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2:50 PM ET, November 27, 2006

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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.
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
In Need of New Moves, but in Which Direction?  —  President Bush leaves for Europe on Monday uncertain of the Washington he will return to, or even his place in it.  —  Certainly the pressure is on for Mr. Bush to right a presidency mired in low poll ratings, beset by an unpopular war …
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.
Karen Tumulty / Time:
The Scariest Guy in Town  —  With subpoena power, Henry Waxman could be the Republicans' worst nightmare  —  In the altered landscape that is Washington, there's a new contender for the title of Scariest Guy in Town.  He stands 5 ft. 5, speaks softly and has all the panache of your parents' dentist.
Danny / Beltway Blogroll:
In The Blog's-Eye: The Impeached Former Judge  —  To voters in Florida's 23rd District, Democrat Alcee Hastings is their representative in the House.  They first elected him by 59 percent of the vote in 1992 and subsequently have returned him to Congress by margins ranging from 73 percent to 100 percent.
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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 …
Discussion: The New Republic and Redstate
Matthew Yglesias:
Both/And Not Either/Or  —  With regard to the split between the Economic Policy Institute's populists and the Hamilton Project's centrists, I would hope that both sides of this debate would see that they need each other.  On issue after issue, there's simply no way you're going to build a constituency …
Discussion: Eschaton
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Bloomberg:
Ahmadinejad Predicts Collapse of Israel, U.S., U.K. (Update1)  —  Nov. 26 (Bloomberg) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad predicted the collapse of Israel, the U.S. and Britain, attacking what he called their ``oppressive behavior.''  —  ``The Zionist regime is on a steep downhill towards collapse …
Joan Vennochi / Boston Globe:
Romney's dance to the right  —  IT'S LIKE turning a ballerina into a right-leaning elephant.  —  For more than a decade, Mitt Romney has been dancing around some hot-button social issues.  Now, he is running hard to the right to position himself for the 2008 presidential contest.
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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.
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Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
Willful Suspension of Disbelief, redux
Discussion: Hot Air and Wizbang
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Democrat pledges array of investigations  —  WASHINGTON - The incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee is promising an array of oversight investigations that could provoke sharp disagreement with Republicans and the White House.  —  Rep. John Dingell (news, bio …
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.
Ben Stein / New York Times:
In Class Warfare, Guess Which Class Is Winning  —  NOT long ago, I had the pleasure of a lengthy meeting with one of the smartest men on the planet, Warren E. Buffett, the chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, in his unpretentious offices in Omaha.  We talked of many things that, I hope, will inspire me for years to come.
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
A G.O.P. Breed Loses Its Place in New England  —  It was a species as endemic to New England as craggy seascapes and creamy clam chowder: the moderate Yankee Republican.  —  Dignified in demeanor, independent in ideology and frequently blue in blood, they were politicians in the mold …
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Better Late Than Never  —  Two Republicans take a stand against profligate spending.  —  It's been years since federal agencies have screamed this loudly about fiscal discipline being imposed on them.  GOP Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Jim DeMint of South Carolina have decided to take a stand …
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.
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
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 …
David Paul Kuhn / Washington Post:
The Gospel According to Jim Wallis  —  For Democrats to win back the White House, they may well have to rely on the power of the Almighty.  And it's not Bill Clinton.  —  JIM WALLIS IS PREACHING ABOUT A BIBLE TORN APART.  Wallis tells the crowd at the Seattle Pacific University chapel …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Demagogue
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
The gloves come off  —  Keith Olbermann's anti-Bush views have driven up the ratings of his MSNBC show.  —  THE Democrats may have wrested back control of power in Congress, but that hasn't quieted the ire of Keith Olbermann.  —  Last week, he delivered one of his trademark blistering critiques …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Romenesko
 
 
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
NBC decides to call the violence in Iraq a "civil war"
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Times of London:
Obama lifted by hand of God