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9:50 PM ET, December 9, 2006

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New York Times:
Report on Iraq Exposes Divide Within G.O.P.  —  The release of the report by the bipartisan Iraq Study Group this week exposed deep fissures among Republicans over how to manage a war that many fear will haunt their party — and the nation — for years to come.
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush pans criticism of Iraq war handling
Discussion: Power Line
BBC:
Bush sees US consensus over Iraq
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
That Iraq Report? More of the Same
Jeff Stein / CQ.com:
Democrats' New Intelligence Chairman Needs a Crash Course on al Qaeda  —  Forty years ago, Sgt. Silvestre Reyes was a helicopter crew chief flying dangerous combat missions in South Vietnam from the top of a soaring rocky outcrop near the sea called Marble Mountain.
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Wasn't He On The Intel Committee Already?
Discussion: Bill's Bites
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:   "Do You Speak Spanish?"  —  Via TPMMuckraker, an interview …
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.
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Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iran Expands Uranium Enrichment Program  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran has begun installing 3,000 centrifuges in an expansion of its uranium enrichment program that brings the Islamic nation significantly closer to large-scale production of nuclear fuel, the president said Saturday.
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Scott Macleod / Time:
Iran Reacts Favorably to the Baker-Hamilton Plan
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Time mag shocker: Iran *hearts* Iraq Study Group
Discussion: BBC, Scotsman and Bill's Bites
Philip Johnston / Telegraph:
Adopt our values or stay away, says Blair  —  Your view: what next for "multicultural" Britain?  —  Full text of Blair's multiculturalism speech  —  Audio: Andrew Pierce on why Blair isn't facing questions  —  Tony Blair formally declared Britain's multicultural experiment over yesterday …
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Telegraph:
Full text of Blair's multiculturalism speech
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?
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.
Jennifer Kent / KRHD-LP:
4 -year-old Accused of Improperly Touching Teacher  —  BELLMEAD- A four-year-old hugged his teachers aide and was put into in-school suspension, according to the father.  But La Vega school administrators have a different story.  —  Damarcus Blackwell's four-year-old son was lining …
Eleanor Clift / Newsweek:
How George W. Bush has ruined the family franchise.  —  On the eve of a report that repudiates his son's leadership, former president George H.W. Bush broke down crying when he recalled how his other son, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, lost an election a dozen years ago and then came back to serve two successful terms.
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
Black-Market Weapon Prices Surge in Iraq Chaos  —  The Kurdish security contractor placed the black plastic box on the table.  Inside was a new Glock 19, one of the 9-millimeter pistols that the United States issued by the tens of thousands to the Iraqi Army and police.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The Reaction
Michelle Malkin:
Remembering Daniel Faulkner  —  We mark the 25th anniversary of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner's murder over at Hot Air.  —  Widow Maureen Faulkner keeps the flame alive: … Michael Smerconish's book preview is here.  More on the memorials being held this weekend.
Amir Taheri / Arab News:
Ahmadinejad May Be Heading for His First Major Political Defeat  —  While trying to project his image as a world leader offering an alternative to "American hegemony", President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of the Islamic Republic of Iran may be heading for his first major political defeat at home.
Discussion: Andrew Sullivan
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.) …
Carol J. Williams / Los Angeles Times:
Islam advisor cites 'calmer' Guantanamo  —  The Arab American, a layman, says prisoners' behavior has improved since he began helping alter military practices.  —  GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba — Some prisoners call him "Brother."  Others call him an enemy of God.  Some don't speak to him at all.
 
 
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