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2:25 PM ET, November 11, 2007


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Pakistan Politics:
Musharraf Releases Highest Ranking Taliban Ever Captured  —  Parvez Musharraf needs more militants to militate against in order to affirm the presence of his totalitarian military in Pakistan's civilian sphere.  As I noted in my article Pakistan, Prince of Denmark, this means that Musharraf …
While Pakistan Burns  —  If you think Musharraf's wrong to free jailed Taliban members while he busts dissidents, wait until you hear who's back on the loose.  —  Pakistani lawyers, human-rights activists and opposition-party members can scarcely ignore the irony of their situation …
Discussion: The American Street and Macsmind
New York Times:
Obama and Clinton Duel for Iowa Democrats  —  In back-to-back speeches Saturday before thousands of Iowa Democrats, Senator Barack Obama pointedly suggested that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was running a "poll-driven campaign" out of fear of what Republicans might say about her in a general election.
Paul Krugman:
Innocent mistakes  —  So there's a campaign on to exonerate Ronald Reagan from the charge that he deliberately made use of Nixon's Southern strategy.  When he went to Philadelphia, Mississippi, in 1980, the town where the civil rights workers had been murdered, and declared that …
New York Times:
Abdicate and Capitulate  —  It is extraordinary how President Bush has streamlined the Senate confirmation process.  As we have seen most recently with the vote to confirm Michael Mukasey as attorney general, about all that is left of "advice and consent" is the "consent" part.
New York Times:
This Is Your Brain on Politics  —  This article was written by Marco Iacoboni, Joshua Freedman and Jonas Kaplan of the University of California, Los Angeles, Semel Institute for Neuroscience; Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania …
Robert / Jihad Watch:
"Pure Islam" and Michael van der Galiën  —  Michael van der Galiën is a 23-year-old American Studies student at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands, and correspondent in the Netherlands for Pajamas Media.  In a post entitled "Islamic Law and Violence," …
Pamela Hess / Associated Press:
Intel official: Expect less privacy  —  WASHINGTON - As Congress debates new rules for government eavesdropping, a top intelligence official says it is time that people in the United States changed their definition of privacy.  —  Privacy no longer can mean anonymity, says Donald Kerr …
Patrick French / Daily Mail:
The surprising truth about Rage Boy, America's hated poster-boy of Islamic radicalism  —  Don't you hate Islamic Rage Boy?  'MoBlows', writing on the Jihad Watch website, certainly does.  —  "I just want to put my fist down his throat," he says.  The 'boy' in question rose to prominence earlier …
Discussion: Six Meat Buffet and Jihad Watch
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Romney, Clinton ahead, vulnerable in N.H. poll  —  Race still open, analysts say  —  Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Hillary Clinton remain the clear front-runners in the New Hampshire presidential primary, but both have vulnerabilities that could erode their support among voters in the weeks ahead …
Discussion: MyDD and
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Bob Schieffer's Commentary On Pat Robertson, God And Rudy Giuliani  —  Bob Schieffer's commentary on this morning's Face The Nation was a tongue in cheek indictment of Pat Robertson's puzzling endorsement of Rudy Giuliani.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Gareth Porter / Asia Times:
Spooks refuse to toe Cheney's line on Iran  —  WASHINGTON - The US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran has been held up for more than a year in an effort to force the intelligence community to remove dissenting judgments on the Iranian nuclear program.
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Middle Earth Journal
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
McCain talks big on seven-candidate Sunday  —  John McCain says flat out he'll win New Hampshire, Barack Obama touches the third rail known as Social Security, and Bill Richardson is sure about one thing — you might find UFOs on "The X-Files" but not in New Mexico.
White House frustrated with Brown over Iran  —  By Tim Shipman in Washington and Philip Sherwell in New York  —  The Bush administration is losing patience with Gordon Brown over Iran, with senior American diplomats frustrated by his reluctance to declare bluntly that the Islamic state must never be allowed nuclear weapons.
Little Green Footballs:
CAIR Meets Radical Palestinian Cleric  —  Unindicted co-conspirators CAIR are boasting about a meeting in their Washington DC headquarters with Palestinian Islamist cleric Tayseer al-Tamimi—who is well-known for raving about Jerusalem being an "Islamic city," claiming that Zionist plots …
Discussion: Solomonia
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David Smith / Observer:
Insurgents 'grilled for Iran evidence'
Ana Marie Cox / TIME: Swampland:
Jefferson Jackson Dinner: Dodd...and Clinton and Obama
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Presidential poll: With a year to go, Florida is up for grabs
Discussion: TIME
Associated Press:
Play of the Day: McCain's Mom on Mormons
Discussion: Political Machine and Hot Air
Mark Harris /
Why the Striking Writers Are Right
New York Times:
Countrywide's Chief Salesman and Defender
M.J. Rosenberg / The Coffee House:
Saving Annapolis, Saving Israel
Garance /
Clinton & Obama Speeches
Discussion: The Stump, MSNBC and Obama HQ
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Ghaith Abdul-Ahad / Guardian:
Meet Abu Abed: the US's new ally against al-Qaida
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
Sizing Up the Politics Coverage
Discussion: Firedoglake and Corrente
Eli Kintisch / Science/AAAS:
Giving Climate Change a Kick
Annie Jacobsen / The Aviation Nation:
Police Report: American Airlines Flight 590
Aaron Bruns / Cameron's Corner:
Another Question Planted by Team Hillary?
Austin Bay Blog:
A conversation in Bagram, Afghanistan
Discussion: TBogg
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Spitzer Showing Signs of Shift on License Plan