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1:20 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 …
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 …
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:
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.
Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Iraq study group wraps up talks
Hal Straus / Need to Know:
Sadr Says Which Side He's On
Discussion: Demagogue and
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
As promised: Iraqi spokesman says AP police source is phony; Update: NYT blog picks up the story  —  Centcom said he'd mention it at today's MOI presser, and so he did: … An AP reporter was there but there's nothing on the wire yet.  I'll update when there is.
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)
Discussion: Don Surber and On Deadline
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 …
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 …
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
Colin Powell says Iraq in a 'civil war' … DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Wednesday that Iraq's violence meets the standard of civil war and that if he were heading the State Department now, he might recommend that the administration use that term.
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
Discussion: The Corner and TigerHawk
Wall Street Journal:
Majority of Americans Believe Iraq Is in 'Civil War', Poll Finds
Discussion: Daily Kos and Think Progress
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
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Rule of Law 101 and Neoconservatism  —  Last year, the Bush administration and the GOP-led Congress jointly created a 5-person, tootheless, subpoena-less "panel" to monitor how "civil liberties issues" are handled as part of the "war on terror."  They handpicked five members and …
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.
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?
Joseph D. McNamara / Wall Street Journal:
50 Shots  —  Around 4 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25, several New York City police officers in plain clothes fired an estimated 50 shots at a car, wounding two black men and killing a third, 23-year-old Sean Bell.  Some police bullets penetrated nearby homes.  Although an undercover officer …
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The Immigration Answer? It's in Mexico's Classrooms
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National Methamphetamine Awareness Day, 2006
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I refuse to engage in a blog-fight with Andrew Sullivan because …
Discussion: Kiko's House and alicublog
Noble Americans / Washington Post:
Message of H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Justices' First Brush With Global Warming
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
After newspaper report, Falwell says he hasn't endorsed Romney
Discussion: Redstate and The Corner
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Roberts off Intell?
Discussion: Think Progress
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Huffington Post Will Add Original Reporting to Its Blog
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
7M in U.S. jails, on probation or parole
Discussion: TalkLeft and Reason Magazine
Michael Hickins /
Feds to Toughen E-Voting Standards?
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and The Sideshow
Jessica / Feministing:
The Office on Violence Against Women gets a new (scary) director
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Why Canadians don't know the trivia that's not trivial

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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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