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9:25 PM ET, December 1, 2006

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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?  —  This week The Economist's America columnist Lexington asks an interesting question about today's Republican Party: Is the GOP a "national party no more?" … Lexington adds a few notes of caution to the piece, highlighting the fact that neither …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
TEXIFICATION....Via Jonathan Singer, the Economist's Lexington notes a delicious irony.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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
Michael Rubin / Lebanon Daily Star:
Arabs may one day miss George W. Bush  —  The Middle East cheered the Republican defeat in the recent American congressional elections.  The official Syrian daily Al-Baath labeled the elections a "painful blow," while the Saudi daily Al-Watan called for a "wise" policy from Washington …
Discussion: UNCoRRELATED and PrairiePundit
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Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
The Tom Friedman disease consumes Establishment Washington  —  (updated below)  —  Someone e-mailed me several days ago to say that while it is fruitful and necessary to chronicle the dishonest historical record of pundits and political figures when it comes to Iraq, I deserve to be chastised …
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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This Is London:
DEADLY POLONIUM TRACED TO RUSSIAN NUCLEAR PLANT
Discussion: New York Sun and TBogg
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Has Obama become the front-runner for '08?  —  Ian blogged this yesterday but I got a solid e-mail from a friend about this this morning so I'm going to post on it again.  My politically savvy pal advises us to prepare for full-blown Obamamania: … He's hip, he's hot, he's not Hillary.  (Or is he?)
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Hotline On Call:
As Obama Moves, Clinton Team Starts To Interview, Quietly
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Anne Mulkern / Denver Post:
Tancredo protesters turn violent  —  Violence erupted at a Michigan law school Thursday when protestors tried to block a speech by Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo.  —  Police were called after protestors pulled a fire alarm prior to the speech on immigration policies.
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Flip / Suitably Flip:
MSM Finishing School  —  [Scroll for updates]  —  A long-time feeder to the mainstream media, Columbia's journalism school is currently training a new crop of grad students that are already cutting corners and flouting the rules just like the pros do it.
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Hotline On Call:
The Daily Troika: Obama's Secret Meet.  / Popma Endorses McCain  —  Sen. John McCain has signed up an important evangelical activist in Iowa.  Marlys Popma, a two time former exec. dir of the Iowa GOP and former presiden tof Iowa Right to Life, will join McCain's presidential exploratory committee.
Discussion: The Fix and The Corner
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.
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 …
Salt Lake Tribune:
GOP strategists: Impact of Romney's Mormonism exaggerated  —  WASHINGTON - The Mormon problem for Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's expected presidential run has been overblown, a panel of Republican strategists said Thursday.  —  "The Mormon issue is way overstated," said Mark McKinnon …
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 …
Pajamas Media:
STAR WARS REDUX:Democrats to Gut Missile Defense / Bush to Announce "Orbital Battle Station"  —  STAR WARS REDUX:DEMOCRATS TO GUT MISSILE DEFENSE / BUSH TO ANNOUNCE "ORBITAL BATTLE STATION"  —  In 2007 both Democrats and Republicans are going back into space with their pet peeves and passions intact.
 
 
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Discussion: Andrew Sullivan
Thomas Homer-Dixon / New York Times:
The End of Ingenuity  —  MAYBE Malthus was on to something, after all.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Michael Moore names two new suspects in murder of U.S. troops
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
THE FLYING IMAMS: WHAT DIDN'T HAPPEN
Stephen Bainbridge / TCS Daily:
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Faith groups urge cuts to AIDS fund
Boston Globe:
Illegal immigrants toiled for governor
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Security Of Electronic Voting Is Condemned
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