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1:20 AM ET, December 9, 2006

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Liza Porteus / Fox News:
FEDS ARREST MAN THEY SAY PLANNED TO DETONATE GRENADES IN ILLINOIS SHOPPING MALL  —  Dec. 8: Courtroom artist's drawing is a man identified by authorities as Derrick Shareef, 22, of Rockford, Ill., as he appeared before a judge.  —  CHICAGO — A man has been arrested by federal agents …
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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 …
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.
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.
Editor and Publisher:
AP Stands By Disputed Iraq Story, Calls Charges 'Plain Wrong'  —  NEW YORK Charges that The Associated Press had been duped into running a false story on six Iraqis who were allegedly set on fire two weeks ago — and had used as a source a supposedly fictional Iraqi police captain …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
AP to bloggers: Stop maligning our stringers, chickenhawks  —  Another volley from Kathleen Carroll, the executive editor.  Last Friday, according to Times writer Tom Zeller, she told reporters it would be the height of foolishness to continue to engage the "mad blog rabble" (Zeller's words).
Bruce Kesler / Democracy Project:
AP's Kathleen Carroll Plays For High Stakes (as did Nixon)
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Norman Podhoretz / Weekly Standard:
A True American Hero  —  Jeane Kirkpatrick, 1926-2006.  —  When I first met Jeane Kirkpatrick in 1972, she was an academic political scientist mainly interested in domestic politics.  She was also a Democrat and a close associate of Hubert Humphrey who, both as a senator …
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Associated Press:
Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, U.N. Envoy Under Reagan, Dies
Tim Weiner / New York Times:
Kirkpatrick, U.N. Envoy Under Reagan, Dies
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Ex-Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick Dies
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.
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
Foley panel: GOP didn't protect pages  —  WASHINGTON - The House ethics committee reported Friday that Republican lawmakers and aides failed to protect young male pages from former Rep. Mark Foley (news, bio, voting record)'s improper advances, concluding an investigation into a scandal …
Discussion: Brendan Calling
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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
Discussion: Power Line
Gateway Pundit:   Busted! Jimmy Carter Caught Plagiarizing in New Book!
Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
Bush Reaction to Report Worries Father's Aides  —  Former White House advisers to George H.W. Bush are keenly disappointed and concerned about the current President Bush's initial reaction to the report by the Iraq Study Group.  —  They consider him rather dismissive of the group's conclusions …
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Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org:
CNN Reporter Slimes Bush: 'Kool-Aid' Drinking President Won't Admit 'Failure'
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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.
Damian Grammaticus / BBC:
Condoms 'too big' for Indian men  —  A survey of more than 1,000 men in India has concluded that condoms made according to international sizes are too large for a majority of Indian men.  —  The study found that more than half of the men measured had penises that were shorter than international standards for condoms.
Discussion: The Lede, On Deadline and Unfogged
Stephen Bach / CNN Political Ticker:
GOP senator criticizes Iraq war in emotional speech  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — In an emotional speech on the Senate floor Thursday night, Sen Gordon Smith, a moderate Republican from Oregon who has been a supporter of the war in Iraq, said the U.S. military's "tactics have failed" and he "cannot support that anymore."
Gloria Galloway / Globe and Mail:
Same-sex marriage file closed for good, PM says  —  Tory attempt to restore traditional definition fails in House; social conservatives cry foul as Harper declares debate over  —  OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper has declared the contentious issue of same-sex marriage to be permanently closed.
Associated Press:
Defense secretary laments Abu Ghraib in farewell  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaving office, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld bade a sometimes emotional farewell Friday, saying the single worst day of his nearly six years there was when he learned of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse in Iraq.
Discussion: liberal catnip
 
 
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Racial sensitivity on The View
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Jonathan Adler / The Volokh Conspiracy:
WHAT IS (OR WAS) "FUSIONISM"?  With all of this talk about the demise …
Larry Ribstein / Ideoblog:
Trading on political information
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
It's a Cheney!  —  My only regret about Mary Cheney's pregnancy …
New York Times:
Why the Achievement Gap Persists
Philip Johnston / Telegraph:
Blair: Paying religious groups is a mistake
Discussion: TigerHawk
Lois Romano / Washington Post:
Upon Retiring, Frist Urges Senators to Work Together
 Earlier Items: 
Nadezhda / American Footprints:
Coast Guard's Deepwater in Deep Doo-Doo
Times of London:
Warm welcome in Washington, cold shoulder elsewhere
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Antitrust Ambiguity to Be on Justices' Docket
NY Daily News:
P. S., these books are sick!
Discussion: PoliPundit.com and On Deadline
Matthew Yglesias:
Moral Seriousness  —  Alongside the silliness of the Baker …
Discussion: Political Animal and Eschaton
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
A Father's Tears  —  George H.W. Bush cried at a tribute to his son Jeb.