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5:30 PM ET, November 24, 2007


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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.
Tim Johnston / New York Times:   Bush Ally Defeated in Australia
ABC News:
Rudd turns a new page for Labor
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jules Crittenden:   Pre-9/11 Era  —  Another one of the original three who stood up …
Barbie Dutter / Telegraph:   Labour sweeps to victory in Australian election
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.
Enrique Andres Pretel / Reuters:
Poll says Chavez loses Venezuela referendum lead  —  CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has lost his lead eight days before a referendum on ending his term limit, an independent pollster said on Saturday, in a swing in voter sentiment against the Cuba ally.
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
As Democrats See Iraq Gains, a Shift in Tone  —  As violence declines in Baghdad, the leading Democratic presidential candidates are undertaking a new and challenging balancing act on Iraq: acknowledging that success, trying to shift the focus to the lack of political progress there …
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.
Boston Herald:
Mitt calls for judge to resign  —  Several warnings ignored, documents show  —  Presidential hopeful Gov. Mitt Romney yesterday demanded the resignation of his own judicial nominee after she sprang a violent convicted killer over the summer, as new details emerged showing that the judge ignored warnings …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Don Surber
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Romney calls for judge to resign
Discussion: and AMERICAblog
Washington Post:
lib  •er  •tar  •ian  —  a person who believes in the doctrine of the freedom of the will  —  2. a person who believes in full individual freedom of thought, expression and action  —  3. a freewheeling rebel who hates wiretaps, loves Ron Paul and is redirecting politics
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 …
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.
David Espo / Associated Press:
Social Security to become key issue  —  WASHINGTON - Three years after the collapse of President Bush's plan for private Social Security accounts, Republican presidential contenders are eager to try again.  Not so the Democrats, who gravitate toward increasing payroll taxes on upper-income earners to fix the program's finances.
Discussion: MyDD
Terry Eastland / Weekly Standard:
The Huckabee Surge  —  He's running strong in Iowa, but has he peaked?
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and
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.
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 …
The Atlantic Online:
The Iranian Line  —  Interesting stuff: "Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday that his country could suspend uranium enrichment if the United States and Western Europe agreed to acknowledge that its nuclear program was peaceful."
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David Zahniser / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. mayor, reporter end their affair, sources say
Discussion: TalkLeft and LA Observed
Jimjams / Investigate the Media:
The San Francisco Chronicle deceives its readers through comment-deletion trickery
Tom Hays / Associated Press:
Monkey meat at center of NYC court case
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Pentagon Leaves 20,000 Soldiers With Brain Injuries Off Official Wounded List
Discussion: USA Today
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Guinta backing Giuliani for the GOP nomination
Jeffrey Earl Warren / San Francisco Chronicle:
Should fireplace fires be banned?
Paul Davies / New York Times:
Taking Science on Faith
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Bush Admin: What You Don't Know Can't Hurt Us, 2007 Version
Marcella Bombardieri / Boston Globe:
Blue-collar women see hope in Clinton
Discussion: The Caucus
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Perot voters still looking for a candidate
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Giuliani's Critics Point to Cronyism
Discussion: TalkLeft
Scott Galupo / Washington Times:
Libertarians: the new 'It' faction  —  It's altogether fitting …
Scott Horton / Harper's:
Resurrecting the Star Chamber