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12:00 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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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
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Hezbollah Training The Mahdi Militia?
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.
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 …
Discussion: A Blog For All and Stop The ACLU
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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 …
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.
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WXIA-TV:
FBI To Lead Johnston Investigation
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
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
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 …
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
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
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 …
White House:
President Bush Participates in Joint Press Availability with President Ilves of Estonia  —  PRESIDENT ILVES: (As translated.)  Again, I'm very happy to greet the President of the United States, George W. Bush, in our fall weather here in Tallinn.  Unfortunately, the weather isn't better than it is, but that's how it happens.
Discussion: First Draft
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 …
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.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
From Beirut to Baghdad  —  THE GHASTLY PREDICTABILITY OF NIHILIST VIOLENCE.  —  The fate of those who criticize the Syrian presence in Lebanon is rather like the fate of those who oppose Vladimir Putin.  The former are shot or blown up, and the latter are victims of exotic poisons.
Discussion: Hot Air, Bill's Bites and Decision '08
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
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.
 
 
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Opinion Journal:
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Popular Science:
The Overlooked Importance of the Nail
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Why not engage with me instead of trying to make me into your enemy?
Globe and Mail:
'Nation' motion passes, but costs Harper
San Francisco Chronicle:
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Discussion: USS Neverdock
George F. Will / Newsweek:
New Speaker, Old Virtues
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Michelle Malkin:
Fake news vs. real news from Iraq
Fouad Ajami / US News:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Elizabeth Aguilera / Denver Post:
Dems won over Latino voters, study says
Discussion: Facing South
The Blotter:
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Washington Post:
Contractors Face More Scrutiny, Pinched Purses
Discussion: Gun Toting Liberal
Stephen Farrell / Times of London:
Olmert offers 'serious' plan for new state
Discussion: Aljazeera and Israel Matzav
Jennifer Quinn / ABCNEWS:
Britain May Start Pulling Out of Iraq
Don Babwin / Associated Press:
'Nativity' Booted From Ill. Holiday Fair
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
CENTRISM....Yes, centrism can be a tic.  Yes, it's often favored …