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10:25 AM ET, December 6, 2006

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Debra Burlingame / Opinion Journal:
On a Wing and a Prayer  —  Grievance theater at Minneapolis International Airport. … Those are the words that started it all.  Six bearded imams are said to have shouted them out while offering evening prayers as they and 141 other passengers waited at the gate for their flight out of Minneapolis International Airport.
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Investor's Business Daily:
Tale Of Fibbing Imams  —  Islam And Politics: As we first suspected, the six imams bounced from a US Airways flight misled the public about the incident and likely staged the whole thing as a scheme to weaken security.  —  Their actions undermine any good will and trust Muslim leaders have built since 9/11.
Discussion: A Blog For All
NY Daily News:
Blaze kills daughter of 9/11 pilot
Discussion: The Corner
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Probes dismiss imams' racism claim
Discussion: JunkYardBlog and Michelle Malkin
The Big Trunk / Power Line:   ON A WING AND A PRAYER  —  In today's Wall Street Journal Debra …
Washington Post:
Panel To Urge Pressure On Iraq  —  Study Group to Present Its Report to Bush Today  —  The bipartisan Iraq Study Group plans to recommend to President Bush that he threaten to reduce economic and military support for Iraq's government if it fails to meet specific benchmarks intended …
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Ed Henry / CNN:
Iraq Study Group: Pull most troops from combat by '08 … WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Iraq Study Group will urge President Bush to move most U.S. troops out of combat roles by early 2008, according to two sources who have seen the executive summary of the group's report.
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
Culture Shock on Capitol Hill: House to Work 5 Days a Week  —  Forget the minimum wage.  Or outsourcing jobs overseas.  The labor issue most on the minds of members of Congress yesterday was their own: They will have to work five days a week starting in January.  —  The horror.
Washington Post:
Mary Cheney and Partner Are About to Be Moms  —  Mary Cheney, the vice president's openly gay daughter, is pregnant.  She and her partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, are "ecstatic" about the baby, due in late spring, said a source close to the couple.  —  It's a baby boom for grandparents Dick …
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John / AMERICAblog:
BREAKING: Cheney's lesbian daughter Mary is pregnant!
Discussion: Jesus' General
Newsweek:
'We Can't Afford to Leave'  —  As the debate over Iraq intensifies, leading Democrat Silvestre Reyes is calling for the deployment of more U.S. troops.  —  Dec. 5.  2006 - In a surprise twist in the debate over Iraq, Rep. Silvestre Reyes, the soon-to-be chairman of the House Intelligence Committee …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
ERRORS, OMISSIONS, INVENTIONS AND FALSEHOODS  —  A reader writes that he received the email message below sent by Professor Kenneth Stein of Emory University and the Carter Center.  Professor Stein's expertise lies in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Kevin Aylward / The 2006 Weblog Awards:
The 2006 Weblog Awards Finalists Announced  —  Below are the finalists in The 2006 Weblog Awards, presented in both category and alphabetical order.  Finalist badges are available now and voting is scheduled to begin Thursday. … Cateogory Listing of The 2006 Weblog Awards Finalists:  —  Best Blog
New York Times:
U.S. Offers North Korea Aid for Dropping Nuclear Plans  —  The United States has offered a detailed package of economic and energy assistance in exchange for North Korea's giving up nuclear weapons and technology, American officials said Tuesday.  —  But the offer, made last week during …
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Carrots For Dear Leader
Judd / Think Progress:
Cavuto to Krugman: 'You Are Lying To People'  —  Princeton economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman went on Fox News this afternoon to talk about his new article in Rolling Stone Magazine, "How the Super-Rich Are Screwing America."  —  Krugman's article is about how income inequality …
New York Times:
The Nomination Hearing for Robert M. Gates  —  Following is the transcript of the session of nomination hearing for Robert M. Gates as provided by Federal News Service.  —  SEN. WARNER: Good morning, everyone.  —  Dr. Gates, I think I can safely say on behalf of the citizens of our country …
Manohla Dargis / New York Times:
The Trippy Dream Factory of David Lynch  —  There are, in the movies, few places creepier to spend time than in David Lynch's head.  It is a head where the wild things grow, twisting and spreading like vines, like fingers, and taking us in their captive embrace.
Discussion: The Corner and TBogg
David Brown / Times of London:
Richest tenth own 85% of world's assets  —  Where the wealth is  —  The richest 2 per cent of adults own more than half the world's wealth, according to the most comprehensive study of personal assets.  —  Among the largest economies, Britain boasted the third-highest average wealth of $126,832 …
Ed At Aft / NCLB:
Build It Up  —  "[We have] leaks and even the occasional icicle from my computer lab ceiling, asbestos coming up off the floor, the exterior walls are crumbling.  We feel forgotten ...." —a Minnesota technology coordinator  —  "Our school has been built on a former landfill. …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and Unfogged
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Spam Doubles, Finding New Ways to Deliver Itself  —  Hearing from a lot of new friends lately?  You know, the ones that write "It's me, Esmeralda," and tip you off to an obscure stock that is "poised to explode" or a great deal on prescription drugs.  —  You're not the only one.
Discussion: Political Animal
 
 
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Dan Collins / protein wisdom:
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Eric Lipton / New York Times:
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Discussion: On Deadline
Political Radar:
Gore to Bush on Iraq: It's Not About You
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush Denies Reaching Out to Dad
Gregg Krupa / Detroit News:
Muslim woman cites gym after interrupted prayer
Alan Travis / Guardian:
Criminals on probation murdered 98 in two years
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James Taranto / Opinion Journal:
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Gene Johnson / Associated Press:
Man Accused of Faking Retardation
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Guardian:
Russia will not extradite Litvinenko suspects
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
MAKING ATLAS SHRUG IN VENEZUELA: State Department folk …
Discussion: TurkeyBlog2 and alicublog
New York Times:
At Least 5 Marines Are Expected to Be Charged in Haditha Deaths
Discussion: TalkLeft
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