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1:15 PM ET, November 26, 2006


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Ralph Peters / New York Post:
THE 'EURABIA' MYTH  —  A RASH of pop prophets tell us that Muslims in Europe are reproducing so fast and European societies are so weak and listless that, before you know it, the continent will become "Eurabia," with all those topless gals on the Riviera wearing veils.  —  Well, maybe not.
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Quartet of ladies shows where we're headed  —  Have you seen a movie called ''Four Jills In A Jeep''?  Don't worry, it's not at the multiplex.  It came out in 1944.  A wartime movie, about the contribution of the gals to the big existential struggle.  Great title, and downhill after that.
Discussion: Power Line
Hindrocket / Power Line:
THEY REPORT, YOU DECIDE (WITH UPDATE FROM MARK STEYN)  —  Most of our readers are aware of Mark Steyn's "Demography is Destiny" theme, which he has elaborated in much of his recent writing.  Steyn thinks that low birth rates among Europeans, in particular, will inevitably lead to their replacement …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Washington Post:
Baghdad Braces For More Reprisals  —  Cellphones and Web Spread Threats, Fear  —  In the aftermath of one of the deadliest spasms of violence, a new level of fear and foreboding has gripped Baghdad, fueled in part by sectarian text messages and Internet sites, deepening tensions in an already divided capital.
Edward Wong / New York Times:
A Matter of Definition: What Makes a Civil War, and Who Declares It So?  —  Is Iraq in a civil war?  —  Though the Bush administration continues to insist that it is not, a growing number of American and Iraqi scholars, leaders and policy analysts say the fighting in Iraq meets the standard definition of civil war.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Prospect Magazine:
What is a civil war?
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and Wake up America
Associated Press:
Despite truce, Palestinian attacks go on  —  JERUSALEM - Israeli troops withdrew from the Gaza Strip as an unexpected truce took hold Sunday, but two major Palestinian militant groups, saying they had no intention of stopping their attacks, fired volleys of homemade rockets into Israel.
Discussion: A Blog For All
Diaa Hadid / Associated Press:
Hamas women seek bigger political role
Discussion: NewsHog
Spy death linked to nuclear thefts  —  An investigation was under way last night into Russia's black market trade in radioactive materials amid concern that significant quantities of polonium 210, the substance that killed former spy Alexander Litvinenko, are being stolen from poorly protected Russian nuclear sites.
Alexander Litvinenko / BBC:
In full: Litvinenko statement
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Washington Post:
Needed: A Big Stick  —  Iran and Syria are waging war in the Middle East.  Will the West fight back?  —  ONE WAY TO understand the deteriorating situation in the Middle East is to contrast last week's assassination of Lebanese Christian leader Pierre Gemayel with the response to it.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
U.S. involved in Iraq longer than WWII  —  WASHINGTON - The war in Iraq has now lasted longer than the U.S. involvement in the war that President Bush's father fought in, World War II.  As of Sunday, the conflict in Iraq has raged for three years and just over eight months.
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
Iraq Group a Study In Secrecy, Centrism  —  In the history of U.S. foreign policy, there's been nothing like it: a panel outside government trying to bail the United States out of a prolonged and messy war.  —  The innocuously titled Iraq Study Group, which has evolved into a parallel policy establishment …
Discussion: CorrenteWire and Extreme Mortman
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
The "centrist" position on the war in Iraq
Gateway Pundit:
Another Massive Anti-Chavez Protest in Caracas  —  Amazing!  —  It was the largest protest in Venezuelan history!  —  V-Crisis has the story and more photos from the demonstration today in Caracas.  —  (Hat Tip Instapundit)  —  Venezuela News and Views has video!  —  Wow!
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Daniel / Venezuela News And Views:   Apotheosis in Caracas: Rosales draws the biggest rally in Venezuela's History
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Guess Who Financed The Insurgencies?  —  The New York Times reports on the financial underpinnings of the insurgencies in Iraq, showing that they have developed well-oiled mechanisms for generating millions in funding for their operations.  A significant portion of those funds come …
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Here Come the Economic Populists  —  FOR years, the Clinton wing of the Democratic Party, exercising a lock on the party's economic policies, argued that the economy could achieve sustained growth only if markets were allowed to operate unfettered and globally.
Financial Times:
Markets rocked by sharp slide in dollar  —  By Neil Dennis and Chris Giles in London and Ralph Atkins in Frankfurt  —  A sharpening slide in the US dollar unnerved global markets on Friday as investors sought to protect themselves from the possibility of sustained dollar weakness.
Menzie Chinn / Econbrowser:
Will the Dollar Plunge? Would that Be So Bad?
Abby Ellin / New York Times:
Big People on Campus  —  ASK Sheana Director for a detailed description of herself, and chances are the word fat will come up.  It is not uttered with shame or ire or any sense of embarrassment; it's simply one of the things she is, fat.  —  "Why should I be ashamed?" said Ms. Director …
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG
G. Willow Wilson /
AZHAR OUTLAWS FEMALE CIRCUMCISION  —  The Grand Sheikh of Al Azhar, the oldest and most highly respected institution in Sunni Islam; and the Grand Mufti of Egypt have released an official fatwa declaring the practice of female circumcision (also called female genital mutilation or female genital cutting) un-Islamic.
Discussion: TigerHawk and Secular Blasphemy
Washington Post:
Success of Drug Plan Challenges Democrats  —  It sounded simple enough on the campaign trail: Free the government to negotiate lower drug prices and use the savings to plug a big gap in Medicare's new prescription-drug benefit.  But as Democrats prepare to take control of Congress …
Britain wants UK break up, poll shows  —  The United Kingdom should be broken up and Scotland and England set free as independent nations, according to a huge number of voters on both sides of the border.  —  A clear majority of people in both England and Scotland are in favour of full independence …
The Sideshow:
Sunday morning rant  —  Now here's a funny thing: Ann Althouse is making a big to-do over the fact that Andrew Sullivan uses the term "Christianist" to refer to people he thinks are the counterparts to "Islamists".  She apparently regards it as bigoted to acknowledge that there are people who call themselves …
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
Presidential Politix & Mitt Romney's Underwear  —  I seldom blog on presidential politics (except to give John Kerry well deserved kicks in the slats) because it's tough to rise above the "horse race" aspect of who is running and what the competition is.  —  But as my TMV colleague Michael …
Discussion: Althouse
The Daily Dish:
Mormon Sacred Underwear
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Alisa Tang / Associated Press:
15 Afghans killed in suicide bomb attack
Discussion: The Agonist
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Why I Oppose Pork - And Why You Should Care
Discussion: Thoughts
Rumsfeld okayed abuses says former U.S. general
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
FOOTBALL OPEN THREAD....As promised, I'm back in time for this …
Laurie David / Washington Post:
Science a la Joe Camel
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Police Kill Man After a Queens Bachelor Party
Discussion: the talking dog
 Earlier Items: 
Brent Budowsky / The Huffington Post:
Sad Sunday: Iraq War Longer Than World War Two. …
Pajamas Media:
EASY PREY IN PARIS — "A jackpot, a Black and a Jew."
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Anne D'Innocenzio / Associated Press:
Discussion: TBogg and Associated Press
Vicki Lee Parker / Raleigh News & Observer:
Holiday retail season starts strong
Discussion: New York Post
Bryan Caplan / EconLog:
Ezra and Elasticity  —  Carefully read Ezra Klein's piece …
Discussion: The Right Coast