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2:40 AM ET, November 27, 2008


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Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Death Toll Rising in India in Coordinated Attacks  —  NEW DELHI — Coordinated terror attacks struck the heart of Mumbai, India's commercial capital, Wednesday evening, targeting at least two five-star hotels, the city's largest commuter train station, a historic movie theater and a hospital.
Times of India:
Terror attacks in Mumbai; 80 dead, over 900 injured  —  27 Nov 2008, 0224 hrs IST, TIMES NEWS NETWORK & AGENCIES  —  Text:  —  Mumbai: In one of the most violent terror attacks on Indian soil, Mumbai came under an unprecedented night attack as terrorists used heavy machine guns …
Michael Evans / Times of London:
Intelligence chiefs were expecting Al-Qaeda spectacular  —  Western intelligence services have been expecting an al-Qaeda spectacular terrorist attack in this crucial period between the end of President George Bush's administration and the succession of Barack Obama.
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
Sky News:
Hostages Held At Mumbai Hotels  —  Terrorists have conducted at least seven coordinated attacks in Mumbai's tourist areas, killing scores and taking ‘many hostages’.  —  Gunmen have targeted luxury hotels, a popular tourist attraction and a crowded train station in at least seven attacks across India's financial capital.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Massive terror plot in Mumbai; 80 dead, 250+ injured; Update: 900 injured; Update: “Chatter” points to Al Qaeda?  Update: 10 separate attacks  —  Awful, and doubly worrisome in light of the FBI alert issued this morning for the NYC subway system.  According to CNN, they hit the airport …
Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Tracking the Mumbai Attacks  —  Mumbai's Taj Hotel, the scene of one in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks.  (Photo: Pal Pillai/AFP/Getty Images)  —  Update |  10:36 p.m. Reader Nitin Bhambhani writes to tell us about watching this unfold from another part of India: … Update |
Bill Roggio / Weekly Standard:
Indian Mujahideen Takes Credit for Mumbai Attacks
Discussion: The Politico
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
Is Pakistani Intelligence Involved in the Terrorist Attacks in India?
Discussion: Associated Press and Power Line
Franken Loses Crucial Ruling in Minnesota Recount  —  (CNN) — Minnesota's Canvassing Board voted unanimously to reject Franken's request to include thousands of absentee ballots that are not included in the recount in the Minnesota senate race between the Democratic challenger and Republican incumbent Norm Coleman.
Scott / Power Line:
Discussion: Where Are My Keys?
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Faced With Setback, Franken Camp Vows To Fight On
Marcia Kramer / WCBS-TV:
Sources: Al Qaeda Targets Amtrak N'east Corridor  —  Heightened Security Presence In Place At Penn Station; Attack Could Cripple Transit Between Boston, Washington  —  Cops, Feds Armed With M16s On Patrol For Forseeable Future  —  CBS News Interactive: America On Guard
Paul Volpe / Capitol Briefing:
Lieberman Contributed to GOP Senate, House Candidates  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-Conn.) support of John McCain's presidential campaign was well known.  His contribution to Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) was not.  (By Melina Mara — The Washington Post Photo)  —  By Paul Kane
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Irrelevant House Republicans  —  Elizabeth Drew has an interesting piece on “The Truth About the Election” but I wanted to comment on this one point: … The thing of it is that it doesn't really matter what Eric Cantor thinks.  The House Republicans are, in effect, irrelevant.
Lukas I. Alpert / New York Post:
LET SANTA LIGHT THE MENORAH  —  WHITE HOUSE IN HANUKKAH TREE GAFFE  —  Merry Hanukkah from the White House!  —  The president and the first lady invited leaders of America's Jewish community for a Hanukkah reception at the White House next month - but raised more than a few eyebrows …
Matthew Yglesias / The Internet Food Association:
Truth to Power: Turkey Sucks  —  Ever noticed that your favorite dishes from your traditional family Thanksgiving are all sides?  And that that one time you had Thanksgiving dinner outside your traditional family gathering the best dishes there were sides?  And how when your friends organized …
Discussion: Emptywheel
Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
OBAMA: CHANGE COMES FROM ME  —  From NBC's Athena Jones  —  CHICAGO — In response to criticism that he is departing from his promise to bring change to Washington because several members of his economic team were Beltway insiders, Barack Obama said today that his team would combine experience …
Discussion: and rubber hose
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Voters Fail the Test  —  WASHINGTON — So much for the wisdom of The People.  —  A new report from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) on the nation's civic literacy finds that most Americans are too ignorant to vote.  —  Out of 2,500 American quiz-takers, including college students …
Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. / The Jawa Report:
Terrorists: Yes, Our Official Website Is Hosted in the U.S., so What?  —  Our friends at the NEFA foundation have released a translation of a communique from the “Shebaab al-Mujahideen Movement in Somalia” condemning al Jazeera for passing along false information that they condemned piracy off the coast of Somalia.
Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:
Career Opportunities, The Ones That Never Knock  —  The other day I wondered what the reported ascendence of Jim Steinberg to deputy secretary of state meant for Richard Holbrooke's job prospects.  Reading about the latest maneuvering in Iraq on the status of forces agreement …
Anita Snow / Associated Press:
Raul Castro to Sean Penn: he'd meet Obama at Gitmo  —  HAVANA - Cuban President Raul Castro said in an interview released Wednesday that he would like to meet President-elect Barack Obama on “neutral ground” — and he suggested the American naval base at Guantanamo Bay.
Discussion: Campaign Silo
Brownsox / Daily Kos:
GA-Sen: Race still tight; will Obama come?  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 11/23-25.  Likely voters.  MoE 4% (11/17-19 numbers). … These numbers are in contrast to an InsiderAdvantage poll that showed a three-point race, and a Democratic poll which had it at two points.  —  Why the difference?
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