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1:50 PM ET, November 30, 2006


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New York Times:
Iraq Panel to Recommend Pullback of Combat Troops  —  The bipartisan Iraq Study Group reached a consensus on Wednesday on a final report that will call for a gradual pullback of the 15 American combat brigades now in Iraq but stop short of setting a firm timetable for their withdrawal …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Proclaims Support for Iraqi Premier  —  President Bush today proclaimed Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki "the right guy for Iraq," and said the two had agreed to speed the turnover of security responsibility from American to Iraqi forces.  But Mr. Bush dismissed a reported decision …
Washington Post:
Bush: Calls for Troop Drawdowns Unrealistic  —  At Summit, President Stands by Iraqi Prime Minister, Discusses Speeding Up Security Handover  —  President Bush delivered a staunch endorsement of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Thursday morning and dismissed calls for U.S. troop withdrawals …
Washington Post:
Study Group to Call for Pullback  —  The Iraq Study Group, which wrapped up eight months of deliberations yesterday, has reached a consensus and will call for a major withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, shifting the U.S. role from combat to support and advising, according to a source familiar with the deliberations.
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:   Bush agrees to speedy turnover in Iraq
jules crittenden:
OK, This Is The Deal
Discussion: Riehl World View and Hyscience
Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Iraq study group wraps up talks
Michelle Malkin:
Rumors and reporting in Iraq  —  ***scroll for updates...NYTimes blogger Tom Zeller Jr weighs 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.
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.
Tom Zeller Jr / The Lede:
So Just Who Is Capt. Jamil Hussein?  —  They cycle of violence reached new levels in Iraq last week and into the weekend, but the military is complaining that one Associated Press report — and its source — was dodgy.  (Photo: Karim Kadim/Associated Press)
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
As promised: Iraqi spokesman says AP police source is phony …
Discussion: JunkYardBlog and PrairiePundit
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
A "Third Way" on Fake Iraqi Cops?
Discussion: Bill's Bites
Greg Sargent /
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 …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Already Too Busy for Civility  —  That was certainly swift.  Washington has a way of quickly acculturating people, especially those who are most susceptible to derangement by the derivative dignity of office.  But Jim Webb, Democratic senator-elect from Virginia, has become a pompous poseur …
Daily Mail:
'Spy' radiation alert for 33,000 BA passengers  —  More than 33,000 British Airways passengers faced a radiation scare last night as three planes were grounded over fears that they have been contaminated by the toxin that killed Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko.
Jennifer Quinn / Associated Press:
12 sites in U.K. show radioactive traces
Discussion: Hot Air and The Political Pit Bull
Duncan Gardham / Telegraph:
33,000 BA passengers alerted over radiation
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Democrats Reject Key 9/11 Panel Suggestion  —  Neither Party Has an Appetite for Overhauling Congressional Oversight of Intelligence  —  It was a solemn pledge, repeated by Democratic leaders and candidates over and over: If elected to the majority in Congress, Democrats would implement …
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.
Los Angeles Times:
Judge tells FEMA to restore aid
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Dr. Sanity:
A BEAUTIFULLY DARK PLACE  —  This piece in American Thinker by Selwyn Duke is a must read for anyone who cares about free speech (hat tip: Larwyn).  In "How We Will Lose Freedom of Speech" Selwyn says: … Read the entire piece.  —  Meanwhile, the crooks and liars at the blog of the same name …
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Republicans Want Vote on Abortion Bill  —  While they still can, House Republicans are looking at scheduling a vote next week on a fetal pain abortion bill in a parting shot at incoming majority Democrats and a last bid for loyalty from the GOP's base of social conservatives.
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 …
Discussion: INDCJournal and Power Line
Anita Wadhwani /
Christians must 'let go' some beliefs for sake of peace, theologian says  —  To live peacefully with Muslims and Jews, Christians must put aside the notion that their faith requires the creation of a Christian kingdom on Earth, a Lipscomb University theologian told an interfaith gathering at the university.
The Daily Dish:
Spare Us, Hillary  —  She really shouldn't run.  It would divide and polarize the country; she's dreadful on the stump; she has very high negatives; most Democrats only like her; almost no-one loves her; and do we really want 20 years of two families in the White House?  Besides: what do you do with Bill?
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Huffington Post Will Add Original Reporting to Its Blog  —  The Huffington Post, which started about 18 months ago as a political Web site for celebrity bloggers, is preparing to venture into original reporting, with plans to cover Congress and, already, the 2008 presidential campaign.
Discussion: BuzzMachine and Decision '08
UN troops face child abuse claims  —  Children have been subjected to rape and prostitution by United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti and Liberia, a BBC investigation has found.  —  Girls have told of regular encounters with soldiers where sex is demanded in return for food or money.
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