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Grief, anger as all but one miner found dead  —  Initial reports indicated 12 had survived  —  TALLMANSVILLE, West Virginia (CNN) — Grief and anger replaced jubilation early Wednesday as mine officials announced that, despite earlier reports, only one of 13 trapped miners had survived a West Virginia mining accident.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: sisu, PunditGuy, Jeff Quinton and Althouse
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
Jennifer C. Yates / Associated Press:
11 of 12 Miners Reported Alive Are Dead
Discussion: Wizbang
Jennifer C. Yates / Associated Press:
Jubilation Turns to Anger, Outrage
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Pajamas Media:
And one came back (Updates)  —  In the space of a few hours news …
Discussion: The Belmont Club
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.
John / AMERICAblog:
Hardball's Chris Matthews, FOX's Tony Snow and Britt Hume helped raise money for shady Abramoff charity  —  UPDATE: Not that it changes anything, but I'm told the event may have been postponed or canceled at the last minute since we invaded Iraq right about that time.
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
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Bipartisan BS  —  The media is working hard to make this into …
Christian Science Monitor:   Abramoff deals, Congress quakes
Michelle Malkin:
THE "A-BOMB" DETONATES  —  Via Breitbart/AP: … Here's the summary of charges:
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Dick Deguerin: Dealy best friends with Abramoff
Discussion: Off the Kuff
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 …
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.
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
Intelligence Panel Had Clue About Spying
Dafna Linzer / Washington Post:   Secret Surveillance May Have Occurred Before Authorization
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
Bill Roggio / National Review:
Embedded Bias?  —  Guilt by association.  It is a common tool used …
Discussion: Rantingprofs
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.

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