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1:50 PM ET, November 24, 2007


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Sky News:
Howard Admits Election Defeat  —  Australian Prime Minister John Howard has suffered a humiliating election defeat as the opposition Labor Party swept into power.  —  Mr Howard, who was seeking a fifth term after 11 years of conservative rule, said he had telephoned Labor leader Kevin Rudd to congratulate him on his victory.
Michelle Malkin:
John Howard loses in Australia  —  Australian PM John Howard, staunch US ally and outspoken critic of jihad and the global spread, lost his re-election bid.  He was Australia's second-longest serving prime minister behind Liberal Party founder Sir Robert Menzies.  All Americans should mark the end of his tenure with gratitude.
Tim Johnston / New York Times:
Australia's Prime Minister Defeated After Four Terms  —  Prime Minister John Howard of Australia suffered a comprehensive defeat today, with a coalition led by his Liberal Party losing its majority in parliament.  —  After four terms in office, he will be replaced by Kevin Rudd, a Labor Party leader and former diplomat.
Rohan Sullivan / Associated Press:
Labor Party wins big in Australia  —  SYDNEY, Australia - Conservative Prime Minister John Howard suffered a humiliating defeat Saturday at the hands of the left-leaning opposition, whose leader has promised to immediately sign the Kyoto Protocol on global warming and withdraw Australia's combat troops from Iraq.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Good riddance to John Howard  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  There's a tendency in the U.S. to view the elections in other countries based on the self-centered perspective that the result is always some sort of referendum on the U.S. Hence, all sorts of unwarranted conclusions …
Jules Crittenden:
Pre-9/11 Era  —  Another one of the original three who stood up, Bush, Blair and Howard, is gone.  Australia votes Labor.  Good luck with that.  —  Andrew Bolt's blow by blow.  Howard's gracious, and so is Bolt.  —  Bolt lets readers cry here, and gloat here.  —  The Australian: Rudd says he'll govern for all.
The Australian:
Rudd says he'll govern for all  —  AUSTRALIA had looked to the future and had decided the nation must move forward, Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd said tonight.  —  Claiming the election win he said Australia had decided to prepare and plan to make the nation a better place …
Barbie Dutter / Telegraph:   Labour sweeps to victory in Australian election
Andrew Bolt:
Election '07 - The results come in. (7.45pm: Labor wins)
Andy Soltis / New York Post:
'BLAME U.S. FOR 9/11' IDIOTS IN MAJORITY  —  'PLOTS' THICKEN IN SHOCKING POLL  —  Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the federal government had warnings about 9/11 but decided to ignore them, a national survey found.  —  And that's not the only conspiracy theory with a huge number of true believers in the United States.
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
Who Needs Experience?  —  Hillary Clinton declared the other day — apropos of whom, she didn't say, or need to — "We can't afford on-the-job training for our next president."  Barack Obama immediately retorted, "My understanding is that she wasn't Treasury secretary in the Clinton administration.
Terry Tang / Associated Press:
Illegal immigrant rescues boy in desert  —  PHOENIX - A 9-year-old boy looking for help after his mother crashed their van in the southern Arizona desert was rescued by a man entering the U.S. illegally, who stayed with him until help arrived the next day, an official said.
Faye Fiore / Los Angeles Times:
Does perfection have its price for Romney?  —  Sure, he's got political weak spots, but his storybook home life is a throwback to 'Father Knows Best.' For voters, though, that may not be a good thing.  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Mitt Romney arrives at his campaign headquarters here 10 minutes early …
Discussion: The Caucus
Terry Eastland / Weekly Standard:
The Huckabee Surge  —  He's running strong in Iowa, but has he peaked?
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
GOP looks like the party of diverse ideas  —  Democrats, meanwhile, have got a woman, a black, a Hispanic and a preening metrosexual - and they all think exactly the same.  —  Recommend  —  Only five weeks left to the earliest Primary Day in New Hampshire history, and still …
Clancy Chassay / Guardian:
Lebanese army handed power  —  Lebanon was again plunged into uncertainty yesterday after parliament failed in a fifth attempt to elect a president, and the former Syrian backed-president Emile Lahoud, whose term ended at midnight, passed control of the security services over to the army, declaring a state of emergency.
Gateway Pundit:
Garry Kasparov Arrested at Russian Rally!  —  Garry Kasparov seized by police at a rally in Moscow!  —  Kasparov was forced to the ground and beaten, his assistant Marina Litvinovich said in a telephone interview from outside the police station where he was being held- CNN.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Opinion Journal:
Guns and the Constitution  —  Is the Second Amendment an individual, or collective, right?  —  In recent decades, the Supreme Court has discovered any number of new rights not in the explicit text of the Constitution.  Now it has the opportunity to validate a right that resides in plain sight …
Los Angeles Times:
35 homes burned in Malibu brush fire  —  Clouds of smoke rise over Malibu as seen from Thousand Oaks.  At least 35 structures have burned in the fire and hundreds more are threatened.  —  At least 35 homes have been burned and about 200 more are threatened in Malibu as a wind-driven fire …
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