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10:35 AM ET, November 29, 2006

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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
In Following His Own Script, Webb May Test Senate's Limits  —  At a recent White House reception for freshman members of Congress, Virginia's newest senator tried to avoid President Bush.  Democrat James Webb declined to stand in a presidential receiving line or to have his picture taken …
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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.
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
Examiner:
Prophets of Iraq defeat are rushing judgment  —  The Washington DC Examiner Newspaper, The Examiner  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush was right to declare yesterday in Latvia that he will not withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq until the "mission is complete" because "we can accept nothing less …
Discussion: Wizbang and Blue Crab Boulevard
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Peter Baker / Washington Post:
White House Wages War of Words Over 'Civil' Term  —  The carnage in Iraq is "sectarian violence," President Bush says.  It's a "struggle for freedom," the "central front in the war on terror."  It is not, no matter how much it may look like it, a civil war.  —  Forget the debate over what to do about the war in Iraq.
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / TCS Daily:
A Second American Civil War?
Discussion: Sadly, No!
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
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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Maia Szalavitz / The Huffington Post:
As In Abu Ghraib, Higher-Ups Avoid Arrest in Teen Boot Camp Death
Yuval Levin / Weekly Standard:
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Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Gingrich: Free Speech Should Be Curtailed To Fight Terrorism
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Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Gates Warns Against Leaving Iraq 'in Chaos'
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Victor Davis Hanson / Opinion Journal:
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
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Joshua Rozenberg / Telegraph:
Sharia law is spreading as authority wanes
Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
Who Really Cares?  —  More frightening than any particular beliefs …
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White House:
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