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John / AMERICAblog:
We Won  —  UPDATE: You can thank Ford via this online form.  —  FURTHER UPDATE: Great AP story on our victory.  —  Regarding that Ford thing?  We just won.  —  The Ford Motor Company today released the following letter (below) clarifying that whatever did or did not happen behind closed doors …
John / AMERICAblog:
AP story on Ford: We won  —  UPDATE: Reuters story is good too.  —  THIS is proof that we won.  That all of AMERICA won.  The Associated Press story says it all.  What matters most isn't just whether we won or lost - though it does matter - it also matters whether the media and the public …
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Tortured Definitions  —  Big posts on torture by Instapundit, Andrew Sullivan (here and here and here and here and here), and a pretty shameless piece in the Opinion Journal.  Read all of them and then come back here for my 2 cents.  —  Ok- did you read them all?  Good.
Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:
Hate torture?  Consider boot camp  —  HOLD THE PRESSES.  I've discovered that the use of torture by the U.S. government is far more pervasive than previously believed.  There are major facilities all over the country where thousands of men and women who have not committed any crime are held …
National Review:
Will Rove be Indicted?  —  There have been rumors flying around Washington in the last few days that Karl Rove, the president's top political adviser, might soon be indicted in the CIA leak investigation.  At least for now, the rumors appear to be based on someone hearing that someone else …
Bush takes responsibility for invasion intelligence  —  President says removing Hussein still 'right decision' … WASHINGTON (CNN) — On the eve of Iraq's historic election, President Bush took responsibility Wednesday for "wrong" intelligence that led to the war, but he said removing Saddam Hussein was still necessary.
Raleigh News & Observer:
Bush can settle CIA leak riddle, Novak says  —  Newspaper columnist Robert Novak is still not naming his source in the Valerie Plame affair, but he says he is pretty sure the name is no mystery to President Bush.  —  "I'm confident the president knows who the source is," …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Novak And Woodward - Same Source?
Truck with allegedly fake ballots detained  —  Four soldiers, Sunni politician killed in separate incidents … BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — With the country's parliamentary elections slated for Thursday and early voting already under way, a truck carrying what are believed to be fake ballots …
Discussion: Reuters, BlondeSense and PunditGuy
John F. Burns / New York Times:
To Halt Abuses, U.S. Will Inspect Jails Run by Iraq
Ben Connable / Washington Post:
The Truth On the Ground  —  When I told people that I was getting ready to head back to Iraq for my third tour, the usual response was a frown, a somber head shake and even the occasional "I'm sorry."  When I told them that I was glad to be going back, the response was awkward disbelief, a fake smile and a change of subject.
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Bush Urges 'Patience' on Iraq  —  President Bush, delivering the last in a series of speeches about Iraq on the eve of that country's elections, said today he was encouraged by the prospect of broader political participation in Iraq, but he warned that successful voting will not make the insurgents …
Activist Judge Cancels Christmas  —  Issue 41  •50  —  WASHINGTON, DC—In a sudden and unexpected blow to the Americans working to protect the holiday, liberal U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reinhardt ruled the private celebration of Christmas unconstitutional Monday.
Discussion: Pandagon
Jon / Reporting from Iraq:
The view from on the ground  —  Think about everything you've heard about the conditions in Iraq, the role of U.S. forces, the multi-layered complexities of the war.  —  Then think again.  —  I'm a journalist.  I read the news everyday, from several sources.
Discussion: Vodkapundit and Argghhh!
Jeff Greenfield / Slate:
The President, the War, and the Military Base  —  A compelling, new, and entirely mistaken comparison between George W. Bush and Lyndon Johnson.  —  A well-known psychology test demonstrates that when we hear a list of words associated with a concept like sleep—bed, pillow, night, rest …

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Betsy / Betsy's Page:
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