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6:00 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.
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.
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:
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 …
Ramola Talwar Badam / Associated Press:
Gunmen kill at least 78 in attacks across Mumbai
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
Times of India:
Seven foreigners among 200 taken hostage at Mumbai's Taj
Discussion: Pajamas Media and 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.
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 /
A Crippling Blow for the Franken Campaign
Discussion: Political Machine
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
Jeanne Carstensen / Salon:
Why churches fear gay marriage  —  For author Richard Rodriguez, no one is talking about the real issues behind Proposition 8.  —  While conservative churches are busy trying to whip up another round of culture wars over same-sex marriage, Rodriguez says the real reason for their panic lies elsewhere …
Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
Obama beats record for press conferences  —  In the 22 days since winning the White House, President-elect Barack Obama has taken 22 questions from reporters and has done two sit-down television interviews.  —  The Democrat held his fourth press conference since Nov. 4 in Chicago Wednesday morning …
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 …
Discussion: DCist, Think Progress and Gawker
Where's Sock Puppet's Bailout?  —  Live from Congress, the infamous mascot, Sock Puppet, comes to lobby Washington for a bailout.  —  Approximately two minutes and 20 seconds.  —  To embed this video at your website, go here.  —  “Where's Sock Puppet's Bailout?” was written and produced by Ted Balaker.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama's Speechwriter Moves to the White House  —  CHICAGO - President-elect Barack Obama's wordsmith is moving to the West Wing.  —  In his latest round of White House staff announcements, Mr. Obama said Wednesday that he was naming Jon Favreau as his director of speechwriting.
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