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3:25 AM ET, November 18, 2007

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New York Times:
U.S. Secretly Aids Pakistan in Guarding Nuclear Arms  —  Over the past six years, the Bush administration has spent almost $100 million so far on a highly classified program to help Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's president, secure his country's nuclear weapons, according to current and former senior administration officials.
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Failed to See Musharraf's Faults, Critics Contend  —  In the six years since Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, joined President Bush in the fight against Al Qaeda, it has been an unlikely partnership: a president intent on promoting democracy and a military commander who seized power in a bloodless coup.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Heretik
Nawaz Sharif / Washington Post:
Pakistan's One-Man Calamity
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Robert D. Novak / Townhall.com:
Hillary vs. Obama  —  WASHINGTON — Agents of Sen. Hillary Clinton are spreading the word in Democratic circles that she has scandalous information about her principal opponent for the party's presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama, but has decided not to use it.  The nature of the alleged scandal was not disclosed.
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Dan / Riehl World View:
Who Is CNN Kidding?  —  So, now the New York Times is questioning CNN, perhaps they should ask CNN to clarify what they mean by past. … In February he pens a fund raising letter in which he talks about having her back.  He was invoked in the Draft Hillary movement, pronouncing her the electable Democrat.
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Gateway Pundit:
CNN's Las Vegas Post Debate Analysis— A Clinton Reunion
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
World should give thanks for America  —  Speaking as a misfit unassimilated foreigner, I think of Thanksgiving as the most American of holidays.  —  Christmas is celebrated elsewhere, even if there are significant local variations: In Continental Europe, naughty children get left rods …
Discussion: Eunomia and Blue Crab Boulevard
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Giuliani Vexes Audiences With His Abortion Views  —  On the campaign trail, Rudolph W. Giuliani has made the case that while he believes that abortions are wrong, he thinks the ultimate decision of whether to have them should be up to women, and not the government.
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Richard Sisk / NY Daily News:
Rudy Giuliani: '200 reasons' why I would be better president than any Dem
Discussion: Firedoglake and GINA COBB
Sridhar Pappu / Washington Post:
8 Million Stories In the Naked City, And One Character Keeps Popping Up
Discussion: Bad Attitudes and The Caucus
Maria Cramer / Boston Globe:
Police to search for guns in homes  —  City program depends on parental consent  —  Boston police are launching a program that will call upon parents in high-crime neighborhoods to allow detectives into their homes, without a warrant, to search for guns in their children's bedrooms.
Washington Post:
What Does Iraq Cost?  Even More Than You Think.  —  You may recall that you got rid of your loyal White House economic adviser Lawrence B. Lindsey back in 2002 after, among other sins, he claimed that a war in Iraq might cost as much as $200 billion.  At the time, White House staffers sneered that Lindsey was being alarmist.
IBDeditorials.com:
Progress, Progress And More Progress  —  Winning: News from Iraq gets better by the day, but the media have done their best to downplay the turnaround and congressional Democrats have basically pulled the covers over their heads and pretended it doesn't exist.  —  There's an eery silence out there about what's going on in Iraq.
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Kirk James Murphy, M.D. / Firedoglake:
The Farm Bill Went On Vacation, But Global Warming's Speeding Up.  What Am I Doing?  —  Why are we looking at dumb 'ol science when The Farm Bill and all the Big Piggies at the TFB Trough went on vacation?  —  Well, I'd like to say there's a formula to yank the Big Piggies out of the subsidy trough.
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Tahman Bradley / ABCNEWS:
9/11 Firefighters and Family Members Plot Anti-Giuliani Ad Campaign  —  Group Considering Swift-Boat-Style Television Attack  —  A group of 9/11 firefighters and victims' family members with eyes on derailing Republican Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign is close to a decision on forming …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
For Clinton, More Time and More Advertising  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York has nearly doubled the size of her staff in Iowa and has substantially increased her advertising here as her campaign reinforces its effort to prevent Democrats from coalescing around a single alternative to her candidacy.
Discussion: MyDD and Iowa Independent
Alan Dershowitz / The Huffington Post:
Torture, Accountability and Name-Calling  —  A post by Larisa Alexandrovna entitled "Alan Dershowitz: Was He Against Nazi Practices Before He Was for Them?" dated November 11, 2007, well illustrates how some blogs endanger rational discourse and substitute name-calling for serious debate about controversial issues.
Discussion: TalkLeft, CANNONFIRE and At-Largely
Christian Today:
YouTube Islamist arrested for threats to Christian political leader  —  A man who placed an "obituary" on YouTube of one of the leading opponents of plans to build Europe's biggest mosque near the London Olympics site has been arrested by police.  —  The video, "In memory of Councillor Alan Craig" …
Financial Times:
Watchdog cancels Russian poll review  —  By Catherine Belton in Moscow and Stefan Wagstyl in London  —  Europe's main election monitoring group said on Friday it was scrapping plans to deploy observers to Russia's forthcoming parliamentary elections in a decision that could cast doubt on the integrity of the poll.
Discussion: Redstate and Crooked Timber
The Corner:
Thirty Years Ago  —  The young man on the left of this shot is me, in the spring of 1977, a few months before coming to work at NR full time.  The young man on the right of the frame is Walter Olsen, libertarian legal writer.  —  Despite our haircuts, we were not headlining for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band …
Hillary Clinton / Newsweek.com:
How to Beat Hillary (Next) November  —  Republicans who think she'll be easy to defeat are wrong.  What they should do.  —  I've seen up close the two Clintons America knows.  He's a big smile, hand locked on your arm and lots of charms.  "Hey, come down and speak at my library.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Hilary Ralston / Daily Mail:
Illegal immigrant demands to be flown home because Britons are 'rude and unfriendly'  —  An illegal immigrant has demanded to be flown home after saying he was fed up with British people - because they are "rude and unfriendly".  —  Speaking today, Mokhtar Tabet, 30 - who has been given a home …
 
 
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Associated Press:
Pakistan Troops Launch Major Assault on Militants
Susan Candiotti / CNN:
Boy's killer gets stay; family grows angrier
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
President Dobbs? Nah
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
On PTSD, or more properly, on Coming Home
Discussion: BlogHer
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
Rock Star Bono: Clinton's a Genius, Let's Negotiate with al-Qaeda
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
Faiz / Think Progress:
Murtha Two Years Ago Today: Bush's Iraq Course Is 'Flawed Policy …
Discussion: Democrats.com and The Gavel
Michelle Malkin:
Democrat admits: S-CHIP is the universal health care Trojan Horse
Discussion: Hot Air and Right Voices
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Lisberg / NY Daily News:
During speech, Mayor Bloomberg blasts presidential candidates
Discussion: New York Post and BartBlog
Little Green Footballs:
Video: Galloway's Respect Party Falls Apart
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Not-So-Great Generation  —  The boomers will be best remembered …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate Stays In Session to Block Recess Appointments
Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
Chinese pan for gold in the sewage
CNN:
Saudi rape victim gets longer sentence
 

 
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