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1:20 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.
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Bolton Bolts: The Full Statement  —  Alas, Amabassador John Bolton deprived the President of a chance to fight for him.  Here's the President's full statement: … Ambassador Bolton led the successful negotiations that resulted in unanimous Security Council resolutions regarding North Korea's military and nuclear activities.
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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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   To Hillary Or Not To Hillary?  —  Given the way politics works …
Beth Fouhy / ABCNEWS:
Clinton Dogged by 'Electability' Questions
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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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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
George Will / Jewish World Review:
If only Iraq had — were capable of — a normal civil war  —  When the poker-faced co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group heard a commentator, who had been invited to advise the group, say that America's aim must be "victory," Baker's stony visage betrayed the bitter amusement that the word "victory" now occasions.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Episcopal Churches To Vote on Departure  —  Fairfax Congregations Dismayed by Direction  —  Two of the country's largest and most historic Episcopal congregations — both in Fairfax County — will vote next week on whether to leave the U.S. church on ideological grounds and affiliate instead with a controversial Nigerian archbishop.
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
Robin Shulman / Washington Post:
Journalism School Probes Possible Cheating on Ethics Exam  —  Talk Is Tense at Columbia, but Some See Incident as Real-Life Lesson  —  NEW YORK — It was an ethics exam in a journalism class, and someone may have cheated.  —  Ironic?  Yes.  Unfortunate?  Certainly.
Discussion: The Lede and the talking dog
Juan Forero / Washington Post:
Venezuela's Chávez Wins Decisive Victory  —  Leftist President Given Another Six Years To Consolidate His 'Bolivarian Revolution'  —  By an overwhelming margin, Venezuelans reelected President Hugo Chávez on Sunday, further extending a presidency that began when the former paratrooper …
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.
 
 
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
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Peter Orszag / Boston Globe:
Cool-headed, warm-hearted economics
Discussion: TAPPED and EconLog
Shankar Vedantam / Washington Post:
Iraq and the Danger of Psychological Entrapment
Examiner:
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Scientist Fights Church Effort to Hide Museum's Pre-Human Fossils
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Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Congress open to passing bill on immigration
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New York Times:
U.S. Report Finds Dismal Training of Afghan Police
Robert Tait / Guardian:
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