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4:13 AM ET, November 20, 2006


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John Heilprin / Associated Press:
Rep. Rangel will seek to reinstate draft  —  WASHINGTON - Americans would have to sign up for a new military draft after turning 18 if the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has his way.  —  Rep. Charles Rangel (news, bio, voting record), D-N.Y., said Sunday he sees …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Rangel says he'll introduce a bill to bring back the draft  —  Say it with me: permanent.  Democratic. majority.  —  He floats this idea periodically when his side needs a little boost.  The last time he really pushed it was before the election in 2004, when the left tried …
Jackie Frank / Reuters:
Senior Democrat renews call for military draft  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An influential Democratic lawmaker on Sunday called for reinstatement of the draft as a way to boost U.S. troop levels and draw a broader section of the population into the military or public service.
Discussion: PSoTD
Sweetness & Light:
Charlie Rangel (D-AQ) Vows To Bring Back The Draft
Discussion: Wake up America
Joshua Muravchik / Los Angeles Times:
Bomb Iran  —  Diplomacy is doing nothing to stop the Iranian nuclear threat; a show of force is the only answer.  —  WE MUST bomb Iran.  —  It has been four years since that country's secret nuclear program was brought to light, and the path of diplomacy and sanctions has led nowhere.
Agence France Presse:
CIA analysis finds no Iranian nuclear weapons drive: report  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - A classifed draft CIA assessment has found no firm evidence of a secret drive by Iran to develop nuclear weapons, as alleged by the White House, a top US investigative reporter has said.
Yossi Verter / Haaretz:   Bush: I'd understand if Israel chose to attack Iran
Seymour M. Hersh / New Yorker:
THE NEXT ACT  —  A month before the November elections, Vice-President Dick Cheney was sitting in on a national-security discussion at the Executive Office Building.  The talk took a political turn: what if the Democrats won both the Senate and the House?  How would that affect policy toward Iran …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Seymour Hersh on Iran: There's no secret program of significant bomb making.
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Kissinger Says Victory in Iraq Is Not Possible  —  Former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, who regularly advises President Bush on Iraq, said today that a full military victory was no longer possible there.  He thus joined a growing number of leading conservatives openly challenging …
Associated Press:
Calif. Couple Calls for Orgasm for Peace  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 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.  —  The Global Orgasm for Peace …
Discussion: TigerHawk, Hot Air and Inactivist
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Kerry: Botched Joke Won't Affect 2008  —  Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry insisted on Sunday his "botched joke" about President Bush's Iraq policy would not undermine a possible White House campaign in 2008.  —  "Not in the least," Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee in said when asked …
Discussion: Moonbattery
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
For 'America's Mayor,' Tips to Take to the White House
Discussion: Discriminations
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
'Free to lose' isn't good philosophy for the right wing  —  If Milton Friedman had to die, then a week after the defeat of a Republican Congress that had apparently forgotten every lesson Friedman taught in Free To Choose is eerily apt timing.  As it happens, had ill health not intervened …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Lawrence H. Summers / New York Times:
The Great Liberator  —  IF John Maynard Keynes was the most …
Bob Sipchen / Los Angeles Times:
Dead soldier's parting gift: $100,000 party  —  LAS VEGAS — Shortly after Jeffrey "Toz" Toczylowski's last mission in Iraq a year ago this month, friends received a message.  —  "If you are getting this e-mail, it means that I have passed away," the missive said.
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Pentagon Review Sees Three Options in Iraq  —  More Training of Iraqi Troops a Likely Focus  —  The Pentagon's closely guarded review of how to improve the situation in Iraq has outlined three basic options: Send in more troops, shrink the force but stay longer, or pull out, according to senior defense officials.
Discussion: Hellblazer and The News Blog
Judd / Think Progress:
McCain Flip-Flops, Supports Immediate Reversal of Roe v. Wade  —  In 1999, the "moderate" version of John McCain said that overturning Roe v. Wade would be dangerous for women and he would not support it, even in "the long term."  Here's McCain in the San Francisco Chronicle:
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
McCain and Abortion: The Dance of Disingenuousness Continues
Weekly Standard:
Time for a Heavier Footprint  —  More American troops are needed to break the cycle of violence in Iraq.  —  General John Abizaid, the commander of U.S. Central Command and the man with overall statutory responsibility for conducting the war in Iraq, testified last week in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Discussion: Inactivist and Daily Pundit
H. Josef Hebert / Associated Press:
Dems Take Aim at Oil Company Tax Breaks  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are targeting billions of dollars in oil company tax breaks for quick repeal next year.  A broader energy proposal that would boost alternative energy sources and conservation is expected to be put off until later.
Discussion: Redstate and The Strata-Sphere
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
A Somber Annual Meeting for Conservative Lawyers  —  For the last 20 years, the Federalist Society, a conclave of conservative lawyers, has steadily flourished, even when there was a Democrat in the White House.  But the recent election results, along with increased partisan bitterness …
Discussion: Redstate and Althouse
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Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Antimilitary bigotry  —  "IN THE FIRST place God made idiots," observed Mark Twain.
Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
112 die in Iraq as bloodbath continues
Henry McDonald / Observer:
Al-Qaeda's airport bomb plot
Ayatollah who backs suicide bombs aims to be Iran's next spiritual leader
Discussion: Hot Air
Thomas Wagner / ABCNEWS:
Major Battle in Iraq's Baqouba Kills 18
Times of London:
Israel orders killing of Hamas politicians
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Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Follow the Money
Ian / Hot Air:
Video: Kerry on his troop remark: The "Republican attack machine" is out to get me!
Kirk Semple / New York Times:
A Captain's Journey From Hope to Just Getting Her Unit Home
Dean / Dean's World:
"Inspiring" Israeli Terrorist
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
SADDAM'S A-BOMB....In The Good Fight, Peter Beinart says that …
Discussion: OxBlog and Eschaton
David Leppard / Times of London:
Blair hit by Saudi 'bribery' threat

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Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
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Blake Brittain / Reuters:
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