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Hugh Sykes / BBC:
'This is stability, at last'  —  There was a traffic jam inside the polling station at Badr al-Kobra school - a traffic jam of people, as hundreds of voters flocked into the station.  —  Inside scrutineers and election officials sat rather awkwardly at small school desks handing out ballot forms.
Discussion: JunkYardBlog
Bill Crawford / All Things Conservative:
Gateway Pundit:
Surprise Guest at Iraqi Elections
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and QandO
Dwight Meredith / Wampum:
The 2005 Koufax Awards — Nominations Are Open  —  Nominations are now open for the 2005 Koufax Awards.  This is the fourth year of the awards, which in internet time, makes us old and venerable (or perhaps decrepit).  The 2002 winners may be found here.  The 2003 winners are listed here, and the 2004 winners are here.
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Polls Close After Iraqi Voters Turn Out in Droves  —  BAGHDAD — Iraqis across ethnic, sectarian and religious divides voted in droves today in a high-stakes election that could determine the course of the nation and the success or failure of the U.S. effort to bring Western-style democracy to the Arab Middle East.
Big turnout in Iraq election as Sunnis vote
Kevin / SoCalPundit:
Liberal Blogs Choose Silence On Iraq Elections
Discussion: Roger L. Simon
Hotline On Call:
Kerry Links Retaking House To Bush Impeachment  —  MA.  Sen. John Kerry said last night that if Dems retake the House, there's a "solid case" to bring "articles of impeachment" against President Bush for allegedly misleading the country about pre-war intelligence, according to several Dems who attended.
Washington Post:
White House, McCain Agree on Torture Ban  —  Measure Proposed Would Limit Interrogation Tactics  —  The White House and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) reached agreement today on a measure that would ban torture and limit interrogation tactics in U.S. detention facilities, a provision …
Associated Press:
White House agrees to McCain's torture policy  —  Bush gives in to Ariz. senator's ban after months of wrangling, officials say  —  WASHINGTON - After months of resistance, the White House has agreed to accept Sen. John McCain's call for a law specifically banning cruel …
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Bush Accepts McCain's Ban on Torture
ReddHedd / firedoglake:
No Comment...Except to Tamper with the Jury Pool  —  Okay, now I'm pissed.  For months and months, we've had to deal with the stonewalling from McClellan, the Preznit and everyone at the WH that they can't comment on anything regarding the Traitorgate case because it is an ongoing criminal matter.
Richard W. Stevenson / New York Times:
Bush Expresses a Belief in DeLay's Innocence
Hilary Bok / The Washington Monthly:
They Do Comedy Too!  —  Some recent comedic gems from the Bush administration:
Discussion: The Heretik
Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold From the Senate Floor  —  On the Reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act  —  Mr. President, I want to commend my colleagues who came to the floor yesterday to discuss Patriot Act reauthorization, and I want to thank Chairman Specter for initiating …
Official: Al-Zarqawi caught, released  —  Authorities didn't realize prisoner was terrorist mastermind  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraqi security forces caught the most wanted man in the country last year, but released him because they didn't know who he was, the Iraqi deputy minister of interior said Thursday.
Nathan Burchfiel / CNSNews:
Statistics Suggest Race Not a Factor in Katrina Deaths  —  ( - Statistics released by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals suggest that fewer than half of the victims of Hurricane Katrina were black, and that whites died at the highest rate of all races in New Orleans.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Bush's Path Forward Has Many Ifs  —  WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 - It took a thousand days after he ordered the invasion of Iraq for President Bush to describe in considerable detail his strategy for transforming the country and the region, and to lay out the benchmarks that he said Wednesday would lead to "complete victory."
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Our Fake Drilling Debate  —  In 1986 Gale Norton was 32 and working for the secretary of the interior on matters pertaining to the proposal to open a small portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — area 1002 — to drilling for oil and natural gas, a proposal that then had already been a bone of contention for several years.
Steve H. / Hog On Ice:
Follow Up to PJM/Malkin Story  —  There's "Yes, Yes" in Your Interview, But Your Links Say "No, No"  —  I should have pointed this out in an earlier post, but I guess I got distracted.  —  I said a source was asking questions and suggesting theories about Pajamas Media's situation, using Michelle Malkin as an example.
slip sliding away...we be pajammin
Discussion: Hog On Ice and PunditGuy
Jonathan S. Landay / Knight Ridder:
Congress doesn't see same intelligence as president, report finds  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush and top administration officials have access to a much broader ranger of intelligence reports than members of Congress do, a nonpartisan congressional research agency said in a report Thursday …
David Lerman / Hampton Roads Daily Press:
Rep. Davis wants to protect symbols of Christmas  —  WASHINGTON — Saying Christmas is under attack, Virginia Rep. Jo Ann Davis sought passage Wednesday night of a resolution expressing support for "the symbols and traditions of Christmas."  —  The largely symbolic resolution …
NY Daily News:
Pirro told to zip it  —  Chattering outside church has officers fuming at her  —  Westchester District Attorney Jeanine Pirro was seen giggling and chatting outside a Bronx church after the funeral Mass for slain Police Officer Danny Enchautegui - spurring outrage from cops.

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