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12:50 PM ET, November 27, 2007


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Bernard Lewis / Wall Street Journal:
On the Jewish Question  —  Herewith some thoughts about tomorrow's Annapolis peace conference, and the larger problem of how to approach the Israel-Palestine conflict.  The first question (one might think it is obvious but apparently not) is, "What is the conflict about?"
Bret Stephens / Opinion Journal:
Condi's Road to Damascus  —  The price America will pay for her Syrian photo-op.  —  Remember Nancy Pelosi's spring break in Damascus?  Condoleezza Rice apparently does not.  When the House Speaker paid Syrian strongman Bashar Assad a call back in April, President Bush denounced her for sending …
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Novak on Clinton-Obama, 'Prince of Darkness'  —  The transcript follows.  —  Robert D. Novak: Robert Novak standing by...  Floris, Va.: Here's what I've never understood about the Valerie Plame Wilson issue.  Most reporters don't print information without having at least two sources.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Romney: Muslims not needed in Cabinet  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, asked about putting a Muslim in his presidential Cabinet, said that he "cannot see that a Cabinet position would be justified" based on the percentage of Muslims in the U.S., according to an Islamic businessman …
CBS News:
Confident Clinton Takes Aim At Attackers  —  Hillary Clinton Tells Katie Couric Time To "Draw Contrasts" With Her Rivals  —  (CBS) With the Iowa caucus just over a month away, CBS News anchor Katie Couric sat down for an exclusive interview with Democratic frontrunner Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Gingrich Predicts Obama in Iowa  —  ABC News' Ed O'Keefe Reports: Newt Gingrich predicts Barack Obama will win the hotly contested vote in Iowa, saying the junior Senator from Illinois will motivate more energized supported than the former First Lady.  —  "My guess is Senator Obama's …
Discussion: Ankle Biting Pundits
Michael J. Totten:
An Edgy Calm in Fallujah  —  FALLUJAH, IRAQ - "You're probably safer here than you are in New York City," said Marine First Lieutenant Barry Edwards when I arrived in Fallujah.  I raised my eyebrows at him skeptically.  "How many people got shot at last night in New York City?" he said.
Gateway Pundit:
77 Police Officers Injured in Paris- Rioters Using Shotguns!  —  The rampaging youth are shooting at police with shotguns.  —  BBC has video of the street warfare HERE.  —  Young residents of Villiers-le-Bel, a northern Paris suburb, vandalize an abandoned police car during clashes late Monday, Nov. 26, 2007.
Frank J. Gaffney Jr / Washington Times:
Gang rape in Annapolis  —  It is fitting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice chose the U.S. Naval Academy for the venue of today's so-called Mideast peace conference.  The reputation of that extraordinary institution in Annapolis has been sullied in recent years by a succession of rapes of young women.
Max Follmer / The Huffington Post:
Escort Throws Cold Water On Lott Rumor  —  A San Antonio-based gay male escort categorically denied Monday that outgoing GOP Sen. Trent Lott had ever procured his services, putting to bed one of the more stunning rumors to emerge following Lott's announcement earlier in the day that he was leaving Congress.
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
From Sewage, Added Water for Drinking  —  FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — It used to be so final: flush the toilet, and waste be gone.  —  But on Nov. 30, for millions of people here in Orange County, pulling the lever will be the start of a long, intense process to purify the sewage into drinking water …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Bush butchers pronunciation of 'Olmert' and 'Mahmoud.'  —  While reading a joint agreement on principles established between the Israelis and Palestinians at today's Annapolis conference, President Bush stumbled in pronouncing the names of the two leaders standing right next to him …
Briton faces lashes in Sudan over teddy named Mohammed  —  A British primary school teacher in Sudan is facing 40 lashes and up to six months in prison after allowing her pupils to name a teddy bear after the prophet Mohammed.  —  Colleagues of Gillian Gibbons, 54, claim she made an …
Dennis Prager /
The World Doesn't Hate America, the Left Does  —  One of the most widely held beliefs in the contemporary world — so widely held it is not disputed — is that, with few exceptions, the world hates America.  One of the Democrats' major accusations against the Bush administration …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
GOP Comeback Climb Is Increasingly Steep  —  Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott's resignation announcement on Monday was the latest in a wave of retirements to hit congressional Republicans, making an already difficult 2008 electoral landscape even more complicated for the minority party.
Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
That 'Top One Percent'  —  People who are in the top one percent in income receive far more than one percent of the attention in the media.  Even aside from miscellaneous celebrity bimbos, the top one percent attract all sorts of hand-wringing and finger-pointing.
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
WHY WAIT FOR ACTUAL RESULTS?....Talk about the soft bigotry of low expectations.
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Time Magazine Circles The Wagons Around Joe Klein
Associated Press:
Iran says it's produced new missile
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
In Elderly Women, Clinton Sees an Electoral Edge
Alison Vekshin / Bloomberg:
Countrywide Falls as Schumer Seeks Probe of Advances
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Michael Calderone / The Politico:
CNBC deal behind Harwood's WSJ departure
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Washington Post:
Sean Taylor Dies in Miami
Anne Schroeder Mullins / Anne Schroeder's Blogs:
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James Kirchick / The Politico:
Dems marching backward on foreign policy
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
After a Rough Start, Spitzer Rethinks His Ways
Free exchange:
Gintis pummels Krugman
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The Rightosphere Temperature Check For November: Special GOP Primary Edition