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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 …
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.
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
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.
Judd / Think Progress:
Yesterday, Bush Said Confirming NYT Story "Would Compromise Our Ability To Protect The People"  —  For 24 hours, Bush and other top administration officials refused to confirm the existence of their secret domestic spying program, arguing that doing so would endanger the American people:
Right Wing Nut House:
Wind Rider / Silent Running:
Hey!!!  He CAN'T do THAT!!!!  December 17th, 2005
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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:
Krempasky /
White House Announces FEC Nominations
Discussion: Election Law
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Tensions Rise as More Flee Cuba for U.S.  —  MIAMI, Dec. 17 - The number of Cubans intercepted at sea while trying to reach the United States is at its highest level since tens of thousands took to the Florida Straits on makeshift rafts and in small boats in the 1994 exodus sanctioned by President Fidel Castro.
Discussion: EU Rota
New York Times:
Louisiana's Deadly Storm Took Strong as Well as the Helpless  —  NEW ORLEANS - More than 100 of them drowned.  Sixteen died trapped in attics.  More than 40 died of heart failure or respiratory problems, including running out of oxygen.  At least 65 died because help - shelter, water or a simple dose of insulin - came too late.
Discussion: Mia Culpa and The Mahablog

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