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7:45 PM ET, November 26, 2008

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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.
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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 …
Alice Miles / Times of London:
Foreigners targeted in co-ordinated Bombay attacks  —  Gunmen stalked a hotel in Bombay looking for British and US passport holders during co-ordinated attacks across the city that have left at least 80 dead and 250 injured.  —  A series of shootings and bomb blasts at luxury hotels and bars …
Times of India:
Seven foreigners among 200 taken hostage at Mumbai's Taj
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Dave Orrick / The Politico:
Franken loses absentee ballot appeal  —  The state Canvassing Board today rejected Democrat Al Franken's request to count absentee ballots his campaign says were wrongly rejected by poll judges.  —  Republican Sen. Norm Coleman's team had argued that the board lacks the power to include those ballots in the recount.
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CNN:
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.
Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Canvassing Board meets today about rejected absentee ballots
Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:   A Crippling Blow for the Franken Campaign
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Joe Klein's extreme revisionism  —  (updated below)  —  Joe Klein, this week's Time Magazine, on George Bush's legacy: … Joe Klein, Face the Nation, May 4, 2003, with Bob Schieffer — 3 days after Bush's Mission Accomplished speech: … I'm glad that many people, including some journalists …
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Joe Klein / Time:
Bush's Last Days: The Lamest Duck  —  We have “only one President at a time,” Barack Obama said in his debut press conference as President-elect.  Normally, that would be a safe assumption — but we're learning not to assume anything as the charcoal-dreary economic winter approaches.
Jack Goldsmith / Washington Post:
No New Torture Probes  —  There has been much speculation about how the Obama administration will deal with what many view as the Bush administration's harsh, abusive and illegal interrogation program.  Some have called for an investigation by Congress or the Justice Department, possibly leading to criminal sanctions.
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
A NEW DAY FOR TURKEY.  —  Like Matt, I have strong sectarian feelings against turkey.  But unlike him, I'm a political realist, I believe in mitigation, not abolition.  So as long as turkey is going to sit like a colossus atop the Thanksgiving meal, we may as well figure out a way to reduce its suck factor.
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Matthew Yglesias / The Internet Food Association:
Truth to Power: Turkey Sucks
Discussion: Emptywheel
Richard Esposito / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: NY Rail Plot Details Based on ‘Reliable’ FBI Source  —  New Information in Last 48 Hours Led to Public Warning  —  Uniformed police officers have flooded New York City's Penn Station, home to the Long Island Rail Road, following a warning from the FBI of a “plausible but unsubstantiated” …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Michelle Obama's ‘Mommy’ Stamp  —  When Michelle Obama took to describing her new role as mom in chief, my first reaction was to wince at her words.  My second reaction was to identify with them.  —  I was okay, actually, with what Obama said.  But I worried: Did she have to say it out loud, quite so explicitly?
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Lori Drew Not Guilty of Felonies in Landmark Cyberbullying Trial  —  LOS ANGELES — Lori Drew, the 49-year-old woman charged in the first federal cyberbullying case, was cleared of felony computer-hacking charges by a jury Wednesday morning, but convicted of three misdemeanors.
Discussion: StephenBainbridge.com and Jezebel
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Strategic Presidency  —  I've now done a kind of scan-read of Team of Rivals à la a person preparing for a college final.  And I have to say that, like Daniel Drezner and most others I've spoken to, what Obama's doing doesn't actually seem to follow that template in anything other than a very superficial sense.
Discussion: Think Progress and Swampland
Paul Krugman:
About that advisory board  —  Too big to fail?  —  A thought I've had: there have been some complaints from movement progressives about the centrism/orthodoxy of Obama's economics appointments.  To some extent this was unavoidable, I think: someone like the Treasury secretary …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Washington Post:
Send Bill Clinton to the Senate  —  Amid the blizzard of résumés blanketing Washington as the Obama era dawns, there is a superbly qualified candidate for full employment whose name has been overlooked.  We refer, of course, to William Jefferson Clinton, America's 42nd chief executive and commander in chief.
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
Discussion: Campaign Silo and www.redstate.com
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Re: Which History?  —  Mark K, while I was down in Australia a while back, they had a big Education Summit going on, and the then Prime Minister, the great John Howard, used a marvelous phrase to me about how they wanted to teach Oz history — as an “heroic national narrative”.  We don't do that.
Ryan / The Bellows:
Bad to the End  —  You know, president Bush had absolutely nothing to lose in the lame duck session.  Not a thing.  His reputation is already tarnished beyond repair.  His legacy — economic disaster, thousands of lives lost to questionable ends, torture, domestic surveillance …
 
 
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