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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Bipartisan BS  —  The media is working hard to make this into a bi-partisan scandal but that is simple bulls**t.  Ed Henry on CNN, for instance, couldn't stop talking about Byron Dorgan being implicated in this scandal.  I don't know if Dorgan's going to be swept up, but let's …
Washington Post:
Case Bringing New Scrutiny To a System and a Profession  —  The biggest corruption scandal to infect Congress in a generation took down one of the best-connected lobbyists in Washington yesterday.  The questions echoing around the capital were what other careers — and what other familiar ways of doing business — are endangered.
Discussion: firedoglake and Angry Bear
Michelle Malkin:
THE "A-BOMB" DETONATES  —  Via Breitbart/AP: … Here's the summary of charges:
Christian Science Monitor:   Abramoff deals, Congress quakes
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   Dick Deguerin: Dealy best friends with Abramoff
DeLay prosecutor subpoenas Abramoff documents
Discussion: firedoglake
Associated Press:
12 workers found alive in W. Va. coal mine  —  One body discovered earlier in day in separate location  —  TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va. - Twelve miners caught in an explosion in a coal mine were found alive late Tuesday, more than 41 hours after the blast, family members said.
Discussion: TBogg, Stop The ACLU and Wizbang
James Dao / New York Times:
12 Miners Are Found Alive, Family Members Say  —  SAGO, W.Va., Wednesday, Jan. 4 - Forty-one hours after an explosion trapped 13 men in a West Virginia coal mine here, family members and a state official said 12 of the miners had been found alive Tuesday night.
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
12 Found Alive in W.Va. Coal Mine  —  Body of 13th Miner Had Been Found In Adjacent Area  —  SAGO, W.Va., Jan. 3 — A dozen miners trapped 12,000 feet into a mountainside since early Monday were found alive Tuesday night just hours after rescuers found the body of a 13th man …
Discussion: Confined Space and The Reaction
Allen G. Breed / Associated Press:
12 Trapped W.Va. Miners Found Alive
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Agency First Acted on Its Own to Broaden Spying, Files Show  —  WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 - The National Security Agency acted on its own authority, without a formal directive from President Bush, to expand its domestic surveillance operations in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, according to declassified documents released Tuesday.
Democracy Now:
National Security Agency …
Discussion: The All Spin Zone
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
Intelligence Panel Had Clue About Spying
White House:
Press Briefing by Scott McClellan  —  MR. MCCLELLAN: Good afternoon everyone, and welcome back; Happy New Year.  I want to begin with just an update on the situation in Upshur County, West Virginia, and the coal miners who have been trapped there.  —  The President continues to be kept informed about the situation.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
From Cabinet Rooms Past, a Gathering to Assess Iraq  —  WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 - It will be an unusual sight on Thursday in the Roosevelt Room of White House, and deliberately so: President Bush will engage in a consultation of sorts with a bipartisan collection of former secretaries of state and defense.
Jim VandeHei / Washington Post:
Bush Assails Democrats Over Patriot Act  —  Opponents Are Blocking Law's Full Renewal for Political Reasons, President Says  —  President Bush accused Democrats yesterday of blocking a full reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act for political reasons, as the White House stepped …
Paul Hughes / Reuters:
Iran announces further resumption of atomic work
Discussion: All Things Beautiful
'Hardball with Chris Matthews' for Dec. 16th  —  Read the transcript to the Friday show  —  Guests: Roger Cressey, Tom Brokaw, Anne Kornblut, Howard Fineman, Saxby Chambliss, Frank Lautenberg  —  CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC ANCHOR: Tonight triumph and trouble on the day after the huge Iraq vote.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jane Hamsher / firedoglake:
GOP EXCLUSIVE!!!  —  The airwaves are full of the obedient …
James Wolcott:
TOO MANY CREEPS  —  An exciting new phrase wafted into my vocabulary …
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Booman Tribune
Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
Microsoft takes down Chinese blogger  —  Microsoft's MSN Spaces continues to censor its Chinese language blogs, and has become more aggressive and thorough at censorship since I first checked out MSN's censorship system last summer.  On New Years Eve, MSN Spaces took down the popular blog written by Zhao Jing, aka Michael Anti.
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:   Microsoft takes down Chinese blogger (my opinions on that)
Martin Peretz / The New Republic:
Warning Shots  —  "The only thing that's going to solve this," Steven Spielberg told Time magazine, "is rational minds, a lot of sitting and talking until you're blue in the gills."  This, I suppose, is what goes for heavy thinking in Hollywood.  Imagine Dreamworks negotiating with Paramount …
Mark Steyn / Opinion Journal:
It's the Demography, Stupid  —  The real reason the West is in danger of extinction.  —  Most people reading this have strong stomachs, so let me lay it out as baldly as I can: Much of what we loosely call the Western world will not survive this century, and much of it will effectively disappear within …

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