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4:45 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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: TalkLeft, Eschaton and MaxSpeak
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
How Conservatives Can Set The Agenda For The GOP  —  Over the last week, I have written several posts on the meaning of the midterm debacle for the Republicans, and how their approach to leadership selection underscores their inability to understand it.  While Democrats attracted centrists …
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."
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.
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Houston Chronicle:
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Associated Press:
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