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8:55 AM ET, December 2, 2006


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Times of London:
Poison plotters claim their second victim  —  Police fear that the murder of a former Kremlin spy may have been part of a double killing plot after a second man was taken to hospital last night with radiation poisoning.  —  The Anti-Terror Group is examining whether the killers …
TRex / Firedoglake:
"Weaponized" Polonium-210 and What It May Mean
Anne Mulkern / Denver Post:
Tancredo protesters turn violent  —  Violence erupted at a Michigan law school Thursday when protestors tried to block a speech by Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo.  —  Police were called after protestors pulled a fire alarm prior to the speech on immigration policies.
Diana West / Washington Times:
Saudi-Iranian rift?  —  Did anybody really need a leaked memo from the National Security Agency to figure out that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is incapable of stopping the carnage in Iraq?  Given that his political power depends on factions allied with Shi'ite militias behind much of the carnage …
Deacon / Power Line:
Discussion: TigerHawk
Pajamas Media:
THE FAKING IMAMS — Pajamas Media Exclusive: Police Report, Passenger Reveals That Flying Imams Were Up to No Good  —  THE FAKING IMAMS — PAJAMAS MEDIA EXCLUSIVE: POLICE REPORT, PASSENGER REVEALS THAT FLYING IMAMS WERE UP TO NO GOOD  —  The Now Notorious Flying Imams Claim Their Only Crime Was …
Arnold Kling / TCS Daily:
Education and Entrepreneurship  —  "...we need a completely new stream of teachers to staff a new vision of what our high schools should look like."  — Carl J. Schramm, The Entrepreneurial Imperative, p. 181  —  I have been losing interest in the contests between Democrats and Republicans in Washington.
Karen W. Arenson / New York Times:
Cheating on an Ethics Test?  It's 'Topic A' at Columbia  —  Cheating is not unheard of on university campuses.  But cheating on an open-book, take-home exam in a pass-fail course seems odd, and all the more so in a course about ethics.  —  Yet Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism …
Flip / Suitably Flip:
MSM Finishing School
Discussion: RADAR, Gawker and Wake up America
Walter Olson / Times of London:
US markets must 'learn from London'  —  A new report highlights the reasons for the US financial markets' declining influence, but does the new Congress have the will to reform Sarbanes-Oxley?  —  Tumbleweeds are not yet blowing through Manhattan's vacant streets, but if New York is to hold onto …
Discussion: TigerHawk and PointOfLaw Forum
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Report on Corporate Rules Is Assailed
Discussion: Economist's View and Angry Bear
Salt Lake Tribune:
GOP strategists: Impact of Romney's Mormonism exaggerated  —  WASHINGTON - The Mormon problem for Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's expected presidential run has been overblown, a panel of Republican strategists said Thursday.  —  "The Mormon issue is way overstated," said Mark McKinnon …
Associated Press:
Phoenix Airport to Test X-Ray Screening  —  PHOENIX (AP) - Sky Harbor International Airport here will test a new federal screening system that takes X-rays of passenger's bodies to detect concealed explosives and other weapons.  —  The technology, called backscatter, has been around …
Discussion: Althouse
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Al Sharpton's Strong Suit Is Making a Statement  —  On Monday morning, Al Sharpton was photographed alongside Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly during a news conference at New York's City Hall.  The tableau of men and women — almost all in dark suits …
Discussion: The Corner
Julian Borger / Guardian:
Corruption: the 'second insurgency' costing $4bn a year  —  One third of rebuilding contracts under criminal investigation  —  The Iraqi government is in danger of being brought down by the wholesale smuggling of the nation's oil and other forms of corruption that together represent a …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Gary Shteyngart / New York Times:
The 10 Best Books of 2006  —  FICTION  —  Shteyngart's scruffy, exuberant second novel, equal parts Gogol and Borat, is immodest on every level - it's long, crude, manic and has cheap vodka on its breath.  It also happens to be smart, funny and, in the end, extraordinarily rich and moving.
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Deepak Chopra / The Huffington Post:
The God Delusion? Part 6
Discussion: Pharyngula
David Selbourne / Spectator:
Apocalypse on the US blogosphere
Discussion: Jihad Watch and snapped shot
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Movie Review: The Nativity Story
Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
Christine Clarridge / Seattle Times:
Well-known GOP activist held in sex-predator sting
Brad / The BRAD BLOG:
Page One Washington Post: 'Paperless Electronic Voting Machines Cannot …
Spencerackerman / toohotfortnr:
I needed you but you didn't need me, so I just gotta tell you: goodbye
David Morgan / Reuters:
W.House will defy Democrats on security: Republican
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Ted Oberg / KTRK-TV:
Residents use pig races to deter building of mosque
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Jay / Stop The ACLU:
Westboro Baptist Church Freaks Chased Away
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Wizbang
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: "The Rolling Rock Beer Ape"
Discussion: JunkYardBlog
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court grants three cases
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Barney Frank and Bill O'Reilly Square Off
Discussion: The Sideshow
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The Daily Troika: Obama's Secret Meet. / Popma Endorses McCain
Discussion: The Fix and The Corner
Michael Rubin / Lebanon Daily Star:
Arabs may one day miss George W. Bush