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12:45 PM ET, November 25, 2006


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Solomon Moore / Los Angeles Times:
Wave of retaliation sweeps Iraq  —  Shiite bloc's threatened walkout could lead to the government's collapse.  —  BAGHDAD — Iraq's civil war worsened Friday as Shiite and Sunni Arabs engaged in retaliatory attacks after coordinated car bombings that killed more than 200 people in a Shiite neighborhood the day before.
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Militants Attack Sunnis' Mosques in 2 Iraqi Cities  —  Defying a government curfew, Shiite militiamen stormed Sunni mosques in Baghdad and a nearby city on Friday, shooting guards and burning down buildings in apparent retaliation for the devastating bombings that killed more than 200 people …
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
In Iraq, Reprisals Embolden Militias  —  Shiites Attack Sunni Mosques to Avenge Mass Killings; Lawmakers Threaten Boycott  —  In a wave of reprisal killings, Shiite militiamen attacked Sunni mosques in Baghdad and other parts of Iraq on Friday, defying a government curfew and propelling the country further toward full-blown civil war.
Discussion: The Belgravia Dispatch and PBD
Reuters:   Sadr followers threaten to pull out of Iraqi govt
Chuck Hagel / Washington Post:
Leaving Iraq, Honorably  —  There will be no victory or defeat for the United States in Iraq.  These terms do not reflect the reality of what is going to happen there.  The future of Iraq was always going to be determined by the Iraqis — not the Americans.  —  Iraq is not a prize to be won or lost.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Politics of Murder  —  A disease is eating away at the Middle East.  It afflicts the Syrians, the Iraqis, the Lebanese, even the Israelis.  It is the idea that the only political determinant in the Arab world is raw force — the power of physical intimidation.  It is politics as assassination.
Elaine Shannon / Time:
Iran and Syria Helping Hizballah Rearm  —  As Lebanon's government tries to maintain its shaky grip on power, sources tell TIME that Tehran and Damascus are shipping weapons to the militant Shi'ite group  —  Iran is smuggling weapons through Syria to re-arm Lebanese allies Hizballah …
Michael Hirst / Telegraph:   Hizbollah plans to bring Lebanese government down 'within a month'
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Time: Iran managing Hezbollah on the ground in Lebanon
Discussion: A Blog For All and Y.A.C.R.W.B
Washington Post:
Energy Firms Come to Terms With Climate Change  —  While the political debate over global warming continues, top executives at many of the nation's largest energy companies have accepted the scientific consensus about climate change and see federal regulation to cut greenhouse gas emissions as inevitable.
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Democrats Won.  We Won.  Get It?  —  I know some friends of mine really respect Tom Edsall's work, and maybe he was good once.  I don't see it.  I read some of his book 'Building Red America', and it was an analytically useless description of why the Republicans will always maintain a narrow majority.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Prairie Weather
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Take Your Time, Speaker Pelosi  —  I'm getting quite irritated at the immediate reaction among white male liberal DC kewl kidz (and Maureen Dowd) to discern catty motives on the part of Nancy Pelosi.  Digby's noted it before, but it's not stopping.  Look at the first two paragraphs in an email …
Discussion: Brainster's Blog and TalkLeft
Tricia Bishop / Chicago Tribune:
Stores revert to 'Merry Christmas'  —  Wal-Mart leads way, backing off from 'happy holidays'  —  Christmas is back at Wal-Mart - not that it really ever left.  —  After testing out a generic, yet all-inclusive, "happy holidays" theme last year, the nation's largest retailer announced …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Darleen Click / protein wisdom:   The return of Christmas  —  Looks like Wal-mart has seen …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Despite a Year of Ire and Angst, Little Has Changed on Wiretaps  —  When President Bush went on national television one Saturday morning last December to acknowledge the existence of a secret wiretapping program outside the courts, the fallout was fierce and immediate.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Lack of Progress Seen in Shutting Down Bush's Warantless Wiretapping Program
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
What Grandma Would Say  —  We don't need to solve the immigration problem forever.  We need to solve it now.  —  It is July 10, 1858, a Saturday evening, and Lincoln is speaking in Chicago.  The night before his opponent in their race for the U.S. Senate, Stephen Douglas …
Daily Mail:
How many more were poisoned?  —  As the deadliest poison known to man was revealed to have killed Russian exile Alexander Litvinenko, the question last night was: How many more lives could it claim?  —  The 43-year-old former KGB officer was the victim of polonium 210, a radioactive element used as a trigger in nuclear weapons.
Discussion: Wizbang and Ace of Spades HQ
Rochelle Olson / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Ellison seeks meeting on removal of clerics  —  Congressman-elect wants to meet with US Airways and airport heads to talk about why six imams were taken from a plane going from Minneapolis to Phoenix.  —  Congressman-elect Keith Ellison wants to meet with executives of US Airways …
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Michelle Malkin:
The giving season  —  Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Felicity Barringer / New York Times:
Gerald M. Boyd, Who Broke Barriers as an Editor at The Times, Dies at 56
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
FL-13: Who Is To Blame?  —  This will be an unpopular post with my Democratic brethren.
David Kaspar / Davids Medienkritik:
Shocking! U.S. Police Patrol on German Autobahn!
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The Australian:
Islamic fears kill off children's thriller
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Hamas "granny bomber" reads her will
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