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2:25 PM ET, November 20, 2006


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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.
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Amid Uproar Over War, Rangel Renews Call for Draft  —  Both Parties Grapple With Iraq As They Await Study Group's Report  —  The incoming Democratic chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee said yesterday that he will push to renew the military draft, as lawmakers in both parties sharpened …
"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.
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Schwarzenegger searches for a role in '08  —  Barred from running for president, he hopes his centrist, cooperative style could carry some influence in the GOP presidential campaign.  —  He can't run for president — the Constitution forbids it.  —  He won't camp out in Iowa or New Hampshire …
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Kerry: Botched Joke Won't Affect 2008
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and Moonbattery
Ronald Brownstein / Los Angeles Times:
The electoral college map is morphing
Discussion: DonkeyRising and The Caucus
Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
Will the West Stumble?  —  What a stupid question.  By any benchmark of economic prosperity, military power, and political stability, Western civilization—in the United States, Europe, and the former British Commonwealth—has never been stronger.  Globalization has become a euphemism for Westernization …
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
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and JunkYardBlog
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!
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
A Sometimes Awkward Changing of the Guard  —  It was a topsy-turvy week in the Capitol, one of resurrection and role reversal as ascendant Democrats — and a Republican or two — strutted back to power.  —  Most Republicans were trying to come to grips with their drastically reduced status as the new minority.
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: The Corner
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, Daily Kos and Eschaton
David Weber / Associated Press:
Romney Wants Gay-Marriage Ban on Mass. Ballot  —  Governor to Ask Court to Place Amendment Before Voters if Legislators Don't Decide the Issue  —  Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) said Sunday that he will ask the state's highest court this week to order a ballot question on same-sex marriage …
Christopher Hitchens / Opinion Journal:
The 'Confession'  —  An illiterate double-murder's killer book.  —  Just thinking aloud here, but what do you suppose the reaction of Fox News and the Murdoch press would be if Black Entertainment Television had commissioned a lucrative tie-in for O.J. Simpson, and had sat …
Discussion: Rox Populi and Decision '08
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.
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James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
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Discussion: JURIST
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Joe Kovacs / WorldNetDaily:
'Bush doesn't think America should be an actual place'
Discussion: The Corner and ParaPundit
William Safire / New York Times:
Netroots  —  "You can hear the netroots screaming," …
Boston Globe:
Rep. Frank offers business a 'grand bargain'
Jordan Rau / Los Angeles Times:
Gov.'s push for healthcare may get a push back
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Schools Slow in Closing Gaps Between Races
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
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Discussion: The News Blog
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
YES, THINGS CAN GET WORSE....After running through all the options …
Liz Halloran / US News:
Bye-Bye to Secret Spy Program?
Saddam trial 'flawed and unsound'
Discussion: Mia Culpa and Reason Magazine
Republicans plot to bring down Pelosi ... and Clinton with her
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
A Somber Annual Meeting for Conservative Lawyers
Discussion: Power Line, Redstate and Althouse