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2:45 PM ET, December 8, 2006

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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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Feds disrupt terror attack planned for Chicago-area mall?  Update: "Violent jihad"; Update: Affidavit alleges video will  —  John Little e-mails to say that ABC News is working on a big one: … Supposedly, he's not tied to any organization.  —  Standby for more.
Mike Robinson / Associated Press:   Feds: Man Planned to Blow Up Ill. Mall
The Smoking Gun:
Shopping Mall Terror Plot Foiled
Discussion: Riehl World View
Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:   'Lone Wolf' Charged with Plotting Attack During Christmas Rush
Jimmy Carter / Los Angeles Times:
Speaking frankly about Israel and Palestine  —  Jimmy Carter says his recent book is drawing knee-jerk accusations of anti-Israel bias.  —  I SIGNED A CONTRACT with Simon & Schuster two years ago to write a book about the Middle East, based on my personal observations as the Carter Center …
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Melissa Drosjack / Fox News:
JIMMY CARTER FIRES BACK AT LONGTIME AIDE OVER BOOK  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter faced new criticism Friday over his controversial book on Palestinian lands when a former Middle East diplomat accused him of improperly publishing maps that did not belong to him.
Discussion: Power Line
Fox News:
FOX FACTS: DR. KENNETH W. STEIN'S LETTER
Discussion: Hang Right Politics
Associated Press:
AP Poll: Few Americans 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.
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.
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX NEWS POLL: OBAMA TRAILS CLINTON IN 2008 DEM PRIMARY  —  NEW YORK — Despite the almost incredible amount of buzz about potential presidential hopeful Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the latest FOX News poll finds that New York Sen. Hillary Clinton soundly outperforms Obama in the Democratic primary …
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Daniel Freedman / It Shines For All:
Jeane Kirkpatrick, RIP; 'But Then, They Always Blame America First'  —  Update IV: 10:51 a.m.: John Bolton was just on CNN.  Clearly choking back tears, he said that "it really is very sad for america" and that Kirkpatrick "will be greatly missed."  He said:
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William Branigin / Washington Post:   Ex-Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick Dies
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.
minneapolisfed.org:
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:
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 …
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.
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
A Father's Tears  —  George H.W. Bush cried at a tribute to his son Jeb.  What else was he feeling?  —  He stood there at the podium, the kind of podium he'd stood at 5,000 times in a long political life, and talked to the kind of audience he knew well: supporters and loyalists, old friends and new.
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.
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 TimChapmanBlog.com
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 …
Discussion: Sirotablog
Robert Bateman / New York Post:
THE (NOT SO) INFALLIBLE AP ROBERT  —  THE most powerful media institution in all of human history is the Associated Press.  Its news feed is ubiquitous - used, directly or indirectly, by every U.S. newspaper and TV news program and a vast number of foreign ones, too.
David Corn:
A Question for Dick Cheney: Family Values or Family Honor?  /Remembering the Day Lennon Died  —  The religious right has a message for Dick Cheney: your daughter is selfish and a danger.  Why?  Because she is having a baby.  After hearing that Mary Cheney, a lesbian in a committed relationship …
 
 
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NY Daily News:
P. S., these books are sick!
Discussion: PoliPundit.com and On Deadline
Dr Frank Boulton / Times of London:
Nuclear nightmare  —  Sir, Today Medact publishes a damning report …
Discussion: Harry's Place and The Corner
Matthew Yglesias:
Moral Seriousness  —  Alongside the silliness of the Baker …
Discussion: Political Animal and Eschaton
Charles Q. Choi / Yahoo! News:
Llamas Enlisted to Thwart Biological Weapons
Fox News:
STUDENTS CRY OUT FOR FREEDOM IN LARGE DEMONSTRATION AT TEHRAN UNIVERSITY
Good Lt / The Jawa Report:
Return of the Green Helmet Guy
Discussion: EU Referendum and Ray Robison
Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
Foley report awaited from ethics committee
 Earlier Items: 
Shelby Steele / Opinion Journal:
Our Unceasing Ambivalence  —  Why it's so hard to define victory in Iraq.
Discussion: TIME, Neptunus Lex and TigerHawk
Washington Post:
Costly Fleet Update Falters
New York Post:
KERRY PLAYS IT COOL FOR DEMS
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Romney's '94 remarks on same-sex marriage could haunt him
Associated Press:
U.S. Prosecutors Move to Block Padilla's Questioning of Pentagon
Discussion: TalkLeft and Discourse.net
New York Times:
Changes Are Expected in Voting by 2008 Election
Reuters:
European Socialists eager to work with U.S. Democrats