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4:03 AM ET, December 4, 2006

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Ian James / Associated Press:
Chavez wins re-election by wide margin  —  CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez won re-election by a wide margin Sunday, giving the firebrand leftist six more years to redistribute Venezuela's vast oil wealth to the poor and press his campaign to counter U.S. influence in Latin America and beyond.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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A.M. Mora y Leon / Publius Pundit:
VENEZUELA VOTES -PHOTOS  —  Voting around Caracas on Sunday.  These photos were taken by a pool of 38 citizen journalists who documented the electoral process.  Their fascinating slideshow can be found at this Flickr site, here.  Hat tip: Venezuela Today  —  Venezuelans went to the polls today …
Gateway Pundit:
Venezuelans Vote on Chavez & 6 More Years of Marxist Idiocy  —  Update: VENEZUELA CHOOSES MARXISM!  —  More Below  —  Venezuelans go to the polls today to choose Marxism and more Hugo Chavez...  Or, to turn back to freedom and capitalism with Opposition candidate Manuel Rosales.
Discussion: Liberty Street and Scared Monkeys
Associated Press:   Election officials: Chavez wins by wide margin
Patrick Moser / Agence France Presse:   Chavez headed to reelection in Venezuela voting: government exit polls
BBC:
Chavez wins Venezuela re-election
Discussion: The Reaction
CNN:
Nine U.S. troops killed in Iraq … BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Nine U.S. troops died in Iraq during the weekend, including five killed by roadside bombs, the U.S. military reported Sunday.  —  Two soldiers were killed and two wounded Sunday when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in northern Iraq …
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Wall Street Journal:
Why Military Calls to Raise Iraq Effort Grow  —  Rumsfeld Exit Revives Push to Boost Troops,  —  Money in One Last Effort to Stabilize Baghdad  —  WASHINGTON — As demands mount to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq, a growing number of senior military officials are arguing that the only way to salvage …
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Aide Says Bush Plans Changes in Approach to Iraq  —  President Bush plans "significant changes" in his approach to Iraq after he reviews options drafted by an outside panel of experts and suggestions from others in the administration and Congress, Stephen J. Hadley, the national security adviser, said today.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Deborah Sontag / New York Times:
Videotape Offers a Window Into a Terror Suspect's Isolation  —  One spring day during his three and a half years as an enemy combatant, Jose Padilla experienced a break from the monotony of his solitary confinement in a bare cell in the brig at the Naval Weapons Station in Charleston, S.C.
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Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
On Tape: An 'Enemy' Interrogation  —  Stressed: Lawyers allege that Padilla is too 'traumatized' to help his defense  —  Lawyers for "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla claim he is so disoriented from three years of isolation and aggressive interrogations that he is now mentally ill. In new court filings …
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 …
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MSNBC:
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Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
Separating Hyperbole From Horror in Iraq  —  Over the course of last week, an Associated Press article — one subsequently challenged by the military — in which six Sunni worshipers were reportedly doused in kerosene and burned alive by Shiite attackers, became the worst kind of totem.
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Zeina Karam / Associated Press:
Sectarian clashes in West Beirut kill 1  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon - Violent clashes broke out Sunday between Shiite and Sunni Muslims in the capital, leaving one man dead from gunshot wounds at a time when tensions throughout Lebanon threaten the country's fragile sectarian and political balance.
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Abu Kais / From Beirut to the Beltway:
Syria and Hizbullah to intensify offensive  —  The Hizbullah supporter that was shot dead on Sunday may or may not have been shot by the Sunni residents of Qasqas.  The area is infested with pro-Assad Ahbash Islamists, and I would not put it past one of them or some Syrian intelligence operative …
Observer:
See exclusive new pictures of Alexander Litvinenko  —  Mark Townsend, Jamie Doward, Tom Parfitt in Moscow and Barbara McMahon in Rome  —  Alexander Litvinenko with a Scottish bonnet, Chechen swords and KGB gauntlets.  Photograph: Copyright Guardian News and Media.  All rights reserved.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Spymania: Suspicions swirl around ... everyone
Discussion: Agence France Presse
TigerHawk:
Ethics in journalism: Taking the Columbia J-School challenge  —  It seems that one or more students at the Columbia University School of Journalism cheated on the final exam of a course in ethics.  Glenn Reynolds wrote that "you can't make this stuff up... Sadly, you don't have to."
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Pundit
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
'Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.  Know the line has held, your job is done.'  —  E very year for more than a decade, at the height of the season, Morrill Worcester would pack up a truckload of his Christmas wreaths and head down from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery.
Guardian:
Drug pirates leave death in their wake  —  The trade in fake medicines is booming but China is finally starting to get tough  —  Jonathan Watts in Beijing  —  No one will ever know how many Chinese men - and women - were sexually satisfied after taking the American Number One, Male Exclusive …
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
As Trucking Rules Are Eased, a Debate on Safety Intensifies  —  As Dorris Edwards slowed for traffic near Kingdom City, Mo., on her way home from a Thanksgiving trip in 2004, an 18-wheeler slammed into her Jeep Cherokee.  —  The truck crushed the sport-utility vehicle and shoved it down an embankment off Interstate 70.
Discussion: The New Editor and Daily Kos
 
 
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Robert Tait / Guardian:
Censorship fears rise as Iran blocks access to top websites
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Avi Issacharoff / Reuters:
Islamic Jihad warns Gaza Strip cease-fire on verge of collapse
David Segal / Washington Post:
Look Me Up Under 'Missing Link'
Cassie Carothers / Fox News:
6 IMAMS KICKED OFF PLANE GAVE CREW SEVERAL REASONS TO BE SUSPICIOUS
Matt Belanger / KCLO-TV:
Daschle Will Not Seek Presidency
Discussion: Political Insider
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Breaking News: The New York Times Thinks You're Stupid
Discussion: New York Times and TalkLeft
Times of London:
Death squads roam Baghdad's hospitals
Discussion: Hot Air
Edward Wong / New York Times:
U.N. Secretary Says Iraq Is Engulfed in Deadly Civil War
Discussion: Wake up America
 Earlier Items: 
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Those contemptuous atheists... why won't they be kind?
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
Open-Source Spying  —  When Matthew Burton arrived …
David Sirota / Sirotablog:
The People Party vs. The Money Party: Here are the players
Discussion: Firedoglake
Lambert / CorrenteWire:
Joe Biden's Trent Lott moment
Discussion: The Sideshow
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
FDL Book Salon: Wait! Don't Move To Canada!
Nico / Think Progress:
Lieberman Endorses Escalation In Iraq, Surprised Rumsfeld Didn't Suggest It In Memo
Holly Bailey / Newsweek:
Politics: McCain's Ground War
Discussion: Political Animal and Redstate
Amanda / Think Progress:
Lieberman: Talking To Iran And Syria Is Like The 'Local Fire Dept …
 

 
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