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11:00 AM ET, November 28, 2006

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New York Times:
Hezbollah Said to Help Shiite Army in Iraq  —  A senior American intelligence official said Monday that the Iranian-backed group Hezbollah had been training members of the Mahdi Army, the Iraqi Shiite militia led by Moktada al-Sadr.  —  The official said that 1,000 to 2,000 fighters …
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Washington Post:
Civil War in Iraq Near, Annan Says  —  The Iraq Study Group began two days of intensive behind-closed-doors deliberations yesterday as the White House conceded that Iraq has moved into a dangerous new phase of warfare requiring changes in strategy.  In a sign of the growing global concern about Iraq's fate …
jules crittenden:
What's In a Name:  —  NBC has made the headlines it intended to make with its decision to start calling the conflict in Iraq a civil war.  This is one of those media events that is essentially meaningless.  Like pointing out that the war in Iraq has now lasted longer than World War II.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Hezbollah Training The Mahdi Militia?
Agence France Presse:
Iran tells Talabani that US-led forces must leave Iraq  —  Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei told visiting Iraqi President Jalal Talabani that US-led forces had to leave Iraq if security was to be restored in the violence-riven country.  —  "The first step to solve the security issue in Iraq …
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Edmund Blair / Washington Times:   Iran vows to help Iraq with security
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Bush Edges Closer to Iran Talks
Discussion: Power Line and Atlas Shrugs
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
How the imams terrorized an airliner  —  Muslim religious leaders removed from a Minneapolis flight last week exhibited behavior associated with a security probe by terrorists and were not merely engaged in prayers, according to witnesses, police reports and aviation security officials.
Washington Post:
Anbar Picture Grows Clearer, and Bleaker  —  The U.S. military is no longer able to defeat a bloody insurgency in western Iraq or counter al-Qaeda's rising popularity there, according to newly disclosed details from a classified Marine Corps intelligence report that set off debate in recent months …
Richard Black / BBC:
Carbon emissions show sharp rise  —  Environment correspondent, BBC News website  —  The rise in humanity's emissions of carbon dioxide has accelerated sharply, according to a new analysis.  —  The Global Carbon Project says that emissions were rising by less than 1% annually up to the year 2000, but are now rising at 2.5% per year.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Fox News:
STATES, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ARGUE FOR PRIMACY IN GLOBAL WARMING FIGHT
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
WXIA-TV:
FBI To Lead Johnston Investigation  —  Officials say the FBI will lead an investigation into the fatal shooting of an elderly Atlanta woman during a drug raid last week.  —  The announcement was made by Police Chief Richard Pennington at a news conference Monday afternoon …
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. to Examine Its Use of NSA Wiretaps  —  Review Won't Address Program's Legality  —  The Justice Department's inspector general yesterday announced an investigation into the department's connections to the government's controversial warrantless surveillance program …
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:   Justice Official Opens Spying Inquiry
Thomas Ferraro / Reuters:
Likability poll bad news for Kerry  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Sen. John Kerry, mulling a second bid for the U.S. presidency, finished dead last in a poll released on Monday on the likability of 20 top American political figures.  —  Among those placing ahead of Kerry …
Elizabeth Aguilera / Denver Post:
Dems won over Latino voters, study says  —  Latino voters leaned heavily Democratic in the recent midterm elections, indicating the heated debate over immigration reform may have cost Republicans support in some key races, an analysis released Monday indicates.
Discussion: Facing South
legion.org:
American Legion to Congressman Rangel: Apologize Now  —  The National Commander of The American Legion called on Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) to apologize for suggesting that American troops would not choose to fight in Iraq if they had other employment options.
Sameer N. Yacoub / Associated Press:
Attack Sparks Fire at Iraq Oil Facility  —  A mortar attack ignited a huge fire Monday night at an oil facility in northern Iraq, shutting the flow of crude oil to a major refinery, and a U.S. Air Force jet with one pilot aboard crashed in Anbar province, a hotbed of the Sunni-Arab insurgency, officials said.
Anthony Shadid / Washington Post:
Ad Blitz Satirizes Lebanon's Divides  —  Provocative Signs Target Pervasive Sectarianism  —  The evening was tense, as most are these days in Beirut, its Maronite Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Sunni and Shiite Muslims and Druze perched imprecisely between war and peace.
Fiona Macrae / Daily Mail:
Women talk three times as much as men, says study  —  It is something one half of the population has long suspected - and the other half always vocally denied.  Women really do talk more than men.  —  In fact, women talk almost three times as much as men, with the average woman chalking …
Faiz / Think Progress:
CQ Analyst Suggests 'Rumsfeld's Leaving Is Just The Beginning,' Cheney Might Be Next  —  Appearing on MSNBC this afternoon, Congressional Quarterly political analyst Craig Crawford speculated that, as "neocons are heading for the hills," Dick Cheney may be the next to leave the administration.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and PSoTD
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
Like I Care  —  The first person I knew who had a Web site of his own was a fellow Washington journalist.  This was when many journalists were still just getting into e-mail, but the URL for this Web site quickly circulated around town and around the world.  Why?  Well, we were all impressed by the technological savvy.
 
 
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Reuters:
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Discussion: World-O-Crap
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
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dispatch.com:
Judge orders Noe to repay state $13.7 million
Discussion: The Caucus
Charlie LeDuff / New York Times:
Dreams in the Dark at the Drive-Through Window
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
CENTRISM....Yes, centrism can be a tic.  Yes, it's often favored …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Sirotablog and TalkLeft