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11:05 PM ET, November 23, 2007

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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 …
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Martina Stewart / CNN Political Ticker:
Thompson bashes NYC, Giuliani on gun rights  —  BRISTOL, New Hampshire (AP) — Presidential hopeful Fred Thompson said Friday that New York City isn't a model for the rest of the country and that Rudy Giuliani should stop basing his stances on his time as that city's mayor.
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 …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Muted Ad Messages in Vogue
Discussion: Althouse and New York Times
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.
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Reuters:
Iraqi school guard, wife beheaded as children watch  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three suspected al Qaeda militants, including two sisters, beheaded their uncle and his wife, forcing the couple's children to watch, Iraqi police said on Friday.  —  The militants considered that school guard Youssef al-Hayali …
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 …
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.
Discussion: National Review and Threat Level
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Jennifer Hunter / Chicago Sun Times:
Hillary bracing for possible letdown in Iowa
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?
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Cellphone Tracking Powers on Request
Sam F. Ghattas / Associated Press:
Political crisis deepens in Lebanon  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon - Lebanon's political tumult intensified as President Emile Lahoud said the country is in a "state of emergency" and handed security powers to the army before he left office late Friday without a successor.  The rival, pro-Western Cabinet rejected the declaration.
Discussion: Redstate and Publius Pundit
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Jonathan Constantine / OC Blog:
A Warm and Fuzzy Taliban?  —  I guess the Taliban isn't so bad after all, well..... that's what Islamic activist and journalist Yvonne Ridley implies as she recounts her experiences as captive.  As I wrote in my submission to New University, Ridley painted a rosy picture of the regime:
Caroline Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Column One: American folly  —  The mood is dark in the IDF's General Staff ahead of next week's "peace" conference in Annapolis.  As one senior officer directly involved in the negotiations with the Palestinians and the Americans said, "As bad as it might look from the outside, the truth is 10 times worse.
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Salah Nasrawi / Associated Press:
Arabs agree to attend Annapolis talks
Discussion: YID With LID
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
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Huckabee: I'm Against Illegal Immigration, But I'm Not A Lunatic About It  —  ABC News has posted a pretty compelling interview with Mike Huckabee about immigration.  In it, Huckabee was asked about charges from rivals that he's soft on immigration because he supported the children …
Discussion: Liberal Values
Reuters:
French prosecutors throw out Rumsfeld torture case  —  PARIS (Reuters) - The Paris prosecutors' office has dismissed a suit against Donald Rumsfeld accusing the former U.S. defense secretary of torture, human rights groups who brought the case said on Friday.
Discussion: Wake up America and Macsmind
Donald Lambro / Washington Times:
Democrats party of rich, study finds  —  Democrats like to define themselves as the party of poor and middle-income Americans, but a new study says they now represent the majority of the nation's wealthiest congressional districts.  —  In a state-by-state, district-by-district comparison …
JTA / Jerusalem Post:
Vanity Fair sued over neo-Nazi interview  —  An interview with one of Germany's most notorious neo-Nazis has landed Vanity Fair magazine in a heap of trouble.  —  Arno Lustiger, a Jewish historian and Holocaust survivor, has started proceedings to sue the magazine's German edition for publishing …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
USA Today:
20,000 vets' brain injuries not listed in Pentagon tally  —  At least 20,000 U.S. troops who were not classified as wounded during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan have been found with signs of brain injuries, according to military and veterans records compiled by USA TODAY.
 
 
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DJ Elliott / The Long War Journal:
The Real Surge  —  Newly graduated soldiers hold up Iraq flags …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Three Words For the Next President
Kristi Keck / CNN:
Funny, poignant questions pour in for GOP debate
Discussion: Lonewacko and Fred File
Alice Miles / Times of London:
Pakistan suspended from Commonwealth over Musharraf emergency rule
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Looseheadprop / Firedoglake:
Our Lady of the Law  —  Mario Cuomo gave a speech on the Wednesday …
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Dana Thomas / New York Times:
Made in China on the Sly  —  AMERICA'S holiday shopping season …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
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Stephen Farrell / New York Times:
In Reminder of Iraq Instability, Market Attack Kills at Least 8
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Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
So What's So Bad About Corn?
Discussion: theGarance.com
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Rudy: Yes, I Voted For McGovern, But I Actually Preferred Nixon
New York Times:
The Immigration Wilderness  —  The nation certainly sounds …
Mike Cox / Opinion Journal:
Second Amendment Showdown
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Returnees Find a Capital Transformed
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
On Iraq, a State of Denial
Dan Lehr / WTVC-TV:
Corker "Underwhelmed" With President Bush