The Note: Best in Note

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29

NEWS SUMMARY

As long-time readers know, the last Tuesday of every month is reserved for The Note's "Best of . . ." feature.

So, without further ado, your November 29, 2005 "Best of The Note" Awards (c).

Best Story Teeing up Wednesday's Para-Mega Bush Speech on Iraq: The Wall Street Journal's Dreazen, Jaffe, and McKinnon, whose must-read story also prominently raises the Notion of civil war in Iraq as potentially foreshadowed by sectarian militias.

Best Reasons to Read America's Finest Op-ed Page: The Wall Street Journal's editorial on Duke Cunningham; Joe Lieberman's Nicolle-Wallace-couldn't-write-it-better-herself op-ed on staying the course in Iraq; and Dick Armey's op-ed trashing the Republican Congress, complete with an anonymous swipe at Tom DeLay.

Best Story on what Patrick Fitzgerald Is Doing: Diamond Jim VandeHei in the Washington Post, suggesting that Viveca Novak is a witness for the defense. LINK

Best Daily Story on what Rep. Duke Cunningham Did: Babcock and Weisman in the Washington Post. LINK

Best News Analysis on What the Cunningham Situation Means: Jeff Birnbaum in the Washington Post, in full Gucci Gulch mode. LINK

Best National Daily Story on President Bush's Immigration Pitch (tie): Dick Stevenson in the New York Times LINK and Warren Vieth and Nicole Gaouette in the Los Angeles Times LINK

Best Regional Daily Story on President Bush's Immigration Pitch: Michael Riley and Anne Mulkern of the Denver Post LINK

Best Way to Tee Up Today's Invitation-only New School Forum on the 2005 New York City Mayoral Race with Impeccable Timing: Dynamic duo Pat Healy and Jim Rutenberg in the New York Times on Fernando Ferrer and Roberto Ramirez doing some serious blame placing, finger pointing, and pre-framing. LINK

Best Indication (as if any were needed) That the Media (HEARTS) John McCain for the Republican Nomination in 2008: Peter Canellos's column in the Boston Globe, which makes Tucker Carlson look restrained. LINK

Best Indication (as if any were needed) That the Boston Globe Will Cover the Dickens out of Every Presidential Step Mitt Romney Takes: Scot Lehigh's column in the Boston Globe, which makes Frank Phillips look restrained. LINK

Best Reason Republicans Who Hate No Child Left Behind Have to Hate It More: The New York Times ed board defense of it. LINK

Best Reason to Read All the Alito Stories: They all have different takes: LINK LINK LINK and LINK

Best Reason to Forget Ron Fournier: The AP's Liz Sidoti's venture into the President and 2006 politics. LINK

Best Curtain Raiser on the Political Portion of the President's Trip to Maryland: Julie Hirschfeld Davis in the Baltimore Sun LINK

Best new reporting on the Abramoff case: Jonathan D. Salant of Bloomberg News. LINK

Best Story for Junkies: The AP's curtain raising of the New Hampshire plan to save first-in-the-nation status for the Granite State. LINK

President Bush visits US Borer Patrol Headquarters in El Paso, TX at 11:00 am ET before heading to Denver, CO to help raise some money for Rep. Marilyn Musgrave's (R-CO) re-election effort. The President will deliver remarks at 3:00 pm ET.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hold a Pentagon briefing at 1:15 pm ET.

Three months after Hurricane Katrina, Walter Isaacson, the vice chairman of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, delivers 12:45 pm ET remarks to the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC.

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