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1:40 PM ET, November 22, 2006


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Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush Plans to Meet With Maliki  —  President Bush plans to fly to the Middle East next week to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, as the two leaders try to overcome recent tensions and revitalize the war effort, the White House announced last night.
Sameer N. Yacoub / Associated Press:
U.N.: Iraqi civilian deaths at new high  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - The United Nations said Wednesday that 3,709 Iraqi civilians were killed in October, the highest monthly toll since the March 2003 U.S. invasion and another sign of the severity of Iraq's sectarian bloodbath.
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Bomb Blasts Speaker's Car in Green Zone
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jim Stratton / Orlando Sentinel:
Analysis: Ballots favored Dems  —  Sarasota's 'undervotes' were examined in 5 state races.  —  The group of nearly 18,000 voters that registered no choice in Sarasota's disputed congressional election solidly backed Democratic candidates in all five of Florida's statewide races, an Orlando Sentinel analysis of ballot data shows.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Associated Press:
Republicans Clinch House Races in Ohio, New Mexico  —  More than a week after Rep. Heather A. Wilson (R-N.M.) claimed a razor-thin election victory, her Democratic challenger conceded yesterday, saying that a recount would cost too much and that there was no guarantee it would reverse the result.
Libby Sander / New York Times:
6 Imams Removed From Flight for Behavior Deemed Suspicious  —  Six Muslim religious leaders were taken off a US Airways flight in Minneapolis on Monday evening and detained for several hours after some passengers and crew members complained of behavior they deemed suspicious, including prayers at the gate.
Christopher Lee / Washington Post:
HHS Nominee Has Prescribed Birth Control  —  Spokeswoman Stresses Keroack's Private Practice Over Role in Christian Group  —  Despite his work for a Christian pregnancy counseling group that opposes contraception, the physician who yesterday began overseeing federal family-planning programs …
Discussion: The Corner, Feministing, TAPPED and TBogg
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: U.S. Secretary of Education loses big on Celebrity Jeopardy  —  What's more embarrassing than being Secretary of Education and having your ass handed to you on Celebrity Jeopardy?  Being Secretary of Education and having your ass handed to you on Celebrity Jeopardy by Lenny from "Laverne & Shirley."
Nancy Zuckerbrod / Houston Chronicle:
Ed. secretary places 2nd on 'Jeopardy'
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
New York Times:
A Parting Shot From George Allen  —  As a last little gift to America, Senator George Allen, who was narrowly defeated by James Webb this month, has introduced what may be his final piece of legislation: a bill that would allow the carrying of concealed weapons in national parks.
Beverley Lumpkin / Associated Press:
U.S. to implement passport requirement  —  WASHINGTON - The Homeland Security Department will require virtually all air travelers entering the United States after Jan. 23 to show passports — even U.S. citizens.  —  Until now, U.S. citizens, travelers from Canada and Bermuda …
Discussion: protein wisdom and The News Blog
Zachary Coile / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pelosi readying a pre-emptive House agenda  —  She's not going to let State of the Union overshadow the state of the nation  —  (11-22) 04:00 PST Washington — House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi made clear Tuesday she's not willing to cede the public spotlight to President Bush in the weeks before his State of the Union speech.
Discussion: Political Animal and Angry Bear
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Some Curbs on Sex Offenders Called Ineffective, Inhumane  —  As convicted sex offenders go, they seem to pose little danger.  —  One is 100 years old.  Another can barely walk and is in the late stages of Alzheimer's disease.  Another is dying of heart disease in a nursing home.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Reno Joins Criticism of Anti-Terror Strategy  —  Former Prosecutors Urge Court to Act Against Indefinite Detention of Suspects  —  Former attorney general Janet Reno has taken the unusual step of openly criticizing the Bush administration's anti-terrorism strategy — joining seven …
No Set Pattern for Proceedings  —  Testimony at the tribunals doesn't appear to follow any set pattern.  Some start with questioning from the military officers.  At others, the detainee will launch into a speech about how they were arrested and sent to Guantanamo, and how they're being treated at the detention camp.
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Social Security Up for Discussion  —  With the elections over and Democrats poised to take control on Capitol Hill, the Bush administration is making a fresh push to persuade them to help rein in the rising costs of Social Security and government health-care programs by offering to open talks with "no preconditions."
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 …
Jordan Barab / Firedoglake:
Worker Victory In Houston!  Texas? … Houston, we have a solution.  —  You've heard it all before.  Unions can't organize in the South — maybe Florida, but never in Texas.  Immigrant workers are too intimidated to organize.  Blah, blah, blah.  —  5,300 janitors in Houston …
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Whitewashing Iraq on the Washington Post Op-Ed Page  —  Robert Kaplan, the national security correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, is one of our country's anointed foreign policy geniuses.  In November, 2001, he attended a secret meeting (along with Newsweek's Fareed Zakaria) …
Discussion: Wake up America
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Spoils of Prime Office Space Go to Democrats  —  Forget those pesky leadership fights.  The folks who run Congress are now getting down to what really matters on Capitol Hill: dividing up the office space.  —  In something of a break with recent tradition, the incoming Democratic speaker …
Discussion: The Right Angle
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New in Gaza: Priest, nun human shields
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Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
When ads trump news
Discussion: CBS News and Political Animal
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Clinton or Obama? Emanuel may hide under desk in '08
Baghdad Shias Believe Killings May Increase Once U.S.-led Forces …
Rep. Charles Rangel / NY Daily News:
Why I want the draft  —  The question of whether we need …
Discussion: Hot Air, Wizbang and Gateway Pundit
Radley Balko / Reason Magazine:
Here We Go Again  —  Police in Altanta have apparently shot …
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Lawrence O'Donnell / The Huffington Post:
Rangel Is Right  —  Charlie Rangel is angry about the Iraq war …
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John from WuzzaDem / WuzzaDem:
Hardball: Michael Richards
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Pass a Drumstick, and an Olive Branch
Israel to probe cluster bomb use
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Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
Those Who Pass Classes But Fail Tests Cry Foul