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5:15 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."
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.
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.
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 …
Don Surber:
Lead America, Republicans
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.
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Rice's Turnabout on Mideast 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 …
David Stout / New York Times:
Bush Meets Key Leaders Ahead of Peace Talks
Discussion: The Swamp and The Osterley Times
Gateway Pundit:
Gorical Returns to White House— On Peace Mission For Earth
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Hot Air
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:
Discussion: Hot Air and Publius Endures
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Fighting Over Libertarianism
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Newshoggers
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.
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 …
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.
The Corner:
Hastert Resigns Today  —  I am told that former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) is faxing his resignation letter to Gov. Rod Blagojevich this afternoon.  —  Once the resignation is official, the governor has five days to set the special election within 120 days of the resignation.
CQ Politics:
It's Looking Like Blue Skies All Over Again  —  Just over a year ago, Democrats seized control of Congress because of the voters' exhaustion with the war in Iraq and disgust at the Republican majority's increasingly brazen manipulation of the levers of power.
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