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Scott Shane / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Opens Inquiry Into Leak of Domestic Spying  —  WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 - The Justice Department said today that it had opened a criminal investigation into the disclosure of classified information about a secret National Security Agency program under which President Bush authorized eavesdropping …
Agence France Presse:
US Justice Department to probe secret wiretap leak
Discussion: Unclaimed Territory and Power Line
Michelle Malkin:
ReddHedd / firedoglake:
Guess Who?  —  Guess who has been put in charge of the Iraqi …
Discussion: Needlenose and PrawfsBlawg
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
The DeLay-Abramoff Money Trail  —  Nonprofit Group Linked to Lawmaker Was Funded Mostly by Clients of Lobbyist  —  The U.S. Family Network, a public advocacy group that operated in the 1990s with close ties to Rep. Tom DeLay and claimed to be a nationwide grass-roots organization …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
So, Guy Walks Up to the Bar, and Scalia Says...  Justice Antonin Scalia's wit is widely admired, and now it has been quantified.  He is, a new study concludes, 19 times as funny as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  —  Transcripts of oral arguments at the United States Supreme Court have long featured …
USA Today:
College football fumbles minority hiring  —  Equal opportunity?  For black coaches, those words ring hollow.  —  On this New Year's Day, an occasion traditionally reserved for a college bowl smorgasbord, the sidelines of nationally televised football games will be positively teeming with successful …
Discussion: Discriminations
Charlotte Westerhaus / USA Today:   We're working on it  —  But NCAA can't improve diversity hiring without its members' help.
Is Washington Planning a Military Strike?  —  It's hardly news that US President George Bush refuses to rule out possible military action against Iran if Tehran continues to pursue its controversial nuclear ambitions.  But in Germany, speculation is mounting that Washington is preparing …
Associated Press:
Florida teen skips school, sneaks to Iraq  —  16-year-old survives his experiment in 'immersion journalism'  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Maybe it was the time the taxi dumped him at the Iraq-Kuwait border, leaving him alone in the middle of the desert.  Or when he drew a crowd at a Baghdad food stand …
Discussion: IRAQ THE MODEL
Associated Press:   Fla. Boy Coming Home After Iraq Adventure
Amos Harel / Associated Press:
Islamic Jihad claims Thursday's West Bank suicide bombing  —  The Islamic Jihad militant group claimed responsibility Friday for a suicide bombing in the West Bank that killed one soldier and two other Palestinians.  —  Islamic Jihad activists in the West Bank village of Atil, near Tul Karm …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Associated Press:
Pack of Angry Chihuahuas Attack Officer  —  FREMONT, California - A pack of angry Chihuahuas attacked a police officer who was escorting a teenager home following a traffic stop, authorities said.  The officer suffered minor injuries including bites to his ankle on Thursday …
Discussion: Argghhh!
Gateway Pundit:
Media Blackout on Iraqi Body Counts  —  This is startling news!  It is a shame the media is not reporting it!  —  Iraq has seen a very dramatic decrease in the number of civilian casualties this past year!  —  (click on picture to enlarge)  —  In fact if you take out that horrible …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Prayers Needed For FM  —  Got some bad news today on the transplant front.  The biopsy came back from the hospital, and the tissue shows a polyoma virus infection of the transplanted kidney, which has led to the lessened kidney function that we have seen the past few weeks.
Discussion: Hugh Hewitt and SCSUScholars
Brian McGuire / New York Sun:
Democrats Try To Block Kavanaugh Bid  —  WASHINGTON — With so much attention focused on Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, President Bush's lower-court nominees have drawn relatively little notice in recent months.  But a quiet maneuver last week by Senate Democrats aimed at blocking …
Discussion: Power Line
Steve Martin / The Huffington Post:
Leap Second Lovers are Traitors Says Bill O'Reilly  —  "This year's leap second is an assault on the American public," says commentator Bill O'Reilly.  "The reason the leap second is even being proposed is because of America Haters, because of Iraqi hate mongers, and let's be honest, Shiites.
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Associated Press:
Report: Trump Weighs Run for N.Y. Governor  —  ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Donald Trump is considering running for governor, a leading Republican said Friday.  —  Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno on Thursday suggested that a big-name candidate could be flirting with entering the 2006 contest.
Bob Krumm /
impeach bush now  —  Yes, you heard me right, it's time for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against President Bush.  Let me explain.  —  Talk of impeachment first began immediately after the 2004 election.  I suppose that up until the end of the first term Democrats …
Discussion: Dean's World
USA Today:
Bush grants pardons less than predecessors  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush demonstrated again this month that penitent lawbreakers have little chance of gaining a pardon unless their crimes were non-violent and occurred years before he took office.  Political connections probably aren't much help …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah

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