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Iraq Strategy Review Focusing on Three Main Options  —  As pressure mounts for a change of course in Iraq, the Bush administration is groping for a viable new strategy for the president to unveil by Christmas, with deliberations now focused on three main options to redefine the U.S. military …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Wasn't He On The Intel Committee Already?
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Iraqis Near Deal on Distribution of Oil Revenues by Population  —  Iraqi officials are near agreement on a national oil law that would give the central government the power to distribute current and future oil revenues to the provinces or regions, based on their population, Iraqi and American officials say.
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Thomas P.M. Barnett:
A potentially big development that could keep Iraq from fracturing
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Real Cities:
Democrats frustrated by Bush's reaction to Iraq report  —  WASHINGTON - Top Democrats in Congress left a White House meeting with President Bush on Friday frustrated over what they perceived as his reluctance to embrace major recommendations from the bipartisan Iraq Study Group.
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New York Times:
Romney's Gay Rights Stance Draws Ire  —  Gov. Mitt Romney, the Massachusetts Republican who has built a presidential campaign on a broad appeal for conservative support, is drawing sharply increased criticism from conservative activists for his advocacy of gay rights in a 1994 letter.
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Romney's Past Catching Up?
John / Inside Europe:
Semi-random notes while listening to Jelly Roll Morton and making excuses for not having posted for a couple of days:  —  Actually, I've been busy with a translation and so have had little desire to do any more typing.  One thing running this blog taught me how to do is touch-type, and I'm actually pretty fast now.
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Martin Jacques / Guardian:   The neocons have finished what the Vietcong started
Rhonda Schwartz Reports / The Blotter:
Democratic Leadership Knew About Foley E-mails  —  Rhonda Schwartz Reports:  —  The House Ethics Committee Report includes new information that top Democrats were also aware in 2005 of Mark Foley's inappropriate e-mails to congressional pages at about the same time as outgoing Speaker Dennis Hastert's office was informed.
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Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Senators to Gather in Closed Meeting  —  Reid Plan Defended as Effort to 'Establish a Dialogue,' but Some See a Bad Precedent  —  Senate Democrats, who campaigned on a pledge of more openness in government, will kick off the 110th Congress with a closed meeting of all 100 senators in the Capitol.
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Oh, When They Get Behind Closed Doors ... Watch Out
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epw.senate.gov:
Majority Fact of the Day  —  SENATOR INHOFE ANNOUNCES PUBLIC RELEASE OF "SKEPTIC'S GUIDE TO DEBUNKING GLOBAL WARMING"  —  Contact: Marc Morano (Marc_Morano@epw.senate.gov ), Matt Dempsey (Matthew_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov )  —  Washington D.C. - Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) …
Kirk Semple / New York Times:
Iraqis Line Up to Put Hussein in the Noose  —  One of the most coveted jobs in Iraq does not yet exist: the executioner for Saddam Hussein.  The death sentence against Mr. Hussein is still under review by an appeals court, but hundreds of people have already started lobbying the prime minister's office for the position.
Discussion: jules crittenden and Althouse
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Rumsfeld Discusses Successes, Failures  —  Defense Secretary Says Abu Ghraib Was a Low Point  —  Departing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday that his most difficult moment on the job was when he learned of the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison.
Raul Fernandez / Washington Post:
Uploading American Politics  —  Technology won the 2006 elections for the Democrats.  No, not electronic voting machines, but the power of the Internet, fueled by innovative applications that let citizens create and publish their own content.  The Internet not only changed the balance …
Discussion: Political Animal and The Sideshow
Eleanor Clift / Newsweek:
How George W. Bush has ruined the family franchise.  —  On the eve of a report that repudiates his son's leadership, former president George H.W. Bush broke down crying when he recalled how his other son, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, lost an election a dozen years ago and then came back to serve two successful terms.
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
What I think is really going on in the war on trans fat. … I simply do not believe that the so-called health side is really composed of people who are solicitous about everyone else's health.  I can't prove it, but my intuition is that all the strength on the "health" …
Discussion: liberal catnip
Philip Johnston / Telegraph:
Adopt our values or stay away, says Blair  —  Your view: what next for "multicultural" Britain?  —  Full text of Blair's multiculturalism speech  —  Audio: Andrew Pierce on why Blair isn't facing questions  —  Tony Blair formally declared Britain's multicultural experiment over yesterday …
 
 
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