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7:20 AM ET, November 24, 2007

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Gateway Pundit:
Fireworks in Lebanon... Pro-Syrian President Steps Down  —  Fireworks in Lebanon after the Pro-Syrian President steps down...  Some 2000 Anti-Lebanese president and pro-government supporters, set fireworks dancing beating drums and shouting 'Lahoud out' as they gathered in a Sunni Muslim …
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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.
Discussion: Washington Post and abu muqawama
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.
Anthony Shadid / Washington Post:
From Hopeful To Helpless At a Protest In Lebanon
Discussion: ThreatsWatch and Atlas Shrugs
Andrew Bolt:
Election '07 - The results come in.  (7.45pm: Labor wins)  —  Election '07 - The results come in  —  5.55pm: Sky News tells us enough to know it's over.  Its exit poll says Labor is getting 53 per cent of the vote.  —  6.07pm: Laurie Oakes says Liberal campaigners concede Howard is in real trouble in Bennelong.
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Tim Dunlop / Blogocracy:
The only poll that counts  —  First up, apologies if you've had problems commenting today on other post or had other access problems—there was some sort of network outage, but it appears to be all fixed now.  —  Today we all get to vote and I have to say, it's a day I always enjoy.
Discussion: Tim Blair and Pajamas Media
The Logan Daily News:
Leland Conner  —  LOGAN - Leland Lavon Conner, 77, of Logan, passed away Friday, Nov. 16, 2007, as a result of an auto accident in Fairfield County.  —  He was born May 9, 1930, in Hocking County, son of the late Foster E. and Ida Cullison Conner.  Leland was married to Doris Keller Conner, who survives.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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:
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Scott Horton / Harper's:
Resurrecting the Star Chamber  —  When the Founding Fathers looked for a model that reflected the abuses they objected to—in short what they intended to forbid by their new Constitution and Bill of Rights—they turned to an English institution, the Court of Star Chamber.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and The Heretik
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 …
Michael Luo / New York Times:
For Romney & Company, Campaign Is All Business  —  Presidential campaigns, with their boiler-room pressure, news media scrutiny and organizational challenges, have always functioned as something of a dress rehearsal for the White House.  How do the candidates make tough decisions?
Discussion: The Heretik
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
Daniel Solove / Concurring Opinions:
My Impressions of Rachel Paulose  —  I have been reading many media accounts of Rachel Paulose, the U.S. Attorney of Minnesota.  As one who has been very critical of the Bush Administration and of how it has politicized the DOJ, I ordinarily would not be very sympathetic to Rachel.
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.
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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.
DJ Elliott / The Long War Journal:
The Real Surge  —  Newly graduated soldiers hold up Iraq flags as they march during their graduation ceremony at the Besmaya army camp in Baghdad November 18, 2007.  Reuters photo.  —  While the "surge" of five US brigades plus their accompanying support elements, about 30,000 US troops total …
Discussion: The Belmont Club and Flopping Aces
 
 
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