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6:50 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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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: Washington Post and TAPPED
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
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Houston Chronicle:
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Discussion: Wonkette and Daily Kos
Faiz / Think Progress:
Inhofe: Don't Worry About Global Warming Because 'God's Still Up There'
Associated Press:
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Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Why Iraq Is Crumbling
Christopher Lee / Washington Post:
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USA Today:
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