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4:04 AM ET, November 22, 2006


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Michael J. Totten:
Another Assassination in Beirut - Continuously Updated  —  The only thing that surprises me even slightly about today's political assassination in Beirut is that the victim was Pierre Gemayel, a Christian, rather than Fouad Seniora, a Sunni.  —  All the assassination victims after Rafik Hariri, a Sunni, have been Christians.
Gateway Pundit:
Lebanese Christian Politician Gemayel Assassinated!... Syria Blamed  —  "Today Pierre was martyred for the cause.  He died for Lebanon, for freedom, and for humanity.  Those who love him will not desecrate his memory with acts... We want the Lebanese cause to triumph.
Anton Efendi / Across the Bay:
Syria Murders Pierre Gemayel  —  A few days ago, LF leader Samir Geagea expressed his fears that Syria would attempt to assassinate three ministers in order to deprive the majority of the ability to convene the required two thirds quorum to ratify the international tribunal.
Sam F. Ghattas / Associated Press:
Lebanese Cabinet minister is killed  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon - Pierre Gemayel, an anti-Syrian politician and scion of Lebanon's most prominent Christian family, was gunned down Tuesday in an assassination that heightened tensions amid a showdown between opponents and allies of Syria that threatens to topple the U.S.-backed government.
jules crittenden:
It's a Dirty Job ...  It will be interesting after the assassination of Pierre Gemayel in Lebanon ... not to mention last summer's hijacking of the nation by Hezbollah ... not to mention last year's assassination of Rafik Hariri ... not to mention the last 25 years of Syrian and Iranian interference …
Discussion: Riehl World View and Op For
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Anti-Syrian Minister Is Assassinated in Lebanon
Discussion: Exit Zero and Obsidian Wings
Martiga Lohn / Associated Press:
Muslim clerics removed from US Airways claim discrimination  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A day after being removed from a US Airways flight, six Muslim clerics said Tuesday they were the victims of prejudice and did nothing to deserve the treatment.  One called for a boycott of the airline.
Discussion: Don Surber and Pajamas Media
Hindrocket / Power Line:
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From Our Sources / The Blotter:
First Daughter Barbara Robbed in Argentina  —  From Our Sources:  —  First Daughter Barbara Bush had her purse and cell phone stolen as she had dinner in a restaurant in Buenos Aires, Argentina, even though she was being guarded by a detail of Secret Service agents, according to law enforcement reports made available to ABC News.
Associated Press:
Robert Altman, Leading Director, Dies at 81  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Altman, the caustic and irreverent satirist behind "M-A-S-H," "Nashville" and "The Player" who made a career out of bucking Hollywood management and story conventions, died at a Los Angeles Hospital, his Sandcastle 5 Productions Company said Tuesday.
David Lightman / Hartford Courant:
Wittmann Chosen As Lieberman Communications Director  —  WASHINGTON — Marshall Wittmann, well-known Washington figure who's served John McCain, the Christian Coalition and the moderate Democratic Leadership Council, was named today as Sen. Joseph Lieberman's communications director.
Discussion: Roger Ailes
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Bull Moose Gets A New Job (UPDATED)
Discussion: The Raw Story
Jim Krane / Associated Press:
Elder Bush takes on son's Arab critics  —  ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Former President George H.W. Bush took on Arab critics of his son Tuesday during a testy exchange at a leadership conference in the capital of this U.S. ally.  —  "My son is an honest man," Bush told members …
Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
John McCain's Real Plan for Iraq  —  I talked with John McCain Sunday morning in the green room just before "This Week."  I asked him why he continued to call for more troops for Iraq when he must know it's a political non-starter.  He said he thought it important for the morale of the troops.
Yuval Yoaz / Haaretz:
In precedent-setting ruling court says state must recognize gay marriage  —  In a precedent-setting ruling, the High Court of Justice on Tuesday ruled that five gay couples wedded outside of Israel can be registered as married couples.  —  A sweeping majority of six justices to one ruled …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
GOP leaving spending bills to Democrats  —  WASHINGTON - Republicans vacating the Capitol are dumping a big spring cleaning job on Democrats moving in.  GOP leaders have opted to leave behind almost a half-trillion-dollar clutter of unfinished spending bills,
Bill Sammon / Examiner:
Romney: 'I'm a conservative Republican'  —  WASHINGTON - Eager to position himself as the most conservative GOP presidential hopeful, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney accused Sen. John McCain Monday of being "disingenuous" on gay marriage.  —  In an interview with The Examiner …
Elderly Woman Killed; 3 APD Officers Wounded  —  ATLANTA — Three Atlanta police officers were shot and wounded and an elderly woman killed at a house in northwest Atlanta Tuesday night.  —  The woman, who relatives say was 92-years-old, opened fire on the officers from the narcotics division …
Discussion: QandO, Reason Magazine and The Agitator
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