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3:45 PM ET, November 21, 2006


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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Anti-Syrian Lebanese cabinet member murdered in Beirut suburb  —  Via Snapped Shot.  They're not 100% sure yet that it was a political assassination but Fox just broke in to say the shooter was a sniper.  If the Syrians are behind it, it's both par for the course and incredibly stupid …
Washington Post:
Lebanese Official Assassinated in Beirut  —  Lebanese Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel, a vocal opponent of Syrian involvement in the country and a leader of the country's Maronite Christian minority, was assassinated in Beirut today, intensifying an already volatile situation and pushing …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Ynetnews
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Anti-Syrian Minister Is Assassinated in Lebanon
Discussion: Dean's World
Abu Kais / From Beirut to the Beltway:
March 14 minister killed in terrorist attack
Discussion: Free Cedar
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 …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Brownback The Great Conservative Hope?
Discussion: Associated Press and Redstate
David Germain / Associated Press:
Film Director Robert Altman Dies  —  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.
Discussion: alicublog and Althouse
Robert Altman, American maverick, dies aged 81
Discussion: TAPPED
Baghdad Shias Believe Killings May Increase Once U.S.-led Forces Depart but Large Majorities Still Support Withdrawal Within a Year  —  Shias in the Capital—Unlike Those in the Rest of Iraq—Oppose Disarming Militias  —  Most Shia Arabs living in Baghdad have shifted in recent months …
Pete Williams / MSNBC:
Calif. court says bloggers can't be sued  —  State's Supreme Court said a federal law gives immunity from libel suits  —  Pete Williams  —  The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that bloggers and participants in Internet bulletin board groups cannot be sued for posting defamatory statements made by others.
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
The Lingo Of Vietnam  —  The way President Bush whisked through Vietnam — oh, if only we had done the same 40 years ago — it seemed as if he was feeling an obvious parallel with the war in Iraq.  His aides, who somehow lose IQ points by mere proximity to the commander in chief …
David S. Cloud / New York Times:
U.S. Considers Raising Troop Levels in Iraq  —  Pentagon officials conducting a review of Iraq strategy are considering a substantial but temporary increase in American troop levels and the addition of several thousand more trainers to work with Iraqi forces, a senior Defense Department official said Monday.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Salon, AMERICAblog and Mia Culpa
Poll: More Americans prefer Bush's father  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Only one in four Americans believe President Bush is a better president than his father, George H. W. Bush, a new CNN poll has found.  —  Six in 10 said the elder Bush, who served one term from 1989-1993, did a better job in office …
Spengler / Asia Times:
Jihadis and whores  —  Wars are won by destroying the enemy's will to fight.  A nation is never really beaten until it sells its women.  —  The French sold their women to the German occupiers in 1940, and the Germans and Japanese sold their women to the Americans after World War II.
Mark Moyar / New York Times:
An Iraqi Solution, Vietnam Style  —  IRAQ'S prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, is now saying that he wants the United States to stand back and let him use Iraqi forces to restore order.  Within six months, he asserts, the bloodletting will cease.  The United States must give this proposal very serious consideration.
Rick Klein / Boston Globe:
Pelosi team tries to steer Democrats to the center  —  Wary of plans by House liberals  —  WASHINGTON — Anxious to chart a centrist course with Democrats' new majority in Congress, incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top deputies are busily working in private and public to rein …
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 …
Discussion: The Gadflyer, and IMAO
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Reno Files Challenge to Terror Law  —  Former Attorney General Janet Reno and seven other former Justice Department officials filed court papers Monday arguing that the Bush administration is setting a dangerous precedent by trying a suspected terrorist outside the court system.
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Intelligence Panel Staffer Reinstated  —  A Democratic staff member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has had his security clearances reinstated and yesterday resumed work for the panel, ending a pre-election drama during which senior House Republicans alleged …
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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Economist's View
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Sager BANNED at Heritage?
Jennifer Glaudemans / Los Angeles Times:
Has Gates learned his lesson?
Discussion: Political Animal
Judith / Kesher Talk:
Not talking back to Nonie Darwish
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
Los Angeles Times:
Officer in Taser case identified
Discussion: Hot Air and digg
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Washington Post Reporters to Join Politics Web Site
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Flaws Cited in Effort To Train Iraqi Forces
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
'Seinfeld' Comic Richards Apologizes for Racial Rant
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Israeli Map Says West Bank Posts Sit on Arab Land
John Pomfret / Washington Post:
Polygamists Fight to Be Seen As Part of Mainstream Society
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Democrats Plan Series of Votes on Ethics Reforms
Paul Egan / Detroit News:
Suspicious airline passenger to stay locked up