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12:00 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.
Hotline On Call:
Bolton Bolts: The Full Statement
Discussion: Wake up America
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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Geoff Earle / New York Post:
'BEGINS PREZ PROCESS'
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Beth Fouhy / ABCNEWS:
Clinton Dogged by 'Electability' Questions
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
On Tape: An 'Enemy' Interrogation
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Unfogged
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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Juan Forero / Washington Post:
Venezuela's Chávez Wins Decisive Victory
Discussion: New York Times
BBC:
Chavez wins Venezuela re-election
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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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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Evan Thomas / Newsweek:
So Now What, Mr. President?  —  Folks used to wonder why he didn't push into Baghdad.
Discussion: LiberalOasis
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Will Bush Change on Iraq?
Discussion: Firedoglake and Los Angeles Times
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 …
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.
Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
A Split in the GOP Tent  —  Republicans are good at reinvention.  They have appealed to voters' dark side (Nixon's Southern strategy) as well as to their sunny side (Reagan's "Morning in America").  They have skipped from anti-government populism (Newt Gingrich and the leave-us-alone coalition) …
Discussion: The Corner and Matthew Yglesias
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: TigerHawk and Michelle Malkin
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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