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10:05 AM ET, November 27, 2006


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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.
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.
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:   A Day When Mahdi Army Showed Its Other Side
Fareed Zakaria / Newsweek:
The Next Step? Think Vietnam.
Discussion: Decision '08
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.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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.
Discussion: Nitpicker and Jesus' General
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Romney Leaving Mass. With Mixed Record
Discussion: The RBC and The Corner
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 …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
CAN WE PLEASE SEE MORE OF CHARLIE RANGEL?  —  One of the problems of being part of the minority for twelve years is that not many people pay attention to you.  Then, when the spotlight finally seeks you out, you may be ill-prepared to act like part of the mainstream.
Discussion: TBogg and Villainous Company
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
We Gotta Draft 'Em Because They're So Dumb
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Rangel says men join the army only if they can't have "a decent career"
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.
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
Discussion: Donklephant and
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: rubber hose
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.
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
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Pajamas Media and Rook's Rant
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: FishBowlDC and
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: and Demagogue
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
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
The Hill May Look Steep For Republicans in 2008
Discussion: Firedoglake and MyDD
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
The Last Man Standing
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Times of London:
Word on the street ... they're listening
Discussion: Redstate
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
A G.O.P. Breed Loses Its Place in New England
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
 Earlier Items: 
Editor and Publisher:
John Roberts Tells Kurtz: Iraq Worse Than Media Shows
Patricia Sullivan / Washington Post:
H. Donald Wilson, 82; Developed LexisNexis
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Chris Wallace / Associated Press:
Chief Talks About Police Shooting
Simon Jenkins / Times of London:
The really tough way to control drugs is to license them
Brian Ellsworth / Reuters:
Chavez vows to beat the "devil"
Discussion: Classical Values
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