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Kim Curtis / Associated Press:
Crips Gang Co-Founder Executed in Calif.  —  SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) - Convicted killer Stanley Tookie Williams, the Crips gang co-founder whose case stirred a national debate about capital punishment versus the possibility of redemption, was executed Tuesday morning.
Los Angeles Times:
Governor Didn't Believe Williams Had Reformed  —  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger did not just reject Stanley Tookie Williams' request for clemency, he aggressively attacked the central element of the former gang leader's case: Williams, he said, had never really reformed.
Michelle Malkin:
THE TOOKIE FILES: NOTES ON THE FREAK SHOW  —  ***scroll for rolling updates***  —  It's a zoo outside San Quentin prison, where convicted murderer/Crips gang co-founder Stanley "Tookie" Williams is scheduled to die by injection at San Quentin Prison at 12:01am Pacific time for murdering four people during two 1979 holdups.
Bill Nienhuis / PunditGuy:   Tookie Watch - Live Blogging The Stanley Williams Execution
Evelyn Nieves / Washington Post:   Gang Co-Founder Is Executed in Calif.
Kirk Semple / New York Times:
Iraqi Ministry Denies Captives Were Abused  —  RAMADI, Iraq, Dec. 12 - The Iraqi Interior Ministry insisted Monday that none of the 625 prisoners discovered last week in an Iraqi detention center had been tortured or abused, despite assertions by American officials to the contrary.
Discussion: Air America Radio
Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
Investigation Finds More Than 120 Abuse Victims  —  U.S. Ambassador Says Abuse Was "Far Worse Than Slapping Around"  —  BAGHDAD, Dec. 12 — Iraqi and U.S. officials found more than 120 victims of abuse in inspections of two Interior Ministry detention centers, U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said Tuesday.
Washington Times:
Ex-general says Iranian led torture of detainees
Discussion: Power Line
Tom Lasseter / Knight Ridder:
Iran gaining influence, power in Iraq through militia
Kieran Healy / Crooked Timber:
Knock Knock, Bang Bang  —  Jim Henley points us to Radley Balko's extensive coverage of the astonishing case of Cory Maye.  Here is Radley's initial post on the case; and here are a series of posts of his updating and clarifying the details—1 2 3 4 5 6 7 and 8 (the first and last will tell you a lot).
Atrios / Eschaton:
Death Penalty
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Max / MaxSpeak:
Brian Williams / MSNBC:
President Bush on Iraq, Katrina, the economy  —  The 43rd president speaks exclusively with NBC's Brian Williams  —  WASHINGTON -  —  Brian Williams  —  •Profile  —  Our day started early this morning, when we greeted President George W. Bush in the Oval Office.
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Beyond The War Spin  —  After this week's elections in Iraq, will our national debate be about what the United States should do to salvage the best outcome it can from a war policy that has been riddled with errors and miscalculations?  Or will we mostly discuss how politicians should position themselves on the war?
H-Bomb /
DeLay Having an Impact in Vulnerable Congressional Districts  —  For the past couple of weeks, we have been reporting on the rumblings in the House of Representatives; is a coup afoot?  If so, who is involved?  Could it really be successful?  —  Well, information obtained by ABP yesterday might add fuel to such speculation.
Mark Steyn / Telegraph:
What is a crime?  It's a matter of opinion  —  All over the United Kingdom, right now, real crimes are being committed: mobiles are being nicked, front doors are being kicked in, bollards are being lobbed through bus shelters - just to name some of the lighter activities that add so much to the gaiety of the nation.
ReddHedd / firedoglake:
...And the WaPo Confirms My Little Bird  —  The WaPo reported this morning, during the political chat online, that Jim VandeHei "misspoke" and meant to say Libby on last night's Hardball instead of Hadley. … I bet he did appreciate the opportunity to set the record straight.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and TalkLeft
David Aaronovitch / Times of London:
Here's my apology on the 'disaster' of the Iraq war.  Now, where's yours?  —  MANY MORNINGS begin with the Today snort: an almost indefinable simultaneous use of sinus and larynx, it is the audio equivalent of one of Jeremy Paxman's eyebrows leaping off his head and making a bid for freedom among the studio lights.
Discussion: Austin Bay Blog
Jodi Wilgoren / New York Times:
After 14 Weeks, Evacuees Settle Into 14th Home  —  BATON ROUGE, La., Dec. 8 - The small room where Tracy Jackson, Jerel Brown and their four young children share a twin bed and thin mattress on the floor is the 14th place they have laid their heads since Hurricane Katrina struck just over 14 weeks ago.
John Dickerson / Slate:
The Grinch Who Doctored Photos  —  The RNC's fraudulent new ad.  —  The RNC's new Web video "Retreat and Defeat" starts with a flat-screen TV playing clips from Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, Sen. Barbara Boxer, and Sen. John Kerry.  As they speak, a white flag waves over their faces while ominous music moans.
Discussion: The Fix and The Huffington Post

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