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3:15 AM ET, November 28, 2008


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Los Angeles Times:
Iraq lawmakers OK pact allowing U.S. forces to stay through 2011  —  Reporting from Baghdad — Iraqi lawmakers today approved a pact allowing U.S. forces to stay in the country through 2011 after winning support from skeptics by promising a public referendum on the plan.
Discussion: Dean's World and Kevin Drum
New York Times:
Iraqi Parliament Approves U.S. Security Pact  —  BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Parliament ratified a long-delayed security agreement on Thursday that lays out a three-year timetable for the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq.  —  For Iraq and the United States, the pact's passage through Parliament …
Agence France Presse:
Iraqi parliament approves landmark US military pact  —  BAGHDAD (AFP) — Iraq's parliament on Thursday approved a landmark military pact that will see all US troops withdraw by the end of 2011, eight years after the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein and plunged the country into chaos.
Associated Press:
Iraqi parliament OKs US troops for 3 more years
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Reuters:   Iraq parliament passes U.S. security pact
The Mayhem in Mumbai  —  Making sense of India's terrorist attacks  —  The attacks targeted the heart of India's financial district, but the shock waves were felt around the globe.  On Wednesday, a group of heavily armed assailants carried out a series of coordinated strikes in Mumbai …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
India's Mainstream And New Media Tell Story Of Mumbai Terror Attacks  —  The shocking and brutal terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India's financial capital city formerly known as Bombay, have pitchforked into the world's consciousness yet another fact about the world's largest democracy …
Walid Phares / Counterterrorism Blog:
Mumbai Terror attacks: Urban Jihad comes to India  —  As we write this short early assessment of the Terror attacks in Mumbai, events are still unforlding in the financial capital of the sub Indian region.  Counter Terrorism units are battling armed elements inside several buildings including …
The Live Feed:
NBC's Rosie O'Donnell variety show disappoints  —  Rosie O'Donnell gave NBC a real turkey.  —  The network's attempt to revive the primetime variety show failed to draw an audience Wednesday night, tying for the evening's lowest-rated program.  —  A mere 5 million viewers tuned …
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Redefining “grownup” and “hack”  —  In a post about the Obama economic team titled The Grownups are Coming, Paul Krugman writes: … Like Paul, I am impressed by the new economic team.  I know best the three economists coming from academia—Larry Summers, Christy Romer, and Austan Goolsbee—and they are all first-rate.
Bsetser / Brad Setser:
If you only read one thing on China this fall ...  Make sure it is the latest World Bank China Quarterly.  —  David Dollar, Louis Kuijs and their colleagues have outdone themselves - and in the process provided a clear assessment of the sources of China's current slowdown and the risks that lie ahead.
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Little buzz for VP-elect Biden  —  CHICAGO — More than three weeks into the transition, and Vice-president elect Joe Biden generates less buzz than the non-existent first puppy.  —  The vice president-elect has not spoken publicly since the election, and was at Barack Obama's side just once …
Discussion: The RBC
Michelle Haimoff / The Huffington Post:
Deepak Chopra on Mumbai: Too Controversial for CNN?  —  A CNN journalist interviewed Deepak Chopra last night about his take on the Mumbai attacks and how to prevent similar attacks in the future, but it looked like producers cut Chopra off when he started to get too controversial.
Fear for lives of Israeli hostages at Mumbai Chabad center  —  (Video) Growing concern for safety of Israelis taken hostage by terrorists after alarming information relayed to top officials in Jerusalem.  State officials tell Ynet 20-25 Israeli nationals have yet to contact families following terror attacks in Indian city.
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Keeping Robert Gates as secretary of defense is a great idea.  —  If the reports are true that Robert Gates will stay on as President Obama's defense secretary, the move is a stroke of brilliance—politically and substantively.  —  In his nearly two years at the helm of the Pentagon …
Discussion: The Reaction
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Barack Obama plans 20000 troop surge to boost Afghan effort
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
A Command of the Law  —  It's Thanksgiving.  I'm thankful for many things right now, despite the stock market, and first among them is the fact that the next U.S. commander in chief is a constitutional law expert and former law professor.  —  Before I get to why, allow me to add two other reasons for thankfulness.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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