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4:40 PM ET, November 28, 2006

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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 …
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Washington Post:
Bush Pledges Continued U.S. Presence in Iraq  —  In NATO Summit Speech, President Says He Will Discuss Security With Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki This Week  —  President Bush, rejecting what he called "pessimistic" assessments of his Middle East policy, pledged Tuesday to make necessary changes …
WAHU-TV:
Warner Addresses War In Iraq  —  Warner Addresses War In Iraq  —  "Stay the course is gone.  We're going to try and devise some new strategies, hopefully with the President's concurrence," said Senator John Warner.  —  Speaking at the annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner at the Omni Hotel …
Associated Press:
Bush blames al-Qaida for stoking Iraq violence
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Lesley Clark / The State:
Hastings not likely to lead House Intelligence Committee  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., will not be the next chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, a Democratic aide confirmed Tuesday as Hastings left a private meeting with Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
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Editor and Publisher:
'Civil' Disobedience Spreads — 'NYT' Adjusts Language on Iraq  —  NEW YORK In the wake of the highly-publicized NBC and MSNBC decision to start referring to the conflict in Iraq as a "civil war," other media outlets, which have long used phrases such as "sectarian violence," are re-considering their language in this regard.
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Lesley Clark / Miami Herald:
Congressman calls Miami a `Third World country'  —  WASHINGTON - Rep. Tom Tancredo, the leader of the anti-illegal immigration faction in the U.S. House, spent a recent weekend at The Breakers in Palm Beach.  —  Ninety miles to the south, he found a symbol to bolster his belief …
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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Joann Loviglio / pennlive.com:
Democrats win control of Pa. House after 12 years in minority  —  WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Democrats won control of the state House of Representatives for the first time in 12 years Tuesday as Chester County officials settled a pair of hotly contested House races three weeks after the election.
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.
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 …
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.
Opinion Journal:
Dial Joe-4-Chávez  —  Massachusetts Democrats love Venezuela's strongman.  —  Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chávez is an ally of the Iranian mullahs, a supporter of North Korea, a close friend of Fidel Castro and a good customer for Vladimir Putin's weapon factories.
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Dem win lands Schumer a whole new role  —  A staple Republican tactic for several years has been to get Chuck Schumer on television.  His whiny New York accent exhaling liberal dogma was music to GOP ears.  Yet, his omnipresence on TV since the midterm elections has not been cause for Republican jubilation.
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Politics
Ed Kilgore / Salon:
Yes, Democrats do need the South!  —  You have to hand it to Tom Schaller.  The moment the midterm election results were more or less in, he crunched some numbers and stared at the exit polls, and took to the cyber-pages of Salon to trumpet the results as a confirmation of his idée fixe.
Discussion: The Agonist, MyDD and NewDonkey.com
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 …
Dennis Prager / Townhall.com:
America, Not Keith Ellison, decides what book a congressman takes his oath on  —  Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress, has announced that he will not take his oath of office on the Bible, but on the bible of Islam, the Koran.
Discussion: Tammy Bruce and The Mahablog
 
 
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Neela Banerjee / New York Times:
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Rich Noyes / NewsBusters.org:
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CNN:
Pilot of crashed U.S. fighter jet missing in Iraq
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George F. Will / Newsweek:
New Speaker, Old Virtues
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