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8:15 AM ET, December 4, 2006

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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 …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and TalkLeft
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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 …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
It's The Electability, Stupid
Discussion: The Caucus
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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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 …
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
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Aide Says Bush Plans Changes in Approach to Iraq
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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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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
BBC:
Chavez wins Venezuela re-election
Discussion: The Reaction
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 …
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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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
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 …
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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
Echidne / ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES:
HaHa!  Gotcha!  —  Danny Glover and Mike Essl have written a much-discussed article about bloggers.  The gist of the piece is this: … If you read the whole article, you also find a graphic which shows several bloggers who have accepted assignments from politicians, together with the amounts …
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
A Breach of Manners Sets a Tough Town Atwitter  —  SENATOR-ELECT JIM WEBB was, perhaps, answering honestly when President Bush asked him at a White House reception how his son, serving in Iraq, was doing.  —  But it was not according to protocol, and Mr. Bush let him know.
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 …
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Hush, Mama, Don't You Cry, a New Yellow Wiggle Will Sing  —  The millions of families with preschool-age children around the world who have bought CDs and DVDs featuring the Wiggles, the Australian foursome known as much for their cheery color-coded jerseys as their catchy tunes …
Matt Belanger / KCLO-TV:
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 …
 
 
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The 'Obfuscation Agenda'
Discussion: TigerHawk and Daily Pundit
Robin Shulman / Washington Post:
Journalism School Probes Possible Cheating on Ethics Exam
Discussion: The Lede and the talking dog
New York Times:
Taliban Truce in District of Afghanistan Sets Off Debate
Ynetnews:
Iran: Parliament shortens Ahmadinejad's term
Discussion: Daled Amos and Hot Air
Robin Boyd / NewsBusters.org:
AP Reporter Still Using Unauthorized Sources
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
TRANSCRIPT: JUSTICE STEPHEN BREYER SITS DOWN WITH 'FOX NEWS SUNDAY'
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Iraq is just test of will for America
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
As Trucking Rules Are Eased, a Debate on Safety Intensifies
Discussion: The New Editor and Daily Kos
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Guardian:
Drug pirates leave death in their wake
David Segal / Washington Post:
Look Me Up Under 'Missing Link'
Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Mideast allies near a state of panic
Times of London:
Death squads roam Baghdad's hospitals
Discussion: Hot Air
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Those contemptuous atheists... why won't they be kind?
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
'Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.  Know the line has held, your job is done.'
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
Open-Source Spying  —  When Matthew Burton arrived …
 

 
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