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White House:
Radio Address by the President to the Nation  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning.  —  As President, I took an oath to defend the Constitution, and I have no greater responsibility than to protect our people, our freedom, and our way of life.  On September the 11th, 2001, our freedom …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
In Speech, Bush Says He Ordered Domestic Spying  —  President Bush delivered his radio address in the Roosevelt Room.  In the live address, he criticized senators who voted not to renew the antiterrorism law known as the USA Patriot Act.  —  WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 - President Bush acknowledged …
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Bush Acknowledges Approving Eavesdropping  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush said Saturday he has no intention of stopping his personal authorizations of a post-Sept. 11 secret eavesdropping program in the U.S., lashing out at those involved in revealing it while defending it as crucial to preventing future attacks.
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
The Revolution will be blogged, 8 (UPDATED)  —  The Democratic spin doctors, spurred on by their disingenuous Congressional taskmasters , are all over the tube this morning trying to gin up additional outrage over this NSA domestic "spy story"—even as the President stands firm and defends the practice.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Bush And The "Secret" Eavesdropping  —  The NY Times continued its war on America yesterday with its revelation that … Careful readers of the story will note that this program had some judicial and legislative oversight: … That seems reasonably clear.
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Wind Rider / Silent Running:
Hey!!!  He CAN'T do THAT!!!!  December 17th, 2005
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Los Angeles Times:
Spying Scandal Draws Heat  —  Lawmakers call on Bush to explain his post-9/11 order allowing a secret agency to monitor U.S. citizens without first getting a warrant.  —  WASHINGTON — Members of Congress demanded Friday that President Bush and his administration explain his decision to permit …
Discussion: War and Piece and The Left Coaster
Hindrocket / Power Line:
BUSH SLAMS CRITICS, SENATE DEMOCRATS  —  President Bush gave a fantastic speech today, in which he labeled Senate Democrats "irresponsible" for filibustering the Patriot Act.  He also vigorously, and effectively, defended the NSA intercept program that has come under attack since it was leaked to the New York Times.
Iran President's Bodyguard Dies in Ambush  —  Tehran, Iran — One of the bodyguards of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was killed and another wounded when an attempt to ambush the presidential motorcade was thwarted in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan, according to a semi-official newspaper and local residents.
Washington Post:
Bush Picks Controversial Nominees for FEC  —  President Bush nominated two controversial lawyers to the Federal Election Commission yesterday: Hans von Spakovsky who helped Georgia win approval of a disputed voter-identification law, and Robert D. Lenhard, who was part of a legal team …
Jane Hamsher / firedoglake:
Ezra Klein:
FISA  —  On the wiretapping, I want to be crystal clear on one issue: the issue here isn't the espionage, it's the secrecy.  Of course law enforcement agencies will need to gather intelligence on domestic elements.  They do it to drug dealers, mob bosses, militia men, and gang lords.
White House:
Press Briefing by Scott McClellan  —  MR. McCLELLAN: Good afternoon, everyone.  The President looks forward this afternoon to meeting the Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations, Ambassador Sumaidaie.  This will be an opportunity for the President to congratulate the Iraqi people on a successful election yesterday.
Judd / Think Progress:
Yesterday, Bush Said Confirming NYT Story …
Billings Gazette:
Burns helped Indian school plan; tribes gave $75K  —  HELENA - U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns first pushed for a tribal school construction program sought by lobbyist Jack Abramoff's clients within two months of receiving $75,000 in campaign donations from the indicted lobbyist's tribal clients in 2002.
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Jim Galloway / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Reed admits misstep in work
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Associated Press:
AP: Frist AIDS Charity Paid Consultants  —  WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's AIDS charity paid nearly a half-million dollars in consulting fees to members of his political inner circle, according to tax returns providing the first financial accounting of the presidential hopeful's nonprofit.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Why Did The Gray Lady Play Coy With Its Scoop?  —  One of the eyebrow-raising revelations from the New York Times scoop on the secret NSA operation to intercept international communications came from the story itself, which acknowledged that the Times held back from publishing the story for a year.
Discussion: Sirotablog and Let Freedom Ring
THE SITUATION ROOM  —  Spying on Americans wihout Court Approval; Burbank Airplane Incident; Morgan Freeman on Black History Month; Howard Stern Signs Off  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: Thanks very much, Kitty.
New York Times:
Iraq Votes for a Third Time  —  Iraq's Election Day was a glorious success.  Now on to the hard part.  —  Compared with any previous Iraqi election, with any reasonable expectation and with any other recent election in the Arab Middle East, Thursday's vote for a new Iraqi Parliament was an overwhelming and heartening triumph.

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