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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Sarah Kershaw / New York Times:
Stanley Tookie Williams, Crips Gang Co-Founder, Is Executed
Hillary Profita / CBS News:
Cory Maye: "An Interesting Test Of The Power Of The Blogosphere."  —  While the fate of Stanley "Tookie" Williams drew plenty of attention in the in the mainstream media, many in the blogosphere - on the right and the left (Battlepanda has assembled a list of them, conveniently organized …
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
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 …
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: Associated Press and Wizbang
Bush Job Approval at 38% After edging above 40%, it fades again  —  President Bush's job approval rating languishes under 40%, despite an upturn in the economy and a public relations onslaught defending the role of the U.S. military in rebuilding Iraq, a new telephone poll by Zogby International shows.
EXCLUSIVE: SECURITIES FRAUD LITIGATION FILED AGAINST DIEBOLD, INC!  —  Eight Current and Former Executives Named as Co-Defendants, Including former CEO O'Dell and New CEO Swidarski  —  Class Action Suit Alleges Fraud, Insider Trading, Manipulation of Stock Prices, Concealment of Known Flaws …
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 …

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