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10:55 AM ET, December 9, 2006

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Edward Wong / New York Times:
Iraqis Near Deal on Distribution of Oil Revenues by Population  —  Iraqi officials are near agreement on a national oil law that would give the central government the power to distribute current and future oil revenues to the provinces or regions, based on their population, Iraqi and American officials say.
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Washington Post:
Iraq Strategy Review Focusing on Three Main Options  —  As pressure mounts for a change of course in Iraq, the Bush administration is groping for a viable new strategy for the president to unveil by Christmas, with deliberations now focused on three main options to redefine the U.S. military …
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 …
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Talking Points Memo
BBC:
Kurds brand report 'unrealistic'  —  The leader of Iraq's Kurdish region says the US Iraq Study Group report is "unrealistic and inappropriate".  —  Massoud Barzani was sceptical of plans to involve Iraq's neighbours in peace efforts, and for any weakening down of the Kurds' effective autonomy.
Discussion: Informed Comment
Rhonda Schwartz Reports / The Blotter:
Democratic Leadership Knew About Foley E-mails  —  Rhonda Schwartz Reports:  —  The House Ethics Committee Report includes new information that top Democrats were also aware in 2005 of Mark Foley's inappropriate e-mails to congressional pages at about the same time as outgoing Speaker Dennis Hastert's office was informed.
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Committee Says GOP Left Foley Unchecked  —  Ethics Panel Faults Many, Punishes None  —  The House ethics committee concluded yesterday that House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and his top staff probably knew for months, if not years, of disgraced former representative Mark Foley's inappropriate contact …
Michelle Malkin:
Hey, Rosie O'Donnell: Did you teach your kids to speak "ching chong," too?  —  Typical Hollywood liberal: She's the first and loudest to accuse others of bigotry—pausing only to take a breath before practicing it herself.  Click to watch the video of Rosie O'Donnell on The View …
Discussion: Macsmind
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Racial sensitivity on The View
Discussion: TMZ.com
John / Inside Europe:
Semi-random notes while listening to Jelly Roll Morton and making excuses for not having posted for a couple of days:  —  Actually, I've been busy with a translation and so have had little desire to do any more typing.  One thing running this blog taught me how to do is touch-type, and I'm actually pretty fast now.
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jules crittenden:   Eurovision  —  A colossal steaming pile from a London School …
Justin Rood / TPMmuckraker:
GOP Senator: Iraq War "May Be Criminal"  —  It's the kind of thing you'd expect to hear on Pacifica Radio, not in a speech by a Republican senator.  —  "I, for one, am at the end of my rope when it comes to supporting a policy that has our soldiers patrolling the same streets in the same way …
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Dana Stevens / Slate:
A Pre-History of Violence  —  MEL GIBSON'S BLOODY, BEWILDERING APOCALYPTO.  —  Here is a partial list of the indignities to which the human body is subjected in Mel Gibson's Mayan epic Apocalypto (Buena Vista): being impaled on a trap made of animal bones.  Being forced to ingest tapir testicles.
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Negative real rates of return, part II
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Neoconservatives — exposed, scorned, but still in control  —  The one positive aspect of the Baker-Hamilton report is that the reactions it is provoking — both positive and viciously negative — have shed as bright a light as one could hope for on our current predicament.
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).
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Bruce Kesler / Democracy Project:
AP's Kathleen Carroll Plays For High Stakes (as did Nixon)
Discussion: The Jawa Report
New York Times:
Romney's Gay Rights Stance Draws Ire  —  Gov. Mitt Romney, the Massachusetts Republican who has built a presidential campaign on a broad appeal for conservative support, is drawing sharply increased criticism from conservative activists for his advocacy of gay rights in a 1994 letter.
Discussion: Althouse
Stephanie Simon / Los Angeles Times:
'Restoration' after the fall  —  Fellow evangelicals seek to help the Rev. Ted Haggard address the behaviors that snared him in a scandal.  —  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — The Rev. Ted Haggard this week formally begins his long journey toward recovery from a drugs-and-gay-sex scandal that forced …
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow  —  White House Conference Center Briefing Room  —  MR. SNOW: Hello, everybody.  I want to begin with two statements by the President, and then I will take your questions.  —  First, on the passing of former U.N. Ambassador Jean Kirkpatrick.  From the President.
Discussion: Daily Kos and First Draft
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Senators to Gather in Closed Meeting  —  Reid Plan Defended as Effort to 'Establish a Dialogue,' but Some See a Bad Precedent  —  Senate Democrats, who campaigned on a pledge of more openness in government, will kick off the 110th Congress with a closed meeting of all 100 senators in the Capitol.
 
 
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Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Orphans  —  The growing use of email gadgets …
Discussion: Wonkette
Confederate Yankee:
The AP Goes Truthy. Will the Left Stay Silent?
Mary Katharine Ham / Townhall.com Blog's TownHall Blog:
HamNation: Top 10 Rockin'est John Bolton Moments
Mark Magnier / Los Angeles Times:
China moves quietly to keep its cadres honest
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Sam F. Ghattas / Associated Press:
Hezbollah vows end to Lebanon government
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Go Right Ahead - Tread On Us
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Tom / Houston's Clear Thinkers:
The injustice of the Jeff Skilling case
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
The Aristocrats  —  Gilliard has posted a rundown of the recent Fall of the House of Bush.
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Trading on political information
Brad / The BRAD BLOG:
EXCLUSIVE: REP. HOLT SAYS HIS ELECTION REFORM LEGISLATION …
Associated Press:
Defense secretary laments Abu Ghraib in farewell
Discussion: liberal catnip
Norman Podhoretz / Weekly Standard:
A True American Hero
Discussion: Publius Pundit and Power Line
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
It's a Cheney!  —  My only regret about Mary Cheney's pregnancy …
New York Times:
Why the Achievement Gap Persists
Chicago Tribune:
Rockford man charged in alleged terror plot
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