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6:55 PM ET, November 20, 2006


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Fox News:
NEWS CORP. CANCELS O.J. SIMPSON BOOK AND TV SPECIAL  —  NEW YORK — News Corp., the parent company of book publisher HarperCollins and the FOX network, has canceled publication of the O.J. Simpson book and television special "If I Did It."  —  "I and senior management agree with the American public …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
O.J. Simpson Book, TV Special Canceled  —  After a firestorm of criticism, News.  Corp. said Monday that it has canceled the O.J. Simpson book and TV special "If I Did It."  —  "I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project," said Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. chairman.
John Heilprin / Associated Press:
House Democrat Wants Draft Reinstated  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans would have to sign up for a new military draft after turning 18 under a bill the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee says he will introduce next year.  —  Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. …
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
No Decisions Yet on Iraq Troop Levels, Bush Says
"Kramer's" Racist Tirade — Caught on Tape  —  WARNING: WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE IS PROFANE AND RACIAL  —  Michael Richards exploded in anger as he performed at a famous L.A. comedy club last Friday, hurling racial epithets that left the crowd gasping, and TMZ has obtained exclusive video of the ugly incident.
Gingrich '08: The stealth candidate  —  The controversial former House Speaker seems to throw his hat in the ring as a GOP presidential candidate, and promises that health care reform will be the big issue.  An exclusive Fortune interview.  —  WASHINGTON (Fortune) — Even a crisp Guinness stout …
Thomas F. Schaller / The Gadflyer:
Why Does the Non-Southern Strategy Drive People Batty?  —  It is increasingly clear to me that either my non-southern strategy argument causes people to take leave of their senses (particularly their mathematical abilities), or they simply refuse to accept compelling and mounting evidence as fact.
Discussion: TAPPED and Eschaton
Kos / Daily Kos:
Despite narrative, "conservative" and "southern" Dem victories were scarce
Discussion: TalkLeft, Centerfield and Facing South
Anti-War Activists Plan 'Global Orgasm For Peace'  —  (CBS/AP) SAN FRANCISCO Two peace activists have planned a massive anti-war demonstration for the first day of winter.  —  But they don't want you marching in the streets.  They'd much rather you just stay home.
Mark Trumbull / Christian Science Monitor:
A brisk rise in American wages  —  Pay rose faster than the cost of living for the first time in years.  —  American paychecks are rising again at a pace not seen since the 1990s.  —  The pay increase amounts to 4 percent on average over the past 12 months, and it comes at a very helpful time for millions of households.
Paul J. Gough / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Channel preps right-leaning satire  —  Fox News Channel might air two episodes of a "Daily Show"-like program with a decidedly nonliberal bent on Saturday nights in late January, with the possibility that it could become a weekly show for the channel.
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
McCain literally sticks to the script on Iraq  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) stuck to the script yesterday during an appearance on ABC's This Week, repeating his desire to see more troops sent to Iraq.  What's interesting, however, is that McCain seemed to need his notes quite a bit to get through the discussion.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Gadflyer
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Jose Padilla also rules Iraq  —  (updated below)  —  The New York Sun has a really, really scary column this morning about The Terrorists and how much stronger they are now because the Democrats won: … Democrats are soul mates not just with The Terrorists generally …
Discussion: NewsHog and The Sideshow
Associated Press:
Iran Urges Summit With Iraq and Syria  —  Iran has invited the Iraqi and Syrian presidents to Tehran for a weekend summit with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to hash out ways to cooperate in curbing the runaway violence that has taken Iraq to the verge of civil war and threatens to spread through the region …
Times of London:
Fighting back: the city determined not to become al-Qaeda's capital  —  A power struggle is taking place in the Sunni triangle, with tribal leaders and coalition forces aligning against a common enemy  —  A convoy of five US military humvees, each with radios crackling and a machine-gunner poking through …
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Preferences Forever?  —  The University of Michigan's president does her best George Wallace impersonation.  —  Michigan voters struck a blow for equality this month, when 58% of them approved an amendment to the state constitution banning racial discrimination in public universities and contracting.
Donald J. Boudreaux / Christian Science Monitor:
Want world peace?  Support free trade.  —  FAIRFAX, VA. - Everyone knows that a key to the Democrats' big electoral win was their opposition to the Iraq war.  But also, as the Wall Street Journal reported recently, "Democrats' stances against free trade helped build the party's success …
Discussion: Dr. Sanity and The Corner
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Schools Slow in Closing Gaps Between Races  —  When President Bush signed his sweeping education law a year into his presidency, it set 2014 as the deadline by which schools were to close the test-score gaps between minority and white students that have persisted since standardized testing began.
jules crittenden:
Fighting the Last War  —  Richard at Hyscience discusses Seymour Hersh's big scoop that Iran is nothing to worry about.  I heard that guy speak once.  It was a bizarre experience.  The Pentagon press I had dinner with that night were talking about his weirdness, and one of them observed …
John Seewer / Associated Press:
Ohio fundraiser gets 18 years in prison  —  TOLEDO, Ohio - A former GOP fundraiser at the center of a scandal-plagued state investment in rare coins that helped Democrats seize power in the midterm elections was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison.  —  Tom Noe, a prominent coin dealer accused …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Liz Halloran / US News:
Bye-Bye to Secret Spy Program?  —  Why the fate of President Bush's eavesdropping program is dangling by a thread  —  Republicans who limped back to Washington for a lame duck congressional session last week found a host of marching orders from President Bush, but perhaps none more urgent than this …
Mark / CNN Political Ticker:
Clinton is '08 frontrunner, Kerry's support slips  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-New York, remains the frontrunner for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2008, with more than twice the support of any of her potential rivals, a new CNN poll shows.
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Ray Takeyh / Los Angeles Times:
Ahmadinejad is no Hitler  —  The world's most rash leaders …
Anne Plummer Flaherty / Associated Press:
House panel chair pushes for Iraqi army
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Pelosi nixes Rangel's bill to bring back the draft (Update: Video added)
The myth of turning a corner in Iraq
Discussion: Eschaton and The Belmont Club
PR Newswire:
First Muslim Congressman Addresses CAIR Banquet
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
What The GOP Leadership Elections Communicate
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Boston Globe:
Rep. Frank offers business a 'grand bargain'
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
YES, THINGS CAN GET WORSE....After running through all the options …

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Jeremy Fuster / The Wrap:
SAG-AFTRA members ratify the union's three-year contract with studios after 78% voted in favor; some members remain dissatisfied with the deal's AI protections

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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
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