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6:55 AM ET, December 1, 2006

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Washington Post:
Iraq Panel to Urge Pullout Of Combat Troops by '08  —  The bipartisan Iraq Study Group plans to recommend withdrawing nearly all U.S. combat units from Iraq by early 2008 while leaving behind troops to train, advise and support the Iraqis, setting the first goal for a major drawdown of U.S. forces …
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Robin Wright / Washington Post:
U.S. Considers Ending Outreach to Insurgents  —  The Bush administration is deliberating whether to abandon U.S. reconciliation efforts with Sunni insurgents and instead give priority to Shiites and Kurds, who won elections and now dominate the government, according to U.S. officials.
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush Agrees to Speedy Turnover in Iraq
Discussion: Redstate and PoliPundit.com
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush v. Baker
Discussion: Daily Kos and The American Scene
Associated Press:
Iraq ministry forms unit to monitor news  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's Interior Ministry said Thursday it had formed a special unit to monitor news coverage and vowed to take legal action against journalists who failed to correct stories the ministry deemed to be incorrect.
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Jason / COUNTERCOLUMN:
Kathleen Carroll, you may resign your post.  —  UPDATE: Welcome, InstaPundit Readers!!!  For more on how the AP has already demonstrated itself willing to lie and conceal in order to protect itself from criticism, see this post here.  —  I didn't get out in front of the whole Mystery Captain …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
A possibly stupid question about the AP/Centcom kerfuffle  —  Jim Hoft, a.k.a. Gateway Pundit, has a new post up on a big news story from September about trenches being dug around Baghdad.  The source for the story?  Brig. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, an Iraqi official who just so happens …
Guardian:
Litvinenko was victim of 'Russian rogue agents'  —  British intelligence sources increasingly suspect that Alexander Litvinenko, the former spy killed with a radioactive poison, was the victim of a plot involving "rogue elements" within the Russian state, the Guardian has learned.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Moderate Voice
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Independent:
Sushi bar identified as key link in poisoning
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Dan Froomkin / Watchdog Blog:
On Calling Bulls**t  —  Mainstream-media political journalism is in danger of becoming increasingly irrelevant, but not because of the Internet, or even Comedy Central.  The threat comes from inside.  It comes from journalists being afraid to do what journalists were put on this green earth to do.
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama is going to go for it  —  Bottom line: I think Sen. Barack Obama, who is seriously considering a run for president, is going to jump into the 2008 race.  I predict the freshman Illinois Democrat will announce near the end of this year or the beginning of 2007, sometime after he returns from a holiday break in his native Hawaii.
Discussion: TIME, Sirotablog and Decision '08
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Iowa Governor Begins His Bid For President
Discussion: toohotfortnr
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
It's losing we hate, not war  —  Those who compare the lengths of WWII and Iraq ignore the real thing we don't like in far-flung wars.  —  ONE THOUSAND three hundred and forty seven days.  —  That's how long the United States was involved in combat in World War II, and Monday …
Discussion: Daimnation!
Hindrocket / Power Line:
THE LINEUP FOR 2008  —  Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist announced that he will not run for President in 2008.  You can read his statement here.  Frist's announcement didn't make a very big splash; many observers hadn't taken him seriously as a Presidential candidate in any event.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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Senator Bill Frist:
Looking Ahead as My Term as a Citizen Legislator Ends
Discussion: UNCoRRELATED
Digby / Hullabaloo:
The Taming Of The Upstart  —  Jesus H Christ.  I'm watching some "Democratic strategist" named Rich Masters agree with Joe Scarborough that Jim Webb had made a rookie mistake by failing to kiss George W. Bush's ass when the jerk got snippy with him.  Scarborough and whichever GOPbot …
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George Will / Jewish World Review:   Webb conveys the message of a boor
Clinton W. Taylor / American Spectator:
Hezbollah in Latin America  —  It's pretty rare that I have an occasion to congratulate Hugo Chavez's government on anything, especially anything related to the War on Terror.  But two cheers are in order for Venezuela's capture of the leader of an international terror organization which looks …
Discussion: Hot Air
Ali Eteraz / eteraz.org:
Call For Action Against Iranian Death Fatwa Upon Journalist  —  This is a call for action.  We are going to write a nice and impassioned response to the Ayatollah who has called for the death of an Azerbaijani writer (his crime was to have included some of the Danish cartoon pics in an article he wrote).
Discussion: Dean's World and Daled Amos
Jim Henley / Unqualified Offerings:
The Road to Nerfed 'Em  —  Mark Danner's new essay review in the New York Review of Books is close to the most comprehensive account of how the Bush Administration made a iatrogenic disaster in Iraq that I have read.  It overlooks the extent to which the United States early became hostage …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
McCain Courts Crucial Support of Governors  —  Last anyone checked, Senator John McCain of Arizona is not — and has never been — a governor.  —  But no matter.  Mr. McCain turned up on Thursday morning at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa here for a guerrillalike visit to the annual meeting of the Republican Governors Association.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
'Fair Trade' Foolishness  —  We may be about to shoot ourselves in the foot — or maybe the chest — on trade.  In the name of "fair trade," we may punish our own exporters.  In 2005 worldwide exports exceeded $10 trillion.  Since 1980 they've more than tripled while the overall global economy doubled.
Justin Rood / TPMmuckraker:
Focus of FBI Probe, Mollohan May Oversee FBI Budget  —  The leadership ambitions of two senior Democrats have already been deep-sixed for their murky ethics histories.  Here's a third Democrat heading for a powerful post whom folks may want to keep an eye on.  —  Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) is under investigation by the FBI.
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Olbermann's Special Comment on Gingrich: "We fight for liberty by having more liberty and not less"  —  Tonight, Keith took on Newt Gingrich's controversial remarks from earlier this week where he suggested we re-think free speech as we know it in order to effectively combat the threat of terrorism.
Discussion: Jesus' General
 
 
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Democratic Leaders Seek Special Iraq Envoy to Try to Stem the Violence
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Time To Say Good-Bye?  —  Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) is back again …
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Mabus, Musgrove, Moore for Mississippi Democrats in '07 & '08
Discussion: MyDD and Daily Kos
Dean Barnett / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
The Baker Commission - Looking Forward in Anger
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