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Peter Baker / Washington Post:
The China Opening Of 2005: Don't Ask  —  For Bush in Beijing, It's Hard to Get Out  —  BEIJING, Nov. 20 — After all the pomp and circumstance, after all the mind-numbing statements in all the mind-numbing meetings, President Bush finally seemed happy.  —  He slipped into athletic shorts …
New York Times:
Chinese Leader Gives President a Mixed Message  —  BEIJING, Nov. 20 - In a day of polite but tense encounters, President Hu Jintao of China told President Bush on Sunday that he was willing to move more quickly to ease economic differences with the United States, but he gave no ground on increasing political freedoms.
Discussion: Rantingprofs and White House
Washington Post:
Bush's Asia Trip Meets Low Expectations
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report v3.0 Beta:
Zarqawi Still Alive, The Left Celebrates  —  The White House is now saying that it is "highly unlikely" that Abu Musab al Zarqawi died in a Mosul raid Saturday.  Earlier Jawa post from Traderrob here.  —  *Sigh*  —  Not that killing the al Qaeda in Iraq leader—and the man personally responsible …
Evan Kohlmann / The Counterterrorism Blog:
Al-Qaida Takes Casualties in Iraq — But Apparently Not Zarqawi
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 …
Discussion: The Heretik
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Widespread Violence Kills Dozens Across Iraq
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Alito Often Ruled for Religious Expression  —  WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 - Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. has compiled a brief but unmistakable record, lawyers and analysts say, that makes him a leader in the camp of conservative theorists and judges who believe federal courts have been too quick to limit religious activities in public life.
Discussion: Hugh Hewitt and ACSBlog
Daily Kos:   NYTimes: Still Engaging In"Shoddy" Reporting
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 …
James Carroll / Boston Globe:
The fall of Bob Woodward
Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
Under U.S. Design, Iraq's New Army Looks a Good Deal Like the Old One  —  TAJI, Iraq, Nov. 20 — Clad in the olive-green uniform of old, his heart rising to the sound of the lilting march to which he once went to war for President Saddam Hussein, Sgt. Bashar Fathi, a veteran …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Journalist, Cover Thyself  —  Here's something you do not see every day: a newspaper reporter interrogating his own boss - on live television yet.  —  Howard Kurtz, the media writer for The Washington Post, posed tough questions yesterday for nearly eight minutes to Leonard Downie Jr. …
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Military fears critics will hurt morale  —  Pentagon officials say they are increasingly worried that Washington's political fight over the Iraq war will dampen what has been high morale among troops fighting a tenacious and deadly enemy.  —  Commanders are telling Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld …
William Yardley / New York Times:
After Eminent Domain Win, Project Goes Nowhere  —  NEW LONDON, Conn. - They have still not moved out.  Not Susette Kelo.  Not the Derys.  Not Byron Athenian or Bill Von Winkle or the others.  —  Five months after the United States Supreme Court set off a national debate by ruling …
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.
At Least Ezra Pound was Nuts  —  I never "got into" Vonnegut, or "dug" his work like my "buds," several of whom pronounced his work as "intense," so I am not particularly bothered to find he applauds suicide bombers, and thinks they experience "an amazing high."
Discussion: Ed
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 …
Discussion: The American Street
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Bush Tries To Cool Fiery Iraq Debate A Few Notches  —  TMV NOTE: We often repost posts done the night before on the next day's blog, to make sure they get maximum readership.  The post below ran mid-day yesterday — but we're reposting it today due to some of the important issues involved.
Discussion: The Right Place, MyDD and The Reaction
Washington Post:
Bush Tries to Tone Down High-Pitched Debate on Iraq
Discussion: Wonkette
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
HOW TO LOSE A WAR  —  November 21, 2005 — QUIT.  It's that simple.  There are plenty of more complex ways to lose a war, but none as reliable as just giving up.  —  Increasingly, quitting looks like the new American Way of War.  No matter how great your team, you can't win the game if you walk off the field at half-time.
Associated Press:
Senate Resolution Honoring The Boss Gets the Boot  —  Bruce Springsteen famously was "born in the USA," but he's getting scorned in the U.S. Senate.  —  An effort by New Jersey's senators, both Democrats, to honor the veteran rocker was shot down yesterday by Republicans who apparently …
New York Times:
G.M. to Cut 30,000 Jobs and Close 12 Facilities in 3 Years  —  DETROIT, Nov. 21 - General Motors said it would cut up to 30,000 jobs and close a dozen automobile and parts factories and distribution centers in the next three years in an effort to stem the company's billion-dollar losses.
Discussion: Loaded Mouth
CNN RELIABLE SOURCES  —  The Woodward Bombshell; Interview With Maureen Dowd  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  HOWARD KURTZ, HOST (voice over): The Woodward bombshell.  "The Washington Post" investigative reporter apologizes …
Iran MPs back nuclear snub plans  —  Iran's parliament has backed plans to begin uranium enrichment and end snap inspections by the United Nations if it is referred to the UN Security Council.  —  The UN nuclear watchdog is due to decide whether to refer Tehran over its secretive nuclear programme.
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
Associated Press:   Iran Votes to Block Nuclear Inspections

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Pete Du Pont / Opinion Journal:
Cease-Fire in Tunisia  —  The U.N.'s war on Internet freedom isn't over.
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Tamar Jacoby / Opinion Journal:
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