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9:00 PM ET, November 17, 2006


 Top Items: 
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Who'll Claim the Center?  —  Republicans and Democrats adjust to last week's power shift.  —  WASHINGTON—A postelection stay in the cool, cloudy capital reveals a sober Republican Party attempting every day in conversations throughout Capitol Hill a rancor-free analysis of why the party lost …
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Beltway attacks on Nancy Pelosi
Kirk Semple / New York Times:
Iraq Issues Warrant for Arrest of Sunni Cleric  —  An Iraqi at the Baghdad morgue inspects the coffin of a victim in a shooting at a bakery Thursday morning.  Nine people were killed in that attack.  —  The government issued an arrest warrant late Thursday for Sheik Harith al-Dhari …
Discussion: TAPPED and Washington Post
Frank Brieaddy / beliefnet:
Philanthropy Expert: Conservatives Are More Generous  —  SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse University professor Arthur C. Brooks is about to become the darling of the religious right in America — and it's making him nervous.  —  The child of academics, raised in a liberal household and educated …
Faiz / Think Progress:
REPORT: Karl Rove May Be Leaving The White House In 'Weeks, Not Months'  —  The White House Bulletin, a service of Bulletin News, reports that White House senior political adviser Karl Rove — aka "Bush's Brain" — may soon be on his way out: … Early this year, Rove gave up his role …
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
RNC denies offering chairmanship to Steele
Discussion: The News Blog and Hot Air
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
McCain Tells Conservatives G.O.P.'s Defeat Was Payback for Losing 'Our Principles'  —  Senator John McCain said Thursday that Republicans had lost the midterm elections because "we abandoned our principles" on fiscal policy and government restraint, inviting a backlash from Americans over what they saw as widespread hypocrisy.
Washington Post:
GOP Chooses Boehner as Minority Leader  —  House Republicans this morning voted to return two of their top officials to high-ranking leadership posts in the next Congress, despite challenges from representatives who said the party's defeat at the polls 10 days ago warranted putting new people at the helm.
Carrie Budoff / Philadelphia Inquirer:
Santorum: No oval office run  —  Some backers sought an '08 campaign, but he said: "Absolutely, positively not."  —  Don't expect to see Sen. Rick Santorum's name on the 2008 presidential ballot.  —  "Absolutely, positively not.  Absolutely not," Santorum said yesterday on The Michael Smerconish Show on WPHT-AM (1210).
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Cracked it!  —  Three million Britons have been issued with the new hi-tech passport, designed to frustrate terrorists and fraudsters.  So why did Steve Boggan and a friendly computer expert find it so easy to break the security codes?  —  Six months ago, with the help of a rather scary computer expert …
Discussion: and Boing Boing
Israel developing anti-militant "bionic hornet"  —Text+JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is using nanotechnology to try to create a robot no bigger than a hornet that would be able to chase, photograph and kill its targets, an Israeli newspaper reported on Friday.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Issues Front and Center  —  Big Ideas for Democrats: Health Care, Energy and Economic Inequality  —  The Democrats now have the opportunity the Republicans spurned, which is to build a broad coalition in the center and become once again the nation's governing party.
Discussion: Eschaton, TalkLeft and MaxSpeak
Holcomb B. Noble / New York Times:
Milton Friedman, 94, Free-Market Theorist, Dies  —  Milton Friedman, the grandmaster of free-market economic theory in the postwar era and a prime force in the movement of nations toward less government and greater reliance on individual responsibility, died yesterday.  He was 94 and lived in San Francisco.
Andrew Bridges / Associated Press:
Ban on Silicone Breast Implants Lifted  —  WASHINGTON — The government ended a 14-year virtual ban on silicone-gel breast implants Friday despite lingering safety questions, making the devices available to tens of thousands of women who have clamored for them.
Hotline On Call:
The Carville Claims: A Closer Look  —  James Carville has been generating a wave of publicity in criticizing DNC Chair Howard Dean for not sufficiently funding competitive House races.  He's claimed the Democrats could have won another dozen seats if the DNC allocated more money in the campaign's final weeks.
Discussion: The Huffington Post, MyDD and Daily Kos
Investor's Business Daily:
Let Them Eat Bullets  —  Foreign Affairs: A nation that's defended Europe from aggression in the 60 years since World War II is asking why Iraq can't defend itself.  The fact is, Iraqis risk their lives for their country every day.  —  Clearly the days when Democrats warned of a long twilight struggle …
Amir Taheri / New York Post:
OUR ENEMIES' GLEE  —  ISLAMISTS DREAM BIG AFTER U.S. ELEX  —  RADICAL elements across the Middle East see last Tuesday's defeat of President Bush's Republican Party as their victory.  —  Calling the election "the beginning of the end for Bush," Ayatollah Imami Kashani told a Friday congregation …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Digg it: How you can help conservative blogs; Update: Readers weigh in  —  I've been meaning to write about this for awhile and now lazy Friday's given me the chance.  —  People occasionally e-mail us asking for a PayPal button so that they can donate.  That's kind of them …
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Senate Approves Nuclear Cooperation With India  —  The Senate gave overwhelming approval late Thursday to President Bush's deal for nuclear cooperation with India, a vote that expressed that a goal of nurturing India as an ally outweighed concerns over the risks of spreading nuclear know-how and bomb-making materials.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Jim Suhr / Associated Press:
Gay penguin book shakes up Ill. school  —  SHILOH, Ill. - A picture book about two male penguins raising a baby penguin is getting a chilly reception among some parents who worry about the book's availability to children — and the reluctance of school administrators to restrict access to it.
Bull Moose:
Hibernating Moose  —  For now, the Moose bids adieu to his Mooseketeers.  —  It's been a good run.  The Moose has tremendously enjoyed musing, observing and holding forth on the issues of the day.  But, for the time being, this cervine creature will not be seen in cyberspace.
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Laura Rozen / TAPPED:
OVERSEEING THE OVERSEERS.  One thing you may not know about Rep …
Nada Bakri / Lebanon Daily Star:
Hizbullah rules out return to talks, says protests are likely
Rachel Kapochunas /
Sen. Stevens Casts Rumors Aside, Will Seek Re-election in Alaska
Rick Lee / On Location With Rick Lee:
From Appalachia to Midtown Manhattan
Dutch government backs burqa ban
Discussion: On Deadline
John / AMERICAblog:
Tasered UCLA student retains prominent civil rights lawyer, plans massive law suit
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Justice Recalls Treats Laced With Poison
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Yglesias:
The Tommy Thompson Bandwagon
Wall Street Journal:
Managing Change: Is the Penny Worth Keeping?
Houston Chronicle:
Sekula-Gibbs demands probe of aides who quit
Discussion: Wonkette and Daily Kos
Faiz / Think Progress:
Inhofe: Don't Worry About Global Warming Because 'God's Still Up There'
Associated Press:
Report: Gitmo detainees denied witnesses
Daily Mail:
Jedi Knights demand Britain's fourth largest 'religion' receives recognition
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Why Iraq Is Crumbling
Christopher Lee / Washington Post:
Bush Choice for Family-Planning Post Criticized

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Gaby Del Valle / The Verge:
The US Senate reauthorizes FISA's Section 702; some communication service providers had threatened to stop cooperating with the US government in case of a lapse

Daniel Wiessner / Reuters:
Google scraps a 2019 policy requiring US suppliers and staffing firms to pay their employees $15 an hour and provide health insurance and other benefits

Isabelle Bousquette / Wall Street Journal:
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