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11:35 AM ET, November 18, 2006

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WRAL-TV:
Controversial Assignment Leads To Teacher's Resignation  —  SMITHFIELD, N.C. — A Spanish teacher at Smithfield-Selma Senior High School resigned this week after handing out an assignment that some students and parents said teaches hate.  —  Khalid Chahhou, who was in his first year of teaching …
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BBC:
Blair accepts 'disaster' in Iraq  —  Tony Blair has publicly agreed with the opinion that the violence in Iraq since the 2003 invasion has been a disaster.  —  The UK prime minister was responding to a question by Sir David Frost in an interview on the new al-Jazeera English-language Arabic TV channel.
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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.
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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Milton Friedman / Opinion Journal:
Friedman's Sampler  —  A selection of writings from The Wall Street Journal. … On Freedom  —  It is important to emphasize that economic arrangements play a dual role in the promotion of a free society.  On the one hand, "freedom" in economic arrangements itself a component …
Brad DeLong / Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal:
We Are Live at Salon, with an Obituary for Milton Friedman
Associated Press:
Leahy Seeks Documents on Detention  —  Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), who will chair the Senate Judiciary Committee next year, asked the Justice Department to release two newly acknowledged documents, which set U.S. policy on how terrorism suspects are detained and interrogated.
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Brian Beutler / The Raw Story:
Dem judiciary leader seeks torture documents
Nico / Think Progress:
Kondracke Dubs Nancy Pelosi The 'Wicked Witch Of The West' »  —  Fox News host Mort Kondracke, the "left-leaning" counterpart to Weekly Standard editor Fred Barnes on Fox News' The Beltway Boys, said last night that incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) should be nicknamed the "Wicked Witch of the West."
Discussion: News Hounds
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Wicked Witch of the West
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.
Associated Press:
Wilson declared unofficial winner by 879 votes  —  Madrid refuses to concede with official vote certification still pending  —  Republican Heather Wilson looks safe for a fifth term in Congress.  Yet her Democratic challenger refused to concede.  —  Wilson retained her seat …
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.
Discussion: NewsHog
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 …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Syrian Officials and Iraq Study Group Met, Envoy Says  —  Vice President Dick Cheney and James A. Baker III, co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group, after a White House meeting.  The Syrian ambassador says Mr. Baker discussed how Syria might help in Iraq.  —  James A. Baker III …
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 and Making Light
NY Daily News:
Pelosi's bruising  —  Wins top job but loses in nasty fight over No. 2  —  WASHINGTON - Democrats unanimously chose Nancy Pelosi as House speaker, but she still came away a loser after her handpicked choice for majority leader, Rep. John Murtha, was hammered by Rep. Steny Hoyer.
Christian Wüst / Spiegel Online:
Not as Green as it Seems  —  BMW is manufacturing the first series of hydrogen fueled cars.  They're not as green as they seem.  For a start, they're incredibly thirsty — and they will put more strain on the environment than a heavy diesel truck.  —  There's a new method for fueling cars.
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