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10:40 AM 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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Bolton resigns  —  Just across at Fox.  He'll stay on until the end of his recess appointment but that's it.  Not a surprise, really.  —  Bad things happen when you lose your majority.  —  Standby for updates.  While you wait, watch Lou Dobbs's tribute from a few weeks back.
Hotline On Call:
Bolton Bolts: The Full Statement
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton's Talks With Democrats May Signal Bid for President  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has begun a calculated series of meetings with top New York Democratic officials to signal that she is likely to run for the presidency in 2008 and to ask for their support if she does …
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Early 'Maybe' From Obama Jolts '08 Field  —  Senator Barack Obama's announcement that he might run for president is altering the early dynamics of the 2008 Democratic nominating contest.  The move has created complications for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as she steps up her own preparations …
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
'BEGINS PREZ PROCESS'
Discussion: Political Insider
CNN:   Hillary Clinton discussing presidential bid
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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 …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Unfogged
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Breaking The Furniture
Discussion: Lean Left
Solomon Moore / Los Angeles Times:
'Fear took over' in Baghdad raid  —  U.S. advisors lament Iraqi troops' conduct.  America's exit strategy hangs in the balance.  —  BURSTS of AK-47 fire hissed past them from several directions at once, showering the U.S. and Iraqi soldiers with pulverized cement and slapping spider-web fractures …
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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 …
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Bush Is Weighing Options for New Strategy in Iraq, Aide Says
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.
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Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
The President's Report Card  —  The country has suffered through six years of the Bush Administration, and the signs of the devastation this regime has wrought on America and the world provide the lead news stories on a daily basis.  But at least until mid 2005, the traditional media …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Mideast allies near a state of panic
David E. Sanger / New York Times:   Will Bush Change on Iraq?
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.
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Opinion Journal:   The 'Obfuscation Agenda'
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.
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 …
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
TRANSCRIPT: JUSTICE STEPHEN BREYER SITS DOWN WITH 'FOX NEWS SUNDAY'  —  The following is a partial transcript of the Dec. 3, 2006, edition of "FOX News Sunday With Chris Wallace":  —  "FOX NEWS SUNDAY" HOST CHRIS WALLACE: It's highly unusual for a member of the U.S. Supreme Court to come on a Sunday morning talk show.
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Balkinization:
If Supreme Court Justices Were Rock Stars
Discussion: ACSBlog and SCOTUSblog
New York Times:
U.S. Report Finds Dismal Training of Afghan Police  —  Five years after the fall of the Taliban, a joint report by the Pentagon and the State Department has found that the American-trained police force in Afghanistan is largely incapable of carrying out routine law enforcement work …
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.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and TigerHawk
 
 
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Anthony Shadid / Washington Post:
Shiite Protester Shot Dead In Beirut as Tensions Rise
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
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Hannah Allam / Real Cities:
Iraqi Army division deepens discord
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Scientist Fights Church Effort to Hide Museum's Pre-Human Fossils
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
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Bathing in Black Gold for Health and Profit in Azerbaijan
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Congress open to passing bill on immigration
Discussion: Power Line and PoliPundit.com
John Heilprin / Associated Press:
Bush may end drilling ban in Alaskan bay
Discussion: AMERICAblog and PoliPundit.com
 Earlier Items: 
Robin Shulman / Washington Post:
Journalism School Probes Possible Cheating on Ethics Exam
New York Times:
Taliban Truce in District of Afghanistan Sets Off Debate
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Hush, Mama, Don't You Cry, a New Yellow Wiggle Will Sing
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
As Trucking Rules Are Eased, a Debate on Safety Intensifies
Discussion: The New Editor and Daily Kos
Guardian:
Drug pirates leave death in their wake
Matt Belanger / KCLO-TV:
Daschle Will Not Seek Presidency
CNN:
Nine U.S. troops killed in Iraq