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7:25 PM ET, December 10, 2006


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Chile's Gen Pinochet dies at 91  —  Chile's former military leader Augusto Pinochet has died, the Santiago hospital treating him after an earlier heart attack has announced.  —  The hospital said the condition of the 91-year-old general had suddenly worsened, AP news agency said.
Chile's Gen Pinochet dies at 91  —  Chile's former military leader Augusto Pinochet has died at the age of 91.  —  The general entered a Santiago hospital a week ago after a heart attack.  He was thought to be recovering when his condition suddenly worsened on Sunday.
Discussion: Harry's Place
Associated Press:
Augusto Pinochet, Who Ruled Chile, Dies at 91  —  SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Gen. Augusto Pinochet, who overthrew Chile's democratically elected Marxist president in a bloody coup and ruled this Andean nation for 17 years, died Sunday, dashing hopes of victims of his regime's abuses that he would be brought to justice.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
Cain Burdeau / Associated Press:
Jefferson Overcomes Scandal, Wins Reelection
Michelle Malkin:   Freezer burn: "Cold Cash" Jefferson wins
Ann M. Simmons / Los Angeles Times:
Rep. Jefferson holds on to his seat in Louisiana
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
Leadership defined, Bush stays course
Discussion: Ray Robison
neo-neocon:   The ISG and the USIP: who are these people and why are they saying all these things?
jules crittenden:
George Bush, Still President
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 …
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.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Greenwald Pounds Emanuel
Discussion: and Hot Air
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.
Ideas: Presidential Provocation
Discussion: Power Line
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Sen. Smith on Iraq: "...that is dereliction, that is immoral"  —  Republican Gordon Smith ripped Bush over Iraq on the floor of the Senate Thursday: … On THIS WEEK, Smith dug a bit deeper to clarify his remarks:  —  Video-WMP Video-QT … Transcript via ABC below the fold:
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 …
Caroline Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Column One: Jews Wake Up!  —  When the history of our times is written, this week will be remembered as the week that Washington decided to let the Islamic Republic of Iran go nuclear.  Hopefully it will also be remembered as the moment the Jews arose and refused to allow Iran to go nuclear.
Discussion: Dr. Sanity and Power Line
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 …
Jason Burke / Observer:
Britain stops talk of 'war on terror'  —  Foreign Office has asked ministers to ditch the phrase invented by Bush to avoid stirring up tensions within the Islamic world  —  Cabinet ministers have been told by the Foreign Office to drop the phrase 'war on terror' and other terms seen as liable …
Discussion: sisu, The Reaction and Hot Air
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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Jason Straziuso / Associated Press:
New Taliban rules target Afghan teachers
Discussion: Jihad Watch
David Rothkopf / Washington Post:
Even If We Leave Now, We'll Be Back  —  Strategic redeployment.
Discussion: INDCJournal
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Hug lands 4-year-old in suspension
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Future bright for ex-members of Congress
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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In MRC Book, Late Jeane Kirkpatrick Warned of News Media's 'Unaccountable Power'
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
New York Times:
Bush Aides Seek Alternatives to Iraq Study Group's Proposals …
Discussion: Eschaton and The Next Hurrah
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
GOP Laments Mixed Results As Control of Congress Ends
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
Hearts & Minds  —  Mortar Attack on the Fallujah Police; the PTT Medics
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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Steven Kreytak / Austin American-Statesman:
Long waits for drug treatment leave offenders battling without tools
Richard Mauer / Anchorage Daily News:
Subpoena may signal a wider corruption
Discussion: MyDD and Talking Points Memo
Richard Haass / Time:
How to Avoid Iraq Syndrome
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Top Air Force Lawyer Had Been Disbarred
UN downgrades man's impact on the climate
Kim Holcomb / Top Stories:
Xmas trees removed from Sea-Tac
Times of London:
Secret American talks with insurgents break down