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5:15 PM ET, November 23, 2007

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Daily Mail:
Meet the women who won't have babies - because they're not eco friendly  —  Had Toni Vernelli gone ahead with her pregnancy ten years ago, she would know at first hand what it is like to cradle her own baby, to have a pair of innocent eyes gazing up at her with unconditional love …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Cellphone Tracking Powers on Request  —  Secret Warrants Granted Without Probable Cause  —  Federal officials are routinely asking courts to order cellphone companies to furnish real-time tracking data so they can pinpoint the whereabouts of drug traffickers, fugitives and other criminal suspects …
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Can You See Me Now?  —  Federal agents routinely request tracking data from cellphone companies to determine the travel and assembly habits of suspects, and courts have granted them unusual leeway in obtaining the data.  Are these terrorist suspects that could present a clear and imminent danger to the lives of Americans?
Jennifer Hunter / Chicago Sun Times:
Hillary bracing for possible letdown in Iowa  —  Is Hillary running scared in Iowa?  The latest poll from the Washington Post and ABC News shows Barack Obama ahead in the Hawkeye State, slightly in the lead with 30 percent to Hillary Clinton's 26 percent.  Although this is statistically a tie …
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Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
Hillary criticized for press strategy  —  When Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to get a message out, her presidential campaign handpicks news outlets.  Or, in some cases, bypasses the media entirely.  —  The New York Democrat's third-quarter fundraising blowout was leaked to the Drudge Report.
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Marc Kaufman / Washington Post:
Clinton Favors Future Human Spaceflight
Dan Lehr / WTVC-TV:
Corker "Underwhelmed" With President Bush  —  Tennessee Senator Bob Corker raised some eyebrows at a luncheon at the Chattanoogan hotel Tuesday with remarks about President Bush.  —  Speaking to a crowd of about 500 supporters, led by Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey …
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Corker 'underwhelmed' by Bush's knowledge of Iraq.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Nicholas Wapshott / New York Sun:
Collapse of Rail, Subway Strike Is a First Success for Sarkozy  —  President Sarkozy of France is on the verge of a breakthrough in his ambitious plan to wean his country off the restrictive working practices he believes stand in the way of national prosperity.
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Sarkozy's Triumph  —  New French President Nicolas Sarkozy …
Geraldine Baum / Los Angeles Times:   France in no mood to say vive la revolution
Liz Sly / Chicago Tribune:
New boss turns the tables on Al Qaeda  —  Ex-Sunni insurgent becomes U.S. ally  —  The once-dreaded Al Qaeda in Iraq stronghold of Amariyah has a new boss, and he's not shy about telling the story of the shootout that turned him into a local legend and helped change the tenor of the Iraq war.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Real Rudy  —  Rudy Giuliani can play a little rough at times, but there are some moments when an inner light turns on and he turns downright idealistic.  One of those moments came on Oct. 10, 1996, as he stepped on the podium at the Kennedy School of Government to deliver a speech on immigration.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Thompson motivation hard to pinpoint  —  Fred Thompson prefers plain talk.  So he might bridle at using a famous Winston Churchill quote to sum up his presidential campaign: "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma."  —  But with fewer than 50 days to go until the Iowa caucuses …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
On Iraq, a State of Denial  —  It does not have the drama of the Inchon landing or the sweep of the Union comeback in the summer of 1864.  But the turnabout of American fortunes in Iraq over the past several months is of equal moment — a war seemingly lost, now winnable.
Al Baker / New York Times:
City Homicides Still Dropping, to Under 500  —  New York City is on track to have fewer than 500 homicides this year, by far the lowest number in a 12-month period since reliable Police Department statistics became available in 1963.  —  But within the city's official crime statistics …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Rudy: Yes, I Voted For McGovern, But I Actually Preferred Nixon  —  As he seeks to court GOP primary voters, one potential sticking point has been his opposition to the Vietnam War in the early 1970s and his vote for Dem George McGovern in 1972.  But Rudy has now concocted a new explanation for that vote: He didn't mean it.
Ian Black / Guardian:
Saudis make up 41% of foreign fighters in Iraq  —  More than 40% of the foreign fighters who entered Iraq to join the insurgency in the past year were citizens of Saudi Arabia, America's key partner in the Middle East, according to detailed information seized from a camp used by them.
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Salah Nasrawi / Associated Press:
Arabs agree to attend Annapolis talks
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French prosecutors throw out Rumsfeld torture case
Anthony Shadid / Washington Post:
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Huckabee: I'm Against Illegal Immigration, But I'm Not A Lunatic About It
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Alice Miles / Times of London:
Pakistan suspended from Commonwealth over Musharraf emergency rule
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Our Lady of the Law  —  Mario Cuomo gave a speech on the Wednesday …
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Crossing Bush's Line
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The Immigration Wilderness  —  The nation certainly sounds …
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