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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 Air America Radio
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.
Dee-Ann Durbin / Associated Press:   GM to Cut 30,000 Jobs, Close 9 Plants
Look back, in pajamas  —  Edited by Glenn Reynolds, Chair, OSM Editorial Advisory Board  —  A CARNIVAL OF PRE-WAR INTELLIGENCE: WHAT WE KNEW, WHEN WE KNEW IT, AND WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN GOING INTO THE IRAQ WAR.  —  On Friday, OSM extended an open-invitation to bloggers everywhere …
Christopher Hayes /
Who is Sherrod Brown?  —  An unabashed progressive takes aim at a Senate seat in Ohio  —  There are two small but revealing items affixed to Ohio's 13th District congressman Sherrod Brown.  On his lapel, he wears not an American flag, but a pin of a yellow bird in a cage.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:   Net Effects  —  T@P Netroots activists are liberal firebrands?
Hatred blinds U.S. to truth: Journalist  —  Four years after 9/11 and the "crazy zeitgeist" that permeated the United States, most Americans have still not learned to know their enemies instead of just hating them, U.S. political journalist Chris Matthews says.
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.
Daily Kos:   NYTimes: Still Engaging In"Shoddy" Reporting
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 …
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."
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 …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
General Shinseki, Again  —  Via Glenn, we find ourselves wondering - Is Pejman missing a link?  He is, of course, correct in disputing the connection between Shinseki's June 2003 retirement and his controversial Feb 2003 Congressional testimony about troop levels in Iraq.
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 …
Ann Imse / Rocky Mountain News:
ACLU suing over ouster from event  —  Action taken on part of 2 people booted from Bush speech  —  The American Civil Liberties Union is taking up the case of two of the three people ejected from a presidential appearance in Denver over a bumper sticker and has named a federal bureaucrat in Denver as the mystery man who ousted them.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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. …
Lise Olsen / Houston Chronicle:
Did Texas execute an innocent man?  —  Eyewitness says he felt influenced by police to ID the teen as the killer  —  Texas executed its fifth teenage offender at 22 minutes after midnight on Aug. 24, 1993, after his last request for bubble gum had been refused and his final claim of innocence had been forever silenced.
Gateway Pundit:
George Bush Makes History, Praises Mongolian Democracy  —  PRESIDENT BUSH PRAISES ANOTHER CENTRAL ASIAN DEMOCRACY AS HE MAKES HISTORIC STOP IN MONGOLIA,  —  Holy Yak!  Bush praises the "Fearless Warriors" of Mongolia.  —  U.S. President George W. Bush (L) stands in front …

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