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1:45 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: Riehl World View
Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
'Lone Wolf' Charged with Plotting Attack During Christmas Rush  —  Feds Arrest Would-Be Terrorist Allegedly Planning Attack in Chicago Suburbs  —  ABC News has learned a Chicago-area man has been charged with plotting a terrorist attack.  —  Sources say the man is accused of planning …
Discussion: Hot Air
MSNBC:   Man arrested for alleged holiday bomb plot
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.
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.
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.
Jimmy Carter / Los Angeles Times:   Speaking frankly about Israel and Palestine
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 …
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.
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.
Good Lt / The Jawa Report:
Return of the Green Helmet Guy  —  Is the AP on a visionquest to send what remains of its tattered credibility down the flush-hole of Hell forever?  Check this out.  —  Apparently oblivious to the fact that Reuters was completely spun and respun by Green Helmet Guy and his Hezbullah grievance …
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
Shelby Steele / Opinion Journal:
Our Unceasing Ambivalence  —  Why it's so hard to define victory in Iraq.  —  Possibly the most confounding feature of the Iraq war, from the very opening of hostilities to the present day, has been the American government's utter failure to define what victory would be in this war.
Discussion: TIME and TigerHawk
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 …
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Amanda Bronstad /
More Judges Packing Pistols in Courtrooms  —  Despite more security, states pass laws allowing jurists to arm themselves  —  Despite increased security at courthouses following shootings in Chicago and Atlanta about one year ago, many judges are bringing their own guns into their courtrooms for protection.
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Redstate
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 …
The 2006 Weblog Awards:
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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 …
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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Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
Foley report awaited from ethics committee
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Holding The Line  —  Firedoglake, Pandagon and many others …
Washington Post:
New Orleans to Raze Public Housing
Discussion: The Agonist
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
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Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Return fire from the right
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Mugabe joins massive diamond rush
European Socialists eager to work with U.S. Democrats
New York Times:
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Steyn slams the AP and Iraq Study Group on O'Reilly