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3:00 PM ET, December 6, 2006

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Washington Post:
Iraq Panel Calls Conditions 'Grave and Deteriorating'  —  Conditions in Iraq are "grave and deteriorating," with the prospect that a "slide toward chaos" could topple the U.S.-backed government and trigger a regional war unless the United States changes course and seeks a broader diplomatic …
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
A Study In Comity  —  Whatever the final impact of the Iraq Study Group report being issued today, for the 10 commission members this was an exhilarating experience, a demonstration of genuine bipartisanship that they hope will serve as an example to the broader political world.
New York Times:
Panel Backs Overhaul of Iraq Policy  —  Saying that "the situation in Iraq is grave and deteriorating," a bipartisan commission today urged stepped-up diplomatic and political efforts to stabilize that country, coupled with a shift in the mission of the American military to allow the United States to …
Ed Henry / CNN:
Iraq Study Group: Pull most troops from combat by '08 … WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Iraq Study Group will urge President Bush to move most U.S. troops out of combat roles by early 2008, according to two sources who have seen the executive summary of the group's report.
White House:
President Bush Receives Report from the Iraq Study Group  —  THE PRESIDENT: I just received the Iraq Study Group report, prepared by a distinguished panel of our fellow citizens.  I want to thank James Baker and Lee Hamilton and the panel members for spending a lot of time on this really difficult issue.
Associated Press:
Excerpts of Iraq Study Group Report  —  Here are excerpts from portions of the Iraq Study Group report, which was being released Wednesday:  —  ''The situation in Iraq is grave and deteriorating.  There is no path that can guarantee success, but the prospects can be improved.''
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Price of Iran's Help  —  DUBAI — On the eve of the Baker-Hamilton commission's report, a top Iranian official set a tough condition for his country's help in stabilizing Iraq, saying that Tehran isn't interested in such cooperation unless the Bush administration sets a timetable for withdrawing its troops.
Washington Post:
Panel To Urge Pressure On Iraq  —  Study Group to Present Its Report to Bush Today  —  The bipartisan Iraq Study Group plans to recommend to President Bush that he threaten to reduce economic and military support for Iraq's government if it fails to meet specific benchmarks intended …
The Allen Report:
Exclusive: What the Baker Commission Report Recommends
Discussion: Suitably Flip and Hot Air
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
PRO FORMA REMARKS ON THE BAKER COMMISSION REPORT.. …
Discussion: FP Passport and Matthew Yglesias
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
Culture Shock on Capitol Hill: House to Work 5 Days a Week  —  Forget the minimum wage.  Or outsourcing jobs overseas.  The labor issue most on the minds of members of Congress yesterday was their own: They will have to work five days a week starting in January.  —  The horror.
Debra Burlingame / Opinion Journal:
On a Wing and a Prayer  —  Grievance theater at Minneapolis International Airport. … Those are the words that started it all.  Six bearded imams are said to have shouted them out while offering evening prayers as they and 141 other passengers waited at the gate for their flight out of Minneapolis International Airport.
Daily Mail:
Does water STILL flow on Mars?  —  Dramatic new photographs of Mars have revealed the possible existence of water on its surface.  —  The images - released for the first time on Wednesday by the US space agency NASA - were taken earlier this year in an attempt to unlock the secrets of the Red Planet.
MSNBC:
NBC: 10 U.S. service members killed in Iraq  —  Meanwhile, mortar attack kills 8 Iraqis, wounds 40 in Sadr City district  —  Residents look at a minibus destroyed in a suicide bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City on Wednesday.  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Ten American service members were killed …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Darshak M. Sanghavi, M.D. / New York Times:
Wanting Babies Like Themselves, Some Parents Choose Genetic Defects  —  Wanting to have children who follow in one's footsteps is an understandable desire.  But a coming article in the journal Fertility and Sterility offers a fascinating glimpse into how far some parents may go to ensure …
 
 
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