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8:35 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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Michael Lind / Washington Post:
He's Only Fifth Worst  —  It's unfair to claim that George W. Bush is the worst president of all time.  He's merely the fifth worst.  In the White House Hall of Shame, Bush comes behind four other Oval Officers whose policies were even more disastrous: James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Richard M. Nixon and James Madison.
Vincent J. Cannato / Washington Post:
Time's On His Side
Discussion: neo-neocon
David Greenberg / Washington Post:
At Least He's Not Nixon
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 …
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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
Nico / Think Progress:
Lieberman Endorses Escalation In Iraq, Surprised Rumsfeld Didn't Suggest It In Memo  —  Today on CBS's Face the Nation, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) said it was "surprising" that "the one thing [Donald Rumsfeld's memo] doesn't raise as a possibility is to increase the number of our troops."
Discussion: Nitpicker and Ezra Klein
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Atrios / Eschaton:   The Last Honest Man
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.
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
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
FDL Book Salon: Wait!  Don't Move To Canada!  —  I am so pleased that Bill Scher joins us for an FDL Book Salon on his book Wait!  Don't Move to Canada: A Stay-and-Fight Strategy to Win Back America today.  Bill is the Executive Editor at Liberal Oasis, and appears regularly on Air America …
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:   FDL Book Salon Reminder: Bill Scher Today
Holly Bailey / Newsweek:
Politics: McCain's Ground War  —  The senator is calling for more boots on the ground in Iraq.  Is this any way to wage a presidential campaign?  —  Peter Spaulding was John McCain's man in New Hampshire, and with good reason.  The longest-serving member of the state's Executive Council …
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 …
Abu Kais / Michael J. Totten:
Hizbullah leading Lebanon to civil war  —  Hizbullah, Aoun and Syria's parties are overstaying their welcome.  The patience of Beirut citizens and Lebanese from the opposing camp is wearing thin.  —  LBC is reporting riots involving Sunnis and Shias in the neighborhood of Qasqas as I type this.
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.
 
 
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Booker column censored
Discussion: The Corner
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Times of London:
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