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11:10 AM ET, December 7, 2006


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Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Threats Wrapped in Misunderstandings  —  The Iraq Study Group's prescriptions hinge on a fragile Iraqi government's ability to achieve national reconciliation and security at a time when the country is fractured along sectarian lines, its security forces are ineffective and competing visions threaten …
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Will Iraq Study Group's Plan Work on the Battlefield?  —  The military recommendations issued yesterday by the Iraq Study Group are based more on hope than history and run counter to assessments made by some of its own military advisers.  —  Ever since the invasion of Iraq in 2003 …
New York Times:
Welcome Political Cover  —  When President Bush insisted that the Iraq Study Group would not provide cover for the White House to chart a "graceful exit" of American troops, he was missing the whole point.  The much-anticipated report from the bipartisan panel is precisely about political cover.
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Senate Confirms Gates as Defense Secretary
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Victor Davis Hanson /
Our Pearl Harbor  —  On Dec. 7, 1941 — 65 years ago this week — pilots from a Japanese carrier force bombed Pearl Harbor.  They killed 2,403 Americans, most of them service personnel, while destroying much of the American fleet and air forces stationed in Hawaii.
Discussion: Power Line and Blue Crab Boulevard
Jaymes Song / Associated Press:
Pearl Harbor survivors meet for last time  —  PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - With their number quickly dwindling, survivors of Pearl Harbor will gather Thursday one last time to honor those killed by the Japanese 65 years ago, and to mark a day that lives in infamy.
Kirsten Scharnberg / Chicago Tribune:
Pearl Harbor survivors gather for `final reunion'  —  HONOLULU — Donald Robinett came directly to the sign-in area for Pearl Harbor survivors when he arrived here this week.  —  "I am trying to find my shipmates," the 89-year-old veteran announced excitedly.  "I want to see which ones are here."
Dan / Riehl World View:
We Have No Claim To Pearl Harbor Day
Discussion: Attytood
Gregory Scoblete / TCS Daily:
What Rumsfeld's Critics Don't Get  —  Many Iraq war supporters greeted the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with a sigh of relief, if not a quiet cheer.  —  Neoconservatives like the Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol and war historian Frederick Kagan began clamoring …
Discussion: and Bill's Bites
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Justice Grover Versus Justice Oscar  —  SCALIA AND BREYER SELL VERY DIFFERENT CONSTITUTIONAL WORLDVIEWS.  —  If judicial confirmation hearings in the Senate were one-tenth as illuminating as last night's debate between Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer at the Capitol Hilton …
Associated Press:
Mixed reaction to Cheney's daughter's pregnancy … WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative leaders voiced dismay Wednesday at news that Mary Cheney, the lesbian daughter of Dick Cheney, is pregnant, while a gay-rights group said the vice president faces "a lifetime of sleepless nights" …
Johanna Neuman / Los Angeles Times:   A pregnant pause in right wing
T. F. Boggs / t.f. boggs:
What we should and should not do: An Authoritative Voice...  After watching the Iraq Survey Group press conference today I am a firm believer that all politicians are idiots.  Okay well not all of them but they all have a problem understanding reality.  If any politician is reading …
Ned Parker / Times of London:
'I'll flee the country as soon as the US leaves'  —  The Iraqi sergeant has dodged bullets from the al-Mahdi Army and traded fire with Sunni insurgents.  —  Yet in his years with the Iraqi Army he has learnt one simple lesson: once the US military pulls back in Iraq, he should leave the country if he wants to survive.
Pajamas Media:
SPECIAL TO PJM: Iran Supreme Leader Hospitalized.  Condition Grave.  —  Three days ago, Iran's dictator, Supreme Leader Ayatollah ali Khamenei, was rushed to the vast medical facility traditionally known as "Vanak" hospital (it now has an Arabic name that means "the 12th Imam Hospital") …
Discussion: Hot Air, Bill's Bites and Barcepundit
Kimberley A. Strassel / Opinion Journal:
Trusts Busted  —  The seamy underside of asbestos litigation.  —  Harry Kananian died in the year 2000 of mesothelioma—a cancer almost always caused by asbestos.  But the legacy that may survive him is the role he is posthumously playing in exposing evidence of asbestos litigation fraud.
Jeanne Cummings / Wall Street Journal:
Postcampaign Lobbying Thrives  —  Democrats Are Fêted  —  Ahead of Push  —  For Stricter Ethics Rules  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats may be promising a clampdown on lobbyist freebies once they take control of Congress.  But ahead of that push, party leaders are collecting lobbyists' checks …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Ali Waked / Ynetnews:
Report: Hamas ministers met with US, EU officials  —  Palestinian source says ministers of Hamas-led government met with senior political officials in Europe, who showed their understanding for organization's stance.  In US, Hamas representatives meet with senior members of Democratic Party
New York Times:
Former Aide Parts With Carter Over Book  —  An adviser to former President Jimmy Carter and onetime executive director of the Carter Center has publicly parted ways with his former boss, citing concerns with the accuracy and integrity of Mr. Carter's latest book, "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid."
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John Heilprin / Associated Press:
EPA may drop lead air pollution limits
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Democratic Wave in Congress Further Erodes Moderation in GOP
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The report is a dud  —  It's true.  The Iraq Study Group …
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City Drops Plan to Change Definition of Gender
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