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1:25 PM ET, December 10, 2006

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Times-Picayune Updates:
Jefferson swarms back to win re-election  —  Confounding political pundits and a slew of rivals who had become confident of his defeat, U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, neatly sidestepped a roiling federal corruption probe to win re-election on Saturday to his ninth term in Congress.
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Cain Burdeau / Associated Press:
Jefferson Overcomes Scandal, Wins Reelection  —  Voters looked past a federal bribery investigation of Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) and reelected the eight-term congressman in a runoff election Saturday.  —  Jefferson grabbed a commanding lead over state Rep. Karen Carter, a fellow Democrat …
Discussion: Gun Toting Liberal
Cain Burdeau / Associated Press:
La. Dem incumbent wins House runoff
Discussion: the talking dog
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
The Freezer Money Wasn't Needed, Apparently
Discussion: Iowa Voice, Wizbang and Blogs for Bush
Ann M. Simmons / Los Angeles Times:
Rep. Jefferson holds on to his seat in Louisiana
Michelle Malkin:   Freezer burn: "Cold Cash" Jefferson wins
Times of London:
Secret American talks with insurgents break down  —  SECRET talks in which senior American officials came face-to-face with some of their most bitter enemies in the Iraqi insurgency broke down after two months of meetings, rebel commanders have disclosed.  —  The meetings, hosted by Iyad Allawi …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Marcus Mabry / Newsweek:
In a new NEWSWEEK poll, Americans say they back the Baker-Hamilton report and want President Bush to alter his course in Iraq.  —  An insurgent armed with a heavy machine gun stands on a street in Ramadi  —  Consensus.  That was the watchword for Jim Baker and Lee Hamilton …
Richard Haass / Time:
How to Avoid Iraq Syndrome
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   So Much For Negotiations With 'Insurgents'
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
ISG must stand for, uh, Inane Strategy Guesswork  —  Well, the ISG — the Illustrious Seniors' Group — has released its 79-point plan.  How unprecedented is it?  Well, it seems Iraq is to come under something called the "Iraq International Support Group."
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Caroline Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Column One: Jews Wake Up!
Discussion: Power Line and Dr. Sanity
Washington Post:
Hawks Bolster Skeptical President
Washington Post:
Dairy Industry Crushed Innovator Who Bested Price-Control System  —  In the summer of 2003, shoppers in Southern California began getting a break on the price of milk.  —  A maverick dairyman named Hein Hettinga started bottling his own milk and selling it for as much as 20 cents a gallon less …
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Washington Post:   Members of Congress / Harry Reid
CNN:
Aide: Democrat leader heard of Foley e-mails in 2005 … WASHINGTON (CNN) — The head of the House Democrats' campaign committee, Rep. Rahm Emanuel, had heard of former Rep. Mark Foley's inappropriate e-mails to a former male page a year before they became public, a campaign committee aide told CNN.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Did Rahm Emanuel lie about his knowledge of Mark Foley?  Yes.  —  At the height of the Mark Foley scandal in October — when Democrats were pounding Denny Hastert and company on a daily basis for having taken no action despite knowing about the emails sent by Foley to at least one page …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Jimmy Carter / Washington Post:
What Would Jimmy Do?  —  Simon & Schuster.  264 pp.  $27  —  Jimmy Carter tells a strange and revealing story near the beginning of his latest book, the sensationally titled Palestine Peace Not Apartheid.  It is a story that suggests that the former president's hostility to Israel is, to borrow a term, faith-based.
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:   WHAT WOULD JIMMY DO?  —  Todd Winer alerts us to a terrific review …
Observer:
US bugged Diana's phone on night of death crash  —  The American secret service was bugging Princess Diana's telephone conversations without the approval of the British security services on the night she died, according to the most comprehensive report on her death, to be published this week.
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
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BBC:
Tests 'prove' Diana driver drunk
Discussion: Secular Blasphemy
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Top Air Force Lawyer Had Been Disbarred  —  A top Air Force lawyer who served at the White House and in a senior position in Iraq turns out to have been practicing law for 23 years without a license.  —  Col. Michael D. Murphy was most recently commander of the Air Force Legal Operations Agency …
Telegraph:
UN downgrades man's impact on the climate  —  Richard Gray, Science Correspondent, Sunday Telegraph  —  Mankind has had less effect on global warming than previously supposed, a United Nations report on climate change will claim next year.  —  The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change …
Payson / Think Progress:
Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) Calls Bush's Iraq Policy a 'Dereliction' and 'Deeply Immoral'  —  On the Senate floor Thursday night, Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) said Bush's Iraq policy "may even be criminal."  This morning on ABC's This Week, Smith elaborated on his criticism of Bush, calling his Iraq policy a …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jeff Edwards / Mirror.co.uk:
POISON SPY: IT WAS IN HIS TEA  —  Cups were 'nuked'  —  POISONED former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko WAS murdered by radioactive tea, it was revealed yesterday.  —  Scotland Yard detectives have quarantined cups and saucers which show signs of being heavily contaminated with polonium 210 …
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BBC:
Radiation 'trace' at German homes
Discussion: New York Times and Hot Air
 
 
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neo-neocon:
The ISG and the USIP: who are these people and why are they saying all these things?
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
New Intelligence Chairman Clueless on Terrorism
Kim Holcomb / KING5.com Top Stories:
Xmas trees removed from Sea-Tac
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
The Associated Press Pro Journalist Cheat Sheat
Reuters:
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Dec 10
Discussion: Informed Comment
Curt / Flopping Aces:
My Answer To The AP, Again
Telegraph:
Wounded to get millions in compensation
Discussion: The Belmont Club
 Earlier Items: 
Pamela Miller / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Imam, a U.S. citizen, denies terrorism links
AubreyJ.org:
If the World Only Knew
Robert D. Novak / Townhall.com:
Bolton's successor  —  WASHINGTON — Zalmay Khalilzad …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Dennis Byrne / Real Clear Politics:
ISG Prescribes Vietnam All Over Again
Abu Kais / Michael J. Totten:
Assad regime to kill Berri if he convenes parliament
Jesus' General:
The Fighting First Family
Discussion: The Impolitic
Alec Baldwin / The Huffington Post:
Defeating Terrorism: An Oddly Simple First Step