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4:50 PM ET, December 1, 2006

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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.
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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.
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.
New York Times:
Bush, in Meeting on Iraq, Rejects a Quick Pullout
Discussion: NewsHog
New York Times:
Bush, Maliki and That Memo
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Prairie Weather
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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Litvinenko's lunch companion tests positive for polonium; Update: "Adult member" of Litvinenko family tests positive for radiation  —  Few details thus far, but this doesn't bode well: … As with every new fact in this story, it could cut both ways.
This Is London:
DEADLY POLONIUM TRACED TO RUSSIAN NUCLEAR PLANT
Discussion: New York Sun and Hot Air
Sky News:   Radiation Hits Second Man
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 …
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Greg Simmons / Fox News:
REYES VOWS TO TACKLE IRAQ, WIRETAPS AS NEW HEAD OF HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE  —  WASHINGTON — Texas Rep. Silvestre Reyes has been chosen to head the House Intelligence Committee when the Democrats take control of Congress in January as his party tries to boost oversight of the intelligence community and get U.S. troops out of Iraq.
Economist:
A national party no more?  —  The Republicans are in danger of being confined to the South  —  THREE years ago Zell Miller, then a Democratic senator for Georgia, published an anguished book entitled "A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat".
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Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
The GOP, a Regional Party of the South?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Hotline On Call:
As Obama Moves, Clinton Team Starts To Interview, Quietly  —  Select members of Sen. Hillary Clinton's political team have started to interview Democrats who might one day fill senior and mid-level positions in Clinton's yet-to-be-announced presidential campaign.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Has Obama become the front-runner for '08?
NY Daily News:
Caught cheatin' ... on ethics test  —  Columbia University officials are lowering the boom on some graduate journalism students suspected of cheating on, of all things, an ethics exam.  —  The J-schoolers' alleged lapse on the final was reported yesterday by Radar Online.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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Flip / Suitably Flip:
MSM Finishing School
Discussion: Gawker and NewsBusters.org
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 …
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Report on Corporate Rules Is Assailed  —  Investor groups sounded alarms yesterday after it emerged that a foundation with ties to a pair of well-heeled business donors and an executive battling civil charges had funded a controversial new report seeking to slash corporate regulation.
Mark Morford / San Francisco Chronicle:
Sex Will Make You Go Blind  —  Single?  Under 30?  You are in grave danger.  Your government says so.  Please, stop laughing  —  I think I get it now.  —  The latest pitiable GOP plan, from what I can tell, goes something like this: To make it all so absurd, to make the remaining Bush …
signandsight.com:
A new layeha for the Mujahideen  —  In a worldwide exclusive the Swiss weekly, Die Weltwoche, published the new Taliban codex.  It is translated into English here for the first time.  —  Layeha (book of rules) for the Mujahideen  —  From the highest leader of the Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan.
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Democrats to offer permanent tax cut  —  Democrats have long attacked President Bush for the historic tax cuts he ushered through Congress during his first term and have promised to reverse at least some of them.  —  But among their top priorities when they take over Congress next month is passing a permanent tax cut of their own.
Discussion: Blogs for Bush and PunditGuy
Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
But deliver us from evil  —  Westhawk goes directly to one of the key drivers of instability in Iraq.  America's military success against the former rulers of Iraq has disrupted the very basis of its former stability.  Sunni dominance.  Westhawk quotes a Washington Post article which describes …
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 …
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Sex Abuse of Girls Is Stubborn Scourge in Africa  —  SAMBAVA, Madagascar — Thirty miles outside this down-at-the-heels seaside town, Justin Betombo tends his vanilla plants and cheers the local soccer team as if he had not a care in the world.  And in fact, what was once his greatest worry …
 
 
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Stephen Bainbridge / TCS Daily:
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Eric Pfeiffer / Washington Times:
Lawmaker to take oath on Koran, faces flak
Discussion: Right Wing News
Jacob Weisberg / Slate:
NATO to the Rescue  —  THE UNITED STATES CAN'T SAVE IRAQ.  HERE'S WHO CAN.
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John Donnelly / Boston Globe:
Faith groups urge cuts to AIDS fund
Hassan M. Fattah / New York Times:
As the Talks on Iraq Conclude, Arabs Wonder, Is That All?
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