Beijing.
Discussion: Think Progress
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
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.
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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