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7:30 AM ET, November 18, 2006

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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Is Karl Rove On The Way Out Soon?
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
RNC denies offering chairmanship to Steele
Discussion: The News Blog
Jeremy Greenstock / Washington Post:
Turning A Corner On Iraq  —  Avoiding defeat in Iraq is an unavoidably critical national interest — for the United States as for Britain.  If potentially lethal enemies are strengthened and re-motivated, the consequences will haunt us long after the headlines about withdrawal have faded.
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Rep. Nancy Pelosi / The Huffington Post:
Bringing the War to an End is my Highest Priority as Speaker  —  This morning, I visited our brave men and women at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center.  It is a place of prayers, of honor, of respect, and reflection.  And I left there more committed than ever to bringing the war to an end.
Tim Shipman / Daily Mail:
Iraq is a 'disaster' admits Blair  —  Tony Blair admitted that British intervention in Iraq has been a disaster last night - sending shockwaves through Westminster.  —  In his frankest admission about the war to date, Mr Blair admitted that Western forces have been powerless to stop the descent into violence.
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Times of London:
Blair admits Iraq is 'pretty much a disaster'
Discussion: Hot Air
Thomas Sowell / Opinion Journal:
Freedom Man  —  Milton Friedman had both genius and common sense.  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—Milton Friedman was one of the very few intellectuals with both genius and common sense.  He could express himself at the highest analytical levels to his fellow economists in academic publications …
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Brad DeLong / Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal:
We Are Live at Salon, with an Obituary for Milton Friedman
Discussion: New York Times and Dinocrat
Fox News:
DOUBT CAST OVER CLAIM OF FREED HOSTAGES IN IRAQ  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq — An Iraqi provincial governor said Friday that police located and freed two of five foreign security contractors taken hostage in a convoy hijacking near the Kuwait border, but a senior police official disputed that claim.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The Jawa Report
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Rob Stein / Washington Post:
A Second Pour of Good News About Substance in Red Wine  —  A component of red wine recently shown to help lab mice live longer also protects animals from obesity and diabetes and boosts their physical endurance, researchers reported yesterday.  —  The new research helps confirm and extend …
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).
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Pat Leahy wants to investigate Laura Ingraham  —  Now this would be just a little justice. via email: Pat Leahy at a hearing on voter fraud all but demanded that the Justice Department investigate and even prosecute Laura Ingraham for her election-day call to her listeners to jam …
Discussion: TAPPED and Hullabaloo
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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.
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 …
Andrew DeMillo / Associated Press:
Huckabee says campaign laws aid McCain  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Friday said potential 2008 presidential rival John McCain's campaign finance reforms gives the Republican senator an advantage over other candidates by allowing him to transfer money easily.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Cillizzac / The Fix:
The Friday Line: A Way Early Look at the '08 Senate Races  —  The Fix is nothing if not forward-looking.  With the 2006 election now 10 days past, it's time to begin handicapping the races to come in 2008.  —  We'll begin today by looking at the 10 most competitive Senate races, with a post next week on the 10 biggest House targets.
Discussion: Political Animal and Strategist
New York Times:
Man Acquitted in 9/11 Perjury Case  —  A jury in Federal District Court in Manhattan returned a verdict of not guilty in the second trial of a Jordanian immigrant who was accused of trying to mislead a grand jury investigating the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.  —  The jury of 9 women and 3 men found …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, TalkLeft and On Deadline
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Houston Police Run Over Striking Janitors with Horses  —  Houston police trampled on striking janitors with horses last night.  The janitors make on average $20 a day with no health insurance.  The companies responsible?  Chevron.  And Hines Interest, the city's largest hometown building owner.
Discussion: Confined Space
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
Sen. Baucus to tackle health care costs  —  WASHINGTON — The incoming chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said Thursday he wants to hold hearings on looming insolvencies in the Medicare and Social Security programs but said President Bush's plan to partially privatize Social Security is dead.
Discussion: Angry Bear and The Huffington Post
 
 
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