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7:10 PM ET, November 25, 2006


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Curt / Flopping Aces:
Getting The News From The Enemy  —  Yesterday there were two incidents that I wrote about involving the use of enemy propagandists by our MSM.  Now take a look at the latest "all hell is breaking loose" report on Iraq, from the AP of course: … As we have learned quite well over the years …
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.
Multi-National Force:
One Mosque Burned in Hurriya  —  Multi-National Corps - Iraq  —  Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory  —  APO AE 09342  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  RELEASE No. 20061125-09  —  One Mosque Burned in Hurriya  —  Multi-National Corps - Iraq PAO  —  BAGHDAD — Contrary to recent media reporting …
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: MyDD, The Belgravia Dispatch and PBD
Thomas Wagner / Associated Press:
Iraq P.M. struggling ahead of Bush visit  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's Shiite prime minister, struggling to prevent sectarian violence from sending Iraq into full-fledged civil war, is facing strong criticism from top Shiite and Sunni-Arab leaders alike as he prepares for a summit with President Bush next week.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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.
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.
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Despite Election Results, Edsall Still Sees 'Red'  —  Thomas B. Edsall, replacing John Tierney this month on The New York Times' op-ed page, follows up his ill-timed book, which had predicted hard times for Democrats on the campaign trial, by forecasting more trouble ahead for the party.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Times Seeks to Bar Review of Phone Data  —  The New York Times asked the Supreme Court yesterday to bar a federal prosecutor from reviewing the phone records of two of its reporters.  The records, lawyers for The Times said, would allow the government to learn the identities of many of the reporters' confidential sources.
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.
Mike Sullivan / The Sun:
Deathbed spy accuses Putin
Discussion: Hot Air and The Strata-Sphere
Tom Geoghegan / BBC:
The mystery of Litvinenko's death
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Cahal Milmo / Independent:   Who killed Litvinenko?  —  Alexander Litvinenko was a man …
Court shocker: 10 months for kiddie porn producer  —  Democrat activist faced 81 years in jail on charges involving kids as young as 6  —  A Democrat community leader who would "offer a homily during worship services" and facilitated his congregation's "opening our doors to all people regardless …
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG
Jay / Stop The ACLU:   Outrage: Only 10 Months For Kiddie Porn Producer
New York Times:
U.S. Finds Iraq Insurgency Has Funds to Sustain Itself  —  The insurgency in Iraq is now self-sustaining financially, raising tens of millions of dollars a year from oil smuggling, kidnapping, counterfeiting, corrupt charities and other crimes that the Iraqi government and its American patrons …
Herschel Smith / The Captain's Journal:
Racoon Hunting and the Battle for Anbar  —  There is a dichotomy developing in the Anbar Province.  On the one hand, there is a window of opportunity to score the finishing defeat of al Qaeda.  On the other hand, U.S. forces rules of engagement and command lack of willingness to engage the enemy is holding this defeat in abatement.
Discussion: and TigerHawk
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
Waxman has Bush administration in sights  —  LOS ANGELES - The lawmaker poised to cause the Bush administration's biggest headaches when Democrats take control of Congress may just be a grocer's son from Watts who's hardly a household name off Capitol Hill.  —  Rep. Henry Waxman (news …
Rumsfeld okayed abuses says former U.S. general  —Text+MADRID (Reuters) - Outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, the prison's former U.S. commander said in an interview on Saturday.
Discussion: Y.A.C.R.W.B
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Pelosi's Ascendancy in House Puts a Close Liberal Ally in the Spotlight  —  In a friendship stretching over 30 years and many plane trips to Washington from their neighboring California districts, Representatives Nancy Pelosi and George Miller have become so close that, as colleagues say, they finish each others' sentences.
Discussion: Sirotablog and Booman Tribune
Tim Tagaris / Firedoglake:
Blue America Welcomes Tim Tagaris  —  (Please welcome Tim Tagaris, veteran of the Ned Lamont, Paul Hackett and Sherrod Brown campaings who is joining us today in the comments.  He is currently in Louisiana covering the Karen Carter race for MyDD and lighting up Bourbon Street — JH)
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