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White House:
President's Address to the Nation  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good evening.  Three days ago, in large numbers, Iraqis went to the polls to choose their own leaders — a landmark day in the history of liberty.  In the coming weeks, the ballots will be counted, a new government formed …
Think Progress:
EMBARGOED TEXT: Bush's Prime Time Speech on Iraq  —  [Ed note: We'll start respecting embargoes when they start telling the truth.]  —  THE WHITE HOUSE  —  Office of the Press Secretary  —  EMBARGOED UNTIL DELIVERY December 18, 2005  —  ADDRESS OF THE PRESIDENT TO THE NATION
Michelle Malkin:
THE BUSH SPEECH: NO CUT AND RUN  —  Tonight. 9pm EST.  President Bush addresses the nation on Iraq.  Preview: … The White House website will have a live webcast here.  The White House Renewal in Iraq page is here.  —  TV Newser has details of tonight's MSM coverage: … 0902pm EST.
Glenn Reynolds /
BUSH DOUBLES DOWN: I just watched Bush's speech.  Nothing new there for anyone who's been paying attention to the speeches he's been giving over the past couple of weeks.  But one big thing struck me: In this national televised speech, Bush went out of his way to take responsibility for the war.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Presidential Address Live Blog  —  I'll be live-blogging the Oval Office speech by George Bush in this post when it starts in 30 minutes.  Keep checking back for updates ...  8:00 — I wonder what color tie he'll be wearing?  I'll be watching this on Fox ...
Lorie Byrd /
The Iraq Address To The Nation  —  Good speech.  President Bush did a much better job than usual in the Oval Office format (except for some of the hand motions) and he covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time.  He didn't point to many specifics, but did a great job at making many points including the following:
Associated Press:
Reid Calls for Probe of Domestic Spying by Bush administration  —  Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid called Sunday for congressional hearings and investigations into President Bush's authorization of domestic spying as part of the war on terror.  —  "This Congress has done very little oversight …
Noahmax / Defense Tech:
NEW TECH BEHIND NSA SNOOP CASE?  —  There's more to the NSA domestic spying case than the current storyline — that much is clear.  The idea that the Bush Administration needed to bypass the courts to get wiretaps quickly makes no sense; under the current system, you can start eavesdropping, and get a warrant later.
Transcript for December 18  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this is Sunday: the Iraqi people vote in large numbers.  What now for their country and for our men and women in Iraq?  With us, the secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice.  And for the Democrats, the ranking member …
Michelle Malkin:
TIME'S LAME CHOICES  —  Okay.  I don't question that the rock star and the world's biggest philanthropists are doing good for the world.  (Interesting, isn't it, that Bill Gates didn't deserve the honor when he was actually creating something, but only earns Time magazine's highest praise when he's giving his money away.
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Pentagon's Intelligence Authority Widens  —  Fact Sheet Details Secretive Agency's Growth From Focus on Policy to Counterterrorism  —  The Pentagon's newest counterterrorism agency, charged with protecting military facilities and personnel wherever they are, is carrying out intelligence collection …
Discussion: Amygdala and War and Piece
Jodi Wilgoren / New York Times:
Red District, Blue Candidate, Purple Heart  —  CHICAGO, Dec. 16 - During 13 months of rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, Maj. L. Tammy Duckworth says, she did a lot of reading about American schoolchildren "losing our competitive advantage" with China.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
A SURPRISE IN BUSH'S IRAQ SPEECH:  —  I am not, to say the least, a fan of President Bush.  But a portion of his speech tonight genuinely moved me and made me think more highly of him.  It was the part where he addressed opponents of the Iraq war, said he understand their passion but asked …
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
Jerusalem Post:
PM Sharon suffers light stroke, rushed to hospital  —  Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was rushed to the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem at 7:50 p.m. Sunday evening.  —  The prime minister, who will be 78 in February, suffered a light stroke and was taken directly to the VIP section of the hospital's trauma room.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Kesher Talk
Sharon rushed to Jerusalem hospital after minor stroke
Discussion: Roger L. Simon and Barcepundit
Shakespeare's Sister:
Talking Point: Dems Knew and Approved  —  I was emailed by a reader who wrote: "About an hour ago on Fox News, some 'media analyst' claimed 'the Senators who are up in arms' about this program were actually briefed about the program before it started.  Have you heard anything similar …
Nico / Think Progress:   Former Intel Chairman Graham: White House …

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