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5:00 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 …
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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.
Discussion: The American Pundit and Wizbang
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.
Mike Robinson / Associated Press:
Feds: Man planned to blow up Ill. mall  —  CHICAGO - A man who authorities said wanted to commit acts of "violent jihad" against civilians was charged Friday in a plot to set off hand grenades in garbage cans at a shopping mall, authorities said.  —  Derrick Shareef, 22, of Rockford …
Michelle Malkin:
A terrorist mall plot: "I swear by Allah ...I'm down for the cause"  —  I just got back from a trip to the mall to see the headlines about the alleged Chicago terrorist mall plot: … Allah's been on the story since lunchtime.  Also tracking: Dan Riehl and John Little.
Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
'Lone Wolf' Charged with Plotting Attack During Christmas Rush
Times of London:
Warm welcome in Washington, cold shoulder elsewhere  —  The recommendations of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group were broadly welcomed by most Republicans and Democrats in Washington yesterday, but received a far cooler reception in Iraq, Iran, Israel and from the US military.
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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
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 …
Gateway Pundit:   Busted! Jimmy Carter Caught Plagiarizing in New Book!
Fox News:
FOX FACTS: DR. KENNETH W. STEIN'S LETTER
Discussion: Hang Right Politics
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Ex-Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick Dies  —  Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, a conservative political scientist who became the first woman to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, died at her home outside Washington late Thursday, colleagues announced today.  She was 80.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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CNN:
Report: House GOP leaders neglected to protect pages … WASHINGTON (CNN) — The House ethics committee has found that GOP leaders did not break any rules in handling allegations of improper Internet exchanges between former Rep. Mark Foley and former pages, but they were negligent in protecting the teenagers.
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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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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: Matthew Yglesias and Sirotablog
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.
Washington Post:
Costly Fleet Update Falters  —  Contractors Oversee Coast Guard Project  —  A multibillion-dollar effort to modernize the Coast Guard's fleet has suffered delays, cost increases, design flaws and, most recently, the idling of eight 123-foot patrol boats that were found to be not seaworthy after an $88 million refurbishment.
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.
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.
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.
 
 
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Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Antitrust Ambiguity to Be on Justices' Docket
Mary Katherine Ham / Examiner:
Who, exactly, is The Associated Press' Capt. Jamil Hussein?
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Gloria Galloway / Globe and Mail:
Same-sex marriage file closed for good, PM says
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
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Scope of 2nd Amendment's questioned
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX NEWS POLL: OBAMA TRAILS CLINTON IN 2008 DEM PRIMARY
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David Corn:
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
That Murder in London  —  The poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko …
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