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New RNC Chair’s Lawyer Penned Schiavo Memo

The White House just tapped Sen. Mel Martinez (R.-Fla.) to replace Ken Mehlman as the new RNC chair. In 2005, Martinez’s general counsel admitted that he wrote the memo outlining the political advantage to Republicans from the Terry Schiavo case. (Martinez fired the lawyer after his authorship became public.)

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Bush: I Can Hold Immigrants Forever, Without Trial

From the AP: “Immigrants arrested in the United States may be held indefinitely on suspicion of terrorism and may not challenge their imprisonment in civilian courts,” Bush & Co. officials said Nov. 13.
Maybe it’s time to stop singing that Lee Greenwood song “God Bless the U.S.A” ? (And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free…) Those lyrics don’t quite resonate anymore…

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Rahm Emanuel
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The House that Rahm Built

Ruthless, savvy and profane, DCCC chair Rahm Emanuel played perhaps the largest single role in orchestrating 28 House victories for the Democrats last week. The Chicago Tribune used unprecedented backstage access over the course of the campaign to craft this gripping portrait of a master in action.

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Iraq: Mass Kidnapping Targets Academics

Earlier today some 80 armed gunmen dressed as interior ministry commandos stormed a research institute in Baghdad, kidnapping between 100 and 150 at least 50 people, some of whom were apparently released. The incident follows a series of attacks on academics and prompted Iraq’s higher education minister to close all universities until security is improved. (That order was later rescinded.)

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Bad News for Steak Lovers

Young women who eat plenty of red meat may be up to twice as likely to develop a common form of breast cancer, according to a new study of more than 90,000 women.

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Former Friend: Rumsfeld in ‘Deep Denial’ on Iraq

Ken Adelman, a Defense Policy Board member and former but longtime friend of Donald Rumsfeld, told The New Yorker that Rumsfeld is in a reality-proof bubble when it comes to the Iraq war.

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Democrats Are Set to Subpoena

With control of every committee in Congress starting in January, the Democrats are set to use their new powers to hold hearings on military spending and the Iraq war—and that’s just for starters. The L.A. Times gives you a guided tour.

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The Media’s Centrist Bias

With the battle to frame the meaning of the election ongoing, the media have started to weigh in with a vote for the center.  Time, which referred to the ‘94 Republican takeover of Congress as a “GOP Stampede,” calls the center the “new place to be,” while Newsweek’s cover bizarrely claims the election validates the “centrist” politics of George H.W. Bush. (h/t: Think Progress)

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YouTube Video Prompts FBI Probe of LAPD

The FBI has launched a police brutality investigation of the LAPD after a video surfaced on YouTube of a police officer repeatedly punching a suspected gang member in the face. Read about it, and watch the video.

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wkrn.com

Pelosi Campaigns for Murtha

Nancy Pelosi has thrown her support to ally John Murtha in the race for House majority leader with a letter sent to House Democrats, citing his campaign against the Iraq war as a major factor in the Democrats’ recent midterm victory. (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

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