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Washington Post:
Twelve Found Dead in W.Va. Coal Mine  —  SAGO, W.Va., Jan. 4 — Great joy turned suddenly to deep sorrow Wednesday morning when stunned family members were told that 12 of the 13 miners trapped 13,000 feet into a mountainside since early Monday were dead rather than alive, as they, and the world, had been told hours earlier.
Jennifer C. Yates / Associated Press:
11 of 12 Miners Reported Alive Are Dead  —  TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - In a stunning and heartbreaking reversal, family members were told early Wednesday that 11 of 12 trapped coal miners found were dead - three hours after they began celebrating news that they were alive.
Discussion: Thespis Journal, PunditGuy and Wizbang
Associated Press:
Eleven of Twelve Missing Coal Miners Believed to Be Alive Found Dead  —  TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va. — Family members learned early Wednesday that 11 of the 12 coal miners who were initially thought to have survived an explosion in a coal mine have died.  —  Families learned of the deaths …
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 …
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Safety Violations Have Piled Up at Coal Mine
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Media Reports Miracle Mine Rescue — Then Carries the Tragic Truth
Jennifer C. Yates / Associated Press:
Jubilation Turns to Anger, Outrage
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
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.
New York Times:
Tremors Across Washington as Lobbyist Will Aid Inquiry  —  WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 - As a high-flying Republican lobbyist, Jack Abramoff has long been known as a mover and shaker in Washington.  But when he cut a deal with federal prosecutors on Tuesday, he shook up this town as never before.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
GOP Leaders Seek Distance From Abramoff  —  Hastert to Donate Money Given by Lobbyist's Clients  —  With a House Republican committee chairman implicated in the criminal case and the highest echelons of the Republican Party increasingly vulnerable to charges, GOP leaders moved yesterday …
Los Angeles Times:
Lobbying Plan Was Central to GOP's Political Strategy
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Sam Rosenfeld / TAPPED:
COLLATERAL DAMAGE.  This passage caught my eye in Sheryl Gay …
Discussion: Democratic Veteran
Anne E. Kornblut / New York Times:
Lobbyist Accepts Plea Deal
Discussion: Gay Patriot and Power Line
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.
New York Times:
On the Subject of Leaks  —  Given the Bush administration's appetite for leak investigations (three are under way), this seems a good moment to try to clear away the fog around this issue.  —  A democratic society cannot long survive if whistle-blowers are criminally punished for revealing …
Dafna Linzer / Washington Post:   Secret Surveillance May Have Occurred Before Authorization
Charlie Savage / Boston Globe:
Bush could bypass new torture ban  —  Waiver right is reserved  —  WASHINGTON — When President Bush last week signed the bill outlawing the torture of detainees, he quietly reserved the right to bypass the law under his powers as commander in chief.  —  After approving the bill last Friday …
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 …
Secret services say Iran is trying to assemble a nuclear missile  —  Document seen by Guardian details web of front companies and middlemen  —  The Iranian government has been successfully scouring Europe for the sophisticated equipment needed to develop a nuclear bomb …
Peter Carlson / Washington Post:
Quote Cuisine  —  Everybody wants some of Marshall Wittmann's wisdom.  People keep calling, asking him to explain the mysteries of Washington.  —  USA Today wants to know the state of Dick Cheney's status.  The Albany Times Union wants to know if the administration is getting serious about the deficit.
Discussion: Bull Moose and Pandagon
Washington Post:
U.S. Raid Kills Family North of Baghdad  —  Iraqis Say 12 Slain in Airstrike; Americans Believed Targeted Farm Was Shelter for Insurgents  —  BAGHDAD, Jan. 3 — U.S. pilots targeting a house where they believed insurgents had taken shelter killed a family of 12, Iraqi officials said Tuesday.
Washington Post:
Wonkette's Sex Change  —  Wonkette is dead — long live Wonkette.  —  Ana Marie Cox, the writer who made Washington politics irresistibly naughty, is giving up her job as a full-time, pajama-clad blogger to become a full-time, pajama-clad author.  Cox, who just signed a contract for her second book …

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