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10:50 AM ET, December 8, 2006


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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
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
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.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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.
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: Iowa Voice
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Romney, No McCain, Gains Support of Republican Traditionalists
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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 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 …
Daniel Freedman / It Shines For All:
Jeane Kirkpatrick, RIP; 'But Then, They Always Blame America First'  —  We're told that Jeane Kirkpatrick died yesterday afternoon.  —  Update: Kirkpatrick served as a foreign policy adviser to Ronald Reagan and then as the American ambassador to the United Nations (1981-1985).
Discussion: Blogs of War and Atlas Shrugs
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
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.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
Washington Post:
For Now, an Unofficial Rivalry  —  Possible Clinton-Obama Presidential Clash Has Senate Abuzz  —  On Wednesday night, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy hosted the nine Democratic members of his health and education committee at an intimate dinner in his home in Washington's Kalorama neighborhood.
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
Peta Thornycroft / Telegraph:
Mugabe joins massive diamond rush  —  A British-listed mining company, the first to invest in bankrupt Zimbabwe since the political crisis began, was ordered off its valuable diamond claim yesterday.  —  While President Robert Mugabe has seized thousands of white-owned farms since 2000 he has, up until now, left mining property alone.
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
On Impeachment  —  I'm not really sure why I am writing this piece, because I haven't seen much talk about it on MyDD.  Also, I can't imagine people on either side of this issue changing their minds even a little bit based upon what I write.  However, I would like to say a few things …
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.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Matthew Yglesias
Fox News:
NEW MEXICO GOV. BILL RICHARDSON: 'I AM RUNNING' IN 2008  —  New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is expected to formally file papers to form a presidential exploratory committee in January.  But today he told FOX News "I am running," as he described the professional and personal experiences that he believes have prepared him for the job.
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Holding The Line  —  Firedoglake, Pandagon and many others …
Discussion: Pharyngula, TAPPED and Feministing
Shelby Steele / Opinion Journal:
Our Unceasing Ambivalence  —  Why it's so hard to define victory in Iraq.
Discussion: TIME and TigerHawk
Brent Budowsky / The Huffington Post:
The First Catastrophic President In American History Says …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Ex-Detainees Seek to Sue U.S. Officials
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Time to Party in the Capital. Just Bring the Checkbook.
Washington Post:
Costly Fleet Update Falters
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
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Janet Levy / Front Page Magazine:
The Gym Jihad  —  A Muslim woman in Dearborn, Mich. …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Associated Press:
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Political Hackery at Yale Law School: Justice Alito Gets (Green)housed
Amanda Bronstad /
More Judges Packing Pistols in Courtrooms
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Redstate
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
FBI Focus Yields Spike in Corruption Cases
The 2006 Weblog Awards:
Best Conservative Blog
George F. Will / Washington Post:
A Report Overtaken by Reality
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Economic storm brewing in America
Discussion: QandO and The Corner
St. Petersburg Times:
Dean: Dems should keep out Buchanan

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Daysia Tolentino / NBC News:
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