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Governor denies clemency for ex-gang leader  —  Appeals court refuses to block Williams' execution  —  SACRAMENTO, California (CNN) — California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has denied clemency for convicted killer Stanley Tookie Williams, who co-founded the Crips street gang.
David Kravets / Associated Press:
Schwarzenegger Denies Clemency for Williams  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday refused to spare the life of Stanley Tookie Williams, the founder of the murderous Crips gang who awaited execution after midnight in a case that set off a debate over the possibility of redemption on death row.
Discussion: Blogs for Bush and GOP Bloggers
Jeremiah Marquez / Associated Press:
City leaders rally against violence
Discussion: Blogs of War and The Stranger
David Kravets / Associated Press:   Williams Waits on Gov.'s Clemency Decision
Poll: Broad Optimism in Iraq, But Also Deep Divisions Among Groups  —  On the Eve of the Elections, Most Iraqis Want Iraq To Stay Unified  —  Dec. 12, 2005 — Surprising levels of optimism prevail in Iraq with living conditions improved, security more a national worry than a local one, and expectations for the future high.
Will Lester / Associated Press:
Poll: Most Iraqis Oppose Troops' Presence  —  WASHINGTON - Most Iraqis disapprove of the presence of U.S. forces in their country, yet they are optimistic about Iraq's future and their own personal lives, according to a new poll.  —  More than two-thirds of those surveyed oppose the presence …
Froomkin on White House Briefing  —  In Sunday's Washington Post, the paper's new ombudsman, Deborah Howell, writes that The Post's political reporters don't like my column.  She states that the column is "highly opinionated and liberal" and concludes that it should no longer bear the name …
Jane Hamsher / firedoglake:
White House Pool Boys Get Crabby
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
Time Reporter May Have Tipped Rove's Lawyer to Leak
Discussion: Daily Pundit
David Stout / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Review Texas Districting Dispute  —  WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 - The United States Supreme Court agreed today to review the constitutionality of the Texas redistricting plan that was engineered by Representative Tom DeLay, the House majority leader until recently …
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
Gina Holland / Associated Press:
Court Agrees to Review Texas Redistricting  —  Supreme Court Agrees to Review GOP-Friendly Redistricting in Texas Engineered by Rep. Tom DeLay  —  WASHINGTON Dec 12, 2005 — The Supreme Court said Monday it would consider the constitutionality of a Texas congressional map engineered …
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Chinks in the Republican Armor
Discussion: The Stakeholder
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court to hear Texas redistricting cases
Discussion: Althouse
The voting has begun! (updated)  —  Voting in Iraq's second parliamentary elections has begun this morning; this coincides with the deadline for all campaigning activities by all lists and parties who are required now to enter "electoral silence".  —  The first votes are coming from army bases, detention centers and hospitals.
Gateway Pundit:
As Voting Begins, Bush Talks Freedom, Iraqis Dance  —  THOUSANDS OF IRAQIS HEAD TO THE POLLS TODAY, EARLY VOTING HAS BEGUN,  —  VIDEO HERE  —  300,000 Iraqis voted today, 90,000 from hospitals, 20,000 from prisons  —  President Bush reminds the world that while the path toward Iraqi democracy …
Discussion: The Anchoress and Hugh Hewitt
Bush: Iraqi democracy making progress; estimates 30,000 Iraqis killed
Discussion: Simianbrain
White House:
President Discusses War on Terror and Upcoming Iraqi Elections  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thanks for the warm welcome.  Thank you for the chance to come and speak to the Philadelphia World Affairs Council.  This is an important organization that has …
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Text of Bush Speech on Iraq, part two
Discussion: The Mahablog
Russ Feingold /
TPMCafe Special Guests  —  Fixing The Patriot Act — Fighting Terrorism While Protecting Our Freedoms  —  Thanks to Josh and the crew here at TPM Café for inviting me this week.  I have posted diaries on blogs in the past and have always enjoyed the immediate and thoughtful feedback I get.
Discussion: MyDD
Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
Patriot Act report targets meth
Chris Wallace: Mike Wallace Has 'Lost It'  —  "Fox News Sunday" anchorman Chris Wallace says father Mike Wallace has "lost it" - after the legendary CBS newsman told the Boston Globe last week that the fact George Bush had been elected president shows America is "[expletive]-up."  —  "He's lost it.
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
To Promote a Cable Network, a Plan to Inundate the Internet  —  The MSNBC cable network plans to flood the Internet this week with its largest concentrated online pitch, running advertising on hundreds of Web sites and blogs.  The cost of the campaign, to promote three prime-time programs, is estimated at just under $1 million.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton Crafts Centrist Stance on War  —  At a time when politicians in both parties have eagerly sought public forums to debate the war in Iraq, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has kept in the shadows.  —  Clinton has stayed steadfastly on a centrist path …
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
No sophomore jinx for Emanuel  —  Rep. Rahm Emanuel, in only his second term as a congressman from Chicago, gets high praise from Democratic activists outside Congress for his performance as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  —  Emanuel's success in recruiting candidates …
Scott Shiloh / Arutz Sheva:
Abbas Approves Monthly Grant To Families of Suicide Bombers  —  The head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has approved a new law, providing monetary grants to the families of suicide bombers.  —  Abbas gave his approval just six days ago, a day before a suicide bomber struck …
Ian Mayes / Guardian:
Open door  —  The readers' editor on ... a complaint about a controversial correction  —  It is with considerable reluctance that I return to the subject of the Guardian and Noam Chomsky and one of the most difficult complaints I have had to deal with in my eight years as readers' editor of the paper.
Discussion: Oliver Kamm, Europhobia and normblog

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