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April Castro / Associated Press:
DeLay's Money Laundering Charges Upheld  —  AUSTIN, Texas - A judge dismissed a conspiracy charge Monday against Rep. Tom DeLay but refused to throw out the far more serious allegations of money-laundering, dashing the congressman's hopes for now of reclaiming his post as House majority leader.
Discussion: and TalkLeft
Jesselee / The Stakeholder:
DeLay Finished  —  DeLay gets some good news, but not enough of it...  DeLay's hopes dashed for quick end to case [Houston Chronicle] … Look for Republicans to start jockeying for January Leadership elections very soon, as well as some very disappointing poll numbers out of Houston tonight.
David Stout / New York Times:
Judge Upholds Most Serious Charges Against DeLay  —  WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 - A judge in Texas today dismissed part of a state indictment against Representative Tom DeLay, who was forced out of his post as leader of the Republican majority in the House two months ago after he was charged with conspiracy and political fund-raising abuses.
Laylan Copelin / Austin American-Statesman:
Money laundering charge against DeLay left to stand
Poll: DeLay faces political woes at home
Discussion: Burnt Orange Report
U.S. Newswire:   Cheney and DeLay: A Scandal-Plagued Reunion, Says DNC
Jim Forsyth /
Dean: US Won't Win in Iraq  —  (SAN ANTONIO) — Saying the "idea that we're going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong," Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean predicted today that the Democratic Party will come together on a proposal to withdraw National Guard …
Smash / The Indepundit:
A Blue Day for CodePink  —  SUNDAY was another perfect day here in San Diego.  The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and across the street from Balboa Naval Hospital, a handful of anti-war protestors were preparing to rally under the banner of CodePink.
Discussion: Cold Fury
Two Babes and a Brain:
This Will Make You Sick...  During our visit to Walter Reed, we all piled into a room of a young soldier who had just come out of surgery.  His parents were there to take care of him.  His room was decorated with autographed from Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac who had visited the previous day …
Kerry asks Bush to replace Rumsfeld  —  RAW STORY  —  WASHINGTON: Senator John Kerry (D - Mass.) made the following statement, issued to RAW STORY, following Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's speech this morning on Iraq.  Rumors are circulating that Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) could be tapped to replace Rumsfeld.
Discussion: NewsHog and The Reaction
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Secrets and Lies  —  The DoD's disgraceful plot to plant rosy stories in the Iraqi press.  —  This time, someone really does have to be fired.  The revelation that Defense Department money, not even authorized by Congress for the purpose, has been outsourced to private interests and then used …
Hamza Hendawi / Associated Press:
Saddam Yells at Judge in Unruly Session  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Saddam Hussein's defense team walked out of court Monday, the former leader yelled at the judge, and Saddam's half brother shouted "Why don't you just execute us!" in an often unruly court session that also saw former U.S. Attorney …
Opinion Journal:
Kerry Supports the Troops  —  The old proverb is right: A haughty, French-looking Massachusetts leopard who by the way served in Vietnam doesn't change its spots.  John Kerry* appeared on CBS's "Face the Nation" with Bob Schieffer yesterday, and his comments on U.S. troops in Iraq were vintage 1971 (link in PDF, quotes on pages 3-4):
Wesley K. Clark / New York Times:
The Next Iraq Offensive  —  WHILE the Bush administration and its critics escalated the debate last week over how long our troops should stay in Iraq, I was able to see the issue through the eyes of America's friends in the Persian Gulf region.  The Arab states agree on one thing …
John Derbyshire / The Corner on National Review Online:
BOOB BAIT  —  Cliff: No, don't buy that.  —  Look through that Bailey piece again:  —  "A year ago, I asked Kristol after a lecture whether he believed in God or not.  He got a twinkle in his eye and responded, 'I don't believe in God, I have faith in God.' Well, faith, as it says in Hebrews 11:1 …
White House:
President Discuses Economy and Tax Relief in North Carolina  —  John Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corporation  —  Fact Sheet: President Bush's Agenda for Economic Growth  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thanks for having me.  Thanks for letting me come by to John Deere-Hitachi.  I'm here to talk about our economy.

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