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Today's Wikileaks document dump revealed U.S. fears that Pakistan's nuclear weapons will get into the hands of terrorists.

So, here's our QOTD:

CSIS in Wonderland

A spy boss takes on Canada's "specialty:" moral outrage

So now we know the view from the CSIS director's window: besieged by the enemy within!

As if fighting Hezbollah and Al Qaeda wasn't tough enough, CSIS must fight while "tied in knots" by the "Alice-in-Wonderland" law courts. Why, these courts even suggest that it's illegal to use evidence that "may have been derived from torture." And that video of a weeping Omar Khadr being grilled by CSIS agents at Guantanamo? Well, that would surely provoke Canadians to indulge their "knee-jerk anti-Americanism" and "paroxysms of moral outrage" - a "Canadian specialty," it seems.


These, the U.S. Embassy reported, were the views expressed in 2008 by former CSIS director Jim Judd to a visiting State Department official. Judd retired last year after five years at the helm of Canada's Security and Interlligence Service. The cable zinged off to Washington and everyone thought his complaint would never see the light of day.

WikiLeaks has decided otherwise. What to make of it?

NigelWrightWatch: Well, it's official ...

Prime Ministerial Chief of Staff in waiting Nigel S. Wright, currently styled as senior advisor, has been added to the public registry of reporting public office holders covered by the Conflict of Interest Act

So far, the only disclosure filing available for perusal is the summary of agreed compliance measures related to the conflict of interest screen -- or, as he preferred to describe it during last month's committee appearance, his Ethical Wall -- which reads as follows: 

What's in a name?


(UPDATE: This just in - Jason Kenney reacts to the below posting via Twitter: "Apparently I mispronounced Mr. Ignatieff's name 1) I'm sorry. 2) I'm called "Kennedy" every day. 3)The new MP for Vaughan is Julian FantEEno")

Today, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney was brought out to react to last night's byelections.

We got plenty of the regular spin of what this means for the general election and how this bodes for the Conservatives' attempt to increase seats in the Greater Toronto Area.

That's all fine and dandy. Post byelection I expect party spin, even if I don't necessarily believe it.

Here's what I don't buy. I don't buy that Jason Kenney does not know how to say the Liberal leader's name.

An end to Movember

 Staff and members of Parliament, who grew mustaches for the month of November, hold a large mustache on the steps of Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday. They grew moustaches for an awareness campaign about prostate cancer. (Pawel Dwulit/Canadian Press)

It's the last day of November, which means it's time to haul out the oversized novelty paper moustache for the traditional Movember group photo.

Parliamentary staffers and MPs from all parties joined forces to collect more than $30,000 in pledges for prostate cancer research throughout the month.

Liberal MP Geoff Regan posted another version of the group photo on his Facebook account.

Speed Read: Nov. 30, 2010

After devoting a good chunk of the fall session to investigating alleged contract irregularities within the Parliament Hill restoration project, the gang at Government Operations will finally get an opportunity to hear from Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis later this morning. 

At the moment, he's only slated to appear for an hour, which really doesn't seem like nearly enough time to tie up all those dangling plot threads that came out during previous testimony, but at the very least, he may be able to confirm the price of that vanishing overcoat. Check back at 8:30 am for full coverage! 

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UPDATED - Orders of the Day - A funny thing happened on the way to Worse Than Outremont ...

Well, that turned out to be a far more interesting night on the byelection circuit than pretty much anyone was expecting, didn't it? So interesting, in fact -- not one but two races that stubbornly remained too close to call until after midnight -- that it has thrown the OotD production schedule into turmoil. 

Hit the jump for the full post. 

Inside Politics Liveblog: Byelections 2010

For those just itching for an enchanted evening of livebloggery to merge with their passion for mid-session federal voter intention barometers, I'll be back here tonight firing on all cylinders to cover all the byelectoral magic in the GTA riding of Vaughan and Manitoba's Winnipeg North and Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette. CIL window to come. 

See you in a few, y'all! 

 UPDATE: As promised, here's that CoverItLive window. Since the polls close at 9:30 PM EST -- yes, in both Ontario and Manitoba -- I figure the results should start rolling in soon after, so check back then for up to the minute coverage. 

 Oh, and no, sadly, I still haven't mastered the art of simultaneous telebilocation, so I'll be following all three races from what I like to call the Couch Bureau. How will I be doing that, you ask? Well, if all else fails, there's always the Elections Canada live results page, but I'm doing my best to collect local sources as well, so let me know if you know of any streaming TV or radio, or liveblogs or twitterfeeds -- really, anything that will give us an idea of how it's playing out on the ground.  

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