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NATIONAL & WORLD DIGEST November 28, 2008

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New York Times
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-India's Suspicion of Pakistan Clouds U.S. Strategy in Region
The attacks seem likely to sour Indian-Pakistani relations and hamper, at least for now, U.S. goals for reconciliation in the region.

-Lest We Forget
The story of how we failed to see this coming has a clear policy implication - that financial market reform should be pressed quickly, and that it should not wait until the crisis is resolved.

-Stimulus for Skeptics
Until we endure some fundamental adjustments in housing prices and consumption, no federal sugar rush is going to restore economic health. But that's not a recipe for doing nothing.

-Guilty Verdict in Cyberbullying Case Provokes Many Questions Over Online Identity
Is lying about one's identity on the Internet now a crime? [...] The woman, Lori Drew, posed as a teenage boy in using the account to send first friendly and then menacing messages to Megan Meier, 13, who killed herself shortly after receiving a message in October 2006 that said in part, "The world would be a better place without you."

-New Smokeless Tobacco Worries Experts
Available in three flavors and packaged in attractive tins, Snus does not have to be spit out and therefore can be used just about anywhere -- "at a concert, right in front of security guards," "on a jet from Miami to L.A.," or at an "overpriced tapas restaurant," a promotional brochure suggests. And Snus delivers a powerful dose of nicotine: eight milligrams in each pouch, a spokesman for the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, which manufacturers Snus, acknowledged on Wednesday. A pouch amounts to a single dose.

Washington Post
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-A Fannie-Freddie Fix
In Lawrence Summers, the president-elect has found the right person to reform the mortgage giants.

-Attributes of Attacks in India Suggest Outside Help
Despite Claim, Still Too Soon to Know Who Masterminded Attack Sophistication and targets involved are markedly different from previous terrorist plots in India; officials eye Islamist networks as culprits.

Miami Herald
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-Obama earning nation's confidence
SDEROT, Israel -- When Candidate Barack Obama visited this emotionally frayed Israeli town last summer, he made the kind of statement that Israelis crave, speaking in deeply personal terms about the country's plight. In this case, he was referring to the struggle of Sderot, which Palestinians in Gaza have targeted during eight years of almost daily rocket fire, and the dilemma of authorities seeking to protect the people. ''If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night,'' Obama said, ``I'm going to do everything in my power to stop that. And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.''


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