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4:30 PM ET, November 27, 2006

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Thomas M. DeFrank / NY Daily News:
W library in record book  —  $500M center would be priciest for a Prez  —  DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF  —  WASHINGTON - He may be a certified lame duck now, but President Bush and his truest believers are about to launch their final campaign - an eye-popping, half-billion-dollar drive for the Bush presidential library.
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
In Need of New Moves, but in Which Direction?  —  President Bush leaves for Europe on Monday uncertain of the Washington he will return to, or even his place in it.  —  Certainly the pressure is on for Mr. Bush to right a presidency mired in low poll ratings, beset by an unpopular war …
Karen Tumulty / Time:   The Scariest Guy in Town
Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
A Fix for Social Security?  —  How Personal Accounts Could Please Both Sides  —  The next six months could be a productive time for economic policy.  After a wasted 2005-06 cycle, in which the Bush administration approached entitlement reform too confidently and Democrats refused to talk, both sides may return to the table.
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Matthew Yglesias:
Both/And Not Either/Or  —  With regard to the split between the Economic Policy Institute's populists and the Hamilton Project's centrists, I would hope that both sides of this debate would see that they need each other.  On issue after issue, there's simply no way you're going to build a constituency …
Discussion: Eschaton
Max / MaxSpeak:
SOCIAL SECURITY AT TWENTY PACES
Discussion: TalkLeft
Danny / Beltway Blogroll:
In The Blog's-Eye: The Impeached Former Judge  —  To voters in Florida's 23rd District, Democrat Alcee Hastings is their representative in the House.  They first elected him by 59 percent of the vote in 1992 and subsequently have returned him to Congress by margins ranging from 73 percent to 100 percent.
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Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
The media's sudden intense interest in the House Intelligence Committee  —  The New Republic's Michael Crowley last night noticed something about Jane Harman that has evaded most Beltway commentators, including those who have suddenly developed such a bizarre and uncharacteristic interest …
The Blotter:
U.S. Embassy Asks Bush Twins to Leave Country  —  Joe Goldman and Rhonda Schwartz Report:  —  Amid a growing barrage of front-page headlines, U.S. embassy officials "strongly suggested" President Bush's twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara Bush, cut short their trip to Buenos Aires because of security issues …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker, CorrenteWire and Wonkette
Jerusalem Post:
Two Kassams land in Sderot area  —  Despite the Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire, two Kassam rockets, fired from the Gaza Strip, landed in open territory in the Sderot area on Monday afternoon.  —  No one was wounded and no damage was reported.  —  Although the Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades …
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Aljazeera:   Olmert offers prisoner swaps
Bloomberg:
Ahmadinejad Predicts Collapse of Israel, U.S., U.K. (Update1)  —  Nov. 26 (Bloomberg) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad predicted the collapse of Israel, the U.S. and Britain, attacking what he called their ``oppressive behavior.''  —  ``The Zionist regime is on a steep downhill towards collapse …
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
A Day When Mahdi Army Showed Its Other Side  —  Militia Seen as Heroic In Aiding Bomb Victims  —  In the chaos, Ayad al-Fartoosi thrived.  —  Against a backdrop of death and panic in Sadr City last Thursday, he strode confidently through streets littered with burning cars and charred bodies.
Neil Johnson / TBO.com:
Hurricane Predictions Off Track As Tranquil Season Wafts Away  —  More from this channel:  —  This feature requires the Macromedia Flash Plugin.  Please visit http://www.macromedia.com/go/ getflashplayer to download this plugin.  —  It was not the hurricane season we expected, thank you.
Ben Stein / New York Times:
In Class Warfare, Guess Which Class Is Winning  —  NOT long ago, I had the pleasure of a lengthy meeting with one of the smartest men on the planet, Warren E. Buffett, the chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, in his unpretentious offices in Omaha.  We talked of many things that, I hope, will inspire me for years to come.
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Rangel Adopts the Logic of Kerry's 'Joke'  —  Rep. Charles Rangel has adopted Senator Kerry's "botched joke" about unsuccessful young people ending up in the military — only Mr. Rangel is not joking.  —  "If a young fellow has an option of having a decent career, or joining the Army to fight in Iraq …
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
The Hill May Look Steep For Republicans in 2008  —  As the 2006 congressional campaign fades from memory, the 2008 Republican campaign to retake the House and Senate will get underway in coming months.  —  This year, scandal and a strong anti-GOP tide were fortuitous forces for Democrats …
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Better Late Than Never  —  Two Republicans take a stand against profligate spending.  —  It's been years since federal agencies have screamed this loudly about fiscal discipline being imposed on them.  GOP Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Jim DeMint of South Carolina have decided to take a stand …
Michael Wilson / New York Times:
50 Shots Fired, and the Experts Offer a Theory  —  It is known in police parlance as "contagious shooting" — gunfire that spreads among officers who believe that they, or their colleagues, are facing a threat.  It spreads like germs, like laughter, or fear.  An officer fires, so his colleagues do, too.
Discussion: The News Blog and TalkLeft
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
A G.O.P. Breed Loses Its Place in New England  —  It was a species as endemic to New England as craggy seascapes and creamy clam chowder: the moderate Yankee Republican.  —  Dignified in demeanor, independent in ideology and frequently blue in blood, they were politicians in the mold …
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
The gloves come off  —  Keith Olbermann's anti-Bush views have driven up the ratings of his MSNBC show.  —  THE Democrats may have wrested back control of power in Congress, but that hasn't quieted the ire of Keith Olbermann.  —  Last week, he delivered one of his trademark blistering critiques …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Romenesko
USA Today:
Democratic gains in suburbs spell trouble for GOP  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats made large gains in suburbia in this month's elections, pushing Republican turf to the outer edges of major population centers in a trend that could signal trouble for the GOP, an analysis shows.
John Quiggin / Crooked Timber:
The end for endnotes?  —  I've been reading Karen Cerulo's Never saw it coming and while it's generally pretty good, it contains what I assumed was a howler of a mistake, but turns out to be a gross misjudgement.  Cerulo argues that the generally optimistic view taken by Americans does …
Discussion: Unfogged and Unqualified Offerings
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Rep. Frank Accuses Fox News Host of Bias  —  Following in President Clinton's footsteps, a prominent Democratic congressman yesterday accused a Fox News anchor of conducting a skewed interview designed to make Democrats look bad.  —  "I've got to say, Chris, you have an odd view of balance …
 
 
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TD Blog Interview with Michael Berube
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
Willful Suspension of Disbelief, redux
Philadelphia Inquirer:
Lawyer John J. Gallagher says their dealings go back 30 years …
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the Project / journalism.org:
ELECTION NIGHT 2006  —  An Evening in the Life of the American Media
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Roger Friedman / Fox News:
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Charles Babington / Washington Post:
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Michael Slackman / New York Times:
Chilling Echo for Lebanon, Mirror of Regional Tension
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David Paul Kuhn / Washington Post:
The Gospel According to Jim Wallis
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Demagogue
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Democrat pledges array of investigations
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
At the Inquirer, Shrink Globally, Slash Locally?
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and FishBowlDC
Mary Lynn Smith / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
'Makings of bomb' found in airport car
Robert Weller / Associated Press:
Woman faces fines for wreath peace sign