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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 …
Discussion: The Truth Laid Bear
John / AMERICAblog:   AP story on Ford: We won
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.
Bush acknowledges faulty Iraq intelligence  —  But he says war was still justified to oust Saddam, create democracy … MSNBC TV  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush accepted responsibility on Wednesday for going to war with faulty intelligence, but firmly defended a decision that has deeply divided the country.
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
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Novak And Woodward - Same Source?
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 …
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 …
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
Mark R. Levin / The Corner on National Review Online:
RE: SULLIVAN  —  It appears Andrew Sullivan and I cannot even agree on what the term "evidence" means.  He says he linked to several government reports.  He did in an earlier post, which I addressed, i.e., that they deal almost exclusively with Abu Ghraib, which has nothing to do with the debate …
Washington Post:
DNA Exonerates Va. Convicts in 2 Rape Cases  —  RICHMOND, Dec. 14 — Newly tested DNA evidence from rapes committed perhaps more than 20 years ago have exonerated two Virginians who had served several years behind bars, according to a statement by Gov. Mark R. Warner that is scheduled to be released later today.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Paul Sperry / Front Page Magazine:
The Pentagon Breaks the Islam Taboo  —  Washington's policy-makers have been careful in the war on terror to distinguish between Islam and the terrorists.  The distinction has rankled conservatives who see scarce difference.  —  A little-noticed speech by President Bush in October gave them some hope.

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