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11:00 PM ET, November 30, 2006

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Michelle Malkin:
Rumors and reporting in Iraq  —  ***scroll for updates...NYTimes blogger Tom Zeller Jr weighs in...plus: bloggers note the significance of the capture of Mazer Al-Jubouri, aka the Baghdad Sniper, and his group...***  —  I've been following up with CENTCOM on the Associated Press/sketchy sources brouhaha.
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Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
"Juba" the Baghdad Sniper Captured!  —  The Iraqi Ministry of the Interior announced that it has captured the Baghdad sniper known as Ali Nazar al Jubori.  The name sounds eerily familiar. al Jubori....could this be the original Juba sniper?  That is the claim being made.
American Thinker:
Fanning the flames  —  Our contributor Sharon Tosi Moore is an officer in the United States Army Reserves, currently serving in Iraq.  Today, she writes about the disputed report of Sunnis burned alive by Shiites. … This headline was blared with authority and gleeful revulsion across every newspaper …
Jason / COUNTERCOLUMN:
Kathleen Carroll, you may resign your post.  —  I didn't get out in front of the whole Mystery Captain Jamil Hussein story too early, because it's really easy for Americans to screw up Arabic names.  Now that the Iraqi Information Ministry has also come on record saying this Captain Hussein does not exist …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
A possibly stupid question about the AP/Centcom kerfuffle
Discussion: Associated Press
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:   A "Third Way" on Fake Iraqi Cops?
ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Iranian Weapons Arm Iraqi Militia  —  Hezbollah Training Also Linked to Iraq Violence  —  U.S. officials say they have found smoking-gun evidence of Iranian support for terrorists in Iraq: brand-new weapons fresh from Iranian factories.  According to a senior defense official …
Greg Sargent / tpmcafe.com:
George Will Distorts WaPo's Own Reporting To Smear Jim Webb  —  This has to be one of the rankest displays of journalistic dishonesty I've seen in some time on the part of any columnist, large or small.  —  In today's Washington Post column, George Will assails Dem Senator-elect Jim Webb …
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George Will / Jewish World Review:
Webb conveys the message of a boor
Discussion: Argghhh!
R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr / American Spectator:
The Gentleman From Virginia
Discussion: Inactivist, Hot Air and WuzzaDem
Dan Froomkin / Watchdog Blog:
On Calling Bulls**t  —  Mainstream-media political journalism is in danger of becoming increasingly irrelevant, but not because of the Internet, or even Comedy Central.  The threat comes from inside.  It comes from journalists being afraid to do what journalists were put on this green earth to do.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and CorrenteWire
Guardian:
Litvinenko was victim of 'Russian rogue agents'  —  British intelligence sources increasingly suspect that Alexander Litvinenko, the former spy killed with a radioactive poison, was the victim of a plot involving "rogue elements" within the Russian state, the Guardian has learned.
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
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Associated Press:
IRAQI PM AL-MALIKI TELLS BUSH, RICE IT'S NO 'BIG DEAL' TO CONTROL MAHDI ARMY  —  AMMAN, Jordan — President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pressed the Iraqi prime minister on Thursday to disband a heavily armed Shiite militia blamed for much of the country's sectarian violence …
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democratic Leaders Seek Special Iraq Envoy to Try to Stem the Violence
Discussion: Washington Post and PrairiePundit
Associated Press:
Japan Says It Could Build a Nuclear Bomb  —  TOKYO (AP) — Japan has the technological know-how to produce a nuclear weapon but has no immediate plans to do so, the foreign minister said Thursday, several weeks after communist North Korea carried out a nuclear test.
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   And We Can Make It Smaller, Cheaper, And More Efficient
Wall Street Journal:
Majority of Americans Believe Iraq Is in 'Civil War', Poll Finds  —  A majority of Americans think Iraq is in the midst of a civil war, a new Harris Interactive poll finds, and few are confident that Robert Gates's nomination as Secretary of Defense will improve the situation there.
yct-ut.org:
Conservative Students to Display "ACLU Nativity Scene"  —  Contact: Kevin Potter, Director of Communications - 469.231.4327  —  Conservative Students to Display "ACLU Nativity Scene"  —  Young Conservatives of Texas at UT Austin  —  Contact: Tony McDonald, Chairman 512.923.6893
Discussion: Hot Air and In the Bullpen
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Benchwarming  —  THE SUPREME COURT MELTS DOWN OVER GREENHOUSE GASSES.  —  If there is anything stranger than writing up your story on global warming in a T-shirt ... in late November ... in the District of Columbia, I can't quite think what it is.  In fact nothing about this morning's oral argument …
Justin Rood / TPMmuckraker:
Focus of FBI Probe, Mollohan May Oversee FBI Budget  —  The leadership ambitions of two senior Democrats have already been deep-sixed for their murky ethics histories.  Here's a third Democrat heading for a powerful post whom folks may want to keep an eye on.  —  Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) is under investigation by the FBI.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Don Surber
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
FEMA Told to Resume Storm Aid  —  Judge's Ruling May Affect Thousands On the Gulf Coast  —  The Bush administration unconstitutionally denied aid to tens of thousands of Gulf Coast residents displaced by hurricanes Katrina and Rita and must resume payments immediately, a federal judge ordered yesterday.
Lindsay Beyerstein / New York Press:
COVER UP  —  How New York's buildings are disappearing beneath a blanket of never-ending scaffolds and backroom deals  —  For many residents of the oft-termed New New York, the post-9/11 building boom represents prosperity, regeneration and renewed vitality.
Discussion: Unfogged and James Wolcott's Blog
Margaret Webb Pressler / Washington Post:
Do Not Pry Open Until Christmas  —  The Hard Truth About Hated 'Clamshell' Packaging  —  There's a part of Christmas morning that Tiffany Seay dreads: getting everything out of its packaging.  The twisties.  The tape.  The hard plastic ties, like handcuffs for dolls.  The itty-bitty screwdrivers.
Discussion: David Corn
 
 
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Senator Bill Frist:
Looking Ahead as My Term as a Citizen Legislator Ends
Discussion: Power Line and UNCoRRELATED
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Time To Say Good-Bye?  —  Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) is back again …
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Marshals decry imams' charges
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama is going to go for it  —  Bottom line: I think Sen. Barack Obama …
Discussion: TIME, Sirotablog and Decision '08
Dean Barnett / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
The Baker Commission - Looking Forward in Anger
Clinton W. Taylor / American Spectator:
Hezbollah in Latin America
Discussion: Hot Air
Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
'Borat' proves unlucky for real Kazakh TV crew
Discussion: On Deadline and Obsidian Wings
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Afghanistan Called 'Key Priority' for NATO
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Guacamole lawsuit: Where's the avocado?
Discussion: Iowa Voice
Sarah Skidmore / Associated Press:
Wrongly Accused Man Settles Bomb Suit
ABCNEWS:
Who Gives and Who Doesn't?  —  Putting the Stereotypes to the Test
Tyler Cowen / Opinion Journal:
Change for the Better  —  The case for economic turbulence.
Discussion: EconLog and Reason Magazine
Nico / Think Progress:
Right-Wing Radio Host Fabricates Controversy To Attack First Muslim Congressman
Des Moines Register:
Vilsack kicks off long-shot campaign
Sister Toldjah:
Promises made, promises broken - a retrospective on Pelosi's 9-11 …