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11:45 AM ET, November 26, 2007


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Sen. Trent Lott to resign  —  NBC News: Minority whip would leave Senate before end of the year  —  NBC News has learned that Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., the minority whip is in the midst of informing close allies that he plans to resign his senate seat before the end of the year.
The Politico:
Top official: Lott to resign  —  Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) plans to resign his seat by year's end, a senior Republican official told Politico.  —  The announcement took Capitol Hill by surprise because Lott, the former majority leader, seemed to be relishing his job as minority whip, the second-ranking GOP leadership job.
Jack Elliott Jr / Associated Press:
Lott to resign by end of year  —  JACKSON, Miss. - Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, plans to resign his seat by the end of the year, congressional and Bush administration officials said Monday.  —  Lott, 66, scheduled two news conferences in Pascagoula and Jackson later in the day to reveal his plans.
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
BREAKING: Trent Lott Rumored To Be Resigning  —  MSNBC is reporting the following: … So, let's see if we have this straight: he's cashing in before the lobbying restriction goes into effect — hello oil, gas, and gambling interests that he was already serving anyway …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
LOTT TO RETIRE BY END OF YEAR  —  NBC News has learned that Trent Lott's in the midst of informing close allies that he plans to resign his senate seat before the end of the year.  It's possible a formal announcement of his plans could take place as early as today.
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Jon Kyl will run for Senate minority whip  —  Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) will run for Senate minority whip, according to a source close to the Arizona Republican.  —  "Kyl is running for whip," confirmed the source.  —  Kyl is seeking to replace Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) …
The Politico:
Lott announcing resignation  —  Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott (R-Miss.) is planning on resigning from the Senate this year and may make a formal announcement as soon as today.  —  If he resigns, Lott would become the sixth Republican senator to announce they were stepping down this election cycle.
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Paul Kane / Capitol Briefing:
Lott To Resign By End Of The Year
Discussion: PrairiePundit
CNN Political Ticker:
Sources: Lott to resign by year's end
Discussion: TPM Election Central and Open Left
Fox News:
Sen. Trent Lott to Resign by End of Year
Discussion: Six Meat Buffet
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Calculation and Conviction  —  Barack Obama suggests that Hillary Clinton is guilty of triangulating, poll-testing and telling the American people what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear.  —  Maybe so.  But then it's fair to ask: Is Obama telling the American people anything they don't want to hear?
Real Clear Politics:
A Wide Range of Possibilities in the Race for President
Discussion: PrairiePundit and Betsy's Page
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Oprah hits the trail for Obama
Discussion: The Swamp and CNN Political Ticker
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
White House Releases "Principles" for Permanent Iraqi Presence  —  So it begins.  After years of obfuscation and denial on the length of the U.S.'s stay in Iraq, the White House and the Maliki government have released a joint declaration of "principles" for "friendship and cooperation."
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Rudy: It's time to unmask Romney  —  WINDHAM, N.H. — In a big strategic shift, Rudy Giuliani hammered Mitt Romney's record on three fronts, saying it was time to "take the mask off and take a look at what kind of governor he was."  —  Using some of the toughest language of his campaign …
Discussion: JustOneMinute, TIME and PrairiePundit
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Rice's Turnabout on Mideast Peace Talks  —  At President Bush's first National Security Council meeting in January 2001, he announced that he did not want to be drawn into the shattered Middle East peace process, people at the meeting recalled, because he believed that former President Bill Clinton …
Drudge Report:
DON'T GO THERE: BRIT PAPER STARTS 'UGLIEST MONTH'  —  The TIMES of London starts 'The Ugliest Month' with a full page photo takeout on Hillary Clinton and her beautiful personal assistant.  —  "Hillary Clinton has been accused of having an affair with Huma Abedin," reads the caption.
Sara A. Carter / Washington Times:
Islamists target Arizona base  —  Fort Huachuca, the nation's largest intelligence-training center, changed security measures in May after being warned that Islamist terrorists, with the aid of Mexican drug cartels, were planning an attack on the facility.  —  Fort officials changed security measures …
Bush to Welcome Gore to White House  —  Former Political Rivals Meet as Nobel Prize Winners are Honored  —  Forget the Mideast peace talks.  A meeting that may require even greater diplomacy will take place Monday in the Oval Office, when President Bush receives America's Nobel Prize winners — including his one-time rival, Al Gore.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Winter of Our Discontent  —  "Americans' Economic Pessimism Reaches Record High."  That's the headline on a recent Gallup report, which shows a nation deeply unhappy with the state of the economy.  Right now, "27% of Americans rate current economic conditions as either 'excellent' or 'good …
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
The False Conservative  —  Who would respond to criticism from the Club for Growth by calling the conservative, free-market campaign organization the "Club for Greed"?  That sounds like Howard Dean, Dennis Kucinich or John Edwards, all Democrats preaching the class struggle.
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Short of Funds, G.O.P. Recruits the Rich to Run  —  Confronting an enormous fund-raising gap with Democrats, Republican Party officials are aggressively recruiting wealthy candidates who can spend large sums of their own money to finance their Congressional races, party officials say.
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