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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Update: 'Wash Post' Editor and Others Want Froomkin Column Renamed—But Online Chief Says No  —  NEW YORK After two days of controversy, several newsroom staffers at The Washington Post, including Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr., said today they do not object to online columnist Dan Froomkin's …
Peter Baker / Washington Post: > Live Discussions  —'s Daily Politics Discussion  —  Don't want to miss out on the latest buzz in politics?  Start each day at wonk central: The Post Politics Hour.  Join in each weekday morning at 11 a.m. as a member of The Washington Post's team …
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush Takes Questions  —  President Bush briefly emerged from his protective bubble yesterday, took a few thorny questions from an unscreened audience and a network anchor, and was more forthcoming than he has been in months.  Plus, there's more to come: Two more network interviews this week.
Jane Hamsher / firedoglake:
Fire in the Cat House  —  Holy s**t some people just don't know when to shut up.  I mentioned yesterday that the Washington press corps has no idea of the smoldering public rage that threatens to engulf them, but I had no idea that it was about ready to immolate WaPo's National politics editor John Harris so quickly.
Brad DeLong / Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal:
The Future of the Washington Post  —  Washington Post national political editor John Harris launches a creepy assault on Dan Froomkin's Post Online White House Briefing column content/blog/2005/12/12/BL2005121200655 _ pf.html.
Wpnieditor / Washington Post:   John Harris … WaPo- get this straight: this is not about …
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Police Seize Forged Ballots Headed to Iraq From Iran  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, Dec. 13 - Less than two days before nationwide elections, the Iraqi border police seized a tanker on Tuesday that had just crossed from Iran filled with thousands of forged ballots, an official at the Interior Ministry said.
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Sunni Bastion Now Turning to Ballot Box  —  TIKRIT, Iraq, Dec. 13 - Along the main boulevard here in Saddam Hussein's hometown, hundreds of campaign posters have flowered where insurgents once tossed homemade bombs at American troops.  —  The guerrilla war found fertile ground in Tikrit …
Craig S. Smith / New York Times:   As a Face Transplant Heals, Flurries of Questions Arise
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Has The War Turned The Corner ... At Home?
Is the Pentagon spying on Americans?  —  Secret database obtained by NBC News tracks 'suspicious' domestic groups … By By Lisa Myers, Douglas Pasternak, Rich Gardella and the NBC Investigative Unit  —  WASHINGTON -  —  Lisa Myers  —  A year ago, at a Quaker Meeting House in Lake Worth …
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
New Army Rules May Snarl Talks With McCain on Detainee Issue  —  WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 - The Army has approved a new, classified set of interrogation methods that may complicate negotiations over legislation proposed by Senator John McCain to bar cruel and inhumane treatment of detainees in American custody …
Nico / Think Progress:   BREAKING: As Torture Amendment Nears Passage …
Kris / Dummocrats:
Amazing Race: The Family Edition Finale  —  No one's gonna beat the Linz family!  The Cincinnati family won the family edition of the Amazing Race tonight.  And I, for one, thank God.  Thank you God for abandoning the Weaver family in their hour of need.  And thank you, Amazing Race producers …
Discussion: The World Wide Rant
Eric / Viking Pundit:
Amazing Race update - Who Dey? - The Linz family wins the Race
Discussion: Brainster's Blog
Fitzgerald was long suspicious Rove had hidden evidence; Not swayed by last minute testimony, lawyers say  —  A few weeks after he took over the investigation into the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson in early 2004, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald had already become suspicious …
Jason Leopold /
Fitzgerald to brief grand jury Wednesday
Discussion: TalkLeft
Karen W. Arenson / New York Times:
Saudi Prince Gives Millions to Harvard and Georgetown  —  Harvard University and Georgetown University each announced yesterday that they had received $20 million donations from Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, a Saudi businessman and member of the Saudi royal family, to finance Islamic studies.
Charles A. Radin / Boston Globe:
Saudi donates $20m to Harvard
Discussion: Wizbang and Associated Press
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Hollywood's Crude Cliches  —  I don't know if anyone does time capsules anymore, but if they do I suggest that a DVD of the George Clooney movie "Syriana" be included.  I'm not sure it tells you much about today's America — not as much as an iPod, for instance, or a clip from "Entertainment Tonight" …
Vanessa Gera / Associated Press:
Europeans Outraged at Schwarzenegger  —  VIENNA, Austria - The execution of convicted killer Stanley Tookie Williams sparked outrage Tuesday throughout Europe, which has a deep aversion to capital punishment sustained by the painful memory of state-organized murder during the Nazi era.
Jihadis, Elections and Ramadi  —  More splits in the insurgency as Election Day nears; and more of the Ramadi Problem  —  RAMADI, IRAQ: As Election Day quickly approaches in Iraq, the various jihadi factions and the non-jihadist insurgents are taking their varied positions on how to deal with the voting process.

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