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7:55 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
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
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 …
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.
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 …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Blinded by the St. McCain/Holy Joe War
Discussion: Firedoglake and WTF Is It Now??
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
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
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.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
How many pecks of pickled peppers did Friedman pick?
Discussion: Eschaton
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.
TChris / TalkLeft:
The Divisive Issue of Peace
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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
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.
Neil Johnson /
Hurricane Predictions Off Track As Tranquil Season Wafts Away  —  More from this channel:  —  This feature requires the Macromedia Flash Plugin.  Please visit getflashplayer to download this plugin.  —  It was not the hurricane season we expected, thank you.
Fiona MacRae / Daily Mail:
UK scientists invent male 'pill' that can be taken hours before sex  —  British scientists have developed a revolutionary pill that men could take as a one-off contraceptive just before a date.  —  The tablet would prevent a man from being able to impregnate a woman, but within a few hours his fertility would return to normal.
Discussion: Don Surber
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.
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 …
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Charlie Savage / Boston Globe:
Hail to the chief  —  Dick Cheney's mission to expand …
Patricia Sullivan / Washington Post:
H. Donald Wilson, 82; Developed LexisNexis
Discussion: AMERICAblog
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Romney Leaving Mass. With Mixed Record
Discussion: The RBC
Chris Wallace / Associated Press:
Major John / protein wisdom:
Charles Rangel joins Jon Carry
Associated Press:
Gaza cease-fire raises hopes for peace
Associated Press:
Group: China AIDS activist missing
Discussion: The Peking Duck
 Earlier Items: 
Mark in Mexico:
Oaxaca, Mexico: It's on
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Cold Fury
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
PR Newswire:
Officer in Bush Motorcade Accident Dies
Discussion: Hot Air
Faiz / Think Progress:
Lott Attacks Rove, Says 'I've Had Problems With Some Of His Conduct'
Atrios / Eschaton:
No  —  Look, people who advocate adding "personal accounts" …
Bookcase 'trap' killed US woman
Discussion: Majikthise
Dov S. Zakheim / Miami Herald:
Advice for Gates  —  Some advice for incoming Secretary of Defense Robert Gates:
Discussion: The Corner and Booman Tribune