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5:10 PM ET, November 27, 2007

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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Journalistic Malpractice At The Christian Science Monitor  —  Yesterday, Mansoor Ijaz stirred up controversy by claiming that Mitt Romney was an anti-Muslim bigot after supposedly refusing to consider Muslims for Cabinet positions.  Romney, while not specifically denying the quote …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
First Read: Romney clarifies Muslim statement
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 …
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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.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama got Oprah, Clinton got Streisand
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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.
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Time Magazine Circles The Wagons Around Joe Klein  —  I've spent all morning on the phone trying to figure out who the editor at Time Magazine was on Joe Klein's FISA column (the one Klein has now written about five times, fully admitting he never read the original bill).
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Rep. Rush Holt / The Huffington Post:
What's Really in the RESTORE Act  —  I was pleased to see Time Magazine columnist Joe Klein acknowledge that he "may have made a mistake" in his column attacking the House Majority ("The Tone Deaf Democrats") and misrepresenting the RESTORE Act.  Unfortunately, Mr. Klein still professes confusion toward …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Extreme right wing Phil Kline investigated by KCTV5  —  You may know of Phil Kline by his numerous appearances with Bill O'Reilly and his constant attacks on Planned Parenthood.  You'd think he would have won his election against Paul Morrison because of all the free publicity, but he got defeated.
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The KC Blue Blog:
BREAKING NEWS: KCTV 5 BUSTS PHIL KLINE  —  KCTV 5 Exclusive 8 month investigation into Johnson County DA Phil Kline has uncovered major news that is likely to force the DA to resign or be removed from office.  —  An investigation started in January of this year first uncovered …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Shakespeare's Sister
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
EPIPHANY  —  Over the Thanksgiving holiday I was looking at some polling charts at pollster.com.  And I had what I can only call a computational epiphany.  Those of us who are watching the races at least somewhat closely know that the basic tension in the Republican race is that Rudy Giuliani …
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.
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Ralph Peters / New York Post:   NO LASTING PEACE  —  SHORT of intolerable carnage …
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 …
Washington Post:
Bush, Maliki Sign Pact on Iraq's Future  —  Mandate to Be Extended, But Troop Issue Unsettled  —  President Bush reached a deal yesterday that is intended to lead to a more normalized, long-term relationship between the United States and Iraq by the time he leaves office …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Follow the Fundamentals  —  Lou Dobbs is winning.  He's not winning personally.  He's not going to start winning presidential awards or elite respect.  But his message is winning.  Month by month the ideas that once prevailed on the angry fringe enter the mainstream and turn into conventional wisdom.
Discussion: The Swamp and US Elections
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 …
Jesse Jackson / Chicago Sun Times:
Most Democratic candidates are ignoring African Americans  —  Can Democrats get the votes they need simply because they're not Republicans?  You might think so in this presidential campaign.  African-American and urban votes are critical to any Democratic victory.
Cynthia Johnston / Reuters:
YouTube stops account of Egypt anti-torture activist  —  The video-sharing Web site YouTube has suspended the account of a prominent Egyptian anti-torture activist who posted videos of what he said was brutal behaviour by some Egyptian policemen, the activist said.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Pew Research Center:
Public Sees Progress in War Effort  —  Summary of Findings  —  For the first time in a long time, nearly half of Americans express positive opinions about the situation in Iraq.  A growing number says the U.S. war effort is going well, while greater percentages also believe the United States …
Discussion: The Swamp and Talking Points Memo
 
 
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Louise Nordstrom / Associated Press:
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Nicholas Wapshott / New York Sun:
Talks Are Set on Ending Battle of Iraq
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Susan Milligan / Boston Globe:
Kennedy agrees to pen memoirs in lucrative deal
The Corner:
It's Time for Tax Cuts
Discussion: The New Republic
Associated Press:
Court says US border inspections of Muslims were allowed
Michelle Malkin:
The Mohammed Teddy Bear Blasphemy update: Teacher awaits her fate
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
WHY WAIT FOR ACTUAL RESULTS?....Talk about the soft bigotry of low expectations.
Faiz / Think Progress:
Bush butchers pronunciation of 'Olmert' and 'Mahmoud.'
Dennis Prager / Townhall.com:
The World Doesn't Hate America, the Left Does
Discussion: Firedoglake
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
DEAD HEAT IN IOWA... STILL
Washington Post:
Sean Taylor Dies in Miami
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
GOP Comeback Climb Is Increasingly Steep
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Novak on Clinton-Obama, 'Prince of Darkness'