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9:40 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 …
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Bolton resigns; Update: George Mitchell on the short list?  —  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.
Sam Hananel / Associated Press:
Brownback Moves Toward White House Bid  —  Republican Sen. Sam Brownback, a favorite of the religious right, said Monday he is taking the first step toward launching a bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.  —  A vigorous abortion opponent, the Kansas senator pledged to make …
Ian Williams / The Nation:
John Bolton's Greatest Hits
Discussion: Hullabaloo and protein wisdom
White House:
President Bush Accepts Ambassador John Bolton's Resignation …
Discussion: JURIST and On Deadline
Bolton to leave as U.S. ambassador to U.N.
Col. Oliver North / Fox News:
HYPE AND HOPE  —  Washington, D.C. — It all sounded …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Analysis: Schools' race experiments may be doomed  —  If, as seems so, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy holds the decisive vote on the constitutionality of public schools' use of race to promote integration, those experiments may well fail to pass muster in the Supreme Court.
Guest Blogger: The Evidence is In on School Integration Efforts …
Discussion: TAPPED, Balkinization and SCOTUSblog
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Breyer says justices must protect minorities' rights
Evan Thomas / Newsweek:
So Now What, Mr. President?  —  Folks used to wonder why he didn't push into Baghdad.  Baker doesn't hear that question much anymore.  —  George W. Bush was doing everything he doesn't usually like to do.  He was traveling in foreign lands (when Bush campaigns, he likes to fly home every night to sleep in his own bed).
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) …
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.
Vanity Fair:
Trapped in the Closet  —  Mark Foley's ambition to be a politician became the family dream.  He was always in a hurry.  His doting parents had no problem with his dropping out of Palm Beach Junior College at age 20; they helped him open a diner in downtown Lake Worth and turn it into the platform for his grandiose goals.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
After a Rush, Pace of Levee Work Downshifts  —  NEW ORLEANS — For months, the Army Corps of Engineers raced through the city, frantically patching broken levees and building floodgates to prepare for a hurricane season, now ended, that produced no hurricanes here.
George Russell / Fox News:
NORTH KOREA SUSPECTED OF COLLECTING MILLIONS IN REINSURANCE FRAUD  —  NEW YORK — The cash-strapped regime of North Korea, which has a worldwide reputation for its criminal dealings in weapons sales, drugs and near-perfect counterfeit U.S. $100 bills, may have found a new illicit source …
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
ECONOMICS vs. PHYSICS CAGE MATCH....Robin Hanson complains about the media's treatment of the economics profession: … I wonder why he thinks this?  Every article I've ever read about cutting edge physics (like superstring theory) includes loads of quotes from skeptics …
Discussion: Eschaton and Angry Bear
Greg Tinti / The Political Pit Bull:
Video: Comedy Central Plans Cartoon Mocking Bush Administration  —  Oy. … Honestly, I don't have a problem with political satire, even when it mocks the Bush administration or Republicans (SNL's skit on Rice's confirmation is one of my favorites), but I do have one requirement: it has to be funny.
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Bush Sticks to His Guns  —  While George W. Bush's many critics and detractors portray him as facing the same dilemma as Lyndon Johnson in Vietnam, Bush himself seems determined to proceed the way Harry Truman did in Korea — or, as some might put it, as Winston Churchill did after Dunkirk.
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
No Easy Calls On Iraq  —  [Amb.  Joe Wilson joins us for discussion in the comments.  As always, with guests at FDL, please be polite and stay on topic for the course of the discussion herein.  Please join me in giving Amb.  Wilson a big FDL welcome.  — CHS]  —  Amb.
Discussion: The American Street
Jim Chen / Jurisdynamics:
Honoring Norman Borlaug  —  This network has already lauded Norman Borlaug, the recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize.  C.S. Prakash, professor of plant molecular genetics at Tuskegee University, is urging passage of H. R. 4924, the Congressional Tribute to Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Act of 2006.
Faiz / Think Progress:
Klein: Saying We Need A Timetable For Iraq 'May Well Be True, But It's Wrong To Say It'  —  On the Chris Matthews Show yesterday, Time magazine senior writer Joe Klein said of Sen. Barack Obama's (D-IL) support for setting a timetable for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq: "That may well be true, but it's wrong to say it."
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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