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11:30 PM ET, December 6, 2006

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United States Institute of Peace:
Iraq Study Group Report Released  —  Download the official report just released by the Iraq Study Group titled The Iraq Study Group Report: The Way Forward - A New Approach.  USIP is the facilitating organization for the Iraq Study Group (ISG), co-chaired by James A. Baker, III, and Lee H. Hamilton.
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Spencer Ackerman / American Prospect:
No Middle Ground  —  The Iraq Study Group calls its prescription "responsible transition;" there's nothing responsible about it.  —  Given the specific lineup of the 10 wise men and women serving on the Iraq Study Group, the most conspicuous absence is that of supermodel Heidi Klum.
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.
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 …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
PRO FORMA REMARKS ON THE BAKER COMMISSION REPORT.....I can't very well say nothing about the Baker-Hamilton report, can I?  On the other hand, I'm sort of shaking my head trying to figure out anything I ought to say about it.  But let's take a look anyway.  —  It calls for a five-fold increase …
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: TalkLeft, Ezra Klein and PrairiePundit
Matthew Yglesias:
Lost in the Pony Fields  —  Now that I've read the whole thing, the good news about the Iraq Study Group report is that it's filled with accurate observations about the situation in Iraq.  As Kevin Drum writes it's "more reality-based than the Bush administration, which represents at least a little bit of progress."
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and TAPPED
Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:
Feingold Cuts Through The ISG Hype on Countdown  —  Keith Olbermann had Russ Feingold on to give his assessment of the now very famous Iraq Study Group report.  —  Video - WMV Video -QT  —  Feingold said what I have felt all day.  This report does not give us a clear path in Iraq and leaves the future of the war up in the air.
Discussion: MyDD and feingold.senate.gov
Pajamas Media:
The Baker Report: Speak Loudly and Carry a Small Stick
Insight:
Baker wants Israel excluded from regional conference
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
CNN:
Senate approves Gates as defense secretary … WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Senate voted 95-2 Wednesday to approve Robert Gates as President Bush's choice to replace Donald Rumsfeld as defense secretary.  —  The vote came a day after the nomination sailed through the Senate Armed Services Committee.
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David Stout / New York Times:
Senate Confirms Gates as Defense Secretary  —  Robert M. Gates, President Bush's nominee to be defense secretary, was confirmed by the Senate this afternoon, hours after the Iraq Study Group offered recommendations meant to gradually reduce the United States' role in Iraq and stem the increasing violence there.
Discussion: Hot Air, A Blog For All and FP Passport
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
The danger of engaging with the enemy
Air Force Times:   Senate confirms Gates as defense secretary, 95-2
Fred Kaplan / Slate:   Enter the Grown-Up  —  ROBERT GATES' IMPRESSIVE—AND REASSURING—CONFIRMATION HEARINGS.
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Hamas smuggled $66 million in 8 months  —  Hamas officials have managed to smuggle more than $66 million in cash through the Rafah border crossing in the past eight months, a member of the Hamas-led government revealed Wednesday.  —  Meanwhile, sources close to the Hamas-led government claimed …
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Aaron Klein / WorldNetDaily:
Report: Hamas met delegation of Democrats  —  Source claims U.S. party willing to hold dialogue with terror group  —  JERUSALEM - Hamas met with a delegation of "important Democrats" who expressed interest in relations with the Palestinian terror group even if it doesn't recognize the right …
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
5-day work week is a Capitol Hill culture shock  —  Democrats seek a businesslike image; many in GOP decry effect on families  —  WASHINGTON - Forget the minimum wage.  Or outsourcing jobs overseas.  The labor issue most on the minds of members of Congress yesterday was their own …
MSNBC:
NBC: 10 U.S. service members killed in Iraq  —  Meanwhile, mortar attack kills 8 Iraqis, wounds 40 in Sadr City district  —  Residents look at a minibus destroyed in a suicide bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City on Wednesday.  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Ten American service members were killed …
BBC:
Radiation find in British embassy  —  Small traces of a radioactive substance have been found at the British embassy in Moscow following a precautionary check, the UK Foreign Office has said.  —  But officials said the levels of radiation found would not pose a risk to public health.
Chris Giles / Financial Times:
Richest 2% hold half the world's assets  —  Personal wealth is distributed so unevenly across the world that the richest two per cent of adults own more than 50 per cent of the world's assets while the poorest half hold only 1 per cent of wealth.  —  A survey released on Tuesday shows …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Arrest Warrant Issued in Denver for Oregon Blogger  —  Many of you will remember the Deb Frisch - Protein Wisdom blog drama.  —  Dr. Frisch has removed her website, but many of her posts and comments can still be found on Technorati and Google.  —  After the Frisch-Goldstein drama …
Darshak M. Sanghavi, M.D. / New York Times:
Wanting Babies Like Themselves, Some Parents Choose Genetic Defects  —  Wanting to have children who follow in one's footsteps is an understandable desire.  But a coming article in the journal Fertility and Sterility offers a fascinating glimpse into how far some parents may go to ensure …
 
 
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Agence France Presse:
Follow God or vanish, Ahmadinejad tells West
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
A Commission Made in Heaven  —  Forget the Baker-Hamilton commission.
Discussion: TAPPED and Legal Fiction
Matthew Sheffield / NewsBusters.org:
Senate Debates Global Warming, CNN Anchor Snoozes
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
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Steven A. Camarota / Boston Globe:
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Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Wizbang
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Oregonian:
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