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3:05 PM ET, December 4, 2006

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Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Bush accepts Bolton's U.N. resignation  —  WASHINGTON - Unable to win Senate confirmation, U.N. Ambassador John Bolton will step down when his temporary appointment expires within weeks, the White House said Monday.  —  Bolton's nomination has languished in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee …
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Washington Post:
John Bolton Resigns as U.S. Ambassador to U.N.  —  President Bush today accepted the resignation of John R. Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, expressing deep disappointment that "a handful" of senators had blocked his confirmation last year.  —  Bolton, 58, submitted …
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Bolton to Leave Post as U.S. Envoy to U.N.  —  President Bush today ended his efforts to have John R. Bolton confirmed by the Senate as United Nations ambassador and said Mr. Bolton will leave the position, which he has held for the past year after being chosen between Congressional terms, this month.
White House:
President Bush Accepts Ambassador John Bolton's Resignation as U.S. Representative to the United Nations  —  It is with deep regret that I accept John Bolton's decision to end his service in the Administration as Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations when his commission expires.
Discussion: JURIST and On Deadline
Hotline On Call:   Bolton Bolts: The Full Statement
Col. Oliver North / Fox News:
HYPE AND HOPE  —  Washington, D.C. — It all sounded …
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Congress open to passing bill on immigration  —  Congress will approve an immigration bill that will grant citizenship rights to most of the 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens in the U.S. after Democrats take control next month, predict both sides on Capitol Hill.
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Evan Thomas / Newsweek:
So Now What, Mr. President?  —  Folks used to wonder why he didn't push into Baghdad.  Baker doesn't hear that question much anymore.  —  George W. Bush was doing everything he doesn't usually like to do.  He was traveling in foreign lands (when Bush campaigns, he likes to fly home every night to sleep in his own bed).
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George Will / Jewish World Review:
If only Iraq had — were capable of — a normal civil war
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Breaking The Furniture
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Bush Is Weighing Options for New Strategy in Iraq, Aide Says  —  Hadley Says Previously Rejected Ideas Are on Table, Including Suggestions in Rumsfeld's Memo  —  Nearly four years after invading Iraq, President Bush is sorting through an array of options — none of them easy — for a way out …
Robert Tait / Guardian:
Censorship fears rise as Iran blocks access to top websites  —  Iran yesterday shut down access to some of the world's most popular websites.  Users were unable to open popular sites including Amazon.com and YouTube following instructions to service providers to filter them.
Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
A Split in the GOP Tent  —  Republicans are good at reinvention.  They have appealed to voters' dark side (Nixon's Southern strategy) as well as to their sunny side (Reagan's "Morning in America").  They have skipped from anti-government populism (Newt Gingrich and the leave-us-alone coalition) …
Matt Belanger / News, Weather and Sports:
Daschle Will Not Seek Presidency  —  He served as a senator representing South Dakotans in Washington for more than 25 years and has invested more than a year laying the groundwork for a presidential campaign.  —  Tom Daschle was expected to make a decision about running for president …
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
A Newspaper Chain Sees Its Future, And It's Online and Hyper-Local  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — Could this be the future of newspapering?  —  Darkness falls on a chilly Winn-Dixie parking lot in a dodgy part of North Fort Myers just before Thanksgiving.  Chuck Myron sits in his little gray Nissan …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard and Romenesko
Opinion Journal:
Global Warming Gag Order  —  Senators to Exxon: Shut up, and pay up.  —  Washington has no shortage of bullies, but even we can't quite believe an October 27 letter that Senators Jay Rockefeller and Olympia Snowe sent to ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson.  Its message: Start toeing the Senators' line on climate change, or else.
Jim Chen / Jurisdynamics:
Honoring Norman Borlaug  —  This network has already lauded Norman Borlaug, the recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize.  C.S. Prakash, professor of plant molecular genetics at Tuskegee University, is urging passage of H. R. 4924, the Congressional Tribute to Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Act of 2006.
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Democrats Who Opposed War Move Into Key Positions  —  New Committee Chairmen Had Warned of Postwar Disorder  —  Although given little public credit at the time, or since, many of the 126 House Democrats who spoke out and voted against the October 2002 resolution that gave President Bush authority …
Lee Bandy / The State:
Biden charms local GOP  —  It was unlike most Columbia Rotary Club luncheons.  —  The speaker was U.S. Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, a likely candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.  —  The chief topic: the Iraq war.  —  The audience: predominantly Republican.
Kendrick Frazier / LiveScience:
Scientist Fights Church Effort to Hide Museum's Pre-Human Fossils  —  Famed paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey is giving no quarter to powerful evangelical church leaders who are pressing Kenya's national museum to relegate to a back room its world-famous collection of hominid fossils showing the evolution of humans' early ancestors.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
BBC:
Anger at UN chief's Iraq comments  —  Iraq's national security adviser says he is shocked by UN head Kofi Annan's suggestion that the average Iraqi is worse off than under Saddam Hussein.  —  Mouwaffaq al-Rubaie also accused the UN of shying away from its responsibility towards the Iraqi people.
Anthony Shadid / Washington Post:
Shiite Protester Shot Dead In Beirut as Tensions Rise  —  Sunni residents and Shiite protesters clashed in the capital Sunday, leaving one man dead and raising tension across Lebanon on a third day of demonstrations aimed at toppling the government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.
 
 
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Military mockery  —  Democrats harbor outdated, outlandish views …
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National Health Care? We're Halfway There
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Times of London:
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