Barack Obama tries to run down the clock.

A summary of what's in the major U.S. newspapers.
Nov. 2 2008 6:40 AM

Almost There

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The NYT fronts a look at a tribal militia that is fighting the Taliban in Pakistan. The Bruner district has armed 15,000 regular citizens to fight off insurgents, hoping to deter the Taliban and keep the heavy-handed Pakistani army from intervening.

The LAT fronts news that North Korea is on the brink of another famine, caused by mismanagement and delayed aid shipments from China and South Korea.

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And the LAT goes inside with a look at Israelis' increasing nervousness over Iran. The piece says most Israelis think they will have to unilaterally strike Iran's nuclear facilities during the next few years. As always, there's no guarantee that would work.

Barron YoungSmith is the former online editor of the New Republic.