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11:40 AM ET, November 27, 2008


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New York Times:
Sophisticated Attacks, but Al Qaeda Link Disputed  —  HONG KONG — They came wearing black hoods, firing automatic weapons and throwing grenades.  They took hostages and attacked two hotels, a movie theater, a café, a train station and other popular and undefended “soft targets.”  —  Who are they?
Mumbai toll climbs as hotel standoffs continue  —  MUMBAI, India (CNN) — Indian police are still battling to release hostages the morning after gunmen carried out brazen attacks across southern Mumbai, killing more than 100 people and taking hostages in multiple locations.
Jerusalem Post:
‘Eight Israelis held by terrorists in Mumbai Chabad House’  —  Indian commandos and police were evacuating civilians and cordoning off the area apparently in preparation to storm the Chabad House in Mumbai, India, where a rabbi, his wife and several other Israelis were being held hostage, according to IBN, an Indian news agency.
Amit Varma / The India Uncut Blog:
A Night Out In Mumbai (Updated)  —  This is turning out to be one crazy night.  A friend of mine had an opening of her art exhibition a few hours ago, so we ventured to South Bombay for that.  We attended the exhibition, sipped the litchee juice, nibbled on party snacks, and then six of us headed out for dinner.
New York Times:
Some Hostages Free After Indian Attacks  —  MUMBAI, India — Indian police commandos rescued some hostages on Thursday as standoffs continued against heavily armed militants who a day earlier had swept into Mumbai, India's commercial capital, in a shocking series of coordinated and bloody attacks.
José M. Guardia / Barcepundit:
MASSACRE in Mumbai: Amit Varma was there.  I'm glad he's ok.  —  More than 100 people still held hostage.  —  More witnesses reports @ CNN.  —  Map of where the attack took place (Guardian)  —  Big roundup on how the new and the old media were covering, @ The Moderate Voice.  —  Live streaming @ CNN-IBN.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Massive terror plot in Mumbai; 80 dead, 250+ injured; Update …
Jules Crittenden:
Things To Be Thankful For In A Troubled World  —  The war in Iraq is looking more and more like peace.  Afghanistan, while reportedly in flux and seeing more violence, is not the conflagration some reports suggest it is.  There have been 17 American military deaths in Iraq so far this month …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Neptunus Lex
We're doing some things just right.  —  Us Mercenary Bastid War Profiteer Contractor Parasites got a break from teaching Iraqi kaydets how to stay alive after slipping the surly bonds of earth at about noon today.  I stopped to chat with two of the Kurdish kaydets in Class 70.
Discussion: Mudville Gazette
American Thinker:
Obama on the ‘urgency’ of combating ‘global warming’
Discussion: PoliGazette
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Good Time For a Brainy President  —  When I started covering the White House more than 50 years ago, I believed that the smarter a president was, the better he would be.  That was wrong.  —  Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan were certainly not intellectuals, but they understood the power …
Discussion: marbury
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Iraqi Lawmakers Extend Agreement With U.S. Military for 3 Years  —  The Iraqi Parliament on Thursday approved a security pact that charts the way for the U.S. military to end its presence in Iraq eight years after the invasion by a U.S.-led coalition led to the fall of Saddam Hussein.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Bush: ‘I will miss being Commander-in-Chief’  —  In his last Thanksgiving address in the White House, President Bush said Thursday that he will miss being the leader of the U.S. armed forces.  —  “During this holiday season, we give thanks for those who defend our freedom.
Russia to complete Iran nuclear plant in 2009 -Tass  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will complete Iran's first nuclear power plant in 2009, Itar-Tass news agency quoted the head of Russia's state nuclear corporation as saying on Thursday.  —  The launch of the Bushehr plant's nuclear reactor has frequently been delayed.
Discussion: and Don Surber
George Packer / New Yorker:
THE MORAL STAGE OF WALL STREET  —  Swiss bankers are not known as paragons of transparency and moral accountability, so it's a nice surprise to read that the top officials of UBS, the foundering financial institution recently bailed out by the Swiss government, will forgo twenty-seven million dollars in compensation and bonuses.
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Remorseful Ex-Officials Decline Pay From UBS
Discussion: Working Life and AMERICAblog News
Scott / Power Line:
MINNESOTA SENATE RECOUNT, UPDATE IX  —  The Coleman campaign has just issued the following press release that confirms the nightmare scenarios sketched out by John Fund in his Wall Street Journal column today: … It's hard to believe that Minnesotans will take kindly to having …
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Faced With Setback, Franken Camp Vows To Fight On
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