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Ace of Spades HQ
  Ann Althouse
American Spectator
  Ben Stein
The American Street
  Kevin Hayden
  Julia @AmStreet
  Andrew Sullivan
Angry Bear
  Angry Bear
Associated Press
  Faiza Saleh Ambah
  Mariam Fam
Asymmetrical Information
  Jane Galt
The Australian
Backcountry Conservative
  Chad Evans
Beautiful Atrocities
  Jeff @BeautifulAtrocities
  Gregory Djerejian
Betsy's Page
  Betsy Newmark
The Blogging of the President
  Matt Stoller
Body and Soul
  Jeanne D'Arc
Boston Globe
  Anne Barnard
BrothersJudd Blog
  Orrin Judd
The Buck Stops Here
  Stuart Buck
Burnt Orange Report
  Guest Contributor
  Jeff Jarvis
Captain's Quarters
  Captain Ed
  Tully @Centerfield
Chicago Tribune
  Geoff Dougherty
  Arthur Chrenkoff
Christian Science Monitor
  Steve Knipp
Citizen Smash
CJR Campaign Desk Home
  Zachary Roth
The Claremont Institute
  John Eastman
Clayton Cramer's BLOG
  Clayton Cramer
The Corner
  Cliff May
  Lambert @Corrente
  RDF @Corrente
  The Farmer
Daily Kos
  Damian Penny
Dan Gillmor's eJournal
  Dan Gillmor
  Daniel Drezner
  Ed Driscoll
  Ed Cone
Electablog* U.S. Ambassador to Cyberspace
  David Allan Pell
  Noam Scheiber
Happy Furry Puppy Story Time with Norbizness
Harry's Place
  Gene @HarrysPlace
Hit and Run
  Nick Gillespie
  Brian Doherty
Houston Chronicle
  Nora Jacobson
Human Events
  Armstrong Williams
Informed Comment
  Juan Cole
  Glenn Reynolds
  Phillip Carter
Israel news and commentary from IsraPundit
  Ted Belman
Jerusalem Post
  Janine Zacharia
  Tom Maguire
  Reuben Staines
L.A. Observed
  Kevin Roderick
The Left Coaster
  Pessimist @LeftCoaster
  Yuval Rubinstein
  Steve Soto
  Mary @LeftCoaster
Little Green Footballs
  Charles Johnson
Los Angeles Times
  Michael Scheuer
  Warren Vieth
  Joel Stein
Marginal Revolution
  Alex Tabarrok
Matthew Yglesias
  Matthew Yglesias
Miami Herald
  Glenn Garvin
Michelle Malkin
  Michelle Malkin
The Moderate Voice
  Joe Gandelman
  Anthony Shadid
  Jerome Armstrong
Natalie Solent
  Natalie Solent
National Review
  Jennifer C. Braceras
New York Magazine
  Greg Sargent
  Christopher McDougall
New York Press
  Matt Taibbi
New York Sun
New York Times
  Douglas Jehl
  Benjamin Weiser
  Monica Davey
  John F. Burns
  Dean E. Murphy
  Peter Wilkinson
  Steve Martin
  Raymond Hernandez
  Nicholas D. Kristof
Obsidian Wings
  Hilzoy @ObsidianWings
Oliver Willis
  Oliver Willis
Opinion Journal
  Steven Malanga
  Arthur Chrenkoff
Outside The Beltway
  James Joyner
  David Adesnik
Pacific Views
  Natasha @PacificViews
  Jesse Taylor
  Pejman Yousefzadeh
The Peking Duck
  Richard TPD
The People's Republic of Seabrook
  Jack Cluth
Politics from Left to Right
  Chris Nolan
Power Line
  The Big Trunk
  Greg Ransom
  Steve Bainbridge
  Cori Dauber
The Right Coast
  Mike Rappaport
The Rittenhouse Review
  James Martin Capozzola
the road to surfdom
  Tim Dunlop
Roger Ailes
  Roger Ailes
Roger L. Simon
  Roger L. Simon
  Jack K.
  Brian Micklethwait
San Francisco Chronicle
Scotland Sunday Herald
  Neil Mackay
Secular Blasphemy
  Jan Haugland
Seeing The Forest
  Dave Johnson
Shot In The Dark
  Mitch Berg
  Faisal @ShrillBlog
The Sideshow
  Avedon Carol
skippy the bush kangaroo
Southern Appeal
  Michael DeBow
  Rice Grad
Steve Gilliard's News Blog
  Steve Gilliard
Suburban Guerrilla
  Susan Madrak
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire
  Taegan Goddard
the talking dog
  Talking Dog
  Jeralyn Merritt
  Matthew Yglesias
  Sam Rosenfeld
Tech Central Station
  James K. Glassman
  Philip Sherwell
  Dominic Lawson
This Modern World
  Tom Tomorrow
Tim Blair
  Tim Blair
  Ogged @Unfogged
Unqualified Offerings
  Jim Henley
The Volokh Conspiracy
  Orin Kerr
  Juan Non-Volokh
War and Piece
  Laura Rozen
The Washington Monthly
  Kevin Drum
  Paul Glastris
Washington Post
  Jeffrey H. Birnbaum
  David S. Broder
  Rick Weiss
  Bradley Graham
  Thomas E. Ricks
  Michael Getler
  Doug Struck
  Steve Coll
Weekly Standard
  Robert J. Barro
  Fred Barnes
White House
Winds of Change.NET
  Armed Liberal
Yale Daily News
  Sam Kahn

Students heckle Iranian president
  BBC   —   Permalink 
Iranian students have interrupted a speech by President Mohammad Khatami to mark Student Day at Tehran university.
Students chanted "Shame on you" and "Where are your promised freedoms?" to express their frustration with the failure of Iran's reform movement.
Captain Ed: Iranian Students Mock Khatami — In another sign that so-called Iranian "reformers" have lost their credibility among...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: VOICES OF THE BETRAYED — Did Mohammad Khatami really expect otherwise?
Orrin Judd: SHAKEN THAT THEY STIRRED: Students heckle Iranian president (BBC, 12/06/04) [snipped quote] tick...tick...tick...
Giblets: National Review's The Corner says that it's "very cool" that lame duck reformist Iranian president Mohammed Khatami is getting heckled by students.
Betsy Newmark: At least these students had the courage to voice their opinions.
FrancoAlemán: THIS IS FANTASTIC NEWS: [snipped quote] Something's moving in the land of the ayatollahs, and it's a good thing;...
Also: Glenn Reynolds, KJL

NAACP Head Mfume Didn't Retire, He Was Booted Out
  By / Human Events   —   Permalink 
Don't believe the well scripted press conference where former President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Kweisi Mfume, announced his resignation. Mfume did not resign from the nation's oldest and most prestigious civil rights organization.
James Joyner: Was Kweisi Mfume Fired? Armstrong Williams asserts "NAACP Head Mfume Didn't Retire, He Was Booted Out."
Ace: A Purge the Media Isn't Interested In: Mfume Booted From NAACP For Daring to Reach Out To Republicans — Yeahp, oddly...
Orrin Judd: EXPLOIT THE RIFT: NAACP Head Mfume Didn't Retire, He Was Booted Out (Armstrong Williams, Dec 6, 2004, Human Events)...
Mitch Berg: Armstrong Williams' story on the subject in Human Events ends like this: [snipped quote] Getting from point A to point Z is an interesting - and telling - journey.
Betsy Newmark: Armstrong Williams has the straight dope on why Kweisi Mfume had to leave the NAACP.

  By / New York Press   —   Permalink 
We've got to repudiate, you know, the most strident and insulting anti-American voices out there sometimes on our party's left... We can't have our party identified by Michael Moore and Hollywood as our cultural values.
Lambert @Corrente: So, has the DLC really been infiltrated by Republican moles? Just asking.
Tom Tomorrow: More Moore — Taibbi: "We've got to repudiate, you know, the most strident and insulting anti-American voices out there...
Atrios: Icky People — Taibbi on who's behind the campaign to shun the icky people.

What's the Matter With Kansas?
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
Kansas is a reliable "red" state; President Bush carried it by nearly 21% in 2000 and padded his margin to nearly 26% this year. The state's rock-solid support of Mr. Bush and other conservative candidates has sent at least one of its native sons, political commentator Thomas Frank, into paroxysms of rage.
Betsy Newmark: Steven Malanga looks at the lies and misstatements of fact in Thomas Frank's cri de coeur, What's the Matter with Kansas?
Steve Bainbridge: In his influential book What's the Matter with Kansas?, left-liberal social critic Thomas Frank argued, as the...
Orrin Judd: NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE: What's the Matter With Kansas? : Not a thing, it turns out.
Tully @Centerfield: What's the Matter With Kansas? : Not a thing, it turns out
Glenn Reynolds: Of course, they can't even get Kansas right.

President Bush and President Musharraf Discuss International Relations, Commerce
  White House   —   Permalink 
PRESIDENT BUSH: It's my honor to welcome a friend, a leader, President Musharraf of Pakistan. He is a person with whom I've worked very closely over the past four years, a person with whom I look forward to working closely over the next four years.
Kevin Drum: DEMOCRACY PROMOTION...Speaking of "getting serious," Noam Scheiber points us toward the president's recent comments...
Noam Scheiber: BUSH DIGS UP IRONY'S CORPSE AND KILLS IT AGAIN: Reader R. L. in Washington, D.C. e-mails with an excerpt from Bush's...
Matthew Yglesias: Via Noam Scheiber, the president's odd ideas about Pakistani democracy: [snipped quote] For some reason a lot of Muslims...

Fox to Provide News to Clear Channel
  AP   —   Permalink 
SAN ANTONIO - Clear Channel Communications Inc., the nation's largest radio station operator, has picked Fox News Radio to be the primary source of national news for most of its news and talk stations, officials announced Monday.
Avedon Carol: Media marvels — TBogg locates the marriage from hell - Clear Channel has decided to use Fox News Radio as the primary news source for most of its stations.
Tbogg: I hear they're registered at Crate & Jackboots... Isn't this just the marriage from hell: Clear Channel Communications...
Damian Penny: Rubbing it in — I think this transaction was specially designed to drive the American Left even more insane: Clear...
Dan Gillmor: A Match Made in Right-Wing Heaven — AP: Fox to provide news to Clear Channel.

Court lifts Frampton charges
  By / Yale Daily News   —   Permalink 
A federal court in Manhattan agreed Wednesday to drop the charges against Thomas Frampton '06 in threemonths' time, provided that Frampton does not commit any additional offenses in the intervening period.
Betsy Newmark: He also updates us on how charges were dropped against the guy who tried to jump Vice President Cheney at the GOP convention and assaulting a security officer.
The Big Trunk: A reader writes to update us and ask, "Where's the Outrage?"

2 C.I.A. Reports Offer Warnings on Iraq's Path
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 - A classified cable sent by the Central Intelligence Agency's station chief in Baghdad has warned that the situation in Iraq is deteriorating and may not rebound any time soon, according to government officials.
Matthew Yglesias: More Bad News — Apparenly Porter Goss' purge hasn't put a stop to CIA leaking.
Roger L. Simon: This Douglas Jehl article in tomorrow morning's New York Times reads almost as if he were.

Bias Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
THE ONGOING UPROAR over Dan Rather and CBS News has intensified concern about whether the mainstream media have a liberal bias. Some analyses, such as those by the Pew Research Center, document the strong tendency of journalists to describe themselves as liberal.
Avedon Carol: The Weekly Standard has come up with a nicely convoluted way deny the conservative bias of the mainstream media with...
Greg Ransom: FACTS continue to overwhelm the BS spouted by dishonest journalists — yes, Virginia, the press is left-wing.
PoliPundit: Bias by the Numbers — A statistical study conclusively measures liberal media bias.
Tom Maguire: Barro On Bias — Robert Barro writes in the Weekly Standard on media bias. He approvingly cites a study we quibbled with back in the day.
Betsy Newmark: Robert Barro is impressed with the UCLA study that was done earlier this year to try to measure media bias.

The Frustrated Archbishop
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
It takes a lot to get a man of God annoyed, and Louis Sako, the Chaldean Archbishop of Kirkuk, is a very frustrated man these days. "It is not all death and destruction," says the archbishop. "Much is positive in Iraq today.
Charles Johnson: The Frustrated Archbishop — Arthur Chrenkoff recounts two weeks worth of good news from Iraq—stories that our...
Arthur Chrenkoff: Good news from Iraq, Part 16 — Note: Also available at the "Opinion Journal" and Winds of Change.
Glenn Reynolds: ARTHUR CHRENKOFF ROUNDS UP more under-reported news from Iraq, including this: [snipped quote] Sigh.
Cori Dauber: STUNNING — No matter how often Chrenkoff does his good news round up from Iraq it never ceases to amaze, the comparison...
Jesse Taylor: Market Research — Methinks Arthur Chrenkoff needs to get to know his audience a bit better: "It would be dangerous and...
FrancoAlemán: GOOD NEWS FROM IRAQ part 16, by the excellent Arthur Chrenkoff: [snipped quote] Go there and read it all.
Also: Judith Weiss, Mrs Greyhawk, Tully @Centerfield, Pejman Yousefzadeh, KJL

Bloggers Blur the Definition of Reporters' Privilege
  New York Sun   —   Permalink 
As two prominent Washington journalists struggle to avoid jail time over their refusal to disclose confidential sources, one of the biggest obstacles the reporters face is America's fastgrowing army of citizen Web loggers, or bloggers.
Glenn Reynolds: FLOYD ABRAMS EXPLAINS WHY HE SHOULD LOSE: "The crux of the reporters' contention is that the public would be less well...
Orin Kerr: Privilege for Me But Not For Thee: The New York Sun contains an interesting article on the role of blogs in arguments about whether courts should recognize a reporter's privilege.

Soldiers sue over extended enlistments
  AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - An Army specialist, saying it was "a question of fairness," filed a lawsuit Monday with seven other soldiers challenging a policy forcing them to serve in Iraq beyond their terms of enlistment.
Cori Dauber: HOW SOON THEY FORGET — Big news tonight that a group of soldiers are suing the government because although their terms...
Jack K.: Eight active duty Guard and Reserve troops have filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of their stop-loss extension,...

An Information-Age Donkey
  By / New York Magazine   —   Permalink 
Clinton war-room veteran Simon Rosenberg built his New Democrat Network into a formidable political operation with the help of financial backers in New York. Now he's considering a dark-horse run for chair of the Democratic National Committee—and he's been...
Jerome Armstrong: One thing I personally like about Simon is that he's very competitive, and when he sets his eyes on something, he plays...
Kos: (Here's a way too short Q&A with Rosenberg in New York Magazine online.)

Scientists Make Phone That Turns Into a Sunflower
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Scientists said on Monday they have come up with a cell phone cover that will grow into a sunflower when thrown away.
Materials company Pvaxx Research & Development, at the request of U.S.-based mobile phone maker Motorola (NYSE:MOT...
Smash: Welcome to the Third Millennium — FURTHER EVIDENCE that the future is now: "Scientists Make Phone That Turns Into a Sunflower" Good luck finding ring tones for that model.
Brian Doherty: Greening the Plastic Age — This is the modern world: European scientists develop a cell phone cover that, when thrown away, will grow into a sunflower.

Militants die in U.S. Saudi attack
  CNN   —   Permalink 
(CNN) — Five Saudi militants attacked the U.S. Consulate in the Saudi port city of Jeddah, but Saudi security forces killed three of them and wounded two others, the Saudi Interior Ministry said.
Talking Dog: Gunmen linked to the Saudi chapter of Al Qaeda attacked the American consulate at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, killing a number...
James Joyner: Saudi Consulate Attack — Militants die in U.S. Saudi attack (CNN) [snipped quote] Al Qaeda, of course, is the chief suspect.
Daniel Drezner: Reuters and CNN seem to have the most comprehensive reports.

Attackers Strike U.S. Consulate in Jiddah
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia - Islamic militants threw explosives at the gate of the heavily guarded U.S. consulate in Jiddah, then forced their way into the building, prompting a gunbattle in a bold assault that left seven people dead and several injured before the three-hour long crisis was brought under control.
Chad Evans: U.S. Consulate Attacked in Saudi Arabia - Associated Press "JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia - Islamic militants threw explosives...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: TERRORISM IN SAUDI ARABIA — Concerning this morning's terrorist attack on the American consulate in Jiddah, Captain Ed...
Captain Ed: American Consulate In Saudi Arabia Under Attack — Gunmen of unknown identity shot their way into the American consulate...
Steve Gilliard: Attack in Saudi Arabia — A new theater of war Attackers Strike U.S. Consulate in Jiddah By FAIZA SALEH AMBAH,...

Advocacy Groups Blur Media Lines
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The Madison County Record, an Illinois weekly newspaper launched in September that bills itself as the county's legal journal, reports on one subject: the state courts in southern Illinois. A recent front page carried an assortment of stories about lawsuits against businesses.
Zachary Roth: Go to comments — December 06, 2004 Hidden Angle The Birth of the Madison County Shill Add this one to the ever-growing...
David Allan Pell: But unlike blogs and other clearly identified opinion pieces, you may not always find any clear label that what you're consuming is bought and paid for by an advocacy group.

Judge's Decisions Are Conspicuously Late
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
They are kept in federal courthouses across the United States, although, understandably, they are not prominently displayed: lists of cases that have dragged on for months or even years, often because a judge has failed to make a key ruling.
Ogged @Unfogged: In any event, though it sounds like the guy deserves the treatment, how would you like to have your procrastination written up in the NY Times?
Jane Galt: Justice delayed is justice denied — At least in this guy's courtroom. I've never seen the New York Times news side write anything this scathing.
Mike Rappaport: Justice Delayed — The New York Times has a story on District Judge Daniels, who is clearly a bad judge

Attack tests Saudi security strategy
  Christian Science Monitor   —   Permalink 
JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA, AND CAIRO - The daring daytime attack Monday on the fortresslike US Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia's second-largest city, is calling into question one of the basic precepts of the country's security strategy: that killing or capturing enough militants will eventually bring security back to the troubled kingdom.
Joe Gandelman: UPDATE: The Christian Science Monitor notes that this attack tests the Saudi Arabian government's strategy: "JEDDAH,...
Armed Liberal: The Christian Science Monitor agrees, calling the attack "evidence of the militants' ability to regenerate quickly in...

U.S. Consulate Attacked in Saudi Arabia
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia - Islamic militants threw explosives at the gate of the heavily guarded U.S. consulate in Jiddah in a bold assault, then forced their way into the building, prompting a gunbattle that left seven people dead and several injured before the three-hour crisis was brought under control.
Smash: Terrorists Strike in Saudi — THE AMERICAN CONSULATE in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has been attacked by terrorist gunmen, AP reports.
Orrin Judd: OSAMA IS TURNING IN HIS GRAVE: U.S. consulate attacked in Saudi Arabia (FAIZA SALEH AMBAH, December 6, 2004, ASSOCIATED...
Jeralyn Merritt: 12 Dead in Attack on U.S. Saudi Embassy — A bombing today at the U.S. embassy in Saudi Arabia left 12 dead and several are still inside.

We Shall Overcome
  By / American Spectator   —   Permalink 
The man at the Christmas tree tent in Malibu kept winking at me and nodding when no one else was looking. I smiled and kept looking at the trees. (In Malibu, we Jews have Christmas trees.) Finally, he motioned to me to come over to is table.
Tim Blair: Ben Stein reveals California's Republican underground: "Even in Los Angeles, even in Malibu, even in Hollywood.
Steve Bainbridge: I Love Ben Stein — He precisely captures what it's like to be a Bush supporter here in Los Angeles: [snipped quote] Do read the whole thing - it's both funny and perceptive.
Betsy Newmark: Ben Stein describes the secret Republicans in Hollywood.
Michael DeBow: Diversity and tolerance in Blue America: Ben Stein reports. (Via Professor Bainbridge.)
Ed Driscoll: Tremble, Barbra, Tremble — Ben Stein writes of that elusive beast, the Republican in Hollywood: [snipped quote] Read the whole thing.
Greg Ransom: BEN STEIN IS NOT AFRAID: "Earlier in the day when I had been doing some looping at a studio on Radford Drive in Studio...

DOW 36,000 Lives!
  By / TCS   —   Permalink 
Five years ago, economist Kevin Hassett and I wrote a book called Dow 36,000. Maybe you have heard of it. The book made the bestseller lists and won accolades from, among others, the current chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisors.
Atrios: Sell! Sell! Sell! Dow 36,000 returns. (Via pandagon)
Jesse Taylor: If You Were Worried — Dow 36,000 now, Dow 36,000 forever.
Glenn Reynolds: JIM GLASSMAN LOOKS BACK on his book Dow 36,000 and observes: [snipped quote] — Judging by the reader reviews, it was a mistake.
Ed Driscoll: "A Treatise on the Declining Equity Risk Premium" — James K. Glassman explains how the world—or at least the financial world—works.

Indefensible Internment
  Reason   —   Permalink 
There was no good reason for the mass internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.
Since 9/11, some civil libertarians have denounced every antiterrorism policy that singles out Arab men as a repetition of the terrible mistake the government made after...
Oliver Willis: Why Malkin (And Her Ilk) Are Dangerous — They're trying to re-write history in order to benefit a select few.
Ed Cone: From Eric Muller's Reason mag review of Michelle Malkin's pro-internment book:"(E)ven political columnists are bound by...

Welcome to North Korea. Rule No. 1: Obey all rules.
  By / Christian Science Monitor   —   Permalink 
MOUNT KUMKANG, NORTH KOREA - For years I had tried to visit North Korea. But my visa applications were always rejected, despite the $80 fee required each time. So it was with much anticipation that I finally signed up for my first visit - thanks to South Korea's Hyundai Corp.
Richard TPD: "Welcome to North Korea" — The CS Monitor has a wonderful account of a reporter's trip to North Korea, the Axis of Evil's most notorious member.
Brian Micklethwait: Samizdata quote of the day — Two years ago a South Korean woman reportedly asked a North Korean why President Kim Jong...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: DISPATCHES FROM HELL — In the event that anyone needs a reminder as to how horrifying North Korea really is, they need...

Reasons They Haven't Hit Us Again
  By / New York Magazine   —   Permalink 
The official position of our government is that it is not a matter of if there will be another attack on the United States again, but when. On this, George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden seem to be in agreement.
Oliver Willis: Another Hit — New York explores theories on why NYC hasn't been hit again.
Jane Galt: And when will they? New York magazine has a good rundown of the leading theories. (Via Amy Langfield)

A National Pledge of Party Allegiance
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The more the academics and analysts explore the entrails of last month's election, the clearer and simpler the lesson becomes. As the Clinton folks might put it, "It's the partisanship, stupid."
Democrats did a first-class job of mobilizing their supporters and bringing them to the polls.
Sam Rosenfeld: That strikes me as a simpler and more plausible explanation for the clumsy spectacle we've been watching for weeks now...
Matthew Yglesias: David Broder. Republicans and Democrats ... it's like they have different beliefs about how the government should be run or something.

Reid: Democrats Will Fight on Key Issues
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Incoming Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid said yesterday that Democrats would vigorously oppose the privatization of Social Security, a proposed constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage and any effort to appoint as U.S. chief justice Clarence Thomas, whom he referred to as "an embarrassment."
Avedon Carol: (Those appearances by Reid, by the way, were also covered by the WaPo and CNN - with photos - and include details Bill...
KJL: DEMS DON'T DO MOD — I don't think "progressives" have to worry about Harry Reid: "Incoming Senate Minority Leader...
Ann Althouse: Reprehensible! UPDATE: Calling attention to Reid's attack on Thomas are: CNN, Washington Post.

Thinking Outside the Judge Box
  By / NRO   —   Permalink 
The chattering classes are abuzz. Who, they ask, will George W. Bush riappoint to the Supreme Court, should he have the opportunity to replace one of the current nine justices?
Conventional wisdom has it that Bush will nominate a sitting or former judge.
PoliPundit: Supreme Court — Jennifer C. Braceras reviews some surprising possible Supreme Court nominations.
Deacon: Judging Abraham — Jennifer Braceras of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights reminds us that one doesn't have to be a judge to be nominated to the Supreme Court.

Underfunding is a myth, but the squandering is real
  LAT   —   Permalink 
For a public hospital, King/Drew is flush. But it spends millions on employees' odd injury claims, lavish doctor pay and workers who don't show up.
For years it has been a heartfelt cry: "This hospital desperately needs more money!"
Captain Ed: Today, however, the Los Angeles Times publishes an exposé of MLK/Drew, and the truth not only disputes all of...
Greg Ransom: EMPLOYEES are looting a hospital while patients die by the score. It's all happening in South Central Los Angeles.
Kevin Roderick: Separately: Day Two of the Times series on King-Drew Medical Center asserts that the facility squanders money, spending "inordinate sums on people who do little or no work."

Satirist Jon Stewart's Book Named Year's Best
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Political satirist Jon Stewart's mock look at a political science college textbook "America (the Book), a Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction," was named on Sunday the book of the year by Publishers Weekly, the trade publication of the book industry.
James Martin Capozzola: New York: Warner Books, September 2004 Rittenhouse Rating: Very Highly Recommended Publishers Weekly has named America...
Taegan Goddard: Stewart's Book Named Year's Best — Jon Stewart's "mock look" at a political science college textbook America: A...

Generals See Gains From Iraq Offensives
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Dec. 5 — A series of large military offensives over the past few months culminating in the battle for Fallujah has given U.S. military commanders here a sense of having gained ground against Iraq's fierce insurgency, but they predict no easy victory in pressing the attack and remain particularly concerned about a rising campaign of intimidation.
Cori Dauber: THAT'S CALLED EVIDENCE — The Post reporter doesn't quite articulate it this way, but the best evidence yet that the...
Nick Gillespie: [quote]"It's about giving the Iraqis an opportunity that they can pick up."[end quote] Whole thing here.

7 bombs explode after ETA warnings
  CNN   —   Permalink 
MADRID, Spain (CNN) — Five people were slightly wounded when seven bombs exploded in as many Spanish cities following warnings by Basque separatist group ETA, according to officials.
Monday's blasts came just three days after a similar warning was issued about five bombs in Madrid that later exploded.
FrancoAlemán: There were some causalties, fortunately none of them fatal, CNN reports: "Five people were slightly wounded when seven...
James Joyner: Seven Bombs Explode in Spanish Cities — Bombs explode after ETA warnings (CNN) [snipped quote] The fact that they once...

Eight Soldiers Plan to Sue Over Army's Stop-Loss Policy
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
MORRILTON, Ark., Dec. 3 - The eight soldiers come from places scattered across the country, from this small town an hour northwest of Little Rock to cities in Arizona, New Jersey and New York. In Iraq and Kuwait, where they all work now, most of them hold different jobs in different units, miles apart.
Steve Gilliard: Stop-lossed — PLease don't send me back Eight Soldiers Plan to Sue Over Army's Stop-Loss Policy By MONICA DAVEY...
Jeralyn Merritt: The soldiers say it's a back-door draft and will file suit today with the help of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Why I Resigned From the CIA
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
The agency did its job, but higher-ups endangered the nation.
The Central Intelligence Agency is the best place to work in the United States. No federal agency has a smarter, more dedicated or harder-working set of individuals than the CIA's women and men.
James Joyner: Scheuer: Why I Resigned From the CIA — Imperial Hubris author Michael Scheuer has a column in today's LAT explaining, "Why I Resigned From the CIA."
Laura Rozen: Scheuer has an oped in the LAT about why he resigned from the CIA (via Yglesias).
Cori Dauber: And it's an account that offers tremendous insights into the situation. Update: On the other hand, he does have a point.
Matthew Yglesias: Scheuer on His Resignation — Michael Scheuer lands some blows against Richard Clarke and other Clinton-era national...

Marines' Raids Underline Push in Crucial Area
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
MAHMUDIYA, Iraq, Dec. 5 - For marines staging a night raid on suspected rebel hide-outs across this insurgent heartland outside Baghdad, heading out of their heavily fortified base at midnight on Friday was a moment to make sinews stiffen.
Gregory Djerejian: Probably not, unfortunately. MORE: Related to the above, don't miss this John Burns dispatch.
Tom Maguire: Marines v. Insurgents — From John Burns in the Times, we learn that our guys can walk it, and they sure can talk it
Glenn Reynolds: MY SECRETARY, a combat-engineer Marine reservist, is part of the battalion profiled in this New York Times article today.

Private Firms to Chase Delinquent Taxpayers
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
When Reps. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) teamed up in September to get the House to pass an amendment blocking the use of private companies to collect back taxes from delinquent taxpayers, it seemed the Bush administration plan might be doomed for at least a year.
Sam Rosenfeld: IRS, INC. Via Paul Glastris, I see that not only was a provision blocking the Office of Management and Budget's effort...
Jeralyn Merritt: Somehow, it eliminated an amendment that would have banned the IRS from hiring private firms to go after delinquent taxpayers, a tactic President Bush supported.
Paul Glastris: Another is about the successful effort by Tom DeLay to outsource the collection of delinquent taxes to private companies.
Alex Tabarrok: I have always maintained, however, that tax collecting is one thing I wouldn't want done efficiently. Alas.

10 Questions For Tavis Smiley
  Time   —   Permalink 
The host of National Public Radio's three-year-old Tavis Smiley Show said last week that he will be quitting on Dec. 16, criticizing NPR for not doing enough to reach minority listeners.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: INCONVENIENT MESSENGER, UNCOMFORTABLE MESSAGE — Look for Tavis Smiley to be attacked in the worst possible ways for...
Orrin Judd: REACH OUT AND TOUCH SOMEBODY'S BASE: 10 Questions For Tavis Smiley (CHRISTOPHER JOHN FARLEY, 12/13/04, TIME) [snipped quote] Good to see he also acknowledge's NPR's liberal bias.
Andrew Sullivan: QUOTE OF THE DAY: [snipped quote] - Tavis Smiley, lashing into NPR.
Glenn Reynolds: UPDATE: Here's a link to the full interview, and here's the exact quote: "WHAT'S MORE DIVERSE THESE DAYS — NPR OR PRESIDENT BUSH'S CABINET?

Musharraf: Iraq war has made world 'less safe'
  CNN   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was a mistake that has made the world a more dangerous place, but a swift withdrawal would make matters worse, Pakistan's president said this weekend.
"I think it's less safe," Gen. Pervez Musharraf said on CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer."
Joe Gandelman: On Sunday he said that the U.S. invasion of Iraq was a mistake — but withdrawing would be a bigger one.
The Farmer: WOW - ya think....? Great revelations: [snipped quote] Media WOWsers past: Dec. 05, "Somewhere in the Middle...", via Atrios
Guest Contributor: President Musharaf of Pakistan: [snipped quote] Now, I have my bones to pick with Pakistan and the fact that he is a military dictator plays very much against him in my estimation.

  San Francisco Chronicle   —   Permalink 
He knows he's supposed to be promoting his new novel, "I Am Charlotte Simmons," but Tom Wolfe can't help himself.
He wants to talk about the presidential election, the results of which have so enraged, mortified and depressed the residents of the "blue...
The Big Trunk: The joy of repulsion ...courtesy of San Francisco style editor Paul Wilner, as only Tom Wolfe can convey it: "TEEN WOLFE."
Jeff @BeautifulAtrocities: Tom Wolfe in SF, always opinionated: "There are so many people that make a living knocking Bush that they'd all be unemployed if they stop.

Dems' new Senate leader criticizes Justice Thomas
  CNN   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Incoming Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Sunday had harsh words for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
When asked to comment on Thomas as a possible replacement for Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Reid told NBC's "Meet the Press": "I think that he has been an embarrassment to the Supreme Court.
Stuart Buck: Reid on Thomas — Senator Harry Reid had this to say earlier today: "Incoming Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on...
Kevin Hayden: Reid considers who's looking under Rehnquist's robe — [snipped quote] But Reid thinks Scalia's a player despite his ethics problems.

Keith Windschuttle: White Australia's myths
  The Australian   —   Permalink 
UNLESS they have taken a university course in history in recent decades, most Australians would be surprised to learn they inhabit one of the world's most shamefully racist countries.
Tim Dunlop: Stay tuned...... PIXIE UPDATE: Having now read the pixie historian's piece in today's Australian, I reckon I got him just about right in the above parody.
Tim Blair: PROGRESS NOTED — Historian Keith Windschuttle calmly reviews the White Australia Policy: [snipped quote] Sounds about right.

Transcript for Dec. 5
  MSNBC   —   Permalink 
This is a rush transcript provided for the information and convenience of the press. Accuracy is not guaranteed. In case of doubt, please check with:
Matthew Yglesias: (Iraq's president says it will take "months".)
Yuval Rubinstein: But if his performance on yesterday's Meet the Press is any indication, we may have an honest-to-God opposition party after ten years of waiting.
Lambert @Corrente: Reid on Scalia, the full transcript — OK, I was wrong (here) to trash Reid. The material AP left out of the story is underlined: [snipped quote] OK.
John Eastman: Incoming Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid stated yesterday on Meet the Press that he thinks Justice Clarence Thomas as...
Noam Scheiber: I don't want to jump on Harry Reid before he's had a chance to get his legs as Senate Democratic leader, but this...
Ann Althouse: Tim Russert questioned him about Supreme Court nominees: [snipped quote] Is that the tack the Democrats are going to take...
Also: Matt Stoller, Ezra Klein

God, American History and a Fifth-Grade Class
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
SAN FRANCISCO — Steven J. Williams, an evangelical Christian who teaches fifth grade at a public school in Cupertino, Calif., is fast becoming a folk hero among conservative Christians.
Matt Stoller: Shame on the New York Times — Dave Johnson has a really important piece on this controversy.
Dave Johnson: Mush Journalism Lets The Lie Spread — The New York Times, in God, American History and a Fifth-Grade Class, writes...
Avedon Carol: Items of note — Alert: NYT keeps the lie alive - Dave Johnson catches the Times repeating the falsehood that the Declaration of Independence was banned by a school.
Skippy: meme widdle kids the sideshow directs us to seeing the forest, who has been on the case of the false meme
Jesse Taylor: That's a different debate for a different day, but right now, it pertains to the national movement to sneak religious statements into the school day.
Susan Madrak: As predicted, the mainstream media is taking it at face value and giving it their traditional "he said, she said" treatment.

Proposal Would Hit Blue State Taxpayers
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — As President Bush lays the groundwork for a possible overhaul of the U.S. tax code, one option under consideration would deal its biggest financial blow to citizens of blue states such as California and New York.
Tom Maguire: Red Tax, Blue Tax — Props to Max Sawicky, who started a meme several weeks ago that has been picked up in the LA Times (which also quotes him - oh, he is big-timin' it now!)
James Martin Capozzola: Today's Los Angeles Times reports ("Proposal Would Hit Blue[-]State Taxpayers," by Warren Veith): "Some conservative...
Avedon Carol: "The headline is interesting: Proposal Would Hit Blue State Taxpayers."
James Joyner: Repealing the State Income Tax Deduction — Proposal Would Hit Blue State Taxpayers (LAT, Sunday) [snipped quote] As the...
Jesse Taylor: It's about punishing the people you *know* didn't support the mandate.
Lambert @Corrente: "In New York, 3.2 million households, or 37%, did. (via LA Times)" So, the citizens that actually use their taxes to...
Also: Angry Bear, Orrin Judd, Skippy

Annan's son used UN link to lobby for business
  By / Telegraph   —   Permalink 
The son of Kofi Annan, the United Nations Secretary-General, lobbied for business contacts at gatherings of UN officials on behalf of a company in the same year as it won an oil-for-food programme deal, it has emerged.
Jan Haugland: UNSCAM: Annan's son used UN connection to the full — There is growing evidence that Kojo Annan, the son of the UN secretary-general, used his connection to the UN to get business.
Cori Dauber: Everywhere it says "Cotecna" replace that with "Halliburton" and everywhere it says "Kojo" replace that with "Mary Cheney" and then imagine what position the Times would be taking.
FrancoAlemán: Beyond his implication in the Oil For Food swindle, he seems he's been using his father's name for all kinds of...
Charles Johnson: Annan's Son Used UN To Lobby for Business — The depth of the corruption at the United Nations is absolutely amazing: Annan's son used UN link to lobby for business.
Captain Ed: Records now reveal that Kojo lobbied UN officials at their official functions to get contracts for the Swiss firm...
The Big Trunk: Got his Kojo working — Today's Telegraph has the latest development in the unending scandal: "Annan's son used UN link to lobby for business."
Also: Pejman Yousefzadeh, Glenn Reynolds

Images of Fighting in Fallujah Compel at Different Levels
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Two photo-rich summaries of the battle of Fallujah — one produced by the U.S. military in Iraq, the other by an anonymous American blogger — highlight how the terrain in such counterinsurgency fights can be as much psychological as physical.
David Adesnik: The correspondent responsible for celebrating Mr. Upton's accomplishments is Thomas Ricks, who contrasts Mr. Upton's...
Hindrocket: A Blogger the Post Likes — The Washington Post contrasts the U.S. Army's effort to get the facts about the Fallujah...
Mary @LeftCoaster: Open Thread — Updated: In the case of the anonymous blogger vs US military spokesmen about what happened in Fallujah,...
Juan Cole: Blogging Fallujah, and the US Air War against Iraqi Civilians — Thomas E. Ricks has a characteristically piercing...
Cori Dauber: But all it takes is one blogger who thinks war is ugly (gee, ya think? why is that always such a shock to people?) to completely overwhelm the visuals of that message.
Orin Kerr: Fallujah in Pictures: The Washington Post has a story today about the blog Fallujah in Pictures.

Senate's 'Nuclear Option'
  LAT   —   Permalink 
Michael Gerhardt is a professor of law at William & Mary Law School. Erwin Chemerinsky is a professor of law at Duke Law School.
The GOP plan to eliminate the filibuster for judicial nominations would do lasting damage to the Senate.
Juan Non-Volokh: Chemerinsky's Changed Tune on Filibusters — In yesterday's L.A. Times, law professors Erwin Chemerinsky (Duke) and...
Orrin Judd: AS OLD AS THE EXPOS: Senate's 'Nuclear Option' (Michael Gerhardt and Erwin Chemerinsky, December 5, 2004, LA Times)...
Steve Bainbridge: Ouch — Juan Non-Volokh catches left-liberal law professor Erwin Chemerinsky in an apparent reversal of position:...

Returning Fallujans will face clampdown
  By / Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
FALLUJAH, Iraq — The US military is drawing up plans to keep insurgents from regaining control of this battle-scarred city, but returning residents may find that the measures make Fallujah look more like a police state than the democracy they have been promised.
Hilzoy @ObsidianWings: A Really, Really Bad Idea — From the Boston Globe, via Steve Gilliard: [quote] "The US military is drawing up plans to keep...[end quote]
RDF @Corrente: Form a line over here, please, to enter the "model cityâ" "Returning Fallujans will face clampdown By Anne...
Pessimist @LeftCoaster: Returning Fallujans will face clampdown "The US military is drawing up plans to keep insurgents from regaining control...
Norbizness: Thank goodness we have people like Jeralyn Merritt at Talk Left to actually read this crap, since it's clear that...
Steve Gilliard: We pay our slave laborers the corvee, forced work parties Returning Fallujans will face clampdown By Anne Barnard,...
Susan Madrak: WELCOME HOME — The military mantra for returning Fallujans is "firm but fair." Right.
Also: Magpie @PacificViews

What Readers Saw, and Didn't See
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
What follows are observations by readers about a couple of items that appeared in the paper last week and an observation of mine about a story that didn't appear.
Avedon Carol: What Readers Saw, and Didn't See: Ombudsman Michael Getler at The Washington Post says he was pleased to see a letter to...
Roger Ailes: Mission Accomplished — The WaPo's ombudsman reports, because the Post won't: [snipped quote] No wonder Rummy got the vote of confidence.
Oliver Willis: It Ain't Over — Excellent point made in this ombudsman column from the Washington Post.

They Still Haven't Figured Him Out
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
A DEMOCRATIC SENATOR who attended a special screening of the movie Fahrenheit 9/11 was asked what he thought was the most revealing part about President Bush. The senator pondered a moment, then said it was the episode where Bush, in close-up, continues to...
Ed Driscoll: But I repeat myself) still haven't figured him out. Gee, who does that remind you of?
PoliPundit: Explaining Bush — Fred Barnes explains George W. Bush.
Betsy Newmark: Fred Barnes says that the President's opponents don't really understand him and Barnes gives them five keys to understanding George W. Bush.

'Post' exclusive: How the FBI set up AIPAC
  By / Jerusalem Post   —   Permalink 
AIPAC, the powerhouse pro-Israel lobby currently embroiled in allegations of spying for Israel, was set up by the FBI, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
FBI agents used a courier, Pentagon analyst Larry Franklin, to draw two senior AIPAC officials who...
Ted Belman: 'Post' exclusive: How the FBI set up AIPAC — Emanuel A. Winston, Mid East analyst & commentator comments on the JPOST article linked below.
The Big Trunk: Internet Haganah has flagged an important story in the Jerusalem Post on the underlying case involving two AIPAC employees: "Post exclusive: How the FBI set up AIPAC."

Lobbying Prohibitions Eased For Former Top Officials
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
The timing was perfect: On Nov. 23 — exactly three weeks after the election and as a flurry of top Bush administration officials announced their departures — the Office of Government Ethics declared that it was relaxing prohibitions on lobbying by former Cabinet secretaries and other top officials.
Faisal @ShrillBlog: In an effort to make sure that wasn't the issue, the government ethics office has abandoned testing of their shiny new wrist slapper.
Angry Bear: Why Am I Surprised? My expectations are never sufficiently low: [snipped quote] AB
Gene @HarrysPlace: Maybe he did mean "profits" — From Sunday's Washington Post: "We think of the patient hope of men and women across the...

  By / Miami Herald   —   Permalink 
Tom Brokaw delivered his final newscast last week, and Dan Rather will follow early next year. But it may not be long before not just a veteran anchor but broadcast network news itself says good night to America.
James Joyner: The End of Network News II — NETWORK NEWS COULD SOON SAY GOODBYE (Miami Herald) [snipped quote] I grew up on nightly network newscasts but gave up on them years ago.
Michelle Malkin: The Miami Herald's Glenn Garvin examines whether network news will survive: "Battered by talk radio, the Internet and...

New US Homeland Chief Fathered Daughter in Korea
  By / KoreaTimes   —   Permalink 
Bernard Kerik, the man tasked with protecting the United States from the threat of terrorist attacks, fathered a daughter with a South Korean woman while serving on the peninsula in the mid-1970s, U.S. media reported over the weekend.
Natasha @PacificViews: The head of Homeland Security in waiting had an out-of-wedlock child in Korea when he was stationed there in the 70's.
Orrin Judd: TOUGH WAY TO GET A SECOND CHANCE: New US Homeland Chief Fathered Daughter in Korea (Reuben Staines, 12/05/04, Korea...
Atrios: Family Values — Kerik: Bernard Kerik, the man tasked with protecting the United States from the threat of terrorist...

Canada's not so nice, after all
  By / Houston Chronicle   —   Permalink 
I moved to Canada after the 2000 election. Although I did it mainly for career reasons — I got a job whose description read as though it had been written precisely for my rather quirky background and interests — at the time I found it gratifying to joke that I was leaving the United States because of George W. Bush.
Jack Cluth: The grass isn't greener, but it is frozen — Canada's not so nice, after all: Anti-American attitudes are a daily fact...
Betsy Newmark: An American blue-stater living in Canada describes the anti-Americanism she encounters every day there.

Dead voters on rolls, other glitches found in 6 key states
  By / Chicago Tribune   —   Permalink 
Michel Pillet died in 2002, but his name lives on at the University of New Mexico. He created the school's graduate architecture program and directed it for years.
Pillet's name lives on in another way too.
Avedon Carol: Election fraud news — Daily Kos is reporting on the story in the Chicago Tribune about spurious Bush voters and other interesting anomalies which the FBI is now investigating.
Skippy: the chitrib tells us at the bottom of their piece about glitches in the election: [snipped quote] (thanks and a tip of...
Taegan Goddard: Dead Voters on Rolls — A Chicago Tribune analysis of voter records "suggests that more than 5,000 dead people remained...

US admits the war for 'hearts and minds' in Iraq is now lost
  By / Scotland Sunday Herald   —   Permalink 
THE Pentagon has admitted that the war on terror and the invasion and occupation of Iraq have increased support for al-Qaeda, made ordinary Muslims hate the US and caused a global backlash against America because of the "self-serving hypocrisy" of George W Bush's administration over the Middle East.
Julia @AmStreet: Hearts and Minds — You read it herelast month, but a reminder is a good thing, as the media seems to now be catching...
Andrew Sullivan: LOSING THE FIGHT? : The Pentagon acknowledges that we're losing the propaganda war in the Middle East.
Jim Henley: That Word, Senor - A quote from the Defense Science Board's much-discussed report, as reported by Neil Mackay of the...

Canada Invites Strippers and Gets Scrutiny
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
TORONTO — Coiled around a brass pole on a barroom stage, clad only in towering stiletto heels, a 31-year-old Romanian woman named Veronica is helping to fill what has suddenly become Canada's most talked-about shortage: a scarcity of strippers.
Gene @HarrysPlace: Canada's stripper shortage — The news that Canada lacks a sufficient number of exotic dancers came to light when the...
Rice Grad: From the Washington Post: "Coiled around a brass pole on a barroom stage, clad only in towering stiletto heels, a...

Why has AIPAC been targeted?
  By / Jerusalem Post   —   Permalink 
What prompted the years-long FBI investigation into the activities of AIPAC, which featured this past summer's "setup" of two AIPAC officials now revealed by the Post, and which has reached its height with the issuing of subpoenas last week?
Ted Belman: Follow this story — Why has AIPAC been targeted?
The Big Trunk: The Post has also published a companion story: "Why has AIPAC been targeted?"

The New Quiz Show Scandal -- Reality Television
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
We all figured some of it was fake: Joe Millionaire's slurping make-out noises, the depth of the relationship between Brigitte Nielsen and Flavor Flav, Jessica Simpson's breasts. And "reality" was always a misnomer for shows that involve Donald Trump or people on desert islands.
Kevin Roderick: Stein's opening column dishes on how scripted reality TV shows are and quotes from an epsiode outline for "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" (linked to on the Times website).
Greg Ransom: ANYONE WHO'S EVER BEEN in the U.S. military knows that George Bush held up a real turkey when he went to Iraq last year...
Tim Blair: FLY ON, MAGICAL BIRD OF WONDER — Joel Stein is the latest to fall for the fake turkey fable: [snipped quote] What was that about reality, Joel?

Barrage of Bullets Drowned Out Cries of Comrades
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
First in a two-part series.
It ended on a stony ridge in fading light. Spec. Pat Tillman lay dying behind a boulder. A young fellow U.S. Army Ranger stretched prone beside him, praying quietly as tracer bullets poured in.
"Cease fire! Friendlies!"
Phillip Carter: The first casualty of war — The truth emerges from a sea of conflicting reports surrouding Army Ranger Pat Tillman's...
The Big Trunk: Today's first part is "Barrage of bullets drowned out cries of comrades."
James Joyner: Pat Tillman Death Investigation — Barrage of Bullets Drowned Out Cries of Comrades (Steve Coll, WaPo, Ao1)...
Greg Ransom: THE WASHINGTON POST has a long investigative piece on Pat Tillman's final battle.

The apocalypse is here, in our homes
  By / Telegraph   —   Permalink 
Remember Robert Symonds? It is the name of the 45-year-old Putney teacher who six weeks ago was stabbed to death in the hall of his home by a burglar. His body was found by his wife while their two children slept upstairs.
Natalie Solent: Don't get excited that the commissioner of the metropolitan police and the Conservative party have called for reform of the law.
Clayton Cramer: British Newspaper Argues For Right To Self-Defense — Not just any crackpot paper, but the Telegraph: "Remember Robert Symonds?
Glenn Reynolds: SELF-DEFENSE ACTIVISM IN BRITAIN: [snipped quote] I agree.

First Taste of a Once-Forbidden Fruit
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
"TRIPOLI?" said the British Airways agent at Heathrow Airport near London, searching my passport for the hard-to-obtain visa. " God help you."
It's difficult to think of a place, in our 21st century, left to pioneer.
Cliff May: THE DUNGEONS ARE PARTICULARLY CHARMING THIS TIME OF YEAR — The New York Times Travel section this week features Libya,...
Ann Althouse: Click on the slideshow at the NYT article.

Musharraf: Bin Laden's Location Is Unknown
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday that the search for Osama bin Laden has gone completely cold, with no recent intelligence indicating where he and his top lieutenants are hiding.
Steve Soto: Now, less than six weeks later, President Musharraf of Pakistan visits Bush today, and in essence tells us that Bin Laden is nowhere to be found, and is truly on the loose.
Gene @HarrysPlace: The Washington Post, December 5, 2004 Update: Does Bush even know that Pakistan under Musharraf is not a democracy?
Southerndemnut: President General Pervez Musharraf, in an interview with The Washington Post, indicated that Pakistan has scaled back its efforts to find Osama bin Laden.
Michelle Malkin: THE SEARCH FOR BIN LADEN — According to this article, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says Osama bin Laden is alive, but the search for him has gone cold.

Insurgent waits to fight another day
  By / MSNBC   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Nov. 30 - In a cramped room that has become his refuge, with walls of grimy plaster and sloppy brickwork, a man known as Abu Mohammed sat with his children.
It was evening in Baghdad, and the Muslim call to prayer wafted over the neighborhood that takes its name from its main avenue, Palestine Street.
Juan Cole: Fam's report comes to conclusions similar to those of Shadid, also an Arabic-speaking reporter on the scene in Iraq.
Steve Gilliard: Something about colonial wars which really piss off the locals and make them vow revenge Insurgent waits to fight...

Fallujans pose challenge to Iraq gov't
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq — According to Iraq's government, people like Ismail Ibrahim should be glad Fallujah is all but rid of the insurgents accused of turning the city into a terrorist base and using its civilians as human shields.
Juan Cole: Mariam Fam of the Associated Press knows better than Max Boot what the Fallujans now think of the Americans, because she has actually talked to the Fallujans.
Steve Gilliard: Fallujans pose challenge to Iraq gov't By MARIAM FAM ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER "BAGHDAD, Iraq — According to Iraq's...

The King and I
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
IT is fitting that so many major news organizations have asked me to herald the coming to the United States of the artifacts from King Tut's tomb. After all, I'm the one who wrote the silly song about him.
Kevin Drum: Today in the New York Times, though, he sets the record straight: King Tut was not born in Arizona.
Orin Kerr: Steve Martin sets the record straight.
Betsy Newmark: Here's Steve Martin on his song, "King Tut" which actually showed up in a Quiz Bowl question at a tournament a few weeks ago.

Everyone Knows This Senator, and for 2008, That May Be Precisely the Trouble
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 - In a race for the presidency, Hillary Rodham Clinton faces a problem that has dogged her since her days as first lady: an entrenched bloc of voters who simply do not like her.
Chris Nolan: The other spelled out the very tight series of deadlines the Senator faces should she wish - ha! - to claim leadership of her party.
Betsy Newmark: California Yankee points to this NY Times article about how Hillary's negatives have stayed constant throughout her term as senator.
KJL: NYT: "Mrs. Clinton's high unfavorability ratings may help explain why a discussion has begun among her advisers over...
Orrin Judd: RUN RIGHT: Everyone Knows This Senator, and for 2008, That May Be Precisely the Trouble (RAYMOND HERNANDEZ , 12/05/04,...
Taegan Goddard: Hillary's Problem — In the 2008 presidential race, the New York Times notes that Sen. Hillary Clinton "faces a problem...

Let My People Go
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
KIEV, Ukraine — Here's a suggestion for President Bush from the protesters behind the democratic "orange revolution" here: Wear an orange tie.
"If he wore an orange tie, people here would be crying," said Yuri Maluta, a protester from Lviv.
Jeanne D'Arc: Chicks up front — Nicholas Kristof is in Ukraine, having Sixties flashbacks: Since my father grew up in what is now...
Glenn Reynolds: UKRAINE UPDATE: Nick Kristof has some advice to President Bush — wear orange: [snipped quote] I have a suggestion of my own as to what President Bush might wear.
Jeff Jarvis: Celebrating democracy : What a wonderful column from Nick Kristof today, celebrating the democratic victory in Ukraine.