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3:58 AM ET, December 9, 2006

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Liza Porteus / Fox News:
FEDS ARREST MAN THEY SAY PLANNED TO DETONATE GRENADES IN ILLINOIS SHOPPING MALL  —  Dec. 8: Courtroom artist's drawing is a man identified by authorities as Derrick Shareef, 22, of Rockford, Ill., as he appeared before a judge.  —  CHICAGO — A man has been arrested by federal agents …
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The Smoking Gun:
Shopping Mall Terror Plot Foiled  —  FBI: Man planned "to disrupt Christmas" with "acts of jihad"  —  An Illinois man plotted to set off hand grenades at a Chicago-area shopping mall in a holiday season terror campaign that was thwarted by federal investigators.
Chicago Tribune:
Rockford man charged in alleged terror plot  —  Video: Terror plot arrest  —  A 22-year-old Rockford man appeared in federal court in Chicago today, charged with plotting to set off hand grenades in a terror attack at a busy Rockford mall during the holiday season.
Mike Flannery / WBBM-TV:
Suspect Arrested In Alleged Chicago Terror Plot  —  Law Enforcement Officials: Plot Involved Attack In Chicago  —  (CBS) CHICAGO A suspect has been arrested in an alleged terror plot that involves a Chicago target, sources tell CBS 2.  —  As CBS 2 Political Editor Mike Flannery reports …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
AP to bloggers: Stop maligning our stringers, chickenhawks  —  Another volley from Kathleen Carroll, the executive editor.  Last Friday, according to Times writer Tom Zeller, she told reporters it would be the height of foolishness to continue to engage the "mad blog rabble" (Zeller's words).
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Editor and Publisher:
AP Stands By Disputed Iraq Story, Calls Charges 'Plain Wrong'  —  NEW YORK Charges that The Associated Press had been duped into running a false story on six Iraqis who were allegedly set on fire two weeks ago — and had used as a source a supposedly fictional Iraqi police captain …
Bruce Kesler / Democracy Project:
AP's Kathleen Carroll Plays For High Stakes (as did Nixon)
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Mary Katherine Ham / Examiner:
Who, exactly, is The Associated Press' Capt. Jamil Hussein?
Discussion: Dean's World and On Deadline
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
Foley panel: GOP didn't protect pages  —  WASHINGTON - The House ethics committee reported Friday that Republican lawmakers and aides failed to protect young male pages from former Rep. Mark Foley (news, bio, voting record)'s improper advances, concluding an investigation into a scandal …
Discussion: Brendan Calling
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Norman Podhoretz / Weekly Standard:
A True American Hero  —  Jeane Kirkpatrick, 1926-2006.  —  When I first met Jeane Kirkpatrick in 1972, she was an academic political scientist mainly interested in domestic politics.  She was also a Democrat and a close associate of Hubert Humphrey who, both as a senator …
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Associated Press:
Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, U.N. Envoy Under Reagan, Dies
Tim Weiner / New York Times:
Kirkpatrick, U.N. Envoy Under Reagan, Dies
Zogby:
President slips to all-time low in the Zogby Poll as key demographic groups jump ship  —  The national job approval rating of President Bush has plummeted to 30%, an all-time low in the latest Zogby International telephone poll, sinking below the 31% approval rating he dropped to in early June.
Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
Overture to Iran defended by Iraq report authors  —  Source: Reuters  —  WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of the Iraq Study Group on Thursday defended the panel's call to seek Iran's help in stabilizing Iraq but conceded he was told recently by Tehran that was unlikely "this time around."
Discussion: neo-neocon
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Times of London:
Warm welcome in Washington, cold shoulder elsewhere
Discussion: Power Line and Captain's Quarters
Kenneth M. Pollack / New York Times:
Don't Count on Iran to Pick Up the Pieces
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Michelle Malkin:
Hey, Rosie O'Donnell: Did you teach your kids to speak "ching chong," too?  —  Typical Hollywood liberal: She's the first and loudest to accuse others of bigotry—pausing only to take a breath before practicing it herself.  Click to watch the video of Rosie O'Donnell on The View …
Discussion: Macsmind
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Racial sensitivity on The View
Discussion: TMZ.com
Damian Grammaticus / BBC:
Condoms 'too big' for Indian men  —  A survey of more than 1,000 men in India has concluded that condoms made according to international sizes are too large for a majority of Indian men.  —  The study found that more than half of the men measured had penises that were shorter than international standards for condoms.
Discussion: The Lede, On Deadline and Unfogged
Caroline Dobuzinskis / MotherJones.com:
Sherrod Brown: First We Go After Big Pharma  —  WASHINGTON DISPATCH: The senator-elect from Ohio weighs in on drug-pricing reform, Iraq, the '08 campaign, and (oh yeah, that!) trade.  —  Fresh from victory in Ohio's knock-down drag-out Senate race, Sherrod Brown is happily preparing to exit …
Larry Ribstein / Ideoblog:
Trading on political information  —  As part of its continuing coverage of hedge funds, the WSJ reports on how lobbyists are gathering tips on Congress' activities to these funds.  The strategy especially pays off with respect to legislation that's material to a small group of companies, like on the asbestos trust fund.
Mark Wallace / Wired News:
Firefly Reborn as Online Universe  —  Like Capt. Mal Reynolds stumbling in after a bar fight, the short-lived but much beloved sci-fi series Firefly will soon make an unexpected return, not as a TV show, but as a massively multiplayer online game.  —  Now that's shiny.
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
It's a Cheney!  —  My only regret about Mary Cheney's pregnancy is that it didn't happen earlier — say, during the 2004 presidential race, when Cheney was working for her father's campaign and his running mate was busy trying to write discrimination against people like her into the Constitution.
 
 
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Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
Bush Reaction to Report Worries Father's Aides
Digby / Hullabaloo:
The Aristocrats  —  Gilliard has posted a rundown of the recent Fall of the House of Bush.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The News Blog
Brad / The BRAD BLOG:
EXCLUSIVE: REP. HOLT SAYS HIS ELECTION REFORM LEGISLATION …
Associated Press:
Defense secretary laments Abu Ghraib in farewell
Discussion: liberal catnip
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Philip Johnston / Telegraph:
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Lois Romano / Washington Post:
Upon Retiring, Frist Urges Senators to Work Together
Discussion: Think Progress and Demagogue
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Antitrust Ambiguity to Be on Justices' Docket
Gloria Galloway / Globe and Mail:
Same-sex marriage file closed for good, PM says
Jimmy Carter / Los Angeles Times:
Speaking frankly about Israel and Palestine
 

 
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Andrew Buncombe / The Guardian:
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Rest of World:
A test of 11 WhatsApp-based fact-checking “tip lines” during elections in India finds long delays and inconsistencies in responses

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Payroll provider Cast & Crew says California is disputing the common Hollywood practice of paying workers through loan-out companies instead of directly

 
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