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1:00 AM ET, December 1, 2006

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Michelle Malkin:
Rumors and reporting in Iraq  —  ***scroll for updates...NYTimes blogger Tom Zeller Jr weighs in...plus: bloggers note the significance of the capture of Mazer Al-Jubouri, aka the Baghdad Sniper, and his group...***  —  I've been following up with CENTCOM on the Associated Press/sketchy sources brouhaha.
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Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
"Juba" the Baghdad Sniper Captured!  —  The Iraqi Ministry of the Interior announced that it has captured the Baghdad sniper known as Ali Nazar al Jubori.  The name sounds eerily familiar. al Jubori....could this be the original Juba sniper?  That is the claim being made.
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 …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
American Thinker:
Fanning the flames  —  Our contributor Sharon Tosi Moore is an officer in the United States Army Reserves, currently serving in Iraq.  Today, she writes about the disputed report of Sunnis burned alive by Shiites. … This headline was blared with authority and gleeful revulsion across every newspaper …
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House
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 …
TBlumer / BizzyBlog:   Tonight's Jamil 'Captain Tuttle' Hussein and AP (Always Paranoid) Update
ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Iranian Weapons Arm Iraqi Militia  —  Hezbollah Training Also Linked to Iraq Violence  —  U.S. officials say they have found smoking-gun evidence of Iranian support for terrorists in Iraq: brand-new weapons fresh from Iranian factories.  According to a senior defense official …
George Will / Jewish World Review:
Webb conveys the message of a boor  —  Wednesday's Washington Post reported that at a White House reception for newly elected members of Congress, Webb "tried to avoid President Bush," refusing to pass through the reception line or have his picture taken with the President.
Discussion: Argghhh!
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R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr / American Spectator:
The Gentleman From Virginia
Discussion: Inactivist, Hot Air and WuzzaDem
Greg Sargent / tpmcafe.com:
George Will Distorts WaPo's Own Reporting To Smear Jim Webb
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.
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush Agrees to Speedy Turnover in Iraq  —  President Bush said Thursday the United States will speed a turnover of security responsibility to Iraqi forces but assured Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that Washington is not looking for a "graceful exit" from a war well into its fourth violent year.
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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Benchwarming  —  THE SUPREME COURT MELTS DOWN OVER GREENHOUSE GASSES.  —  If there is anything stranger than writing up your story on global warming in a T-shirt ... in late November ... in the District of Columbia, I can't quite think what it is.  In fact nothing about this morning's oral argument …
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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
Media Research Center:
NBC Ignores Pelosi Flub, Relays Retort to Bush on Qaeda in Iraq  —  Asked by a reporter about how "President Bush today blamed the surge of violence in Iraq on al Qaeda," incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded with a disjointed answer about how "the 9/11 Commission dismissed that notion …
Discussion: Power Line and PrairiePundit
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 …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Wall Street Journal:
Majority of Americans Believe Iraq Is in 'Civil War', Poll Finds  —  A majority of Americans think Iraq is in the midst of a civil war, a new Harris Interactive poll finds, and few are confident that Robert Gates's nomination as Secretary of Defense will improve the situation there.
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
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.
Bryan / Hot Air:
Warren and Obama Updated to explain my "Protestant pope" comment Update: Warren apologizes for Syria remarks, then contradicts his apology  —  I think I've established my credibility, or at least indefatigability, as a critic of Rev. Rick Warren here in the past couple of weeks.
yct-ut.org:
Conservative Students to Display "ACLU Nativity Scene"  —  Contact: Kevin Potter, Director of Communications - 469.231.4327  —  Conservative Students to Display "ACLU Nativity Scene"  —  Young Conservatives of Texas at UT Austin  —  Contact: Tony McDonald, Chairman 512.923.6893
Tyler Cowen / Opinion Journal:
Change for the Better  —  The case for economic turbulence.  —  Is a volatile economy good for American workers?  To judge by the news accounts of layoffs and downsizing and families grimly adjusting to straitened circumstances, the answer would seem to be no. Three in five jobs for 22 …
Discussion: EconLog and Reason Magazine
Margaret Webb Pressler / Washington Post:
Do Not Pry Open Until Christmas  —  The Hard Truth About Hated 'Clamshell' Packaging  —  There's a part of Christmas morning that Tiffany Seay dreads: getting everything out of its packaging.  The twisties.  The tape.  The hard plastic ties, like handcuffs for dolls.  The itty-bitty screwdrivers.
Discussion: David Corn
 
 
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Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
It's losing we hate, not war
Discussion: Daimnation!
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Olbermann's Special Comment on Gingrich: "We fight for liberty …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Time To Say Good-Bye?  —  Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) is back again …
Drew Pritt / Political Insider:
Mabus, Musgrove, Moore for Mississippi Democrats in '07 & '08
Discussion: MyDD and Daily Kos
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama is going to go for it  —  Bottom line: I think Sen. Barack Obama …
Discussion: TIME, Sirotablog and Decision '08
Clinton W. Taylor / American Spectator:
Hezbollah in Latin America
Discussion: Hot Air
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Associated Press:
Guacamole lawsuit: Where's the avocado?
Discussion: Iowa Voice
Sarah Skidmore / Associated Press:
Wrongly Accused Man Settles Bomb Suit
Lindsay Beyerstein / New York Press:
COVER UP  —  How New York's buildings are disappearing beneath …
Nico / Think Progress:
Right-Wing Radio Host Fabricates Controversy To Attack First Muslim Congressman
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
FEMA Told to Resume Storm Aid
White House:
President Bush Participates in Joint Press Availability with Prime …
Discussion: CFR.org and First Draft
 

 
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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
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