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1:30 PM ET, December 6, 2006

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Washington Post:
Iraq Panel Calls Conditions 'Grave and Deteriorating'  —  Conditions in Iraq are "grave and deteriorating," with the prospect that a "slide toward chaos" could topple the U.S.-backed government and trigger a regional war unless the United States changes course and seeks a broader diplomatic …
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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 …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
A Study In Comity  —  Whatever the final impact of the Iraq Study Group report being issued today, for the 10 commission members this was an exhilarating experience, a demonstration of genuine bipartisanship that they hope will serve as an example to the broader political world.
Discussion: Sirotablog and PrairiePundit
White House:
President Bush Receives Report from the Iraq Study Group  —  THE PRESIDENT: I just received the Iraq Study Group report, prepared by a distinguished panel of our fellow citizens.  I want to thank James Baker and Lee Hamilton and the panel members for spending a lot of time on this really difficult issue.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Price of Iran's Help  —  DUBAI — On the eve of the Baker-Hamilton commission's report, a top Iranian official set a tough condition for his country's help in stabilizing Iraq, saying that Tehran isn't interested in such cooperation unless the Bush administration sets a timetable for withdrawing its troops.
Discussion: Back Talk, Ezra Klein and PrairiePundit
The Allen Report:
Exclusive: What the Baker Commission Report Recommends
Discussion: Hot Air
Associated Press:
Excerpts of Iraq Study Group Report
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Iraq Study Group Details
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.
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Investor's Business Daily:
Tale Of Fibbing Imams
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.
Daily Mail:
Does water STILL flow on Mars?  —  Dramatic new photographs of Mars have revealed the possible existence of water on its surface.  —  The images - released for the first time on Wednesday by the US space agency NASA - were taken earlier this year in an attempt to unlock the secrets of the Red Planet.
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 …
David Rogers / Wall Street Journal:
Some Republicans Take a Scorched-Hill Tack  —  Leaving Budget Decisions  —  To Democrats Could Disrupt  —  New Leadership's Agenda  —  WASHINGTON — Like a retreating army, Republicans are tearing up railroad track and planting legislative land mines to make it harder for Democrats …
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.
Ken Ritter / Associated Press:
Hospital company agrees to let Las Vegas nurses return to work  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nurses would return to work at two Las Vegas hospitals under an agreement brokered Tuesday by elected officials who said they wanted to avoid a prolonged strike.  —  "The labor strife is over, at least temporarily …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Hawaii Schools' Racial Enrollment Upheld  —  The Kamehameha Schools in Hawaii, private schools with an endowment of more than $6 billion, are entitled to limit their enrollment to Native Hawaiian children, a federal appeals court panel in San Francisco ruled yesterday by a vote of 8 to 7.
William Caldwell IV / Washington Post:
Why We Persevere  —  BAGHDAD — I don't see a civil war in Iraq.  I don't see a constituency for civil war.  The vast majority of the people want hope for their families, not to massacre their neighbors or divide their country.  A poll conducted in June by the International Republican Institute …
Christopher Maag / New York Times:
Recreating 'A Christmas Story' for Tourists in Cleveland  —  If Denny Renz were a boy again, he said, he would love nothing more than to re-enact Ralphie Parker's childhood.  —  He would crawl under the kitchen sink the way Ralphie's brother, Randy, did to hide from Mr. Parker, their father in the 1983 movie "A Christmas Story."
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
 
 
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