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11:30 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 …
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: Eschaton and AMERICAblog
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.
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 …
Think Progress:
Dana Priest: Washington Post Avoids 'Civil War' Language Because Iraqi Gov't Does Not Use It  —  Today on MSNBC's Hardball, Washington Post national security reporter Dana Priest explained that her newspaper does not use the phrase "civil war" to describe the current violence in Iraq in part …
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
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
NBC Declares 'Civil War' In Iraq, McCaffrey: WH Rejection of Term 'Nonsense'
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
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES INTERNAL PROBE OF ROLE IN NSA'S DOMESTIC WIRETAP PROGRAM
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Macsmind
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