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12:35 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 …
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.
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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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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Beth Fouhy / ABCNEWS:
Clinton Dogged by 'Electability' Questions
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Geoff Earle / New York Post:
'BEGINS PREZ PROCESS'
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Will Bush Change on Iraq?  —  The debate that will engulf Washington and much of the country this week centers on a question that lurks at the intersection of war strategy and the personality of the commander in chief: after three and a half years, is President Bush ready to abandon his declaration …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Los Angeles Times
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George Will / Jewish World Review:
If only Iraq had — were capable of — a normal civil war
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Evan Thomas / Newsweek:
So Now What, Mr. President?  —  Folks used to wonder why he didn't push into Baghdad.
Discussion: LiberalOasis
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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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 …
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 …
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.
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
A: Are His Lips Moving?  —  If you want to know the questions to ask, try reading Froomkin: … Ouch.  Although, I suppose it shouldn't be a surprise that Bush is feeling cornered and politically lame duckish with a do-nothing rubber stamp Republican Congress which has decided to do even less …
Discussion: Eschaton
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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