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8:15 AM ET, November 25, 2006


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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: PBD, Informed Comment and Hullabaloo
Sadr followers threaten to pull out of Iraqi govt
Discussion: The Fourth Rail
Tony Karon / Time:
Iraq's Violence Spins Beyond Anyone's Control
Discussion: Attytood, The Reaction and Hot Air
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Belgravia Dispatch
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.
Caroline Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Column One: The Gemayel warning
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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.
The Australian:
Islamic fears kill off children's thriller … A LEADING children's publisher has dumped a novel because of political sensitivity over Islamic issues.  —  Scholastic Australia pulled the plug on the Army of the Pure after booksellers and librarians said they would not stock the adventure thriller …
Discussion: Secular Blasphemy
Little Green Footballs:
Aussie Publisher Cancels Book, Fearing Religion of Peace
Discussion: Andrew Bolt
Jackie Danicki:
I am slightly miffed  —  Originally uploaded by dynamist.  —  The kid in the picture above doesn't look very harmful, right?  He's reasonably well-dressed, anyway.  But actually, he is quite a large fellow, and likes to assault random women with the help of an equally vile friend of his.
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: TalkLeft
Joe Conason / Salon:
Pelosi's compulsion  —  Whatever urge impels Nancy Pelosi to consider replacing Jane Harman with Alcee Hastings as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence must be extraordinarily powerful.  Some say that Speaker-elect Pelosi harbors a personal grudge against her fellow Californian …
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: protein wisdom
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 …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
FL-13: Who Is To Blame?  —  This will be an unpopular post with my Democratic brethren.  It is about who is to blame for frustrating the voters' intent in the House race in Florida's 13th Congressional district (Katherine Harris's old seat).  While it seems absolutely clear most voters wanted …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Dig That Crazy Beat, Daddy-O!  —  Clearly still smarting from the cancellation of the Mel Torme Show or something, our Red State Brethren are all atwitter after old straight people in Arizona defeated a ban on gay marriage because they wanted to protect their right of "shacking up" …
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Alana Semuels / Los Angeles Times:
Now online: slide-rule celebrities
Rapsmith / The Right Coast:
I don't usually agree with Sandy Levinson, but his post …
Anton Efendi / Across the Bay:
The Kindergarten School of Politics
David Kaspar / Davids Medienkritik:
Shocking! U.S. Police Patrol on German Autobahn!
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Becoming Goldstein  —  Perhaps some of you already came across …
Discussion: PBD
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Hamas "granny bomber" reads her will
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Patterico Investigates  —  On November 13, there was fighting of some sort in Ramadi.
Discussion: Bizzyblog and Wake up America
 Earlier Items: 
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Lip-reading fun with Madonna
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Eric Pryne / Seattle Times:
Tolls could cut congestion, test shows
Discussion: Begging To Differ
Larry McShane / Associated Press:
The real Kramer: That's not me
Miami Herald:
Man with submachine gun arrested after standoff at Miami Herald
Discussion: Gawker, The Lede and Romenesko
Associated Press:
Briefly: Hamas cameraman killed by Israeli troops
Peter Graff / Reuters:
Poisoned ex-spy accuses Putin from beyond grave
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ and Hot Air
PR Newswire:
Text of Statement Made by Former Spy
Discussion: GINA COBB