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11:25 PM ET, November 27, 2006

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Michelle Malkin:
The media fog of war  —  ***4:30pm Eastern update: when it rains, it pours...here's a third must-read from milblogger John Noonan raising questions about AP stringer Bassem Mroue...more from Lorie Byrd on media malpractice...***  —  ***8:58pm Eastern update: more questions for the AP …
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SeeDubya / JunkYardBlog:
Does AP Iraqi writer Qais al-Bashir have super powers?  —  It's looking like AP Baghdad correspondent Qais al-Bashir is the only one who can see this mysterious, non-existent "Captain Jamil Hussein".  Well, it's not for certain yet, but al Bashir is the common element in four stories involving Captain Snuffleupagus.
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Gateway Pundit
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
Willful Suspension of Disbelief, redux  —  From Curt at Flopping Aces comes the news many of us quietly expected: Centcom has confirmed that Capt. Jamil Hussein, the primary source for the recent kerosene mosque murder reports—and for a whole host of reports of Shia massacres recounted by the AP …
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 …
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The New Republic:
Click Here to Subscribe Today … 1-  —  Crowley on staff before the war?  —  I believe Crowley has been at TNR for a decade or so.  I read that he was hired by Mike Kelly to be a fact checker in 1996, but he must have been promoted immediately — otherwise he would have been a fact checker during …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
HOUSE INTELLIGENCE UPDATE....In the soap opera that is the chairmanship …
Discussion: The Agonist and Ezra Klein
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 …
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
NBC Declares 'Civil War' In Iraq, McCaffrey: WH Rejection of Term 'Nonsense'  —  My antenna went up when Matt Lauer opened this morning's "Today" with these words: "Good morning.  Civil war.  A bloody weekend of sectarian clashes in Iraq and no sign it's letting up."  —  "Civil war"?
Discussion: Hot Air, Obsidian Wings and Attytood
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Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Lure of Great Wealth Affects Career Choices  —  A decade into the practice of medicine, still striving to become "a well regarded physician-scientist," Robert H. Glassman concluded that he was not making enough money.  So he answered an ad in the New England Journal of Medicine from a business consulting firm hiring doctors.
Washington Post:
Anbar Picture Grows Clearer, and Bleaker  —  The U.S. military is no longer able to defeat a bloody insurgency in western Iraq or counter al-Qaeda's rising popularity there, according to newly disclosed details from a classified Marine Corps intelligence report that set off debate in recent months …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Patrick J. Buchanan / Human Events:
Is Putin Being Set Up?  —  PARIS—Whoever poisoned Alexander Litvinenko had two goals: a long and lingering death for the KGB defector and pointing a finger of accusation for his killing right in the face of Vladimir Putin.  —  Which leads me to believe Putin had nothing to do with it.
Discussion: The Corner and Ace of Spades HQ
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Haaretz:
Erekat: Despite violation, truce can and must hold  —  By Haaretz Service and News Agencies  —  Palestinian lawmaker Saeb Erekat on Monday condemned a Qassam rocket strike on Israel from Gaza earlier in the day, but said that the day-old cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians "can work, and I believe we have to make it work."
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Aljazeera:   Olmert offers prisoner swaps
Saeed Ahmed / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Informant in shooting says he never bought drugs at house  —  Says he was asked to lie  —  The confidential informant on whose word Atlanta police raided the house of an 88-year-old woman is now saying he never purchased drugs from her house and was told by police to lie and say he did.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Straw Strongmen  —  When I read Jonathan Chait's piece in the LA Times from yesterday, I assumed he was making a Swiftian modest proposal.  I read his piece to be a satirical left hook to the notion that the Baker Commission was going to find some magical solution to the Iraq quagmire …
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.
Mohammed / IRAQ THE MODEL:
Rough days...  The past four days during which we were under siege were long and rough for Baghdadis.  Anxiety and fear haunted us at our homes and a flow of horrible news made the prison feel even tighter...it was a material and psychological siege that will not be easy to forget.
Discussion: Inactivist and Riehl World View
Confederate Yankee:
Drugs are Bad...  Apparently, even nominal quantities of over-the-counter cold medications can cause you to see the most interesting things.  —  I know this, because this Reuters picture has all the earmarks of a crudely-edited PhotoShop, from the rather odd smudges and apparent artifacts around …
Discussion: Attytood
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
MAD AS HELL  —  Regular viewers of "Lou Dobbs Tonight," on CNN, might be surprised at the venue that Dobbs chose for lunch not long ago: the Grill Room of the Four Seasons, a midtown bastion of the very same political and business "élites" that he denounces daily on his television program.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Romenesko
Star Bulletin:
Motorcycle officer dies of injuries  —  Steve Favela was badly hurt in a crash while escorting Bush's motorcade  —  Alexandre Da Silva and Rosemarie Bernardo adasilva@starbulletin.com  —  Honolulu motorcycle police officer Steve Favela died yesterday, five days after he was critically injured …
 
 
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Media Matters for America:
Limbaugh on Middle East: "Fine, just blow the place up"
World Tribune.com:
Bolton: Future of Mideast 'may well be decided' in days
Matthew Yglesias:
Punditry 101  —  The primary question facing America's pundit …
Discussion: Eschaton and Needlenose
Kim Sengupta / Independent:
Nato runs critically short of combat troops to keep Taliban at bay
Arnold Kling / TCS Daily:
The Exceptionally Entrepreneurial Society
Discussion: Booker Rising
Associated Press:
Poll: Kerry Ranks Low With Voters
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Barney Frank to Chris Wallace: "You have an odd view of balance"
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Associated Press:
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES INTERNAL PROBE OF ROLE IN NSA'S DOMESTIC WIRETAP PROGRAM
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Macsmind
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Julia C. Martinez / Denver Post:
Ritter lays down the lawmakers
Sfarber / the talking dog:
TD Blog Interview with Michael Berube
CNN:
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Philadelphia Inquirer:
Lawyer John J. Gallagher says their dealings go back 30 years …
Discussion: TIME and The Caucus
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
The gloves come off
Ben Stein / New York Times:
In Class Warfare, Guess Which Class Is Winning
Thomas M. DeFrank / NY Daily News:
W library in record book