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4:06 AM ET, November 27, 2006


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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Rangel says men join the army only if they can't have "a decent career"  —  Hence his support for the draft.  If even our volunteers are there involuntarily, why shouldn't everyone be? … This won't get as much attention as what Lurch said (or was understood to have said) a few weeks ago.
Sister Toldjah:   Rep. Charlie Rangel disrespects our military - again
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:   Top Democrat: Troops Are Stupid
Jeffrey Bartholet / Newsweek:
Sword of the Shia  —  He can deal out death through his black-clad followers and roil the government any time he chooses.  Why Moqtada al-Sadr may end up deciding America's fate in Iraq.  —  Wathiq Khuzaie / Getty Images for Newsweek  —  Underestimated No More: Educated Shiites once dismissed …
Louise Roug / Los Angeles Times:
Angry Shiites hurl stones at Maliki's motorcade  —  BAGHDAD — Angry Shiite Muslims pelted Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's motorcade with stones today after the Iraqi leader pleaded for national reconciliation at a memorial in Sadr City held for victims of a large-scale bombing attack last week.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Blinded by the St. McCain/Holy Joe War
Discussion: Firedoglake and WTF Is It Now??
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Iraq Study Group Weighs Overture to Iran and Syria  —  A draft report on strategies for Iraq, which will be debated here by a bipartisan commission beginning Monday, urges an aggressive regional diplomatic initiative that includes direct talks with Iran and Syria but sets no timetables …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
A tale of two Norah's  —  via The Chris Matthews Show.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Atrios / Eschaton:
No  —  Look, people who advocate adding "personal accounts" to Social Security are just stupid people.  Really, just morons.  There's no reason to do it.  There's no reason to take any part of Social Security contributions and put them in a little fund account with my name on it.
Brad DeLong / Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal:
Social Security Reform
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Brian Ellsworth / Reuters:
Chavez vows to beat the "devil"  —  CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela's leftist President Hugo Chavez on Sunday promised hundreds of thousands of supporters he would win a resounding victory in his December 3 reelection bid he describes as a challenge to Washington.
Discussion: Classical Values
Daniel / Venezuela News And Views:
Avalancha Tricolor: the photo report of Venezuela's biggest meeting ever
Discussion: Harry's Place
Des Moines Register:
Obama talks with top advisers in Iowa  —  The Illinois senator gets filled in on the caucus leadoff state as he weighs a 2008 presidential bid.  —  Democrat Barack Obama has sought the advice of top campaign workers in Iowa and has established a seedling support network in this state …
Los Angeles Times:
Do we need another T.R.?  —  If John McCain gets his way, you'll have your faith in the country restored ... or else!  —  YOU CAN READ 1,000 profiles of GOP presidential front-runner John McCain without encountering a single paragraph examining his core ideological philosophy.
MTP Transcript for Nov. 25  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: One year ago the Republican governor of California had an approval rating of just 32 percent.  His disapproval: sky-high at 58 percent.  And yet, two weeks ago, in the midst of a national Democratic landslide, he was overwhelmingly re-elected.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Angry Bear
Simon Jenkins / Times of London:
The really tough way to control drugs is to license them  —  A young American friend last week visited Camden Lock, north London, and returned amazed.  In a hundred yards he was offered brazenly in the street just about every drug he could imagine.  It was easier to buy cannabis or cocaine than a cigarette or a can of beer.
Bookcase 'trap' killed US woman  —  The body of a missing US woman has been found by her family, wedged upside down behind a bookcase in her room.  —  Mariesa Weber, 38, is believed to have fallen over and become trapped as she tried to reach behind the bookcase to adjust the plug for a TV set.
Discussion: Majikthise
Chief Talks About Police Shooting  —  Atlanta's police chief talked Sunday night about a controversial police shooting involving a 92-year-old woman.  It was the first time Chief Richard Pennington has commented on the incident.  —  It all started Tuesday when Narcotics officers served …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Lott Attacks Rove, Says 'I've Had Problems With Some Of His Conduct'  —  Earlier this month, rumors began swirling that Karl Rove may soon leave the White House, in part because he and incoming Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott (R-MS) have failed to get along.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
The Jihadi Bunch
Associated Press:
Gaza cease-fire raises hopes for peace
Associated Press:
Group: China AIDS activist missing
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Mark in Mexico:
Oaxaca, Mexico: It's on
Discussion: Cold Fury and Pajamas Media
Atrios / Eschaton:
Over There  —  Herbert: … When I was an undergraduate student …
Multi-National Force:
Al Qaeda attacks Al Anbar tribe
Jane Galt / Asymmetrical Information:
Shameless commercial shilling: Special Kitchen Edition
Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
To be scorned and shunned  —  Michael Totten trembles …
Discussion: Soccer Dad
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Daniel Foggo / Times of London:
Traces of killer substance at London hotel
PR Newswire:
Officer in Bush Motorcade Accident Dies
Discussion: Hot Air
Dov S. Zakheim / Miami Herald:
Advice for Gates  —  Some advice for incoming Secretary of Defense Robert Gates:
Charlie Savage / Boston Globe:
Hail to the chief  —  Dick Cheney's mission to expand …
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Home Schoolers Content to Take Children's Lead
Discussion: The News Blog and The Remedy
Larry Kahaner / Washington Post:
Weapon Of Mass Destruction
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
In New Congress, Pork May Linger
Washington Post:
Success of Drug Plan Challenges Democrats