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12:40 AM ET, November 18, 2006


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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: Don Surber and Blue Crab Boulevard
Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Bush: Vietnam war offered lessons for Iraq
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
India Pact Approved
Discussion: Security Watchtower
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
RNC denies offering chairmanship to Steele
Discussion: The News Blog and Hot Air
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).
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.
Gavin M. / Sadly, No!:
Two Of A Perfect Troika  —  First it was Ann Coulter, under investigation in Florida for ballot irregularities.  Now Laura Ingraham is in some hot soup for her attempt to jam the Democrats' voter assistance hotline during the election.  —  Ingraham's performance was particularly Republican in that …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Pat Leahy wants to investigate Laura Ingraham
Discussion: TAPPED and Hullabaloo
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
Houston Chronicle:
Sekula-Gibbs demands probe of aides who quit  —  She says the 7 who left deleted records, brought 'shame' to office  —  WASHINGTON — The turmoil in newly elected Rep. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs' office deepened Thursday with the Houston Republican demanding a congressional investigation of aides …
Discussion: Wonkette and Daily Kos
Dutch government backs burqa ban  —  The Dutch cabinet has backed a proposal by the country's immigration minister to ban Muslim women from wearing the burqa in public places.  —  The burqa, a full body covering that also obscures the face, would be banned by law in the street, and in trains, schools, buses and the law courts.
Discussion: On Deadline
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 …
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.
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Andrew DeMillo / Associated Press:
Huckabee says campaign laws aid McCain
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Man Acquitted in 9/11 Perjury Case
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The Tommy Thompson Bandwagon
Wall Street Journal:
Managing Change: Is the Penny Worth Keeping?
Amir Taheri / New York Post:
Bull Moose:
Hibernating Moose  —  For now, the Moose bids adieu to his Mooseketeers.
Faiz / Think Progress:
Inhofe: Don't Worry About Global Warming Because 'God's Still Up There'
Washington Post:
GOP Chooses Boehner as Minority Leader

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