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12:35 PM ET, November 19, 2007


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Peter Baker / Washington Post:
For Bush, Advances But Not Approval  —  The war in Iraq seems to have taken a turn for the better and the opposition at home has failed in all efforts to impose its own strategy.  North Korea is dismantling its nuclear program.  The budget deficit is falling.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Homeland security aide leaving White House  —  Frances Fragos Townsend, President George W. Bush's homeland security adviser, will announce Monday that she's leaving the White House, a senior administration official told Politico.  —  "It's an important job and she was good at it," the official said.
Associated Press:
Bush homeland security adviser resigns  —  WASHINGTON - Fran Townsend, the leading White House-based terrorism adviser who gave public updates on the extent of the threat to U.S. security, is stepping down after 4 1/2 years.  —  President Bush said in a statement Monday morning that Townsend …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, Wonkette and TBogg
New York Times:
U.S. Hopes to Arm Pakistani Tribes Against Al Qaeda  —  A new and classified American military proposal outlines an intensified effort to enlist tribal leaders in the frontier areas of Pakistan in the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban, as part of a broader effort to bolster Pakistani forces …
Mark Hemingway / National Review Online:
Did Mitt Romney Push Poll Himself?  —  News broke Thursday that voters in New Hampshire and Iowa had received phone calls from pollsters raising questions about aspects of Republican Mitt Romney's Mormon faith.  Who made the calls?  Although the Romney campaign denies involvement, evidence points in its general direction.
Richelieu / Weekly Standard:
Pushy Polling
Discussion: National Review
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Mi Casa, Sue Casa  —  Nancy Pelosi tries to force the Salvation Army to hire people who can't speak English.  —  It's been less than a week since New York's Sen. Hillary Clinton and Gov. Eliot Spitzer had to climb down from their support of driver's licenses for illegal aliens.
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama accuses Clinton campaign of mud-slinging with Novak column  —  (11-18) 04:00 PST Las Vegas —  The Democratic presidential race burst into its angriest brawl yet Saturday when Barack Obama charged Hillary Rodham Clinton with mud-slinging "swift boat" politics and intimidation …
Discussion: MSNBC and Reuters
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Mideast Conference Nears, With Few Plans  —  'No One Seems to Know What Is Happening,' Arab Envoy Says  —  A few days after Thanksgiving, President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice plan to open a meeting in Annapolis to launch the first round of substantive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks during Bush's presidency.
Josef Federman / Associated Press:   Israel approves release of 441 prisoners
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Democrats Say They Won't Back Down on War  —  Democrats in Congress failed once again Friday to shift President Bush's war strategy in Iraq, but insisted that they would not let up.  Their explanation for their latest foiled effort seemed to boil down to a simple question: "What else are we supposed to do?"
Agence France Presse:
Baghdad by night — juice bars, neon lights, bustling streets  —  The gaudy orange, green and purple electronic palm trees flashing in the dark alert you that you're getting close to one of Baghdad's bustling nightspots.  —  The palms, like a mirage, can be seen from way down the darkened streets …
New York Times:
Goldman Sachs Rakes in Profit in Credit Crisis  —  For more than three months, as turmoil in the credit market has swept wildly through Wall Street, one mighty investment bank after another has been brought to its knees, leveled by multibillion-dollar blows to their bottom lines.
Robert D. Novak / Weekly Standard:
McCarthy=Bad  —  But the truth is more complicated.  —  Blacklisted by History  —  The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies  —  by M. Stanton Evans  —  Crown Forum, 672 pp., $29.95 … M. Stanton Evans is a conservative who has been highly esteemed …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Corner
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
NY1 Anchor Quits After Calling a Show on the Station Under a False Name  —  Gary Anthony Ramsay, a longtime reporter and a weekend anchor for NY1 News, left the station this week, days after calling in to one of the channel's live shows under a false name and commenting on a news story …
Bean / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
My Uterus.  A UPS Box.  What's the difference?  —  Well, to the forced pregnancy brigade, there is no difference: my uterus is nothing but a glorified storage container, holding something until it reaches its destination (birth).  Now there's proof:  —  Here's a transcript, via Trailer Park Feminist:
Marc Santora / New York Times:
McCain Takes On Clinton, With an Eye to Civility  —  Senator John McCain tried Sunday night to make the case that he was best positioned to defeat Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in a general election, outlining a series of contrasts with her on issues including national security and health care.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Terrorism and Torture  —  Norm Geras makes a striking point:
Associated Press:
McCain to visit troops over Thanksgiving
Discussion: Think Progress
Dollar continues near record lows
Discussion: Think Progress
Peter Foster / Telegraph:
Bangladesh cyclone death toll hits 15,000
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Chávez and the King
Los Angeles Times:
Sects unite to battle Al Qaeda in Iraq
Frederick News-Post:
Family identifies man who died after taser strike
Discussion: Digg
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David N. Goodman / Associated Press:
Detroit Declared Most Dangerous US City
Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Noose outcry is a new entry in the campus hall of shame
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
State Dept. Tries Blog Diplomacy
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Simon Jenkins / Times of London:
It's one small step from Brown's paranoid state into a police one
Washington Post:
U.S. Cites Drop In Attacks Since Buildup in Iraq; Bombs Kill 20