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12:00 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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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 …
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.
Newsweek:
'We Can't Afford to Leave'  —  As the debate over Iraq intensifies, leading Democrat Silvestre Reyes is calling for the deployment of more U.S. troops.  —  Dec. 5.  2006 - In a surprise twist in the debate over Iraq, Rep. Silvestre Reyes, the soon-to-be chairman of the House Intelligence Committee …
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.
Discussion: Back Talk, Ezra Klein and PrairiePundit
The Allen Report:
Exclusive: What the Baker Commission Report Recommends
Discussion: Suitably Flip
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
ASKING MEN TO DIE TO "MITIGATE DEFEAT"
Associated Press:
Excerpts of Iraq Study Group Report
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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.
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Investor's Business Daily:
Tale Of Fibbing Imams
Washington Post:
Mary Cheney and Partner Are About to Be Moms  —  Mary Cheney, the vice president's openly gay daughter, is pregnant.  She and her partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, are "ecstatic" about the baby, due in late spring, said a source close to the couple.  —  It's a baby boom for grandparents Dick …
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John / AMERICAblog:
BREAKING: Cheney's lesbian daughter Mary is pregnant!
Discussion: Jesus' General
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
ERRORS, OMISSIONS, INVENTIONS AND FALSEHOODS  —  A reader writes that he received the email message below sent by Professor Kenneth Stein of Emory University and the Carter Center.  Professor Stein's expertise lies in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
New York Times:
U.S. Offers North Korea Aid for Dropping Nuclear Plans  —  The United States has offered a detailed package of economic and energy assistance in exchange for North Korea's giving up nuclear weapons and technology, American officials said Tuesday.  —  But the offer, made last week during …
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Carrots For Dear Leader
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush Denies Reaching Out to Dad  —  Even as Washington's punditocracy relishes the storyline of the elder-statesman father riding to the hapless son's rescue, President Bush insisted yesterday that he doesn't talk shop with his dad — and certainly doesn't ask for his advice.
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Real Clear Politics:   Interview with President Bush, Roundtable
Judd / Think Progress:
Cavuto to Krugman: 'You Are Lying To People'  —  Princeton economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman went on Fox News this afternoon to talk about his new article in Rolling Stone Magazine, "How the Super-Rich Are Screwing America."  —  Krugman's article is about how income inequality …
Kevin Aylward / The 2006 Weblog Awards:
The 2006 Weblog Awards Finalists Announced  —  Below are the finalists in The 2006 Weblog Awards, presented in both category and alphabetical order.  Finalist badges are available now and voting is scheduled to begin Thursday. … Cateogory Listing of The 2006 Weblog Awards Finalists:  —  Best Blog
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.
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
David Brown / Times of London:
Richest tenth own 85% of world's assets  —  Where the wealth is  —  The richest 2 per cent of adults own more than half the world's wealth, according to the most comprehensive study of personal assets.  —  Among the largest economies, Britain boasted the third-highest average wealth of $126,832 …
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
David Rogers / Wall Street Journal:
Some Republicans Take a Scorched-Hill Tack  —  Leaving Budget Decisions  —  To Democrats Could Disrupt  —  New Leadership's Agenda  —  WASHINGTON — Like a retreating army, Republicans are tearing up railroad track and planting legislative land mines to make it harder for Democrats …
 
 
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Times of London:
Russia demands the handover of Putin's critics in exchange for poison case help
William Caldwell IV / Washington Post:
Why We Persevere  —  BAGHDAD — I don't see a civil war in Iraq.
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
From Ruins of Afghan Buddhas, a History Grows
Discussion: The Peking Duck, Althouse and TIME
New York Times:
New York Bans Most Trans Fats in Restaurants
Discussion: Demagogue and Althouse
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Senators So Very, Very Not Contrary Toward Gates
Herschel Smith / The Captain's Journal:
Politically Correct Rules of Engagement Endanger Troops
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
"A Collection of Journalists Who Have Distinctive Signatures."
Discussion: Eschaton and FishBowlDC
Christopher Maag / New York Times:
Recreating 'A Christmas Story' for Tourists in Cleveland
 Earlier Items: 
Political Radar:
Gore to Bush on Iraq: It's Not About You
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Spam Doubles, Finding New Ways to Deliver Itself
Discussion: Political Animal
Gregg Krupa / Detroit News:
Muslim woman cites gym after interrupted prayer
New York Times:
The Nomination Hearing for Robert M. Gates
Ed At Aft / NCLB:
Build It Up  —  "[We have] leaks and even the occasional icicle …
Manohla Dargis / New York Times:
The Trippy Dream Factory of David Lynch
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
MAKING ATLAS SHRUG IN VENEZUELA: State Department folk …
Discussion: TurkeyBlog2 and alicublog
New York Times:
At Least 5 Marines Are Expected to Be Charged in Haditha Deaths
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Heretik
 

 
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Facebook blocks Russian page supporting Navalny, Putin's biggest critic

David Carr / New York Times:
Hacking at Sony Over ‘The Interview’ Reveals Hollywood's Failings, Too

Adrian Chen / MIT Technology Review:
A group of Swedish journalists and researchers wade into ugly corners of the Internet to expose trolls, racists, and creeps

 
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