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9:55 AM ET, December 3, 2006

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New York Times:
Rumsfeld Memo Proposed 'Major Adjustment' in Iraq  —  Two days before he resigned as defense secretary, Donald H. Rumsfeld submitted a classified memo to the White House that acknowledged that the Bush administration's strategy in Iraq was not working and called for a major course correction.
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New York Times:
Rumsfeld's Memo of Options for Iraq War  —  Following is the text of a classified Nov. 6 memorandum that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld sent to the White House suggesting new options in Iraq.  The memorandum was sent one day before the midterm Congressional elections and two days before Mr. Rumsfeld resigned.
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Rumsfeld Called for Change in War Plan
Discussion: AMERICAN FUTURE
Hindrocket / Power Line:   RUMSFELD'S PARTING ADVICE
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Corruption, Cronyism and Incompetence
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:   RUMSFELD ON IRAQ....A couple of days before he got fired …
The Daily Dish:   The Rumsfeld Memo  —  The Bush administration is leaking like a spigot right now.
Spocko / First Draft:
Re: This could kill New Orleans (Score: 1)  —  I have multiple ideas.  I'm thinking about official leverage, unofficial leverage.  Public PR and underground PR.  —  Also Counterintuitive across the crazysphere reaching  —  Official Public PR Leverage.  Someone who is a press darling needs to say something strong.
Discussion: Majikthise and Rising Hegemon
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Rebecca Mowbray / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Commercial insurer to pull out of area  —  Businesses fear Travelers' move will put the brakes on recovery  —  St. Paul Travelers Cos.  Inc., Louisiana's largest commercial insurance provider, plans to cancel all its commercial property policies in the New Orleans area next year …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Lame-Duck Congress May Run Out the Clock  —  Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) wants legislation on President Bush's warrantless wiretapping program.  Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.) is sure the time has come for Congress to declare that aborted fetuses feel pain.
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Gaza women warned of immodesty  —  A hitherto unknown group calling itself the Just Swords of Islam issued a warning to Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip over the weekend that they must wear the hijab or face being targeted by the group's members.  —  In pamphlets distributed in various parts …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Poloniumania: British cops eye shadowy group of former Russian agents; Update: Killer ID'd?  —  Loose cannons or Putin puppets with just enough independence to give him plausible deniability? … That article's five days old but the Telegraph has new info on Dignity and Honor in today's issue …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Democrats Face a Tough Job, Leader Says  —  The Democratic National Committee chairman, Howard Dean, warned party leaders on Saturday not to revel too long in the victories from last month's midterm elections or treat their Congressional majorities as a permanent directive from voters.
Douglas Brinkley / Washington Post:
Move Over, Hoover  —  Shortly after Thanksgiving I had dinner in California with Ronald Reagan's best biographer, Lou Cannon.  Like many historians these days, we discussed whether George W. Bush is, conceivably, the worst U.S. president ever.  Cannon bristled at the idea.
Times of London:
Saudis lead Israel peace bid  —  THE Saudi Arabian government is emerging as a key player in talks to broker a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace agreement.  —  According to senior Israeli sources, Ehud Olmert, Israel's prime minister, will soon meet high-ranking Saudi officials to explore …
Discussion: PrairiePundit and Israel Matzav
Matthew Yglesias:
Sears, Valentino, and "Symbolic Racism"  —  Dave Noon writes more about race and southern politics following up on the discussion launched by Rick Perlstein's article on the subject: … I read the Valentino and Sears paper yesterday, and I think it's plausibly true that the authors are biased against Republicans.
Jim Yardley / New York Times:
Living Memories of Bound Feet, War and Chaos in China  —  WANG ZAIBAN, CENTER, WITH WU XIUZHEN, LEFT  —  AT ages 84 and 83, Wang Zaiban and Wu Xiuzhen are old women, and their feet are historical artifacts.  They are among the dwindling number of women in China from the era when bound feet …
Discussion: The Peking Duck
M. P. Dunleavey / New York Times:
Plan to Retire but Leave Out Social Security  —  USUALLY I do little more than skim my Social Security statement — the four-page folded newsletter that arrives periodically with updates about my benefits.  —  This time I read the whole thing, starting with the opening letter from Jo Anne B. Barnhart …
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
AIDS fight needs churches, Obama says  —  Senator disagrees on condom issue, but tells evangelicals that moral guidance is needed.  —  U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois told more than 2,000 evangelical leaders in Orange County on Friday that he "respectfully but unequivocally" …
Discussion: Sirotablog
Observer:
The House of Death  —  When 12 bodies were found buried in the garden of a Mexican house, it seemed like a case of drug-linked killings.  But the trail led to Washington and a cover-up that went right to the top.  David Rose reports from El Paso  —  Janet Padilla's first inkling …
Graeme Wilson / Telegraph:
Jowell hints at tax rises as Olympics bill soars  —  Tessa Jowell raised the prospect of tax rises to fund the Olympics yesterday as a senior insider gave a warning that the final bill would be £12 billion, more than four times the original estimate.  —  The Culture Secretary …
 
 
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Josh Chafetz / New York Times:
Politician, Police Thyself
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Rice Not Ready to Discuss U.S. 'Mistakes' in Iraq
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Agence France Presse:
US actress Gwyneth Paltrow prefers British dinner talk
Discussion: The Corner and Tammy Bruce
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
Officials Expect No Big Changes, No Matter What Panel Advises
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
Pelosi Taps Reyes for Intelligence Post
Discussion: In From the Cold
Elizabeth Mehren / Los Angeles Times:
Workers a thorny issue for Romney
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Bernd Debusmann / Reuters:
In U.S., fear and distrust of Muslims runs deep
Little Green Footballs:
Saudi Head-Chopper Discusses His Craft
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CNET News.com:
FBI taps cell phone mic as eavesdropping tool
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