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12:25 AM ET, November 25, 2007

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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.
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Jonathan Schwarz / MoJoBlog:
A Look Back at John Howard
Tim Johnston / New York Times:   Australian Premier, an Ally of Bush, Is Defeated
Sky News:
Australia: PM John Howard Ousted In Elections
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.
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ScrippsNews:
Many Americans still believe in conspiracies  —  Nearly two-thirds of Americans think it is possible that some federal officials had specific warnings of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, but chose to ignore those warnings, according to a Scripps Howard News Service/Ohio University poll.
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.
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
As Democrats See Security Gains in Iraq, Tone Shifts  —  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 …
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Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Massachusetts Faces a Test on Health Care
Discussion: The Swamp
Linda Boyd / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Impeachment: If not now, when?  —  Lawmakers need to stand up for the Constitution and support impeachment  —  The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
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Michelle Malkin:
The impeachment circus never takes a holiday  —  Democrat leaders might have thought they put the impeachment circus to rest on November 6.  But as I noted, the nutroots are gearing up for a stage production of a Beltway impeachment play that'll open after New Year's-and over this Thanksgiving holiday …
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
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
Revised Rule for Employers That Hire Immigrants  —  The Bush administration will suspend its legal defense of a new rule issued in August to punish employers who hire illegal immigrants, conceding a hard-fought opening round in a court battle over a central measure in its strategy to curb illegal immigration …
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David Espo / Associated Press:
Social Security to become key issue
Discussion: MyDD
New York Times:
U.S. Scales Back Political Goals for Iraqi Unity  —  With American military successes outpacing political gains in Iraq, the Bush administration has lowered its expectation of quickly achieving major steps toward unifying the country, including passage of a long-stymied plan to share oil revenues and holding regional elections.
Discussion: Think Progress
Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Kasparov Gets 5 Days in Jail for Marching  —  Garry Kasparov, the former chess champion and opposition leader, was arrested Saturday and sentenced to five days in jail after trying to lead a march to the offices of the federal election authorities.  —  Mr. Kasparov was taken into custody during …
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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 …
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.
Jimjams / Investigate the Media:
The San Francisco Chronicle deceives its readers through comment-deletion trickery  —  [UPDATE 1, Sat., 11-24-07, 12:30pm: Software Exec Brags About Crypto-Deletion Feature; see below.]  —  [UPDATE 2, Sat., 11-24-07, 2:20pm: Reader Documents "Graylist" of Banned SFGate Users Who Don't Know They're Banned; see below.]
Telegraph:
Disabled veterans jeered at swimming pool  —  Injured soldiers who lost their limbs fighting for their country have been driven from a swimming pool training session by jeering members of the public.  —  The men, injured during tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, were taking part in a rehabilitation session …
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 …
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Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Romney calls for judge to resign
 
 
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NEWS.com.au:
Tasers a form of torture, says UN
Discussion: Firedoglake
Brit Hume / Fox News:
Global Warming Debate Is Not One-Sided on College Campuses
Discussion: protein wisdom and Don Surber
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
The bizarre ties between the Clintons, Vin Gupta and InfoUSA
Tom Curley / Washington Post:
Railroading A Journalist In Iraq
The Atlantic Online:
The Iranian Line  —  Interesting stuff: "Iran's ambassador …
David Zahniser / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. mayor, reporter end their affair, sources say
Discussion: TalkLeft and LA Observed
Tom Hays / Associated Press:
Monkey meat at center of NYC court case
 Earlier Items: 
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Guinta backing Giuliani for the GOP nomination
Los Angeles Times:
35 homes burned in Malibu brush fire
Paul Davies / New York Times:
Taking Science on Faith
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Bush Admin: What You Don't Know Can't Hurt Us, 2007 Version
Scott Galupo / Washington Times:
Libertarians: the new 'It' faction  —  It's altogether fitting …
Terry Tang / Associated Press:
Illegal immigrant rescues boy in desert