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11:25 AM ET, November 15, 2006


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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Unfit for Majority Leader  —  The videotape is grainy, dark and devastating.  The congressman and the FBI undercover agents — the congressman thinks they represent an Arab sheik willing to pay $50,000 to get immigration papers — are talking business in the living room of a secretly wired Washington townhouse.
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Meet the New Boss  —  John Murtha and Congress's "culture of corruption."  —  House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi's endorsement of Rep. John Murtha for majority leader, the No. 2 position in the Democratic leaderhsip, has roiled her caucus.  "She will ensure that they [Mr. Murtha and his allies] win.
Josephine Hearn / The Hill:
Pelosi pulls out the stops for Murtha  —  Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is imploring her colleagues to support Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) for majority leader, multiple House Democrats said yesterday, dealing an unexpected but not necessarily fatal blow to Murtha's opponent, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Get Out Now?  Not So Fast, Experts Say  —  One of the most resonant arguments in the debate over Iraq holds that the United States can move forward by pulling its troops back, as part of a phased withdrawal.  If American troops begin to leave and the remaining forces assume a more limited role …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
And Now It Seems Withdrawal Is ... Bad
Discussion: bRight & Early
Daniela Altimari / Hartford Courant:
`Landslide Joe?'  —  Courtney Lands Capitol Nickname In Razor-Thin 2nd District Recount  —  The studious Democratic lawyer from Vernon appears to have clinched a win in the 2nd Congressional District.  —  And it took only 168 hours and 49 minutes after the polls closed on election night to receive the news.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Susan Haigh / Associated Press:   Recount gives Courtney win in 2nd District
Susan Haigh / Associated Press:
Democrat wins Connecticut House seat
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Pawlenty: Give health coverage to all kids  —  The GOP governor embraces an issue that was central for DFLers in the recent campaign.  —  In a sweeping policy departure that aligns with a top agenda item of the newly elected DFL legislative majorities, Gov. Tim Pawlenty called Tuesday …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:   SAY IT AIN'T SO, TIM  —  Among the cynical adages that explain …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Lamar Alexander For Minority Whip  —  Captain's Quarters has no hesitation in endorsing Lamar Alexander for the position of Minority Whip in the next session of the Senate.  While I have regard for Senator Alexander, this decision has far more to do with his competition than with the Tennessean himself.
Discussion: Hot Air, Iowa Voice and
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:   Spending Bills Stall as Congress Focuses on Leadership Races
Jim Webb / Opinion Journal:
Class Struggle  —  American workers have a chance to be heard.  —  The most important—and unfortunately the least debated—issue in politics today is our society's steady drift toward a class-based system, the likes of which we have not seen since the 19th century.
Huffington Post:
FOX NEWS INTERNAL MEMO: "BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR ANY STATEMENTS FROM THE IRAQI INSURGENTS...THRILLED AT THE PROSPECT OF A DEM CONTROLLED CONGRESS"...  Huffington Post has obtained an internal Fox News memo written by the network's Vice President of news.  The memo details Fox's game plan …
David Johnston / New York Times:
Document shows Bush guided CIA on detention  —  WASHINGTON: The Central Intelligence Agency has acknowledged for the first time the existence of two classified documents, including one signed by President George W. Bush, that have guided the agency's interrogation and detention of terror suspects.
Aaron Klein / WorldNetDaily:
freed for $2 million  —  Terrorists used cash for arms to 'hit Zionists,' payment said to encourage more abductions  —  JERUSALEM - Palestinian terror groups and security organizations in the Gaza Strip received $2 million from a United States source in exchange for the release …
Agence France Presse:
Mid-flight sexual play lands US couple afoul of anti-terrorism law  —  A couple's ill-concealed sexual play aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles got them charged with violating the Patriot Act, intended for terrorist acts, and could land them in jail for 20 years.
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Enter, Pariah: Now It's Hugs for Lieberman  —  Senator Joseph I. Lieberman strode into a Democratic caucus gathering like he owned the place or, at the very least, like someone who is a flight risk and could leave at any minute, taking the Democrats' new majority with him.
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
ARABIAN NIGHTMARES  —  YESTERDAY, 80 terrorists in police uniforms raided an Iraqi research institute in Baghdad, rounded up 100-plus male students, loaded them into vehicles in broad daylight and drove away.  —  They couldn't have pulled it off without the complicity of key elements within …
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Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
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Peter Carlson / Washington Post:
Lame-Duck Texas Rep. Gets Down to Work Without DeLay
Discussion: The Caucus
Patrick O'Connor / The Hill:
House GOP may go back to the future
Daniel Pipes Columns:
Ahmadinejad - Hostage Taker?
Jill Tucker / San Francisco Chronicle:
School board votes to dump JROTC program
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
As Guard Changes in Congress, Lobbyists Scramble
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Al Jazeera's U.S. Face
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 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Reid Pledges To Press Bush On Iraq Policy
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Caucus
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Libby: No Plot, No Crime in CIA Leak
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Needlenose
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
U.N. Says Somalis Helped Hezbollah Fighters
Discussion: A Blog For All and
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / TCS Daily:
Is Democracy Like Sex?
George Jahn / Associated Press:
IAEA finds traces of plutonium in Iran
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Duncan Gardham / Telegraph:
Hate videos of Muslim group they failed to ban
Discussion: Hot Air and USS Neverdock
Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
Republican Party's Martinez: won't be "attack dog"
Kevin Aylward / The 2006 Weblog Awards:
The 2006 Weblog Awards - Nominations Open