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Iraqis clean up the site of a car bombing in central Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008. A bomb in a parked car exploded near the National Theater in the mainly Shiite district of Karradah on Saturday evening, killing at least five and wounding 23, according to police and hospital officials. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraqis clean up the site of a car bombing in central Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008. A bomb in a parked car exploded near the National Theater in the mainly Shiite district of Karradah on Saturday evening, killing at least five and wounding 23, according to police and hospital officials. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraqi Cabinet approves security pact with US

QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | November 16, 2008 10:13 AM EST | AP

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Cabinet on Sunday approved a security pact with the United States that will allow American forces to stay in Iraq for three years after their U.N. mandate expires at the end of the year.

The decision followed months of difficult negotiations and, pending parliamentary approval, will remove a major point of contention between the two allies. Parliament’s deputy speaker, Khalid al-Attiyah, said he expected the 275-member legislature to begin debating the document this week and vote on it by Nov. 24.

The U.S. government agreed last week to an Iraqi request to amend the draft. The amendment removed what al-Attiyah said was ambiguous language that could allow U.S. forces not to adhere to a timeline for their withdrawal from Iraqi cities by the end of June and from the entire country by Jan. 1, 2012.

The Shiite, Kurdish and Sunni parties making up Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government dominate parliament, so there is a good chance that the legislature will approve the security pact.

The final draft of the agreement is designed to meet Iraqi concerns over its sovereignty and its security needs as it continues to grapple with a diminished but persistent insurgency.

It provides for the departure of U.S. forces from Iraq by the end of 2011 and gives Iraq the right to try U.S. soldiers and defense contractors in the case of serious crimes committed off-duty and off-base. It also prohibits the U.S. from using Iraqi territory to attack Iraq’s neighbors, like Syria and Iran.

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Palin’s Crotch Shot At Miami Governor’s Meeting (PHOTO)

Sarah Palin’s poolside crotch shot at Governor’s meeting…

From: Ideas and Revolution

Posted by MJ “revoltingpawn” on November 15, 2008

Sarah (dumb dumb) Palin just can’t stay out of the news even with the Presidential race over. This candid photo was taken poolside while she was breaking from the Republican Governor’s Conference in Miami as seen on many celebrity gossip sites. No pics of Ms. Palin only in her swimsuit have surfaced as of yet. I guess we are lucky she wasn’t in Britney Spears mode.

There is even a rumour now that she was offered a spot on the TV show Desperate Housewives but ABC executives denied it.

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SNL: Jason Sudeikis As Biden- VIDEO (11/15/08)

Biden Mocked On SNL: How High Was That Gaffe On The Blunder Scale?

Huffington Post/NBC |   November 16, 2008 10:21 AM

On “Saturday Night Live,” Jason Sudeikis, playing Joe Biden, mocked the vice president-elect’s tendency to make gaffes and strained to emphasize that he’d be just as entertaining as Sarah Palin.

“You don’t think I can give a train-wreck interview with Katie Couric? Just name the time and the place and Joe Biden will bring the train!”

WATCH IT NOW HERE

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Humanists launch Godless ad campaign in DC…

From: Ideas and Revolution

Posted by MJ “revoltingpawn” on November 13, 2008

I first seen this at Stupid Evil Bastard’s blog about the American Humanist Association launching an ad campaign in the DC area mainly on city buses proclaiming “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake?”. The ad directs people to go to a special website so they can connect with like minded people in DC and nationally.

Here are images of the ads used in the campaign…

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Questions for Karl Rove

Party Loyalist

DEBORAH SOLOMON | NYT | November 16, 2008

Do you see the election results as a repudiation of your politics?

Our new president-elect won one and a half points more than George W. Bush won in 2004, and he did so, in great respect, by adopting the methods of the Bush campaign and conducting a vast army of persuasion to identify and get out the vote.

16q4-190But what about your great dream of creating a permanent Republican governing majority in Washington?

I never said permanent. Durable.

Do you think John McCain attacked too much or not enough?

Dissecting the campaign that way is not helpful.

Have you met Barack Obama?

Yes, I know him. He was a member of the Senate while I was at the White House and we shared a mutual friend, Ken Mehlman, his law-school classmate. When Obama came to the White House, we would talk about our mutual friend.

Did you have lunch together? Talk in the hall?

We sat in the meeting room and chatted before the meeting. He had a habit of showing up early, which is a good courtesy.

Are you going to send him a little note congratulating him?
I already have. I sent it to his office. I sent him a handwritten note with funny stamps on the outside.

What kind of funny stamps?
Stamps.

Do you have any advice for him? You already criticized Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s new chief of staff, as a sharply partisan choice.
I raised a question as to whether this would be the best use of Rahm Emanuel’s talents. If you’re trying to work through a big legislative priority, it is sort of hard if you have a guy who has a reputation as a tough, hard, take-no-prisoners, head-in-your-face, scream-and-shout, send-them-a-dead-fish partisan.

What about you? You were always seen as very partisan.
I wasn’t the chief of staff. And you’d be surprised by the Democrats I actually met, got to know and worked with. (more…)

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Rahm Emanuel Roasts Stephen Colbert (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | November 15, 2008

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White House chief of staff-designate Rahm Emanuel took some time off from the transition Friday night to hurl barbs at his longtime pseudo-nemesis Stephen Colbert (as well as Joe Biden, Sarah Palin, Joe Lieberman, et al…)

Colbert was roasted as part of a charity event for the Spina Bifida Association, organized every year by Judy Woodruff and Al Hunt. (Click here to donate to the cause.)

We’ve posted some text highlights from Emanuel and Colbert below, and videographer/journalist Liz Glover was kind enough to pass along video of the event (note: the first minute or so is choppy). Enjoy:

Link to Video

Some highlights from Rahm’s speech:

On Joe Biden: “Unfortunately, Joe Biden couldn’t make it here tonight. Joe’s the one who predicted that President-elect Obama will be tested by a crisis in the first six months of his presidency. What he didn’t mention: the crisis will no doubt be over something Joe said.”

On Steny Hoyer: Stephen is a guy who knows that no matter how smart or successful he is, he’ll always play second fiddle to Jon Stewart. If he thinks that’s humiliating, try standing behind Steny Hoyer.

On Barack Obama: Of course, Stephen and I do have our differences. Stephen believes the messiah is Jesus Christ. In my briefing books, that’s Barack Obama.

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