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8:45 AM ET, November 28, 2006

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New York Times:
Hezbollah Said to Help Shiite Army in Iraq  —  A senior American intelligence official said Monday that the Iranian-backed group Hezbollah had been training members of the Mahdi Army, the Iraqi Shiite militia led by Moktada al-Sadr.  —  The official said that 1,000 to 2,000 fighters …
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Hezbollah Training The Mahdi Militia?
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Bush Asking Arab Friends for Iraq Help
Discussion: Hot Air and Bill's Bites
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:   From Beirut to Baghdad  —  THE GHASTLY PREDICTABILITY OF NIHILIST VIOLENCE.
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
How the imams terrorized an airliner  —  According to witnesses, police reports and aviation security officials, the imams displayed other suspicious behavior.  —  Three of the men asked for seat-belt extenders, although two flight attendants told police the men were not oversized.
Discussion: Power Line and Hyscience
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Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
How the imams terrorized an airliner
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 …
Fox News:
STATES, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ARGUE FOR PRIMACY IN GLOBAL WARMING FIGHT  —  WASHINGTON — The debate over whether humans are to blame for Earth's rising temperatures isn't decided yet, but it is quickly being eclipsed by a new argument over who should manage global warming policy in the United States.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Richard Black / BBC:
Carbon emissions show sharp rise  —  Environment correspondent, BBC News website  —  The rise in humanity's emissions of carbon dioxide has accelerated sharply, according to a new analysis.  —  The Global Carbon Project says that emissions were rising by less than 1% annually up to the year 2000, but are now rising at 2.5% per year.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Civil War in Iraq Near, Annan Says  —  The Iraq Study Group began two days of intensive behind-closed-doors deliberations yesterday as the White House conceded that Iraq has moved into a dangerous new phase of warfare requiring changes in strategy.  In a sign of the growing global concern about Iraq's fate …
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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 …
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Will / Attytood:
Who's unhinged now?  —  You could have seen this coming a mile away.  —  With Democrats poised to take control of Congress, Iraq now officially a "civil war" (in most quarters), and George W. Bush becoming the lamest duck to waddle through the Oval Office in recent memory …
Discussion: Jesus' General
Thomas Ferraro / Reuters:
Likability poll bad news for Kerry  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Sen. John Kerry, mulling a second bid for the U.S. presidency, finished dead last in a poll released on Monday on the likability of 20 top American political figures.  —  Among those placing ahead of Kerry …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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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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.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. to Examine Its Use of NSA Wiretaps  —  Review Won't Address Program's Legality  —  The Justice Department's inspector general yesterday announced an investigation into the department's connections to the government's controversial warrantless surveillance program …
Discussion: TalkLeft and ACLU
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.
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
CENTRISM....Yes, centrism can be a tic.  Yes, it's often favored by DC pundits who automatically assume that bipartisanship is an inherent good regardless of its outcome.  Yes, it can sometimes be a substitute for real thought.  —  That said, I hope the liberal blogosphere doesn't get into the habit …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Sirotablog and TalkLeft
Faiz / Think Progress:
CQ Analyst Suggests 'Rumsfeld's Leaving Is Just The Beginning,' Cheney Might Be Next  —  Appearing on MSNBC this afternoon, Congressional Quarterly political analyst Craig Crawford speculated that, as "neocons are heading for the hills," Dick Cheney may be the next to leave the administration.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and PSoTD
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.
Sameer N. Yacoub / Associated Press:
Attack Sparks Fire at Iraq Oil Facility  —  A mortar attack ignited a huge fire Monday night at an oil facility in northern Iraq, shutting the flow of crude oil to a major refinery, and a U.S. Air Force jet with one pilot aboard crashed in Anbar province, a hotbed of the Sunni-Arab insurgency, officials said.
legion.org:
American Legion to Congressman Rangel: Apologize Now  —  The National Commander of The American Legion called on Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) to apologize for suggesting that American troops would not choose to fight in Iraq if they had other employment options.
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
KILLING HABEAS CORPUS  —  President Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus in Maryland on April 27, 1861, two weeks after the Confederate attack on the Union garrison at Fort Sumter.  "Lincoln could look out his window at the White House and see Robert E. Lee's plantation in Virginia," …
 
 
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