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8:10 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
Washington Post:
An Unlikely Offensive  —  THE IRAQ Study Group's recommendations for shifting U.S. military tactics in the war are specific, focused and aimed at incremental improvement over the next few months; they are also close to what the Pentagon and Iraqi government already were hoping to achieve.
Discussion: Power Line
Caroline Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Column One: Jews Wake Up!
neo-neocon:   The ISG and the USIP: who are these people and why are they saying all these things?
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 …
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
Leadership defined, Bush stays course
Discussion: Ray Robison and Bill's Bites
Richard Haass / Time:
How to Avoid Iraq Syndrome
David Rothkopf / Washington Post:
Even If We Leave Now, We'll Be Back  —  Strategic redeployment.
Discussion: INDCJournal
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.
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
WHAT WOULD JIMMY DO?  PART 2  —  This morning Newsweek publicist Natalia Labenskyj emailed us the political stories in Newsweek's new issue.  One of the items in Labeskyj's email is Eleanor Clift's softball interview with Jimmy Carter, which I happened to read.  Here is one question and answer that caught my attention:
Discussion: Redstate
Ideas: Presidential Provocation  —  President Carter has a new book out, his 23rd since leaving office and his most controversial.  "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid" has drawn fire for its use of the word "apartheid," and a former associate, Kenneth Stein, a professor of Middle Eastern studies …
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 …
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.
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:
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 …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
GOP Laments Mixed Results As Control of Congress Ends  —  Demoralized Republicans adjourned the 109th Congress at 5 a.m. yesterday with a near-empty Capitol, closing the door on a dozen years of nearly unbroken GOP control by spending more time in the final days lamenting their failures …
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.
Nina / The Other Side of the Ocean:
a Krakow saturday  —  Can a Pole get a fresh perspective on her homeland by staying away for a while?  You think you can, but it's a myth.  You get off the train, you see X, Y and that's it.  Say no more, you, dear country, are as good (or as quirky) as I remember you.
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Qais Al-Bashir / ABCNEWS:
17 People Slain in Baghdad Clashes
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Bolton's successor  —  WASHINGTON — Zalmay Khalilzad …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Jason Straziuso / Associated Press:
New Taliban rules target Afghan teachers
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Emily Ingram / Waco Tribune-Herald:
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
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Bush Aides Seek Alternatives to Iraq Study Group's Proposals …
Discussion: Eschaton and The Next Hurrah
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
Hearts & Minds  —  Mortar Attack on the Fallujah Police; the PTT Medics
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Top Air Force Lawyer Had Been Disbarred
UN downgrades man's impact on the climate