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1:10 PM ET, November 17, 2006


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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Clinton Rules Redux  —  Man are these catty little MSNBC snots enjoying their full-on Demo bitch fest.  They are partying like it's 1999.  Norah O'Donnell, Lawrence O'Donnell, Mary Ann Akers and some other person I don't know have just spent half an hour discussing the fact that Nancy Pelosi ruined …
Media Matters for America:
Situation Room onscreen text: Is Pelosi "Damaged Goods?"  —  On the November 16 edition of CNN's The Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer asked "how badly is [Rep.] Nancy Pelosi [D-CA] damaged politically?" while the question "Damaged Goods?" was displayed on screen.
New York Times:
Speaker Pelosi Tempts Disaster  —  Nancy Pelosi has managed to severely scar her leadership even before taking up the gavel as the new speaker of the House.  First, she played politics with the leadership of the House Intelligence Committee to settle an old score and a new debt.
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Beltway attacks on Nancy Pelosi  —  The mindless group-think driving the media's caricatures of Nancy Pelosi is truly astounding to behold, even considering the source.  She's not even Speaker yet, and they've already pronounced her to be a bitchy, vindictive shrew incapable of leading …
Josephine Hearn / The Hill:
Blue Dogs back Harman for Intel panel chair  —  Eighteen members of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of conservative House Democrats, wrote Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Thursday imploring her to choose Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) to chair the House Intelligence Committee next year.
Los Angeles Times:
Don't snub Harman  —  Pelosi's rocky start shouldn't include bypassing the best candidate to chair the House Intelligence Committee.  —  NEWLY MINTED House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is off to a rocky start.  On the same day she was formally elected to lead the new Democratic majority …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   All Eyes On Harman And Hastings
Associated Press:
Boehner, Blunt take top GOP House posts  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans chose Rep. John Boehner as minority leader Friday, succeeding Speaker Dennis Hastert in the top GOP leadership post for the Democratic-controlled House that convenes in January.  —  Boehner defeated Indiana conservative Mike Pence.
Washington Post:
GOP Chooses Boehner as Minority Leader
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Hotline On Call:   Minority Report: House Leadership Elections
Opinion Journal:
Friedman and Freedom  —  The man who made free markets popular again.  —  There are some public figures whose obituaries can be written years in advance.  Milton Friedman was not one of them.  —  Arguably the greatest economist of the 20th century, he won his Nobel Prize 30 years ago.
Jim Christie / Reuters:
Free market economist Milton Friedman dead at 94
Discussion: and Bizzyblog
Economist Friedman dies aged 94
USA Today:
Military may ask $127B for wars  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is preparing its largest spending request yet for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a proposal that could make the conflict the most expensive since World War II.  —  The Pentagon is considering $127 billion to $160 billion …
Associated Press:
Details of the AP-Ipsos poll on President Bush and Iraq  —  Demographics and details from the AP-Ipsos poll on President George W. Bush, Iraq and the United States' direction.  The poll was conducted by Ipsos, an international polling firm:  —  OVERALL: Bush's approval on his handling …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Why Iraq Is Crumbling  —  "A republic, if you can keep it."  — Benjamin Franklin, upon leaving the Constitutional Convention, in answer to "What have we got?"  —  We have given the Iraqis a republic, and they do not appear able to keep it.  —  Americans flatter themselves that they are the root of all planetary evil.
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Bush: Vietnam war offered lessons for Iraq  —  HANOI, Vietnam — President Bush, on his first visit to a country where America lost a two-decade-long fight against communism, said Friday the Vietnam War's lesson for today's confounding Iraq conflict is that freedom takes time to trump hatred.
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 …
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Four Americans Kidnapped in Iraq, Austrian Civilian Killed  —  Four American and one Austrian civilian have been kidnapped in Iraq.  The five men were part of a convoy heading through the Shia dominated south of Iraq, but are thought to be held in a Sunni area.  That part of Iraq is generally patrolled by British forces.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Christopher Lee / Washington Post:
Bush Choice for Family-Planning Post Criticized  —  The Bush administration has appointed a new chief of family-planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services who worked at a Christian pregnancy-counseling organization that regards the distribution of contraceptives as "demeaning to women."
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Houston Chronicle:
Sekula-Gibbs demands probe of aides who quit
Discussion: Wonkette
Bull Moose:
Hibernating Moose  —  For now, the Moose bids adieu to his Mooseketeers.
Discussion: Beltway Blogroll
Faiz / Think Progress:
Inhofe: Don't Worry About Global Warming Because 'God's Still Up There'
Myron Ebell / OpenMarket:
The climate is just like Bambi  —  The Los Angeles Times today …
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Romney faces a reckoning on '08
Charlie Savage / Boston Globe:
Democrats pledge to scrutinize Justice's civil rights arm
Matt Stearns / Real Cities:
100 block of D Street SE embodies the story of the GOP's undoing
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Daily Mail:
Jedi Knights demand Britain's fourth largest 'religion' receives recognition
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Arifa Akbar / Independent:
Baron Cohen comes out of character to defend Borat
Kim Murphy / Los Angeles Times:
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Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Violence in Iraq Called Increasingly Complex
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Senate Dems plan overhaul of military tribunals bill
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