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10:50 AM ET, November 29, 2006

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Emily Heil / The Hill:
Son also rises in testy Webb-Bush exchange  —  President Bush has pledged to work with the new Democratic majorities in Congress, but he has already gotten off on the wrong foot with Jim Webb, whose surprise victory over Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) tipped the Senate to the Democrats.
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Bush Adviser's Memo Cites Doubts About Iraqi Leader  —  A classified memorandum by President Bush's national security adviser expressed serious doubts about whether Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki had the capacity to control the sectarian violence in Iraq and recommended that the United States …
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Washington Post:
As Iraq Deteriorates, Iraqis Get More Blame  —  From troops on the ground to members of Congress, Americans increasingly blame the continuing violence and destruction in Iraq on the people most affected by it: the Iraqis.  —  Even Democrats who have criticized the Bush administration's conduct …
New York Times:
Text of U.S. Security Adviser's Iraq Memo  —  Following is the text of a Nov. 8 memorandum prepared for cabinet-level officials by Stephen J. Hadley, the national security adviser, and his aides on the National Security Council.  The five-page document, classified secret, was read and transcribed by The New York Times.
Washington Post:
Pelosi Passes on Hastings, Harman for House Intel Chair  —  House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has decided against naming either Reps. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), the senior Democrat on the House intelligence committee, or Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), the panel's No. 2 Democrat …
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New York Times:
Pelosi Won't Pick Tainted Lawmaker for Key Post  —  Representative Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday that she would not award the chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee to Representative Alcee L. Hastings of Florida, who was a leading contender for the post.
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
The end of the Epic Harman-Hastings Drama
Discussion: Eschaton and TAPPED
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Romney plans campaign base in North End  —  Governor Mitt Romney, erasing any doubt that he intends to make a White House bid in 2008, is laying plans to run his presidential campaign from a three-story waterfront building at the edge of Boston's North End, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the proposed deal.
Discussion: The Caucus
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Washington Post:
Economics Experts Join Romney's PAC
Discussion: First Read
Insight:   Hillary worried over rise of Obama
Linda Deutsch / Associated Press:
Judge strikes down Bush on terror groups  —  LOS ANGELES - A federal judge struck down President Bush's authority to designate groups as terrorists, saying his post-Sept. 11 executive order was unconstitutionally vague, according to a ruling released Tuesday.
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:   Judge Strikes Down Parts of Executive Order on Terrorism
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / TCS Daily:
A Second American Civil War?  —  Is America in danger of civil war?  Not immediately, perhaps, but famed science fiction writer Orson Scott Card thinks that we're in enough danger that he's authored a cautionary tale entitled Empire that's set in more-or-less present times.
Discussion: Sadly, No!
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Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Gingrich: Free Speech Should Be Curtailed To Fight Terrorism  —  A former House speaker, Newt Gingrich, is causing a stir by proposing that free speech may have to be curtailed in order to fight terrorism.  —  "We need to get ahead of the curve rather than wait until we actually literally lose a city …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and PSoTD
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Gingrich: First Amendment Is Dispensable
Washington Times:
Iraq exit via Iran?  —  The Iraq war, civil or not, is costing $226 million a day — or $8 billion a month, $76 billion a year.  It's hard to figure out what to call it when Iraqis are killing Iraqis by the score every day and when the U.S. has been fighting and dying there longer than its involvement in World War II.
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Pajamas Media
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Fox News:
JUDGE ORDERS TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO MAKE PAPER MONEY RECOGNIZABLE TO BLIND PEOPLE  —  WASHINGTON — American paper money represents an unfair impediment to the blind, and the Treasury Department must come up with new U.S. currency to help the visually impaired use cash, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
Ali Waked / Ynetnews:
Report: Syrian network planned to kill Lebanese officials  —  Al-Mustaqbal newspaper reports Lebanese security forces exposed network of 200 members which trained in refugee camps in Lebanon, planned to assassinate 36 senior Lebanese officials  —  The Lebanese security forces exposed a network …
Cindy George / Houston Chronicle:
Houston man admits trying to help Taliban  —  A second man, in U.S. illegally, faces similar conspiracy and weapons charges  —  One of two Houston men accused of training to fight with the Taliban pleaded guilty this afternoon in federal court.  —  Kobie Diallo Williams, 33 …
Robert Samuelson / Real Clear Politics:
Globalization Makes an Easy Scapegoat  —  WASHINGTON — We may be about to shoot ourselves in the foot — or maybe the chest — on trade.  In the name of "fair trade,'' we may punish our own exporters.  In 2005, worldwide exports exceeded $10 trillion.  Since 1980, they've more than tripled while the overall global economy doubled.
Discussion: Angry Bear
Ahmed Rashid / Telegraph:
Accept defeat by Taliban, Pakistan tells Nato  —  Senior Pakistani officials are urging Nato countries to accept the Taliban and work towards a new coalition government in Kabul that might exclude the Afghan president Hamid Karzai.  —  Pakistan's foreign minister, Khurshid Kasuri …
Kim Sengupta / Independent:
Disembowelled, then torn apart: The price of daring to teach girls  —  The gunmen came at night to drag Mohammed Halim away from his home, in front of his crying children and his wife begging for mercy.  —  The 46-year-old schoolteacher tried to reassure his family that he would return safely.
Discussion: Hyscience and PrairiePundit
 
 
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Nawaf Obaid / Washington Post:
Stepping Into Iraq  —  Saudi Arabia Will Protect Sunnis if the U.S. Leaves
Maia Szalavitz / The Huffington Post:
As In Abu Ghraib, Higher-Ups Avoid Arrest in Teen Boot Camp Death
Yuval Levin / Weekly Standard:
Putting Parents First  —  A new approach to domestic policy for conservatives.
Discussion: Peaktalk
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Gates Warns Against Leaving Iraq 'in Chaos'
Victor Davis Hanson / Opinion Journal:
Losing the Enlightenment  —  A civilization that has lost confidence …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll.com
Examiner:
Prophets of Iraq defeat are rushing judgment
Arkady Ostrovsky / Financial Times:
Mystery illness hits former Russian PM
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John Solomon / Associated Press:
Oversight board told of privacy protections
Dennis Prager / Townhall.com:
America, Not Keith Ellison, decides what book a congressman takes his oath on
McQ / QandO:
THE BIGGEST THREAT TO OUR RIGHTS IS NOT AL QAEDA
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Lawyers Debate Why Blacks Lag at Major Firms
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
Cintas warned against firing immigrant force
Joshua Rozenberg / Telegraph:
Sharia law is spreading as authority wanes
Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
Who Really Cares?  —  More frightening than any particular beliefs …
Discussion: Daimnation! and Atlas Shrugs
White House:
President Bush Discusses NATO Alliance During Visit to Latvia
 

 
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Ellise Shafer / Variety:
Hugh Grants says he settled with News Group to avoid up to £10M in costs and “Murdoch's settlement money has a stink and I refuse to let this be hush money”

Hadas Gold / CNN:
The News/Media Alliance asks the DOJ, the FTC, and California's AG for a probe into whether Google broke any laws when removing some links to CA news sites

Megan Specia / New York Times:
The US assures the UK that Julian Assange could seek US First Amendment protections and wouldn't face the death penalty or be persecuted for his nationality

 
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