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9:55 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.  One of the top stories over the Thanksgiving holiday came from the Associated (with terrorists) Press …
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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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bombshell: Centcom says AP's Iraqi police source isn't Iraqi police; Update: Fake cop linked to AP reporter?  —  I laid off this post at Flopping Aces initially because I didn't think there was anything particularly suspicious about the cop.  Centcom was disputing his report …
SeeDubya / JunkYardBlog:
Does AP Iraqi writer Qais al-Bashir have super powers?
Discussion: Flopping Aces
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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: Ezra Klein and The Agonist
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 …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
NBC decides to call the violence in Iraq a "civil war"  —  On the Today Show, NBC announced to the world that the violence in Iraq can now be labeled a civil war Monday morning.. NBC assured us that they didn't just come up with that label.  It asked many people and held careful deliberations.
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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 …
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SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Barney Frank to Chris Wallace: "You have an odd view of balance"
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Associated Press
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
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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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: Ace of Spades HQ and The Corner
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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: QandO, Reason Magazine and The Agitator
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 …
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
World Tribune.com:
Bolton: Future of Mideast 'may well be decided' in days  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is facing a foreign policy crisis in Lebanon where the Iran-backed Hizbullah and Syria threaten to topple the weakened democratic government in Beirut.  —  "The future of the Middle East …
Discussion: The Belmont Club and Pajamas Media
Associated Press:
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES INTERNAL PROBE OF ROLE IN NSA'S DOMESTIC WIRETAP PROGRAM  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department's internal watchdog said Monday it has opened an investigation into the agency's use of information gathered in the government's warrantless surveillance program.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Macsmind
CNN:
CNN RELIABLE SOURCES  —  Interview With Bob Woodward  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  HOWARD KURTZ, HOST (voice over): "State of Denial."  The best- selling author who says the Bush administration has bungled the war talks …
 
 
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