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1:10 AM ET, November 28, 2006

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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.
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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 …
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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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
HOUSE INTELLIGENCE UPDATE....In the soap opera that is the chairmanship …
Discussion: The Agonist and Ezra Klein
World Tribune.com:
Bolton: Future of Mideast 'may well be decided' in days  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is facing a foreign policy crisis in Lebanon where the Iran-backed Hizbullah and Syria threaten to topple the weakened democratic government in Beirut.  —  "The future of the Middle East …
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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Bush Asking Arab Friends for Iraq Help
Discussion: Hot Air and Bill's Bites
New York Times:
Hezbollah Said to Help Shiite Army in Iraq
Discussion: AMERICAN FUTURE
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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"?
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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 …
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Associated Press:   Poll: Kerry Ranks Low With Voters
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
 
 
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Rebuff Times on Leak Inquiry
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John / Whatever:
A Special Edition of The Ghost Brigades
Max Fraser / The Nation:
The Day the Music Died  —  If you are one of those few remaining souls …
DavidNYC / Swing State Project:
Meet the Freshmen … State CD Member Party PVI Switch Status  —  NE
Discussion: MyDD and DonkeyRising
Matthew Yglesias:
Punditry 101  —  The primary question facing America's pundit …
Discussion: Eschaton and Needlenose
Star Bulletin:
Motorcycle officer dies of injuries
Kim Sengupta / Independent:
Nato runs critically short of combat troops to keep Taliban at bay
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Patrick J. Buchanan / Human Events:
Is Putin Being Set Up?  —  PARIS—Whoever poisoned Alexander Litvinenko …
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Los Angeles Times:
On drug prices, are Democrats in a fix?
Discussion: TAPPED and Firedoglake
Arnold Kling / TCS Daily:
The Exceptionally Entrepreneurial Society
Discussion: Booker Rising
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
Ben Stein / New York Times:
In Class Warfare, Guess Which Class Is Winning