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5:10 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 …
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Michael Lind / Washington Post:
He's Only Fifth Worst
Discussion: The Mahablog and Done With Mirrors
MSNBC:
MTP Transcript for Dec. 3  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: The president digs in on Iraq.  —  (Videotape):  —  PRES. GEORGE W. BUSH: I know there's a lot of speculation that these reports in Washington mean there's going to be some kind of graceful exit out of Iraq.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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 …
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
Say no to AP's shoddy work  —  When a company defrauds its customers, or delivers shoddy goods, the customers sooner or later are going to take their business elsewhere.  But if that company has a virtual monopoly, and offers something its customers must have, they may have no choice but to keep taking it.
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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 …
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Steve / The News Blog:
Same old bulls**t, different day
Discussion: Eschaton
Telegraph:
Russia: biggest spy threat to Britain  —  The Russian intelligence services, the prime suspects behind the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, have a network of more than 30 spies operating in Britain, it can be revealed.  —  The sophisticated ring represents the greatest espionage threat facing Britain …
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Times of London:
Putin wanted Blair to gag poisoned spy
Discussion: Samizdata.net
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 …
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.
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.
Karen W. Arenson / New York Times:
Now Class Must Tackle Cheating at Columbia  —  As Columbia University continues to grapple with allegations of cheating on a final exam in a journalism ethics course, students have been assigned to write an essay on an issue that parallels the one faced by their own professors.
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.
John Heilprin / ABCNEWS:
Adviser: Clinton Actively Weighs '08 Bid  —  Sen. Clinton Actively Weighing White House Run; Sen. Evan Bayh Sets Up Exploratory Panel  —  Democratic jockeying for the White House in 2008 intensified on Sunday with Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh taking the first official step toward a run …
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.
 
 
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Hizbullah leading Lebanon to civil war
Carl Nolte / San Francisco Chronicle:
Navy scuttles plan to commission warship here, citing local politics
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
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Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:
The Republicans Lost Iraq
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M. P. Dunleavey / New York Times:
Plan to Retire but Leave Out Social Security
Times of London:
Saudis lead Israel peace bid