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11:50 AM ET, December 11, 2006


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Sarah Liebowitz / Concord Monitor:
Rapturous reception for Obama  —  Americans want new kind of leadership, Illinois senator says during visit  —  llinois Sen. Barack Obama made his first visit to New Hampshire yesterday, drawing the kinds of crowds and news media attention usually reserved for a sitting president or a presidential nominee.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama Takes First Steps in N.H.  —  Crowds, Media Bolster Speculation On 2008 Ambitions  —  The political phenomenon known as Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) descended Sunday on the state with the nation's first presidential primary, drawing enthusiastic crowds and trailed by a huge media horde …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Obama Offers Flavor of Potential Campaign  —  Senator Barack Obama came to New Hampshire for the first time in his life on Sunday, selling a message of hope while proclaiming himself wary of the wave of hype that surrounded his visit.  —  His visit gave Democrats in two sold-out halls …
New Hampshire Union Leader:   (To stay on top of New Hampshire politics and the 2008 Presidential …
Kofi A. Annan / Washington Post:
What I've Learned  —  Nearly 50 years ago, when I arrived in Minnesota as a student fresh from Africa, I had much to learn — starting with the fact that there is nothing wimpish about wearing earmuffs when it is 15 degrees below zero.  All my life since has been a learning experience.
USA Today:
Annan to blast U.S. in farewell  —  In a farewell speech on U.S. soil today, retiring United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan plans to deliver a tough critique of President Bush's policies.  He will accuse the administration of trying to secure the United States from terrorism in part …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Kofi: I Learned Projection
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Jerusalem Post:
Holocaust conference begins in Teheran  —  Iran opened a conference on the Holocaust on Monday, saying it would not be an attempt to deny the World War II genocide but merely to discuss it in an unrestricted atmosphere.  —  However, the conference was initiated by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad …
Angus McDowall / Independent:
Iran's denial of Holocaust harms Arab cause, Palestine activist tells president
Discussion: Hot Air
Daily Mail:
Diana was bugged by secret service in U.S.  —  American intelligence agencies were bugging Princess Diana's telephone over her relationship with a US billionaire, the Mail's sister paper has learned.  —  Evening Standard reports that she was even forced to abandon a planned holiday with her sons …
Geoffrey Lean / Independent:
Cow 'emissions' more damaging to planet than CO2 from cars  —  Meet the world's top destroyer of the environment.  It is not the car, or the plane,or even George Bush: it is the cow.  —  A United Nations report has identified the world's rapidly growing herds of cattle as the greatest threat to the climate, forests and wildlife.
Discussion: Iowa Voice and KnoxViews
Alexander Mooney / CNN Political Ticker:
Incoming House intelligence chief botches easy intel quiz  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Rep. Silvestre Reyes of Texas, who incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped to head the Intelligence Committee when the Democrats take over in January, failed a quiz of basic questions about al Qaeda and Hezbollah …
Greg Jefferson /
Clinton makes S.A. stop to stir Rodriguez crowd  —  In a hot, crowded gymnasium Sunday, former President Clinton sought to wind up supporters of Democrat Ciro Rodriguez enough to unseat Rep. Henry Bonilla and strengthen the Democratic Party's hold on Congress.
Discussion: The Stakeholder and Off the Kuff
James Glanz / New York Times:
Iraq Is Failing to Spend Billions in Oil Revenues  —  Iraq is failing to spend billions of dollars of oil revenues that have been set aside to rebuild its damaged roads, schools and power stations and to repair refineries and pipelines.  —  Iraqi ministries are spending as little as 15 percent …
Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Suspicion about imams grows as terror links pile up  —  The grounded imams incident at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has been a public relations coup for the imams, their supporters and their claims that the group's only suspicious activity was saying evening prayers.
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The Fifth Annual Warblogger Awards (For 2006)  —  In order to recognize the excellent work some of our fellow bloggers have been doing, RWN has put together the "5th Annual Warblogger Awards".  More than 235 bloggers were invited to vote for their favorite blog in numerous categories and 41 responded.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Argghhh!
New York Times:
Taliban and Allies Tighten Grip in North of Pakistan  —  PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Islamic militants are using a recent peace deal with the government to consolidate their hold in northern Pakistan, vastly expanding their training of suicide bombers and other recruits and fortifying alliances …
Marc Cooper:
Pinochet Dies.  His Legacy Lingers.  [Updated]  —  Update: After involuntarily living with Augusto Pinochet for 33 years of my life, I thought it only fair to respond to his death with three separate pieces of my own.  —  Click here to read my piece in Monday's Los Angeles Times on the passing of Pinochet.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court overturns victim buttons ruling  —  The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal appeals court had no basis under existing law for overturning a state court ruling that allowed the family members of a murder victim to wear buttons with his picture during the trial.
Dafna Linzer / Washington Post:
Seeking Iran Intelligence, U.S. Tries Google  —  Internet Search Yields Names Cited in U.N. Draft Resolution  —  When the State Department recently asked the CIA for names of Iranians who could be sanctioned for their involvement in a clandestine nuclear weapons program, the agency refused …
Discussion: Regime Change Iran
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Michael Kranish / Boston Globe:
Iraqi exodus could test Bush policy
Discussion: The News Blog and Eschaton
Michael Fumento / Fumento Weblog:
Agence France Presse:
Iran students heckle Ahmadinejad
Ezra Klein / TAPPED:
LOOKING BACK.  In fall 2006, the United States turned on the NeoCommentators.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
A Town Running Hot and Cold
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
A Diversity of Opinion  —  The Post needs more opinion writers …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
THE WORST CASE....As Matt Yglesias points out, for the past few …
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Bolton's Spot May Sit Empty for Months
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Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
For Iraq's Sunnis, Conflict Closes In
Discussion: Informed Comment
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Exploratory Committees Build Buzz
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Talk Radio, Rush Limbaugh's Personal Life
Discussion: Argghhh!
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Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Imams seek to settle with airline
Nancy Trejos / Washington Post:
U.S. Report Rejected By Iraqi President
Associated Press:
Arab states study shared nuclear program

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