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10:45 AM ET, November 27, 2006

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Mike Allen / Time:
Can a Mormon be President?  —  Why Mitt Romney will have to explain a faith that remains mysterious to many  —  A mormon church official and a public relations executive shuttled recently from the Fox News Washington bureau to the Washington Post to the online political digest the Hotline.
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Joan Vennochi / Boston Globe:
Romney's dance to the right
Discussion: AMERICAblog
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Romney Leaving Mass. With Mixed Record
Discussion: The RBC, First Read and The Corner
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Rep. Frank Accuses Fox News Host of Bias  —  Following in President Clinton's footsteps, a prominent Democratic congressman yesterday accused a Fox News anchor of conducting a skewed interview designed to make Democrats look bad.  —  "I've got to say, Chris, you have an odd view of balance …
Discussion: The Corner and Think Progress
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Peter Baker / Washington Post:
History Offers Post-Midterm Survival Tips For President  —  The president was in a funk.  Morose from midterm elections that handed Congress to the opposition, he stewed in private, vented to friends, turned on aides and summoned self-help gurus to help him understand just what went wrong.
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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 …
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Neil Johnson / TBO.com:
Hurricane Predictions Off Track As Tranquil Season Wafts Away  —  More from this channel:  —  This feature requires the Macromedia Flash Plugin.  Please visit http://www.macromedia.com/go/ getflashplayer to download this plugin.  —  It was not the hurricane season we expected, thank you.
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.
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Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
A Day When Mahdi Army Showed Its Other Side
Discussion: Newsweek
Robert Weller / Associated Press:
Woman faces fines for wreath peace sign  —  DENVER - A homeowners association in southwestern Colorado has threatened to fine a resident $25 a day until she removes a Christmas wreath with a peace sign that some say is an anti- Iraq war protest or a symbol of Satan.
Jonathan Chait / Los Angeles Times:
Bring back Saddam Hussein  —  Restoring the dictator to power may give Iraqis the jolt of authority they need.  Have a better solution?  —  THE DEBATE about Iraq has moved past the question of whether it was a mistake (everybody knows it was) to the more depressing question of whether it is possible to avert total disaster.
Michael Slackman / New York Times:
Chilling Echo for Lebanon, Mirror of Regional Tension  —  In April 1975, gunmen fired on a church in East Beirut in what appeared to be an attempt to kill Pierre Gemayel, founder of the main right-wing Lebanese Christian militia.  He was not killed, but the shooting set off a cycle of revenge that became a 15-year civil war.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and rubber hose
Times of London:
Obama lifted by hand of God  —  Rising black star of Democrats connects with evangelicals  —  IN THE latest sign that the "God gap" between Republicans and Democrats is narrowing, one of America's biggest evangelical churches will this week welcome Senator Barack Obama …
Thomas M. DeFrank / NY Daily News:
W library in record book  —  $500M center would be priciest for a Prez  —  DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF  —  WASHINGTON - He may be a certified lame duck now, but President Bush and his truest believers are about to launch their final campaign - an eye-popping, half-billion-dollar drive for the Bush presidential library.
Associated Press:
Gaza cease-fire raises hopes for peace  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — A new truce was holding, stopping Palestinian rocket fire and Israeli operations in Gaza for the first time in five months, sparking hopes that it might lead to resumption of long-frozen peace negotiations.
Mary Lynn Smith / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
'Makings of bomb' found in airport car  —  A worker discovered the device in the trunk of a returned rental car.  It didn't contain explosives but the FBI is investigating.  —  A bomb-like device was found in a rental car Sunday morning at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Power Line
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
At the Inquirer, Shrink Globally, Slash Locally?  —  Brian Tierney, a onetime critic of the Philadelphia Inquirer who wound up buying the paper, is determined to take his new property in a different direction.  —  "We don't need a Jerusalem bureau," he says.  "What we need are more people in the South Jersey bureau."
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and FishBowlDC
Bruce Bawer / New York Sun:
Sending a Grim Message  —  The Nobel Peace Prize Concert will be held in Oslo on December 11 and broadcast around the world.  The Norwegian Nobel Committee doesn't much care for Americans these days (except for 2002 laureate Jimmy Carter), but it knows who's an international draw and who isn't …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
USA Today:
Democratic gains in suburbs spell trouble for GOP  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats made large gains in suburbia in this month's elections, pushing Republican turf to the outer edges of major population centers in a trend that could signal trouble for the GOP, an analysis shows.
Discussion: MyDD
 
 
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Associated Press:
PEJ: Web Sites Topped TV On Election Night 2006
Michael Wilson / New York Times:
50 Shots Fired, and the Experts Offer a Theory
Discussion: The News Blog and TalkLeft
Michael Moore / michaelmoore.com:
Cut and Run, the Only Brave Thing to Do ...a letter from Michael Moore
Discussion: Redstate and Gateway Pundit
David Paul Kuhn / Washington Post:
The Gospel According to Jim Wallis
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Demagogue
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
The Hill May Look Steep For Republicans in 2008
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
Politics: Out of the Running?  —  House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Get ready for reform, Emanuel tells Dems
Discussion: First Read
Newsweek:
The Last Man Standing
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 Earlier Items: 
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
A G.O.P. Breed Loses Its Place in New England
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
We Gotta Draft 'Em Because They're So Dumb
Discussion: Hot Air and Flopping Aces
David Wise / Los Angeles Times:
Is Russia back to its old poisonous tricks?
Discussion: Decision '08
Agence France Presse:
West must prepare for Chinese, Indian dominance: Wolfensohn
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Fiona MacRae / Daily Mail:
UK scientists invent male 'pill' that can be taken hours before sex
Discussion: Don Surber
CNN:
CNN LATE EDITION WITH WOLF BLITZER
Discussion: AMERICAblog
WXIA-TV:
Chief Talks About Police Shooting
Simon Jenkins / Times of London:
The really tough way to control drugs is to license them