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4:25 PM ET, December 3, 2006

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Douglas Brinkley / Washington Post:
Move Over, Hoover  —  Shortly after Thanksgiving I had dinner in California with Ronald Reagan's best biographer, Lou Cannon.  Like many historians these days, we discussed whether George W. Bush is, conceivably, the worst U.S. president ever.  Cannon bristled at the idea.
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Vincent J. Cannato / Washington Post:
Time's On His Side  —  After the 2004 election, a number of terribly depressed people at my university told me what a shame it was that President Bush had been reelected.  If only people knew history, they lamented, they would never have voted for him.  —  It must be a comforting thought …
Discussion: neo-neocon
Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Mideast allies near a state of panic  —  U.S. leaders' visits to the region reap only warnings and worry.  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush and his top advisors fanned out across the troubled Middle East over the last week to showcase their diplomatic initiatives to restore strained relationships …
Michael Lind / Washington Post:
He's Only Fifth Worst
Discussion: The Mahablog and Done With Mirrors
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jules crittenden:
Brave New World  —  The pajama-clad ranks of conservative bloggers are officially here as effective media watchdogs, having forced Dan Rather's retirement; having forced Reuters and other news agencies to come to terms with the propaganda they were shilling for terrorists in Lebanon …
Michelle Malkin:
Bypassing Internet censors  —  Check this out.  There is a new tool to circumvent government bans on Internet sites out now.  It's called "Psiphon:" … This is especially good news for readers in China, India, Pakistan, and the Middle East trying to access blogs and websites critical of their governments or critical of Islam.
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CBC News:
Tool to circumvent internet censorship set to launch  —  Researchers at University of Toronto plan to introduce a software tool on Friday that aims to help people in countries that censor the World Wide Web.  —  Psiphon (pronounced sigh-fawn), a web-based utility, lets individuals in a country …
New York Times:
New on the Web: Politics as Usual  —  THE Netroots.  " "People Power.  " "Crashing the Gate.  " The lingo of liberal Web bloggers bespeaks contempt for the political establishment.  The same disdain is apparent among many bloggers on the right, who argued passionately for a change …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Lieberman: Talking To Iran And Syria Is Like The 'Local Fire Dept Asking Arsonists To Help'  —  Today on CBS Face the Nation, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) argued that direct talks with Syria and Iran won't work and compared it to "your local fire department asking a couple of arsonists to help put out the fire.
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Russian Ex-Spy Lived in a World of Deceptions  —  The tangled tale of Alexander V. Litvinenko, the maverick Russian K.G.B. agent turned dissident who died of radiation poisoning last week, has seized the headlines recently, but its roots can be traced to a late spring evening in Moscow in 1994.
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Times of London:
Putin wanted Blair to gag poisoned spy
Discussion: Samizdata.net
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Democrats Face a Tough Job, Leader Says  —  The Democratic National Committee chairman, Howard Dean, warned party leaders on Saturday not to revel too long in the victories from last month's midterm elections or treat their Congressional majorities as a permanent directive from voters.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Lame-Duck Congress May Run Out the Clock  —  Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) wants legislation on President Bush's warrantless wiretapping program.  Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.) is sure the time has come for Congress to declare that aborted fetuses feel pain.
BBC:
Canada Liberals spurn Ignatieff  —  A former Canadian minister has beaten prominent writer Michael Ignatieff in a leadership election for the country's opposition Liberal party.  —  Mr Ignatieff had been favourite to win the race, but was defeated by ex-Environment Minister Stephane Dion.
Times of London:
Saudis lead Israel peace bid  —  THE Saudi Arabian government is emerging as a key player in talks to broker a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace agreement.  —  According to senior Israeli sources, Ehud Olmert, Israel's prime minister, will soon meet high-ranking Saudi officials to explore …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Gergen: Press was guilty of "cheerleading" the run up to the war.  —  On Reliable Sources today, David Gergen admitted what many of us crazy f*&king hippies have been saying all along now—that the press didn't do their job and failed the American people in the run up to the war in Iraq.
 
 
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Carl Nolte / San Francisco Chronicle:
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