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3:30 PM ET, December 3, 2006

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Douglas Brinkley / Washington Post:
Move Over, Hoover  —  Shortly after Thanksgiving I had dinner in California with Ronald Reagan's best biographer, Lou Cannon.  Like many historians these days, we discussed whether George W. Bush is, conceivably, the worst U.S. president ever.  Cannon bristled at the idea.
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David Greenberg / Washington Post:
At Least He's Not Nixon
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs and Rising Hegemon
Michael Lind / Washington Post:
He's Only Fifth Worst
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jules crittenden:
Brave New World  —  The pajama-clad ranks of conservative bloggers are officially here as effective media watchdogs, having forced Dan Rather's retirement; having forced Reuters and other news agencies to come to terms with the propaganda they were shilling for terrorists in Lebanon …
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jules crittenden:
A Testament to Cluelessness
Discussion: Wampum and Daimnation!
Michael / Petrelis Files:   From DoD: Rummy in Philly, Dec. 1, 2006
New York Times:
New on the Web: Politics as Usual  —  THE Netroots.  " "People Power.  " "Crashing the Gate.  " The lingo of liberal Web bloggers bespeaks contempt for the political establishment.  The same disdain is apparent among many bloggers on the right, who argued passionately for a change …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Lieberman: Talking To Iran And Syria Is Like The 'Local Fire Dept Asking Arsonists To Help'  —  Today on CBS Face the Nation, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) argued that direct talks with Syria and Iran won't work and compared it to "your local fire department asking a couple of arsonists to help put out the fire.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Democrats Face a Tough Job, Leader Says  —  The Democratic National Committee chairman, Howard Dean, warned party leaders on Saturday not to revel too long in the victories from last month's midterm elections or treat their Congressional majorities as a permanent directive from voters.
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Russian Ex-Spy Lived in a World of Deceptions  —  The tangled tale of Alexander V. Litvinenko, the maverick Russian K.G.B. agent turned dissident who died of radiation poisoning last week, has seized the headlines recently, but its roots can be traced to a late spring evening in Moscow in 1994.
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Times of London:
Putin wanted Blair to gag poisoned spy
Discussion: Samizdata.net
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Lame-Duck Congress May Run Out the Clock  —  Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) wants legislation on President Bush's warrantless wiretapping program.  Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.) is sure the time has come for Congress to declare that aborted fetuses feel pain.
BBC:
Canada Liberals spurn Ignatieff  —  A former Canadian minister has beaten prominent writer Michael Ignatieff in a leadership election for the country's opposition Liberal party.  —  Mr Ignatieff had been favourite to win the race, but was defeated by ex-Environment Minister Stephane Dion.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Gergen: Press was guilty of "cheerleading" the run up to the war.  —  On Reliable Sources today, David Gergen admitted what many of us crazy f*&king hippies have been saying all along now—that the press didn't do their job and failed the American people in the run up to the war in Iraq.
Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Mideast allies near a state of panic  —  U.S. leaders' visits to the region reap only warnings and worry.  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush and his top advisors fanned out across the troubled Middle East over the last week to showcase their diplomatic initiatives to restore strained relationships …
Holly Bailey / Newsweek:
Politics: McCain's Ground War  —  The senator is calling for more boots on the ground in Iraq.  Is this any way to wage a presidential campaign?  —  Peter Spaulding was John McCain's man in New Hampshire, and with good reason.  The longest-serving member of the state's Executive Council …
Discussion: Political Animal
M. P. Dunleavey / New York Times:
Plan to Retire but Leave Out Social Security  —  USUALLY I do little more than skim my Social Security statement — the four-page folded newsletter that arrives periodically with updates about my benefits.  —  This time I read the whole thing, starting with the opening letter from Jo Anne B. Barnhart …
William J. Broad / New York Times:
Polonium, $22.50 Plus Tax  —  THE trail of clues in the mysterious death of Alexander V. Litvinenko may lead to Moscow, as the former spy claimed on his deathbed.  But solving the nuclear whodunit may prove harder than Scotland Yard and many scientists at first anticipated.
Discussion: Hot Air and Gateway Pundit
Alexei Barrionuevo / New York Times:
Imports Spurring Push to Subsidize Produce  —  FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. — For decades, the fiercely independent fruit and vegetable growers of California, Florida and other states have been the only farmers in America who shunned federal subsidies, delivering produce to the tables of millions of Americans on their own.
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
David Tirrell-Wysocki / Associated Press:
GOP pays $135K in N.H. call jamming suit  —  CONCORD, N.H. - State and national Republicans will pay $135,000 to settle a suit involving a scheme to jam Democratic get-out-the-vote calls on Election Day 2002, officials said Saturday.  —  "Although we believed our case was very strong …
 
 
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Bob Geiger / BobGeiger.com:
The Saturday Cartoons  —  As an added treat today …
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Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:
The Republicans Lost Iraq
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
Josh Chafetz / New York Times:
Politician, Police Thyself
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Observer:
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Times of London:
Saudis lead Israel peace bid
Matthew Yglesias:
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Graeme Wilson / Telegraph:
Jowell hints at tax rises as Olympics bill soars
Jim Yardley / New York Times:
Living Memories of Bound Feet, War and Chaos in China
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