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9:25 AM ET, November 5, 2007


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Pakistan denies rumours Musharraf under house arrest - UPDATE  —  ISLAMABAD (Thomson Financial) - Pakistan's government on Monday denied rumours sweeping the country that the deputy army chief had placed military ruler President Pervez Musharraf under house arrest.  —  'This is not true.
Shahan Mufti / Christian Science Monitor:
EMERGENCY RULE IN PAKISTAN: MUSHARRAF'S LAST GRAB FOR POWER?  —  Citing terrorism and an 'activist' judiciary, the president says martial law will prevent the country from committing 'suicide.' … In a dramatic move that made explicit his desperation to preserve near-absolute power …
New York Times:
U.S. Is Likely to Continue Aid to Pakistan  —  The Bush administration signaled Sunday that it would probably keep billions of dollars flowing to Pakistan's military, despite the detention of human rights advocates and leaders of the political opposition by Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the country's president.
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Bush's faith in Musharraf tested  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush says he gains influence with world leaders by building personal relations with them.  Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf got a dose of that diplomacy at the White House last fall, when Bush hailed him as a friend and a voice of moderation.
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Musharraf Consolidates His Control With Arrests  —  The government of Gen. Pervez Musharraf, making no concessions a day after seizing emergency powers, rounded up leading opposition figures and said Sunday that parliamentary elections could be delayed for as long as a year.
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
An Unlikely Partnership Left Behind  —  It felt familiar, as if the past five years had not happened — the Republican president and the Democratic senator together again, plotting ways to reshape the nation's education system.  As they sat in the Oval Office that day back in January …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Frank James / The Swamp:
Swamp Gas, November 5, 2007  —  A quick guided tour of some of the morning's most important, most interesting, or both, Washington-related stories.  —  Pakistani strongman, President Pervez Musharraf, continued to tighten his grip on power by arresting his political opponents and delaying elections …
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Newsweek's Obama interview: Challenging Clinton  —  Another week, another interview with Sen. Barack Obama, who discusses a variety of topics — ranging from driver's licenses for illegal immigrants to the Clinton White House to UFOs — with Newsweek's Howard Fineman and Richard Wolffe for this week's magazine.
RELATED:   'What She Can't Do Is Have It Both Ways'
Sunlen Miller / ABCNEWS:
Obama Walking a Fine Line Engaging Clinton
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Experts: No evidence of Iranian nuclear weapons program  —  WASHINGTON — Despite President Bush's claims that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons that could trigger "World War III," experts in and out of government say there's no conclusive evidence that Tehran has an active nuclear-weapons program.
Avi Klein / Washington Monthly:
The mysterious death of Lyndon LaRouche's printer  —  For forty years, the Lyndon LaRouche movement has been a ubiquitous, if diminishing, presence in the political landscape of America, and of Washington.  LaRouche has made eight runs for the presidency, including one campaign from prison.
Discussion: The Corner
Andrew /
Religiosity and income in the U.S.  —  David noticed this article by Dan Mitchell reporting the well-known fact that people in richer countries tend to be less religious.  What about states in the U.S.?  We (that is, David Park, Joe Bafumi, Boris Shor, and I) look at it two ways.
John Ashcroft / New York Times:
Uncle Sam on the Line  —  FOR almost two years, the country has debated whether the Bush administration acted properly and lawfully in undertaking emergency surveillance operations of suspected foreign terrorists on presidential authorization in the wake of 9/11.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Missteps on Both Sides Led to Health Bill Veto  —  They met almost every day in the spring and summer, a handful of powerful senators who had cleared their schedules to forge a bipartisan compromise providing health insurance to 10 million children.  —  It was a remarkable commitment …
Bryan / Hot Air:
Video: Fred Thompson on MTP, says he doesn't support the Human Life Amendment  —  Sen. Fred Thompson appeared on Meet the Press today and, Clintons take note, had to answer some tough questions asked by host Tim Russert.  He discussed the crisis in Pakistan, his support for concealed carry laws on university campuses, and other issues.
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
Brian Williams, Showing That An Anchor Can Be Light  —  Brian Williams neither took nor gave a pie in the face when he made history this weekend as the first network anchor to host NBC's "Saturday Night Live."  Williams is NBC's, too, and the gig was supposed to help loosen up and polish up his image …
Robert Stacy McCain / Washington Times:
Poster relates Che's dark side  —  One of the most famous faces of communism is getting a makeover this week, with a new poster designed to teach students the whole story about Cuban revolutionary icon Ernesto "Che" Guevara.  —  "The Victims of Che Guevera" poster, produced …
Democracy for New Mexico:
Tom Udall on Possible Senate Run: Two Weeks to Decide  —  Rep. Tom Udall (NM-03) spoke to New Mexico Democrats yesterday at the Party's State Central Committee meeting at Smith-Brasher hall at CNM in Albuquerque.  Bottom line: Udall will take another two weeks to listen to what the people …
Discussion: Draft Udall and MyDD
Associated Press:
PetroChina expected to surpass Exxon Mobil as most valuable company  —  HONG KONG: When the state oil and natural gas company PetroChina makes its debut Monday on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, China's booming stock markets will be on the verge of another milestone.
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