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4:05 PM ET, December 9, 2006

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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 …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Wasn't He On The Intel Committee Already?
Discussion: Bill's Bites
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush pans criticism of Iraq war handling
Discussion: Power Line
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:   "Do You Speak Spanish?"  —  Via TPMMuckraker, an interview …
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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Thomas P.M. Barnett:
A potentially big development that could keep Iraq from fracturing
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Progress On Oil Revenue
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
What I think is really going on in the war on trans fat. … I simply do not believe that the so-called health side is really composed of people who are solicitous about everyone else's health.  I can't prove it, but my intuition is that all the strength on the "health" …
Discussion: Dean's World and liberal catnip
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William Saletan / Slate:
Tempting Fat  —  THE COMING CRACKDOWN ON TRANS FATS.  —  Put your hands in the air, and step away from the cookie.  —  That's the message from New York City, where the health department has just ordered the city's 25,000 restaurants to purge nearly all trans fats from their menus.
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.
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Romney's Past Catching Up?
Real Cities:
Democrats frustrated by Bush's reaction to Iraq report  —  WASHINGTON - Top Democrats in Congress left a White House meeting with President Bush on Friday frustrated over what they perceived as his reluctance to embrace major recommendations from the bipartisan Iraq Study Group.
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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Martin Jacques / Guardian:   The neocons have finished what the Vietcong started
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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Kirk Semple / New York Times:
Iraqis Line Up to Put Hussein in the Noose  —  One of the most coveted jobs in Iraq does not yet exist: the executioner for Saddam Hussein.  The death sentence against Mr. Hussein is still under review by an appeals court, but hundreds of people have already started lobbying the prime minister's office for the position.
Discussion: jules crittenden and Althouse
Telegraph:
Full text of Blair's multiculturalism speech  —  We should begin by celebrating something.  When we won the Olympic Bid to host the 2012 Games, we presented a compelling, modern vision of Britain: a country at ease with different races, religions and cultures.
Discussion: Hot Air
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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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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Oh, When They Get Behind Closed Doors ... Watch Out
Discussion: Bill's Bites and Don Surber
epw.senate.gov:
Majority Fact of the Day  —  SENATOR INHOFE ANNOUNCES PUBLIC RELEASE OF "SKEPTIC'S GUIDE TO DEBUNKING GLOBAL WARMING"  —  Contact: Marc Morano (Marc_Morano@epw.senate.gov ), Matt Dempsey (Matthew_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov )  —  Washington D.C. - Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) …
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Rumsfeld Discusses Successes, Failures  —  Defense Secretary Says Abu Ghraib Was a Low Point  —  Departing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday that his most difficult moment on the job was when he learned of the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison.
Opinion Journal:
Jeane Kirkpatrick  —  Her blunt style and strong defense of liberty will be missed.  —  Jeane Kirkpatrick, who died yesterday at 80, was that rare thing—a public intellectual and a public figure.  She excelled at both.  —  Ms. Kirkpatrick is known to the public at large because Ronald Reagan …
Discussion: Dean's World
jules crittenden:
Chickenus Dovus Asniniensis  —  The anti-war movement's big moment has arrived.  The pressure for cut-and-walk is on.  The moment of defeat is at hand!  —  Back when the war started, there were some highly principled peaceniks who decided to go to Iraq to shield the innocent Iraqi people …
Raul Fernandez / Washington Post:
Uploading American Politics  —  Technology won the 2006 elections for the Democrats.  No, not electronic voting machines, but the power of the Internet, fueled by innovative applications that let citizens create and publish their own content.  The Internet not only changed the balance …
Discussion: Political Animal and The Sideshow
 
 
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