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3:25 PM ET, November 26, 2007


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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  —  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."
White House:
Fact Sheet: U.S.-Iraq Declaration of Principles for Friendship and Cooperation  —  The U.S. and Iraqi "Declaration of Principles" is a shared statement of intent that establishes common principles to frame our future relationship.  This moves us closer to normalized, bilateral relations between our two countries.
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
U.S. To Stay In Iraq Forever
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Iraqis Offer Long-Term Security Partnership
Trent Lott announces his resignation  —  Minority whip says he will leave Senate before end of the year  —  Pascagoula, Mississippi - Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, announced Monday he will retire from the Senate by end of 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.
Patrick Ruffini /
Ron Paul Has Won  —  He won't win the nomination.  He won't win any primaries.  But for Ron Paul's quixotic bid for the White House, it's "Mission Accomplished."  —  Take a look at this from Sunday's Washington Post.  Not just the article but the killer packaging:
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Fighting Over Libertarianism  —  You can see some of the many competing and contradictory themes within contemporary conservatism in Patrick Ruffini's blogpost on Hewitt's blog today.  His heart is with libertarianism; but his head is with the Bush security state and current Republican coalition.
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.
The Politico:
Clinton and Obama switch roles in Iowa  —  DES MOINES — In a reversal of fortune, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is barnstorming Iowa with a front-runner's swagger while Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) scrambles like an underdog.  —  In ways big and small over the weekend …
Obama in Iowa: Gloves Off!
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington:
CREW wants to know: What is the current e-mail policy for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice?  And why did it change?  —  Earlier this year, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice discussed technology and e-mails with CNBC's Maria Bartiromo.  Rice indicated that the State Department has changed …
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Rice's Turnabout on Mideast Talks
Joe Hagan / New York Magazine:
Dan Rather's Last Big Story Is Himself  —  If he weren't famous, he'd be mistaken for a veteran of a long-ago war: khaki safari shirt on his back, scuffed combat boots on his feet, that wiry crest of a brow, rheumy eyes under heavy lids, lower lip jutting out like an ornery fish resisting a hook.
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.
Discussion: Blue Mass. Group
College offers medical plan to employees' pets, denies it to their human companions  —  A Florida college, after denying employees' domestic partners access to medical insurance, has in turn offered a medical plan for employees' household pets, the Palm Beach Post reports.
Discussion: The Republic of T.
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
The Case Against Despair  —  It's not impossible to shrink the federal government.
Discussion: The Corner
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
McCain, Back from Iraq (Again)
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ronny Blaschke / Spiegel Online:
Regional Football Battles against Neo-Nazi Influence
Jed Babbin / Human Events:
The Second Amendment Wedge
The Raw Story:
The permanent Republican majority: How GOP power players sent a governor to jail
Discussion: TalkLeft
Andrew Cochran / Counterterrorism Blog:
In "Call for Donations," Al Qaeda Admits Financial Stress
CQ Politics:
It's Looking Like Blue Skies All Over Again
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Ex-Taliban spokesman also ex-Obama Facebooker
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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Don Surber:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Winter of Our Discontent  —  "Americans' Economic Pessimism Reaches Record High."
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
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Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Short of Funds, G.O.P. Recruits the Rich to Run