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7:10 AM ET, December 4, 2006

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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
A.M. Mora y Leon / Publius Pundit:
VENEZUELA VOTES -PHOTOS  —  Voting around Caracas on Sunday.  These photos were taken by a pool of 38 citizen journalists who documented the electoral process.  Their fascinating slideshow can be found at this Flickr site, here.  Hat tip: Venezuela Today  —  Venezuelans went to the polls today …
Associated Press:   Election officials: Chavez wins by wide margin
BBC:
Chavez wins Venezuela re-election
Discussion: The Reaction
Patrick Moser / Agence France Presse:   Chavez headed to reelection in Venezuela voting: government exit polls
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  —  President Bush plans "significant changes" in his approach to Iraq after he reviews options drafted by an outside panel of experts and suggestions from others in the administration and Congress, Stephen J. Hadley, the national security adviser, said today.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Ben Feller / Associated Press:   Bush aide: 'We have not failed in Iraq'
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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
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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 …
CNN:   Hillary Clinton discussing presidential bid
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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Spymania: Suspicions swirl around ... everyone  —  I bet this is how Tom Maguire ended up on the Plame beat.  He wrote a few posts about it when the story first broke, felt obliged to keep up with it as other righty bloggers dropped out, and before he knew it he was three years older and had 100 posts about Joe Wilson in his archives.
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TigerHawk:
Ethics in journalism: Taking the Columbia J-School challenge  —  It seems that one or more students at the Columbia University School of Journalism cheated on the final exam of a course in ethics.  Glenn Reynolds wrote that "you can't make this stuff up... Sadly, you don't have to."
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Pundit
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
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
Open-Source Spying  —  When Matthew Burton arrived at the Defense Intelligence Agency in January 2003, he was excited about getting to his computer.  Burton, who was then 22, had long been interested in international relations: he had studied Russian politics and interned at the U.S. consulate in Ukraine …
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 …
 
 
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Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Democrats Who Opposed War Move Into Key Positions
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
A Breach of Manners Sets a Tough Town Atwitter
Discussion: NewDonkey.com, MyDD and rubber hose
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
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David Segal / Washington Post:
Look Me Up Under 'Missing Link'
Cassie Carothers / Fox News:
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Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Mideast allies near a state of panic
Matt Belanger / KCLO-TV:
Daschle Will Not Seek Presidency
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.'
 

 
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