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9:25 AM ET, December 4, 2006

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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
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Breaking The Furniture
Discussion: Unclaimed Territory
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 …
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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 …
CNN:   Hillary Clinton discussing presidential bid
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Political Animal and Kiko's House
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 …
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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BBC:
Chavez wins Venezuela re-election
Discussion: Washington Post and The Reaction
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 …
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Will Bush Change on Iraq?
Discussion: Firedoglake
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Aide Says Bush Plans Changes in Approach to Iraq
Discussion: Hot Air and Sister Toldjah
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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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.
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.
Discussion: TigerHawk, Iowa Voice and Daily Pundit
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Opinion Journal:   The 'Obfuscation Agenda'
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 …
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
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
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.
Discussion: Power Line and PoliPundit.com
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Bathing in Black Gold for Health and Profit in Azerbaijan  —  NAFTALAN, Azerbaijan — Outside this improbable spa in a remote part of the former Soviet Union, oil rigs bob on a hardscrabble plain of rocks, shrubs and rusting industrial equipment that could easily pass for a stretch of West Texas.
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 …
Discussion: AMERICAblog, The Agonist and Daily Kos
 
 
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Quote of the day: In this corner, the prez of these United States …
Kendrick Frazier / LiveScience:
Scientist Fights Church Effort to Hide Museum's Pre-Human Fossils
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John Heilprin / Associated Press:
Bush may end drilling ban in Alaskan bay
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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
Ynetnews:
Iran: Parliament shortens Ahmadinejad's term
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Chris Wallace / Fox News:
TRANSCRIPT: JUSTICE STEPHEN BREYER SITS DOWN WITH 'FOX NEWS SUNDAY'
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
A Breach of Manners Sets a Tough Town Atwitter
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
David Segal / Washington Post:
Look Me Up Under 'Missing Link'
Matt Belanger / KCLO-TV:
Daschle Will Not Seek Presidency
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
'Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.  Know the line has held, your job is done.'