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1:10 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  —  In 1950, President Harry S. Truman was under fire for "losing" China to communist forces, engaging in deficit spending and seeking to expand unemployment insurance.  Harold E. Stassen, a prominent Republican, blasted him as "the worst president ever to occupy the White House."
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs and Rising Hegemon
Vincent J. Cannato / Washington Post:   Time's On His Side
Michael Lind / Washington Post:
He's Only Fifth Worst
Discussion: The Mahablog and Lean Left
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
Say no to AP's shoddy work  —  When a company defrauds its customers, or delivers shoddy goods, the customers sooner or later are going to take their business elsewhere.  But if that company has a virtual monopoly, and offers something its customers must have, they may have no choice but to keep taking it.
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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 …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
The Meaning Of Rumsfeld's Leak  —  Many bloggers have written about the leaked Rumsfeld memo published by the New York Times on Friday and confirmed by the Pentagon later the same day, but no one has a better political analysis than Andy McCarthy at NRO's The Corner.
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Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Rumsfeld Called for Change in War Plan
Discussion: AMERICAN FUTURE and PoliBlog (TM)
jules crittenden:
A Testament to Cluelessness
Discussion: The World Wide Rant
Michael / Petrelis Files:   From DoD: Rummy in Philly, Dec. 1, 2006
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.
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Poloniumania: British cops eye shadowy group of former Russian agents; Update: Killer ID'd?  —  Loose cannons or Putin puppets with just enough independence to give him plausible deniability? … That article's five days old but the Telegraph has new info on Dignity and Honor in today's issue …
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Times of London:
Putin wanted Blair to gag poisoned spy
Discussion: Samizdata.net
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 …
Discussion: The News Blog and Althouse
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.
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 …
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.
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
Times of London:
Saudis lead Israel peace bid  —  THE Saudi Arabian government is emerging as a key player in talks to broker a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace agreement.  —  According to senior Israeli sources, Ehud Olmert, Israel's prime minister, will soon meet high-ranking Saudi officials to explore …
Discussion: PrairiePundit and Israel Matzav
Matthew Yglesias:
Sears, Valentino, and "Symbolic Racism"  —  Dave Noon writes more about race and southern politics following up on the discussion launched by Rick Perlstein's article on the subject: … I read the Valentino and Sears paper yesterday, and I think it's plausibly true that the authors are biased against Republicans.
Spocko / First Draft:
Re: This could kill New Orleans (Score: 1)  —  I have multiple ideas.  I'm thinking about official leverage, unofficial leverage.  Public PR and underground PR.  —  Also Counterintuitive across the crazysphere reaching  —  Official Public PR Leverage.  Someone who is a press darling needs to say something strong.
Discussion: Majikthise and Rising Hegemon
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Lindsay Hamilton / ABCNEWS:
Rice Not Ready to Discuss U.S. 'Mistakes' in Iraq  —  Secretary of State Suggests Reflections on Likely U.S. 'Mistakes' in Iraq Will Have to Wait Until She's Out of Office  —  Although she is not yet ready to explain herself, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is admitting that the United States has made mistakes in Iraq.
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
FDL Book Salon Reminder: Bill Scher Today  —  I am so pleased that Bill Scher will be joining us for an FDL Book Salon on his book Wait!  Don't Move to Canada: A Stay-and-Fight Strategy to Win Back America today, on December 3, 2006, at 5:00 pm ET/2:00 pm PT. Bill is the Executive Editor at Liberal Oasis …
 
 
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Jim Henley / Unqualified Offerings:
Henley the Hawk! … Somewhere I have doctrinal deviations …
Discussion: Inactivist
Gateway Pundit:
300,000 Still Without Power After Worst St. Louis Ice Storm Ever
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Bob Geiger / BobGeiger.com:
The Saturday Cartoons  —  As an added treat today …
A.M. Mora y Leon / Publius Pundit:
VENEZUELA: WHAT I HEAR
Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:
The Republicans Lost Iraq
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
Josh Chafetz / New York Times:
Politician, Police Thyself
Observer:
The House of Death  —  When 12 bodies were found buried …
Discussion: The Sideshow
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Agence France Presse:
US actress Gwyneth Paltrow prefers British dinner talk
Discussion: The Corner and Tammy Bruce
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
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
Officials Expect No Big Changes, No Matter What Panel Advises
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Gaza women warned of immodesty
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
AIDS fight needs churches, Obama says
Elizabeth Mehren / Los Angeles Times:
Workers a thorny issue for Romney
Discussion: Power Line and Joust The Facts