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9:55 PM ET, November 28, 2006

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Reuters:
Pelosi rejects Hastings bid to head committee  —Text+WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida, impeached as a federal judge in 1989 on corruption charges, dropped his bid under pressure on Tuesday to chair a congressional panel designed to help protect America's security, a party aide said.
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Fox News:
PELOSI-HASTINGS MEETING COULD SIGNAL END OF CHAIRMANSHIP BID  —  WASHINGTON — House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi will meet Tuesday with Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings, and those with knowledge of Pelosi's thinking told FOX News that Hastings will be told he is not going to be the next chairman …
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.
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
Pelosi passes Hastings for Intel chair
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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White House:
Press Gaggle by Tony Snow and National Security Advisor Steve Hadley  —  MR. SNOW: Okay.  Sorry to be so late.  Very quickly, what we're going to do is we'll start out, Steve is going to read out three foreign leader calls that have been made on the flight and then take your questions …
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 …
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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Anna Crane / Editor and Publisher:
UPDATED: Media Starting to Describe Iraq Conflict as 'Civil War'
Discussion: The Caucus, CBS News, On Deadline and PBD
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Bucking White House, NBC says Iraq in 'civil war'
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Bush Asking Arab Friends for Iraq Help  —  As President Bush and his top diplomats try to halt the downward spiral in Iraq and Lebanon, they seem intent on their strategy of talking only to Arab friends, despite increasing calls inside and outside the administration for them to reach out to Iran and Syria as well.
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BBC:
Iran: US exit key to Iraq peace  —  US troops must leave Iraq if security is to be restored, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said during talks with the Iraqi president.  —  He said the US was powerless to stop the unrest in Iraq, which was also bad for other countries in the region.
Discussion: FP Passport and Secular Blasphemy
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Atrios / Eschaton:
Centrism  —  Just adding on to Ezra, I have hostility to the concept of "centrism" for a variety of reasons.  First, except on a few mostly social issues there really isn't all that much which can be neatly fit into a left-center-right-axis.  Mostly centrism is used be elite opinionmakers …
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Ezra Klein:   Centrism  —  Regarding Kevin's admonition to avoid rejecting …
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 …
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.
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Pentagon Considers Moving Troops From al-Anbar Province to Baghdad  —  Major Strategic Shift Considered to Secure Iraqi Capital  —  ABC News has learned that Pentagon officials are considering a major strategic shift in Iraq, to move U.S. forces out of the dangerous Sunni-dominated …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Court Clears Way for Prosecutor to Review Records in Times Case  —  The United States Supreme Court refused yesterday to stop a federal prosecutor from reviewing the telephone records of two reporters for The New York Times.  The records, the newspaper said, include information about many of the reporters' confidential sources.
Fabiola Sanchez / Associated Press:
Electronic vote distrusted in Venezuela  —  CARACAS, Venezuela - Under pressure from opponents of President Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's elections council has adopted safeguards for the country's electronic voting machines to prevent tampering in Sunday's election — conditions so strict that experts …
Discussion: Hot Air and Scared Monkeys
Jon Boyle / Reuters:
French police the target in urban guerrilla war  —  PARIS (Reuters) - Stoned, beaten and insulted, their vehicles torched by crowds of hostile youths, French police say they face an urban guerrilla war when they enter the run-down neighborhoods that ring the major cities.
Discussion: A Blog For All
Brian C. Ledbetter / snapped shot:
Cheerleading for the Terrorists  —  The media, in all of its glory, wholeheartedly participating in the celebration of a new weapon designed to kill Jews:  —  More details will follow shortly, as soon as I have the time.  I hope to track down the news articles attached to this event …
Anthony Boadle / Reuters:
Castro's 80th birthday bash kicks off without him  —  HAVANA (Reuters) - Fidel Castro's 80th birthday celebration kicked off on Tuesday with the ailing Cuban leader nowhere in sight but hundreds of admirers from around the world were on hand to pay homage.  —  The opening of an art exhibit …
 
 
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Fox News:
JUDGE ORDERS TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO MAKE PAPER MONEY RECOGNIZABLE TO BLIND PEOPLE
Discussion: Y.A.C.R.W.B and Stop The ACLU
Bob Cesca / The Huffington Post:
Step Away From The Constitution, Mr. Gingrich, And Put Your Hands …
Associated Press:
Wesley Clark wants to avoid '04 mistake in '08
Jacques Chirac / Guardian:
Europe must shoulder its share of the Nato burden
Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
Witnesses detail immolation attack on six Sunnis in Baghdad last week
Dave Wedge / Boston Herald:
'I think his goose is cooked': Kerry dead last in poll
George Saunders / New Yorker:
"BORAT": THE MEMO  —  Dear Ken:  —  Got your note, deeply honored.
Discussion: The American Scene
Joann Loviglio / pennlive.com:
Democrats win control of Pa. House after 12 years in minority
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Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
Cintas warned against firing immigrant force
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Neela Banerjee / New York Times:
Pastor Chosen to Lead Christian Coalition Steps Down in Dispute Over Agenda
Discussion: MyDD and Think Progress
Ed Kilgore / Salon:
Yes, Democrats do need the South!
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Dem win lands Schumer a whole new role
Lisa Sandberg / Houston Chronicle:
Officials don't need to detail cash gifts
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Off the Kuff
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Carter blames Israel for failure of roadmap, denies he's …
Fiona Macrae / Daily Mail:
Women talk three times as much as men, says study