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2:10 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.
Associated Press:
Excerpts of Iraq Study Group Report  —  Here are excerpts from portions of the Iraq Study Group report, which was being released Wednesday:  —  ''The situation in Iraq is grave and deteriorating.  There is no path that can guarantee success, but the prospects can be improved.''
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.
New York Times:
Panel Backs Overhaul of Iraq Policy  —  Saying that "the situation in Iraq is grave and deteriorating," a bipartisan commission today urged stepped-up diplomatic and political efforts to stabilize that country, coupled with a shift in the mission of the American military to allow the United States to …
The Allen Report:
Exclusive: What the Baker Commission Report Recommends
Discussion: Suitably Flip and Hot Air
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.
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.
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.
Real Clear Politics:
Interview with President Bush, Roundtable  —  BRIT HUME, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: Welcome to Washington.  I'm Brit Hume.  On a day when U.N. Ambassador John Bolton resigned suddenly and the president held an important meeting with a key Iraqi Shiite political leader, Abdul Aziz al Hakim …
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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 …
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. …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:
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Times of London:
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
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