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11:40 PM ET, November 26, 2007


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New poll shows Clinton trails top 2008 Republicans  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton trails five top Republican presidential contenders in general election match-ups, a drop in support from this summer, according to a poll released on Monday.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic Candidates Look Good in Latest 2008 Trial Heats  —  Hold significant leads over Thompson, Romney; slim edges over McCain  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new Gallup Poll finds Sen. Hillary Clinton with a slim but not statistically significant advantage over both former Mayor Rudy Giuliani …
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal and MyDD
Ben Smith / The Politico:   Obama responds  —  The Obama campaign sends over a couple …
Obama in Iowa: Gloves Off!
Big Head DC:
Trent Lott Fallout: The Gay Escort Who Knew Too Much  —  UPDATE, 5:30: "Here's my public comment, on-the-record: Sen. Lott and I have no current affiliation with one another.  I'm sure he would appreciate no further scrutiny," Benjamin Nicholas tells Big Head DC.  —  ORIGINAL:  —  Must credit Big Head DC:
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Mississippi special election date causes uncertainty  —  The timing of Sen. Trent Lott's (R-Miss.) resignation has opened legal questions about the date of the special election, which state officials were still trying to clarify Monday afternoon.  —  Gov. Haley Barbour (R) …
Trent Lott announces his resignation
Mansoor Ijaz / Christian Science Monitor:
A MUSLIM BELONGS IN THE CABINET  —  Muslims are uniquely qualified to help deter Islamist threats. … Mitt Romney tells good jokes.  I had the chance to hear a few of them this month at a political fundraiser in Las Vegas, where the Republican presidential contender gave his audience a few …
Mohammed Tawfeeq / CNN:
Official: Bride, groom stopped in Iraq actually terror suspects  —  BAGHDAD (CNN) — Soldiers manning a checkpoint near Baghdad stopped a wedding convoy to find that the purported bride and groom were wanted terror suspects, an Iraqi Defense Ministry official said Monday.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Joe Klein digs Time's hole deeper still  —  (updated below)  —  Joe Klein has just posted yet again about his FISA confusion, and it has now moved well beyond farce into an almost pity-inducing realm.  If Time has any dignity at all, someone there will intervene and put a stop to this.
Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:   FISA: More Than You Want to Know  —  I've spent the past few …
Mark Silva / Baltimore Sun:
Gore meets Bush, declares it 'cordial... substantive'  —  Al Gore slipped out the side door of the West Wing.  —  In his private Oval Office meeting with President Bush, the former vice president insisted that they had spoken about global warming "the whole time.'' It wasn't clear if the winner …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Gore and Bush Chat About Global Warming
Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
Iraqis may offer US deal to stay longer  —  BAGHDAD - Iraq's government, seeking protection against foreign threats and internal coups, will offer the U.S. a long-term troop presence in Iraq in return for U.S. security guarantees as part of a strategic partnership, two Iraqi officials said Monday.
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
White House Releases "Principles" for Permanent Iraqi Presence
Paul Kane / Capitol Briefing:
Hastert Resigns Tonight  —  After months of playing coy about when he would depart, Rep. J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) bid his official farewell to the House today.  —  The speaker for eight years, Hastert wrote letters to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.) …
Discussion: QandO
The Corner:   Hastert Resigns Today
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
More Massive Bellyflops From The Republican Netroots  —  Five weeks ago, the NRCC launched a project to get supporters to create their own campaign videos attacking Democrats.  If successful, this project would defy a pattern where Republican grassroots activists never take action into their own hands:
Associated Press:
Ron Paul endorsed by Nevada brothel owner  —  Political contribution boxes to be left outside Carson City's BunnyRanch  —  RENO, Nev. - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, an underdog Texas congressman with a libertarian streak, has picked up an endorsement from a Nevada brothel owner.
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Ron Paul Picks Up Crucial Pimp/Whore Endorsements
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Stephanie Coontz / New York Times:
Taking Marriage Private  —  WHY do people — gay or straight — need the state's permission to marry?  For most of Western history, they didn't, because marriage was a private contract between two families.  The parents' agreement to the match, not the approval of church or state, was what confirmed its validity.
Weekly Standard:
DPRK On The Verge Of Collapse?  —  Intelligence sources and other observers both here in the capital of the PRC and elsewhere in Asia are stating that they project a possible collapse of the North Korean regime within six months time.  —  Although there have been similar dire predictions made in the past …
Christopher Booker / Telegraph:
Christopher Booker's Notebook  —  We are set on a course of 'planet saving' madness  —  The scare over global warming, and our politicians' response to it, is becoming ever more bizarre.  On the one hand we have the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change coming …
Sky News:
Teacher Arrested Over Teddy Bear Named Mohammed  —  A British teacher is facing 40 lashes in a Sudanese jail if convicted of insulting Islam's prophet by letting children name a teddy bear Mohammed.  —  Gillian Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool, was arrested on suspicion of blasphemy on Sunday.
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Dave Wedge / Boston Herald:
Patrick signs bill moving presidential primary to Super Tuesday
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Robert Tait / Guardian:
Ahmadinejad offers to be US election observer
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Barry Rubin / Jerusalem Post:
The Region: Inviting a bull into the china shop
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Yo Studios: Even Variety Is Reporting Your Weakness
USA Today:
Can aging N.D. resist change amid immigration debate?
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
Congressman Filner enters trespassing plea in airport incident
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Dodd Breaks the Frame, Asks YouTube Question of GOPers
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Darleen Click / protein wisdom:
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Discussion: The Sundries Shack
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John Solomon / Washington Post:
Obama PAC Is Active In Key Election States
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Dan Rather's Last Big Story Is Himself