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2:05 PM ET, December 2, 2006

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Diana West / Washington Times:
Saudi-Iranian rift?  —  Did anybody really need a leaked memo from the National Security Agency to figure out that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is incapable of stopping the carnage in Iraq?  Given that his political power depends on factions allied with Shi'ite militias behind much of the carnage …
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TigerHawk:
"Realism" and the containment of Iran  —  Paul Mirengoff has a rather good short post this morning about the prospects for the containment of Iran via regional proxies. … West's column, which bears the silly headline "Saudi-Iranian rift?" (as if there has ever not been one) …
Deacon / Power Line:
A GRAND BARGAIN WITH IRAN OR A MINI-BARGAIN WITH THE SAUDIS?  —  Even with all of the recent talk about foreign policy "realism," one of the major tenets of leading realists (George F. Kennan and Hans Morgenthau come to mind) has gone largely ignored.  Most realists subscribe to the view …
Patrick Condon / Associated Press:
Muslims Seek Prayer Room at Airport  —  Airport officials said Friday they will consider setting aside a private area for prayer and meditation at the request of imams concerned about the removal of six Muslim clerics from a US Airways flight last week.  —  Steve Wareham, director …
Discussion: Hyscience
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Pajamas Media:
THE FAKING IMAMS — Pajamas Media Exclusive: Police Report, Passenger Reveals That Flying Imams Were Up to No Good  —  THE FAKING IMAMS — PAJAMAS MEDIA EXCLUSIVE: POLICE REPORT, PASSENGER REVEALS THAT FLYING IMAMS WERE UP TO NO GOOD  —  The Now Notorious Flying Imams Claim Their Only Crime Was …
Weekly Standard:
A Perfect Failure  —  The Iraq Study Group has reached a consensus.  —  In the frenzied final week of the Iraq Study Group's deliberations, co-chairmen James Baker and Lee Hamilton took time out to pose for a photo spread for a fashion magazine, Men's Vogue.
Discussion: Andrew Sullivan and The Corner
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:   WITLESS 'WISDOM'  —  BAKER'S WORTHLESS IRAQ ADVICE
Marc Sandalow / San Francisco Chronicle:
Best not to take Bush too literally
Rick Klein / Boston Globe:
Kerry to postpone decision on '08 run  —  Associates say 'joke' fallout stunned him  —  WASHINGTON — Senator John F. Kerry's election-eve "botched joke" about the war in Iraq — and the fierce denunciations his comments drew from fellow Democrats — has led him to reevaluate whether to mount …
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Postponing The Immaterial  —  The Boston Globe reports …
Discussion: Suitably Flip
Eric Foner / Washington Post:
He's The Worst Ever  —  Ever since 1948, when Harvard professor Arthur Schlesinger Sr. asked 55 historians to rank U.S. presidents on a scale from "great" to "failure," such polls have been a favorite pastime for those of us who study the American past.  —  Changes in presidential rankings reflect shifts in how we view history.
Washington Post:
GSA Chief Seeks to Cut Budget For Audits  —  The new chief of the U.S. General Services Administration is trying to limit the ability of the agency's inspector general to audit contracts for fraud or waste and has said oversight efforts are intimidating the workforce, according to government documents and interviews.
New York Times:
Next Chairman for Intelligence Opposed War  —  Representative Nancy Pelosi, the incoming House speaker, sent a strong new signal on Friday that Democrats intend to confront the White House by naming a Texas congressman who opposed the war in Iraq as the next chairman of the House intelligence committee.
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:   Texas Democrat to Head House Intelligence Panel
Michael J. Sniffen / ABCNEWS:
U.S. Gov't Terror Ratings Draw Outrage  —  Lawmakers and Businessmen Object to Terrorist Screening of American, International Travelers  —  A leader of the new Democratic Congress, business travelers and privacy advocates expressed outrage Friday over the unannounced assignment …
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
YOU ARE BEING WATCHED....You swat down one data mining project …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Patricia Leigh Brown / New York Times:
Supporting Boys or Girls When the Line Isn't Clear  —  Until recently, many children who did not conform to gender norms in their clothing or behavior and identified intensely with the opposite sex were steered to psychoanalysis or behavior modification.  —  But as advocates gain ground …
Discussion: Big Brass Blog and Unfogged
Boston Globe:
Romney's lawn firm draws new scrutiny  —  Massport, Chelsea eye workers' legal status  —  Two public agencies said yesterday they are reconsidering their relationship with a landscaping company following a Globe story yesterday reporting that illegal immigrants were employed by the company …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and AMERICAblog
Eleanor Clift / Newsweek:
No Pandering Here  —  Virginia Senator-elect Jim Webb is the rare Washington figure who doesn't suck up to power.  —  Every so often a politician comes along who doesn't pander to the president.  Fresh off a nasty campaign that centered on the war in Iraq, Virginia Senator-elect Jim Webb …
Discussion: Firedoglake and BobGeiger.com
 
 
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