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10:30 AM 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 …
Discussion: Informed Comment, PBD and Daily Kos
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.
Discussion: Extreme Mortman
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 …
New York Times:   Another Killing in Lebanon
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.
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
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.
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
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, Ace of Spades HQ and GINA COBB
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 …
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.
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Michelle Malkin:
The giving season  —  Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Curt / Flopping Aces:
The AP & Hamas  —  Fresh on the heels of Patterico's catch …
Felicity Barringer / New York Times:
Gerald M. Boyd, Who Broke Barriers as an Editor at The Times, Dies at 56
Sadr followers threaten to pull out of Iraqi govt
Discussion: The Fourth Rail
David Kaspar / Davids Medienkritik:
Shocking! U.S. Police Patrol on German Autobahn!
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Dig That Crazy Beat, Daddy-O!
 Earlier Items: 
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.
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