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7:25 PM ET, November 28, 2006

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Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Bucking White House, NBC says Iraq in 'civil war'  —  Usage increasing in news media  —  WASHINGTON — NBC's "Today Show" host Matt Lauer yesterday told millions of American television viewers, many sitting at their breakfast tables, that the network would buck the White House and from now on describe the Iraq war as a "civil war."
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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.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Washington Post equals White House propaganda on Iraq
Discussion: TAPPED, Firedoglake and Democrats.com
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 …
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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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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 …
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 …
Mark Memmott / On Deadline:
AP, U.S. military spar over atrocities report  —  The Associated Press is standing by its report that six Sunni men were burned to death in Baghdad Friday by Shiites, even though U.S. military officials have accused the wire service of relying on a source who "is not who he claimed he was," an Iraqi police captain.
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Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
Cintas warned against firing immigrant force  —  A Mississippi Democrat in line to become chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee has warned the nation's largest uniform supplier it faces criminal charges if it follows a White House proposal to recheck workers with mismatched Social Security numbers …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Homeland Security Chair: Don't Act On False IDs In Workplace
Discussion: Y.A.C.R.W.B
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: Lean Left, Tammy Bruce and The Mahablog
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.
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
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Carter blames Israel for failure of roadmap, denies he's anti-Israel; Update: Carter says Shalit kidnapping "probably" a mistake  —  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 …
Robert Spencer / Front Page Magazine:
Pope Rage in Istanbul  —  Pope Benedict XVI is set to arrive in Turkey on Tuesday, and tensions are running high.  Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turk who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, wrote to Benedict: "Your life is in danger.  You absolutely must not come to Turkey."
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 …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Wall Street Journal:
Bush Approval Ratings Slip  —  President Bush's approval ratings fell to the second-lowest of his presidency, according to a new Harris Interactive poll.  —  According to the telephone poll, conducted between Nov. 17 and Nov. 21, 31% of U.S. adults called Mr. Bush's job performance "excellent" …
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 …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
John Solomon / Associated Press:
Oversight board briefed on NSA spy program  —  WASHINGTON - Several members of a government board appointed to guard privacy and civil liberties during the war on terror say they're impressed with the protections built into the Bush administration's electronic eavesdropping program.
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.
 
 
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Jacques Chirac / Guardian:
Europe must shoulder its share of the Nato burden
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
Ed Kilgore / Salon:
Yes, Democrats do need the South!
Discussion: MyDD, The Agonist and NewDonkey.com
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
The Question  —  I've been getting the question a lot lately in the comments.
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Dem win lands Schumer a whole new role
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Lisa Sandberg / Houston Chronicle:
Officials don't need to detail cash gifts
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Off the Kuff
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Bush Asking Arab Friends for Iraq Help
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Why not engage with me instead of trying to make me into your enemy?
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
Like I Care  —  The first person I knew who had a Web site …
Fiona Macrae / Daily Mail:
Women talk three times as much as men, says study