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11:30 AM ET, December 8, 2006


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New York Times:
Bush Backs Away From 2 Key Ideas of Panel on Iraq  —  President Bush moved quickly to distance himself on Thursday from the central recommendations of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, even as the panel's co-chairmen opened an intensive lobbying effort on Capitol Hill to press Mr. Bush to adopt their report wholesale.
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Senators Challenge Feasibility of Iraq Plans  —  Study Group Concedes Some Risks But Calls Its Proposal 'Worth a Try'  —  Members of Congress yesterday questioned the practicability of recommendations from the Iraq Study Group about how to reverse the chaos in Iraq, but they praised the panel's stark assessment of conditions there.
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Return fire from the right  —  The idea of talks with Iran and Syria riles many conservatives.  Some say the focus was on an exit, not a victory.  —  WASHINGTON — Right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh called it "The Iraq Surrender Group."  —  The conservative New York Post tabloid doctored …
Discussion: Washington Times and LiberalOasis
Joel Havemann / Los Angeles Times:
Senators question Baker, Hamilton on panel findings
Discussion: Hot Air and The Corner
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
Discussion: Hyscience and Fausta's blog
Nancy Benac / Associated Press:
AP Poll: Few expect victory in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON - Americans are overwhelmingly resigned to something less than clear-cut victory in Iraq and growing numbers doubt the country will achieve a stable, democratic government no matter how the U.S. gets out, according to an AP poll.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
That Murder in London  —  The poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, renegade Russian spy and fierce critic of Vladimir Putin's government, is everywhere being called a mystery.  There is dark speculation about unnamed "rogue elements" either in the Russian secret services or among ultranationalists acting independently of the government.
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Romney's '94 remarks on same-sex marriage could haunt him  —  Comments Governor Mitt Romney made during his 1994 Senate bid, in which he said the gay and lesbian community "needs more support from the Republican Party," resurfaced yesterday, posing a potential hurdle as he appeals to conservatives for a probable presidential campaign.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Iowa Voice
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Romney, No McCain, Gains Support of Republican Traditionalists
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Labor Presses for Measure to Ease Unionizing  —  Claiming a major role in the Democrats' victory last month, labor leaders are pressing Congressional Democrats to enact a measure to make it easier for workers to unionize.  —  Labor leaders see the measure as pivotal to stop a slide in union membership that has lasted decades.
New York Times:
Long a Laggard, Wages Start to Outpace Prices  —  After four years in which pay failed to keep pace with price increases, wages for most American workers have begun rising significantly faster than inflation.  —  With energy prices now sharply lower than a few months ago …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Time to Party in the Capital.  Just Bring the Checkbook.  —  Lights glowed late in the Capitol dome on Wednesday night, indicating that the House and the Senate were in session.  But the real action was taking place elsewhere on Capitol Hill, in wine bars, restaurants and town houses …
Discussion: Sirotablog and
European Socialists eager to work with U.S. Democrats  —  OPORTO, Portugal (Reuters) - European Socialists promised on Thursday to work to rebuild Europe's strategic alliance with the United States now that the Democrats control Congress after last month's elections.
Discussion: Tammy Bruce and Flopping Aces
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Steyn slams the AP and Iraq Study Group on O'Reilly  —  Our subject is bias: anti-Bush in the case of the American press and anti-American in the case of too many Iraqi stringers.  No mention of Jamilgate specifically, alas, but he does refer to Bilal Hussein, whose scandal is sexier anyway.
New York Post:
KERRY PLAYS IT COOL FOR DEMS  —  SEN. JOHN Kerry didn't have nice things to say about Sen. Hillary Clinton or his former running mate, John Edwards, on Tuesday night.  But he didn't say anything bad about them either, according to witnesses.  —  Kerry, who desperately wants to run again for president …
Interview with David Card  —  David Card seems like a pretty mild-mannered guy.  True, he speaks with conviction, but it is confidence backed by meticulous research and tempered with open acknowledgment of the limits of that research.  Card, an economist  —  at the University of California, Berkeley, is the antithesis of a zealot.
New York Times:
Changes Are Expected in Voting by 2008 Election  —  By the 2008 presidential election, voters around the country are likely to see sweeping changes in how they cast their ballots and how those ballots are counted, including an end to the use of most electronic voting machines without a paper trail …
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and Blue Jersey
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Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
Foley report awaited from ethics committee
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and All Spin Zone
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Holding The Line  —  Firedoglake, Pandagon and many others …
Discussion: TAPPED, Pharyngula and Feministing
Daniel Freedman / It Shines For All:
Jeane Kirkpatrick, RIP; 'But Then, They Always Blame America First'
Discussion: Blogs of War and Atlas Shrugs
Shelby Steele / Opinion Journal:
Our Unceasing Ambivalence  —  Why it's so hard to define victory in Iraq.
Discussion: TIME and TigerHawk
Washington Post:
New Orleans to Raze Public Housing
Discussion: The Agonist
Brent Budowsky / The Huffington Post:
The First Catastrophic President In American History Says …
Washington Post:
Costly Fleet Update Falters
Associated Press:
U.S. Prosecutors Move to Block Padilla's Questioning of Pentagon
Discussion: TalkLeft and
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Grits for Breakfast:
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Washington Post:
For Now, an Unofficial Rivalry
Peta Thornycroft / Telegraph:
Mugabe joins massive diamond rush
Internet fuels rise in number of jailed journalists
St. Petersburg Times:
Dean: Dems should keep out Buchanan

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Jack Queen / Reuters:
A jury convicts Ozy Media and its founder Carlos Watson of fraud, in a case accusing them of lying to investors about the startup's finances and sham deals

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
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Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
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