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1:50 PM 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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New York Times:
Bush Blames Al Qaeda for Wave of Iraq Violence  —  President Bush today said Al Qaeda was to blame for the rising wave of sectarian violence in Iraq, which he refused to label a civil war.  Mr. Bush said he would press Iraq's prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, during meetings in Jordan later …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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 …
Newsweek:
Sword of the Shia  —  Sadr still insists his main fight is with foreign invaders.
Discussion: INTEL DUMP
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  —  TEHRAN — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran would do whatever it could to help provide security to Iraq amid warnings the country was on the brink of civil war.  —  Mr. Ahmadinejad made the pledge at the start of a visit to Iran …
Discussion: Wake up America
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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John Solomon / Associated Press:
Oversight board briefed on NSA spy program
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Justice Official Opens Spying Inquiry
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Howie / The Jawa Report:
(Vid) US Plane Shot Down, Pilot's Body Still Missing.  —  The pilot of the F16 which crashed in Iraq on Monday is still missing.  A video has emerged taken just after the crash.  The video is posted below (warning: graphic).  In it, what are described as "locals" by the MSM can be seen disrespecting the plane.
Discussion: Hot Air and Bill's Bites
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CNN:
Pilot of crashed U.S. fighter jet missing in Iraq … BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The U.S. military said Tuesday it has not found the pilot of an Air Force fighter jet a day after it crashed in Iraq.  —  The pilot, who officials have not named, has been classified as "duty status and whereabouts unknown …
Discussion: In From the Cold
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.
Fouad Ajami / US News:
Back to the Future  —  The sin of George W. Bush, to hear his critics tell it, is that he unleashed the forces of freedom in Arab-Islamic lands only to beget a terrible storm.  In Iraq and in Lebanon, the furies of sectarianism are on the loose; and in that greater Middle East stretching …
Discussion: TIME
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Rich Noyes / NewsBusters.org:
Is 'Cronkite Moment' Just a Media Myth?  —  Amid all of the media excitement of NBC's choice to grandly pronounce the ongoing violence in Iraq a "civil war," some (like MSNBC's Keith Olbermann) are gleefully touting NBC's editorializing as a "Walter Cronkite moment," referring …
Discussion: Redstate and CBS News
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Michelle Malkin:
Fake news vs. real news from Iraq  —  Poll time:  —  Who's the biggest terrorist propaganda tool?  —  The Associated Press  —  The New York Times  —  CNN  —  al Jazeera  —  10:35am Eastern update: Here are the results three hours into the pollling.  The blabbermouths at the NYTimes are still ahead...
Lisa Sandberg / Houston Chronicle:
Officials don't need to detail cash gifts  —  Ethics panel is criticized for ruling any sum can simply be called 'currency'  —  AUSTIN — A Texas official who receives any sum of cash as a gift can satisfy state disclosure laws by reporting the money simply as "currency," without specifying the amount …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Off the Kuff
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Carter blames Israel for failure of roadmap, denies he's anti-Israel  —  As usual when the sage of Plains turns up on TV, it's an embarrassment of outraged riches.  Here you'll find him bestowing the Carter seal of approval to James Baker and the "peace at any price" gang …
Discussion: MSNBC, A Blog For All and Soccer Dad
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Facing South
Washington Post:
Contractors Face More Scrutiny, Pinched Purses
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Stephen Farrell / Times of London:
Olmert offers 'serious' plan for new state
Discussion: Aljazeera and Israel Matzav
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
From Beirut to Baghdad  —  THE GHASTLY PREDICTABILITY OF NIHILIST VIOLENCE.
Faiz / Think Progress:
CQ Analyst Suggests 'Rumsfeld's Leaving Is Just The Beginning,' Cheney Might Be Next