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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 …
Juan / Informed Comment:
Abramoff and al-Arian: Lobbyist's "Charity" a Front for Terrorism  —  The guilty plea of fabulously wealthy and highly corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff raised the question of whether he would roll over on congressmen involved in illegal fundraising and other crimes with him.
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Top Republicans Give Up Abramoff Donations  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and his successor Roy Blunt Wednesday joined the growing list of officials shedding political donations from Jack Abramoff, the once powerful lobbyist who has agreed to testify …
Los Angeles Times:
Lobbying Plan Was Central to GOP's Political Strategy  —  Abramoff was key to the 'K Street Project,' designed to extend the party's influence.  Changes are urged to avoid 'huge black eye.'  —  WASHINGTON — The corruption investigation surrounding lobbyist Jack Abramoff shows …
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Abramoff's Plea Deal Requires He Dress Like B-Movie Heavy For Rest Of Life  —  Either that his public relations consultant is Toht from Raiders of the Lost Ark.  —  Yeah, that's a good look for a man accused of serious crimes.  Now all he needs to do is complete the ensemble by burning …
Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
Winners and losers in the Abramoff scandal
Discussion: Sisyphus Shrugged
Sam Rosenfeld / TAPPED:
COLLATERAL DAMAGE.  This passage caught my eye in Sheryl Gay …
Discussion: New York Times and Power Line
Doug Bandow / Los Angeles Times:
The lesson Jack Abramoff taught me
Washington Post:
Case Bringing New Scrutiny To a System and a Profession
Jesselee / The Stakeholder:   "Deeper Kind of Corruption"
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Media Reports Miracle Mine Rescue — Then Carries the Tragic Truth  —  NEW YORK In one of the most disturbing and disgraceful media performances of this type in recent years, television and newspapers carried the tragically wrong news late Tuesday and early Wednesday that 12 of 13 trapped coal miners …
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Safety Violations Have Piled Up at Coal Mine  —  Time and again over the past four years, federal mining inspectors documented the same litany of problems at central West Virginia's Sago Mine: mine roofs that tended to collapse without warning.  Faulty or inadequate tunnel supports.
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.
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
The Mining Tragedy  —  If there is any way to make a disaster worse, it happened last night.  I went to bed listening to the general euphoria of Rita Crosby as she interviewed family members, and woke up this morning and listened to those same family members dealing not only with tragic loss, but anger and a sense of betrayal.
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.
Jordan / Confined Space:
Behind the Mine Disaster
BBC:   Fury over US mine 'rescue' fiasco
William McQuillen / Bloomberg:
Mine Where Explosion Occurred Was Cited for Hazards (Update2)
Ted / Crooked Timber:
Isn't it the same thing?  —  Law professor Glenn Reynolds quotes law professor Ann Althouse: … Pointing out this vile hypocrisy must be the zingiest zinger that ever zinged a zingee.  They're right, in way.  Few of us who are upset about the outing of Valerie Plame are viscerally upset …
Cassandra / TigerHawk:
NY TimesWatch: The False Whistleblower Meme Rides Again
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 …
Noor Khan / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Taliban is blamed for beheading teacher  —  KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Taliban militants beheaded a teacher in a central Afghan town while his wife and eight children watched, officials said Wednesday, describing the latest in a string of attacks targeting educators at schools where girls study.
White House:
President Discusses War on Terror Following Pentagon Briefing
Investor's Business Daily:
ISSUES &  —  INSIGHTS  —  More Clinton Sleaze?  —  The Presidency: Are Americans ready for another Clinton scandal?  Ready or not, if Senate Democrats get their way, the nation can keep its blinders.  If GOP Sen. Charles Grassley prevails, the truth will glare through.
National Review:
The GOP's Plan for Post-Abramoff Reform
Washington Post:
Mooning deemed 'disgusting' but legal in Md.  —  Man who exposed his buttocks during an argument walks free  —  WASHINGTON - Acquitting a Germantown man who exposed his buttocks during an argument with a neighbor, a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge ruled yesterday that mooning, while distasteful, is not illegal in Maryland.
Discussion: Norwegianity
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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