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7:45 PM ET, November 24, 2006

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New York Times:
Iraq Toll Rises; Shiites Warn of Government Withdrawal  —  As the death toll from a series of devastating car bombs in a Shiite district here rose today to more than 200, a powerful legislative bloc loyal to firebrand Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr threatened to withdraw from the government …
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Reuters:
Mosques torched after worst Iraq bombing  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen bent on revenge burned mosques and homes in a Sunni enclave of Baghdad on Friday as Iraq's leaders pleaded for calm, a day after the worst bomb attack since the U.S. invasion.  —  Some 30 people were killed, police said …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Tammy Bruce
Washington Post:
Assault on Iraqi Civilians Is Deadliest Since 2003  —  A barrage of car bombs, mortar attacks and missiles battered the Shiite Muslim slum of Sadr City on Thursday afternoon, killing around 200 people and injuring as many more in the single deadliest assault on Iraqi civilians since the start of the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
1,000 Iraqis a Day Flee Violence, U.N. Group Finds  —  Refugees Cite Lack of Security Along With the Growth of Armed Militias and Criminal Gangs  —  More than 1,000 Iraqis a day are being displaced by the sectarian violence that began on Feb. 22 with the bombing of the Shiite Askariya shrine in Samarra …
Discussion: ParaPundit
Associated Press:
Iraqi militias take revenge for slaughter of 215
Discussion: CorrenteWire
Tony Karon / Time:
Iraq's Violence Spins Beyond Anyone's Control
Discussion: Attytood
Sky News:
Spy 'Poisoned By Radiation'  —  A large quantity of radiation, probably from a substance called Polonium 210, has been found in the body of dead ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.  —  The "major dose" of alpha radiation was detected in his urine, said Government experts, who added that Polonium 210 is only dangerous if ingested.
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BBC:
Radiation found after spy's death  —  Police probing the death of Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko have found above-normal levels of radiation at three locations in London.  —  Mr Litvinenko's death has been linked to the presence of a "major dose" of radioactive polonium-210 in his body.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
A Nuclear End For A Putin Critic
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Jill Lawless / Associated Press:
Radioactive substance in ex-spy's body
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Power Line
Philip Stephens / libertypost.org:
Title: Democracy falls victim to foreign policy realism
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Peter Graff / Reuters:
Poisoned ex-spy accuses Putin from beyond grave
Discussion: JunkYardBlog
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Is the L.A. Times Repeating Enemy Propaganda?  Or Is There Another Reason The Paper Is Getting Basic Facts Wrong and Failing to Report the Military's Side?  —  Is the L.A. Times reporting unconfirmed enemy propaganda from an Iraqi stringer with ties to the insurgency?
Associated Press:
Briefly: Hamas cameraman killed by Israeli troops  —  Israeli troops killed a Hamas militant Friday who was filming the group's operations in Gaza, Palestinian medical officials said.  —  The governing Hamas movement often films its battles and operations against the Israeli Army …
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E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
An Electronic Canary  —  Americans can be grateful that Sarasota County is in Florida and not in Montana or Virginia.  —  There's nothing wrong with Sarasota, a lovely place.  But if the voting snafus in the contest for Florida's 13th District had hung up either of this year's two closest Senate races …
Larry McShane / Associated Press:
The real Kramer: That's not me  —  NEW YORK - The first call came from the Midwest.  Before long, the phone was ringing, and ringing, and ringing again: Satellite radio.  Fox News.  Extra.  —  Yada, yada, yada.  —  For Kenny Kramer, role model for the "Seinfeld" character who shared his surname …
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Is "Seinfeld" ruined? (My advice to Jerry.)
Miami Herald:
Man with submachine gun arrested after standoff at Miami Herald  —  A 3 ½-hour standoff at The Miami Herald building ended without violence this afternoon as Miami police officers arrested a man — dressed in camouflage and carrying a submachine gun — who barricaded himself in the office of the top editor of El Nuevo Herald.
Discussion: Gawker, Lost Remote, The Lede and Romenesko
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Just an Anti-Semitic Laugh?  Hardly.  —  "Borat" is many things: a sidesplitting triumph of slapstick and scatology, a runaway moneymaker and budding franchise, the worst thing to happen to Kazakhstan since the Mongol hordes, and, as columnist David Brooks astutely points out …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Empty Seats Defy The Realists  —  In the last few months, many in the US have been urging the Bush administration to open direct talks with Syria and Iran on security issues in Iraq, among other issues.  They have stated that we have to engage with Syria in order to stabilize Lebanon as well as Iraq.
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Caroline Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Column One: The Gemayel warning
Discussion: Pajamas Media
David Johnston / New York Times:
Senate Democrats Revive Demand for Classified Data  —  Seeking information about detention of terrorism suspects, abuse of detainees and government secrecy, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are reviving dozens of demands for classified documents that until now have been rebuffed …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Drug Industry Is on Defensive as Power Shifts  —  Alarmed at the prospect of Democratic control of Congress, top executives from two dozen drug companies met here last week to assess what appears to them to be a harsh new political climate, and to draft a battle plan.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Attytood
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Andrew Bridges / Associated Press:
Congress seen pushing for imported drugs
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Don Surber
Eric Pryne / Seattle Times:
Tolls could cut congestion, test shows  —  For about eight months, drivers in 275 Seattle-area households agreed to pay for something the rest of us get for free: The right to drive on the region's freeways and streets.  —  They were guinea pigs in a pioneering study that explored …
Discussion: Begging To Differ
Agence France Presse:
Policeman kills PSG fan in post-match racist violence  —  A French police officer — a black man in plain clothes — shot dead a Paris-Saint Germain football fan after being turned on by a mob during racist violence that followed the team's defeat by Israeli side Hapoel Tel-Aviv.
 
 
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Washington Post:
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Scott Shane / New York Times:
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Jerusalem Post:
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Raja / The Lebanese Bloggers:
To hell in a hand-basket...  that's where Lebanon's leaders seem intent …
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