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1:55 PM ET, November 22, 2007


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Digby / Hullabaloo:
"You Gotta Ask Me Nicely"  —  When a man questions why a policeman has pulled him over and refuses to sign the ticket, the policeman electrocutes him to make him comply: … Police in the country are now allowed to torture speeders by the side of the highway in order to get them to comply.
Steve Watson / Alex Jones'
Driver Tased For Asking Officer Why He Was Stopped  —  Man who refused to sign speeding ticket because he did not understand what it was is tased and arrested by officer who then refused to read him his rights  —  A man was tased and arrested on a Utah highway after being stopped by an officer …
New York Times:
J.F.K.'s Death, Re-Framed  —  FORTY-FOUR years ago today, a clothing company owner named Abraham Zapruder filmed the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas.  And for 44 years, most people have presumed that his home movie captured the assassination in its entirety.  This presumption has led to deep misunderstandings.
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Foreign Fighters in Iraq Are Tied to Allies of U.S.  —  BAGHDAD — Saudi Arabia and Libya, both considered allies by the United States in its fight against terrorism, were the source of about 60 percent of the foreign fighters who came to Iraq in the past year to serve as suicide bombers …
Robert Stein / The Moderate Voice:
Thanksgiving and JFK  —  For anyone over 50, today is not only Thanksgiving but the day JFK died 44 years ago.  He has been gone now for almost as long as he lived and, in these times of White House infamy, not nearly as much in the national mind as his antagonist, Richard Nixon …
Discussion: Macsmind
Financial Times:
US reports 'phenomenal' drop in Iraq violence  —  By Stephen Fidler in London and Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington  —  Violence in Iraq has fallen at a rate that has surprised military commanders and even one of the architects of the "surge" that boosted US troop numbers in the country this year …
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Musharraf Rival Prepares for Return to Pakistan  —  Nawaz Sharif, a Pakistani opposition leader and former prime minister, flew to Riyadh from Jidda today to see the Saudi royal family in what appeared to be the final preparation for his departure for Pakistan.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Why Your Tax Refund Will Be Late  —  Habitual congressional gridlock usually has no impact on the lives of ordinary Americans.  But what happened on the Senate floor last Friday just before lawmakers left for their Thanksgiving break will delay tax refunds next year for some 50 million taxpayers who count on them.
Robert Shaffer / Fox News:
Seattle Schools' Thanksgiving 'Myths' Stir Controversy  —  Seattle public schools want a side of political correctness served on your Thanksgiving table.  —  Washington state's largest school district sent letters to teachers and other employees suggesting Thanksgiving should be "a time of mourning" for its Native American students.
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Nebraska attorney general yields to Johanns  —  Former Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns (R) has a clear path to the Senate, at least for the time being, after Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning (R) dropped out of the race for retiring Sen. Chuck Hagel's (R-Neb.) seat on Tuesday.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Presidential Shopping List  —  I am making a list called Qualities We Don't Want in the Next President, based on lessons learned from the Bush administration.  The first undesirable attribute was loyalty, in the sense of valuing personal relationships over competence.
Discussion: Eschaton and Prairie Weather
Jamie Lee Curtis / The Huffington Post:
Thanksgiving '07: Happy Birthday to Me  —  Thanksgiving was supposedly started as a feast and joyous celebration of making it through another year, of acknowledging the toil and strife and the people that helped us along the way.  Lincoln (a personal favorite) made it an official holiday …
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Immigrant Paperwork Backs Up At DHS  —  Delays May Deny Vote to Hundreds Of Thousands  —  The Department of Homeland Security failed to prepare for a massive influx of applications for U.S. citizenship and other immigration benefits this summer, prompting complaints from Hispanic leaders …
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
SEC Opens Investigation of Company Headed by Key Supporter of Clintons  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an investigation into InfoUSA, a Nebraska company that used corporate funds to fly Hillary Rodham Clinton around the country, and one of only two companies …
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Foreign Policy:
The List: Five Reasons to Be Thankful This Thanksgiving
Discussion: Redstate
Chris Hedges / The Nation:
Hands Off Iran
Discussion: The Corner and Truthdig
Associated Press:
Happy in their personal lives, Americans worry about country
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and Digg
Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
Taliban 'taking Afghanistan back'
Associated Press:
11 years for refusing to testify to grand jury in Hamas funding case
Doreen Carvajal / New York Times:
Rail Sabotage Is Reported in France
James Pomfret / Reuters:
China opens Hong Kong to U.S. carrier
Gene Lyons /
Blogosphere not as radical as pundits think
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Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
John Bolton On Hardball: "I'm Not A Neoconservative"
Saudi rape victim's husband blames judge for punishment
Martina Stewart / CNN Political Ticker:
Former AG Alberto Gonzales heckled at speaking appearance
From The Blotter / The Blotter:
Drunken Hookup Barbie Demands Bush Official's Resignation
Maggie Gallagher / Real Clear Politics:
The United Nations is Always Right
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Ex-Iraq commander says bring troops home
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
The Two-Man Republican Race