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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Bush Authorized Domestic Spying  —  President Bush signed a secret order in 2002 authorizing the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on U.S. citizens and foreign nationals in the United States, despite previous legal prohibitions against such domestic spying, sources with knowledge of the program said last night.
Drudge Report:
NYT 'SPYING' SPLASH TIED TO BOOK RELEASE  —  Newspaper fails to inform readers "news break" is tied to book publication  —  On the front page of today's NEW YORK TIMES, national security reporter James Risen claims that "months after the September 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized …
Mark R. Levin / The Corner on National Review Online:
Discussion: The American Mind and First Draft
Eamon Javers / Business Week:
Op-Eds for Sale  —  A columnist from a libertarian think tank admits accepting payments to promote an indicted lobbyist's clients.  Will more examples follow?  —  A senior fellow at the Cato Institute resigned from the libertarian think tank on Dec. 15 after admitting that he had accepted payments …
Garance Franke-Ruta / TAPPED:   MORE COLUMNISTS ON THE TAKE.  Via Laura Rozen, Copley News …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Pelosi Hails Democrats' Diverse War Stances  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said yesterday that Democrats should not seek a unified position on an exit strategy in Iraq, calling the war a matter of individual conscience and saying differing positions within the caucus are a source of strength for the party.
Jesse J. Holland / Associated Press:
Senate Rejects Extension of Patriot Act  —  WASHINGTON - The Senate on Friday refused to reauthorize major portions of the USA Patriot Act after critics complained they infringed too much on Americans' privacy and liberty, dealing a huge defeat to the Bush administration and Republican leaders.
Associated Press:
Patriot provisions set to expire
Discussion: protein wisdom
Murray Waas /
Why Novak Called Rove  —  On July 9, 2003, senior presidential adviser Karl Rove was well prepared as he returned a telephone call from columnist Robert Novak.  On his desk were talking points and other briefing materials that then-White House Political Director Matt Schlapp and other staffers …
ReddHedd / firedoglake:   Guess Who's in DC This Morning?
Crooks and Liars:   The other Valerie Plame
Brian /
FLASH: Bob Novak Becoming Fox News Channel "Contributor"  —  This story suddenly becomes more interesting: As soon as Bob Novak's contract with CNN runs out on Dec. 31, he will become a contributor to the Fox News Channel, the AP scoops.  FNC spokesman Brian Lewis confirmed his signing with the network to David Bauder.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Media Matters for America:   Media Matters for America Delivers Nearly 5,000 …
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Josh White / Washington Post:
President Relents, Backs Torture Ban  —  President Bush reversed position yesterday and endorsed a torture ban crafted by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) after months of White House attempts to weaken the measure, which would prohibit the "cruel, inhuman, or degrading" treatment of any detainee in U.S. custody anywhere in the world.
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
President Backs McCain Measure on Inmate Abuse
Discussion: TAPPED and TalkLeft
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
In an Awkward Dance, the President Is Forced to Follow
Discussion: Balkinization and MyDD
John Harwood / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Risk Losing Key Voting Bloc  —  Senior Citizens' Unhappiness With Issues  —  Has Implications for Midterm Elections  —  WASHINGTON - While President Bush has high hopes for today's elections in Iraq, his Republican Party faces a different challenge at home …
White House:
Press Briefing by Scott McClellan and Senior Officials on Levee Reconstruction  —  MR. McCLELLAN: Good afternoon, everyone.  Happy holidays.  I look forward to seeing everybody this evening at the White House holiday party for the press.  We just concluded a meeting in the Oval Office with the President.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and The Heretik
Washington Post:
Bush Pledges $1.5 Billion for New Orleans
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Matt Pottinger / Opinion Journal:
Mightier Than the Pen  —  Why I gave up journalism to join the Marines.  —  When people ask why I recently left The Wall Street Journal to join the Marines, I usually have a short answer.  It felt like the time had come to stop reporting events and get more directly involved.
National Review:
Lancing the Boil  —  For some time, a large number of Americans have lived in an alternate universe where everything is supposedly going to hell.  If you get up in the morning to read the New York Times or Washington Post, watch John Murtha or Howard Dean on the morning talk shows …

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