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10:40 AM ET, December 10, 2006

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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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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
So Much For Negotiations With 'Insurgents'  —  The Times of London reveals that the American consulate in Iraq spent two months in high-level negotiations with the insurgencies in Iraq, including some groups previously thought to be associated with al-Qaeda.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and MyDD
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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 …
CNN.com:
Scandal-hit Jefferson wins Louisiana runoff
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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Members of Congress / Harry Reid
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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.
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BBC:
Tests 'prove' Diana driver drunk
Discussion: Secular Blasphemy
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."
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
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.
Telegraph:
Wounded to get millions in compensation  —  Hundreds of troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan are to be awarded millions of pounds in compensation following a ruling by the Government that they are victims of crime not war.  —  Forty injured servicemen are to receive payments of up to £500,000 each in a series of test cases.
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: Unclaimed Territory
Robert D. Novak / Townhall.com:
Bolton's successor  —  WASHINGTON — Zalmay Khalilzad, who was announced this week as leaving as U.S. ambassador to Iraq, is the leading prospect to replace John Bolton as envoy to the United Nations.  —  President Bush was reported by aides as looking for someone who approximates Bolton's combination …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Assorted Babble
Dennis Byrne / Real Clear Politics:
ISG Prescribes Vietnam All Over Again  —  "...[Y]ou have my assurance of continued assistance in the post-settlement period and that we will respond with full force should the settlement be violated by North Vietnam."  —  That was a pledge by President Richard M. Nixon to Republic …
Scott Macleod / Time:
Iran Reacts Favorably to the Baker-Hamilton Plan  —  While the White House remains wary of the proposal to talk with Iran, Tehran sources tell TIME that the regime believes such talks are in the country's best interest  —  The Iranian government has responded more positively …
Discussion: BBC, Power Line and Captain's Quarters
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Pamela Miller / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Imam, a U.S. citizen, denies terrorism links  —  An Arizona man at the center of a controversy defended his Islamic fundraising activities and his group's actions on the flight from which they were removed.  —  A Phoenix imam who was one of six Muslim men removed from a US Airways flight …
Discussion: Let Freedom Ring and Power Line
Dan / Riehl World View:
Shareef Followed Father Into Nation Of Islam  —  The young Muslim arrested for planning to bomb a Rockford Mall, Derrick Shareef aka Talib Abu Salam Ibn Shareef, was a Nation of Islam convert, and reports state his Father is also a member of the controversial group associated with Louis Farrakhan.
Discussion: Atlantic Free Press and Power Line
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FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Dec 10
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Abu Kais / Michael J. Totten:
Assad regime to kill Berri if he convenes parliament
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Pierre Thomas Reports / The Blotter:
ABC Exclusive: No Prosecution Likely for Foley
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
"If I quit blogging, it will be because I get tired of having …
Discussion: Instapundit.com and Macsmind
Curt / Flopping Aces:
More News From The Enemy?  —  In my post yesterday I updated …
Carol J. Williams / Los Angeles Times:
Islam advisor cites 'calmer' Guantanamo
Little Green Footballs:
Al Jazeera Editor Whines: "We Always Lose to Israel"
Discussion: Hot Air and Daimnation!
Alec Baldwin / The Huffington Post:
Defeating Terrorism: An Oddly Simple First Step
Solomon Moore / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. targeting Shiite militia strongholds
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
Black-Market Weapon Prices Surge in Iraq Chaos
 

 
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