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12:40 PM ET, December 1, 2006

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Robin Wright / Washington Post:
U.S. Considers Ending Outreach to Insurgents  —  The Bush administration is deliberating whether to abandon U.S. reconciliation efforts with Sunni insurgents and instead give priority to Shiites and Kurds, who won elections and now dominate the government, according to U.S. officials.
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
This Is Realism?  —  Iran and Syria Won't Be Riding to Our Rescue  —  Now that the "realists" have ridden into town gleefully consigning the Bush doctrine to the ash heap of history, everyone has discovered the notion of interests, as if it were some new idea thought up by James Baker and the Iraq Study Group.
Washington Post:
Iraq Panel to Urge Pullout Of Combat Troops by '08  —  The bipartisan Iraq Study Group plans to recommend withdrawing nearly all U.S. combat units from Iraq by early 2008 while leaving behind troops to train, advise and support the Iraqis, setting the first goal for a major drawdown of U.S. forces …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Idea of Rapid Withdrawal From Iraq Seems to Fade  —  In the cacophony of competing plans about how to deal with Iraq, one reality now appears clear: despite the Democrats' victory this month in an election viewed as a referendum on the war, the idea of a rapid American troop withdrawal is fast receding as a viable option.
Laura Rozen / American Prospect:
Get the Memo  —  A readers' guide to Stephen Hadley's reflections on Iraq.  —  This Wednesday, the day that President Bush was to meet with Iraqi prime minister Nouri Al Maliki in Jordan, The New York Times published a classified memo prepared by National Security advisor Stephen Hadley and his staff …
New York Times:
Bush, Maliki and That Memo  —  President Bush's news conference yesterday with Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq had an even greater than usual sense of unreality about it, with Mr. Bush insisting that Mr. Maliki is "the right guy for Iraq" and that American troops will stay …
New York Times:
Bush, in Meeting on Iraq, Rejects a Quick Pullout
Discussion: NewsHog
James Fallows / The Huffington Post:
Getting Out of Iraq: What's the Right Idea When All Ideas Are Bad?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
MSNBC:
Report: Italian tests positive for deadly toxin  —  Academic had lunch with ex-spy on day he fell ill; autopsy under way … LONDON - An Italian security expert who met with a former KGB agent the day the ex-spy fell fatally ill with radiation poisoning has also tested positive for the substance, British media reported Friday.
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Sky News:
Radiation Hits Second Man  —  An Italian academic who met a former Russian spy on the day he was allegedly poisoned has tested positive for radiation.  —  Mario Scaramella was found to have isotope Polonium-210 in his body.  —  He had lunch with ex-security agent Alexander Litvinenko …
Discussion: War and Piece
Telegraph:
Scaramella tests positive for polonium
Discussion: Hot Air and The Strata-Sphere
New York Sun:
The Alternate Theory  —  A wire arrived yesterday from Edward …
Discussion: UNCoRRELATED
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
McCain Courts Crucial Support of Governors  —  Last anyone checked, Senator John McCain of Arizona is not — and has never been — a governor.  —  But no matter.  Mr. McCain turned up on Thursday morning at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa here for a guerrillalike visit to the annual meeting of the Republican Governors Association.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and First Read
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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
GOP Must Correct Its Mistakes, Mehlman Says
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Cameron W. Barr / Washington Post:
Security Of Electronic Voting Is Condemned  —  Paper Systems Should Be Included, Agency Says  —  Paperless electronic voting machines used throughout the Washington region and much of the country "cannot be made secure," according to draft recommendations issued this week by a federal agency …
Sam F. Ghattas / Associated Press:
Hezbollah, allies protest in Beirut  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hundreds of thousands of protesters from Hezbollah and its pro-Syrian opposition allies massed Friday in downtown Beirut seeking to force the resignation of Western-backed Prime Minister Fuad Saniora, who was holed up in his office ringed by hundreds of police and combat troops.
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Boston Globe:
Illegal immigrants toiled for governor  —  Guatemalans say firm hired them  —  This story was reported by Jonathan Saltzman and Maria Cramer of the Globe staff and by Globe correspondent Connie Paige and was written by Saltzman.  —  SUCHITEPEQUEZ, Guatemala — Outside his aqua-colored concrete house here …
Discussion: The Corner and Pam's House Blend
Associated Press:
Aides: Pelosi taps Reyes to head intelligence committee … WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi has chosen a Border-Patrol-agent-turned-congressman to lead the House intelligence committee, according to congressional aides.  —  Democratic leaders are contacting congressional …
Discussion: Decision '08
Richard Beales / Financial Times:
Dollar slides as US business slows  —  The dollar suffered sharp falls on Thursday, hit by reports of weak US business activity and a benign inflation picture.  —  The euro rose .7 per cent against the dollar to $1.3247 by late afternoon in New York after data from Chicago purchasing managers indicated …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Political Constraints  —  Josh Marshall is chronicling the rapidly emerging rightwing "stab in the back" meme in which George W. Churchill was betrayed by both the American and Iraqi people.  Big surprise.  It's an interesting series of posts and I urge you to read them all.  Here's an excerpt from one:
 
 
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Frank Dwyer / The Huffington Post:
Do You Want the United States to Win in Iraq? Yes or No?
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USA Today:
TSA's revealing X-ray screening raises privacy concerns
Ali Eteraz / eteraz.org:
Call For Action Against Iranian Death Fatwa Upon Journalist
Discussion: Daled Amos and Dean's World
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
It's losing we hate, not war
Discussion: Daimnation!
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Olbermann's Special Comment on Gingrich: "We fight for liberty …
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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
The National Music Publishers' Association files an FTC complaint against Spotify, saying Spotify's decision to offer audiobooks reduced songwriters' royalties

Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
CNN signs a deal to use AP stories on its website, the first time it has done so since cutting ties 14 years ago to focus more on original reporting

 
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