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12:20 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:
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 …
New York Times:
Clinton and Obama Duel Before 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 …
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
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
Aaron Bruns / Cameron's Corner:
Another Question Planted by Team Hillary?  —  From Major Garrett, a Fox News Exclusive:  —  In a telephone interview with Fox, Geoffrey Mitchell, 32, says he was approached by an operative for the Clinton campaign to ask a planted question about standing up to President Bush on Iraq war funding.
Matthew Hickley / Daily Mail:
The uninvited guest: Chinese sub pops up in middle of U.S. Navy exercise, leaving military chiefs red-faced  —  When the U.S. Navy deploys a battle fleet on exercises, it takes the security of its aircraft carriers very seriously indeed.  —  At least a dozen warships provide a physical guard …
Annie Jacobsen / The Aviation Nation:
Police Report: American Airlines Flight 590  —  Sources inside American Airlines tell me that the airline has no intention of settling last week's lawsuit filed in U.S. district court.  David Al-Watan, Talal Cholagh, Ali Alzerej, Hassan Alzerej, Hussein Alsalih and Mohammad Al-Saedy are seeking …
Pamela Hess / Associated Press:
Intel official: Say goodbye to privacy  —  WASHINGTON - A top intelligence official says it is time people in the United States changed their definition of privacy.  —  Privacy no longer can mean anonymity, says Donald Kerr, the principal deputy director of national intelligence.
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and TPMCafe blogs
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Spitzer Showing Signs of Shift on License Plan  —  Reeling from relentless criticism of his plan to issue New York driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, Gov. Eliot Spitzer indicated on Friday that he had not ruled out shelving the idea.  —  The governor's aides have grown increasingly concerned …
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Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
Sizing Up the Politics Coverage
Discussion: Firedoglake and Corrente
Lindsay Hamilton / Political Radar:
Iraq Front and Center as Romney Goes Door to Door
Discussion: The Impolitic
Washington Post:
Those Nuclear Flashpoints Are Made in Pakistan
Kimberly Kagan / Weekly Standard:
How They Did It  —  Executing the winning strategy in Iraq.
Discussion: Power Line
Eli Kintisch / Science/AAAS:
Giving Climate Change a Kick
Discussion: Dot Earth and The Plank
Deborah Baker / Associated Press:
NM Rep. Tom Udall to Run for Senate
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Austin Bay Blog:
A conversation in Bagram, Afghanistan
Discussion: TBogg
JMG / Barcepundit:
I'M NOT PRO-MONARCHY in the sense that I don't believe that any office …
White House:
President Bush and Chancellor Merkel of Germany Participate …
Jason Straziuso / Associated Press:
Deaths mark grim Afghan, Iraq milestones
New York Times:
Broken Supply Channel Sent Weapons for Iraq Astray