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9:00 AM ET, December 13, 2006


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Nazila Fathi / New York Times:
Israel Fading, Iran's Leader Tells Deniers of Holocaust  —  A two-day gathering of Holocaust deniers and white supremacists ended Tuesday with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad welcoming participants in his office and telling them Israel would not survive long.  —  "The Zionist regime …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Haaretz:   Iran grows strong, the world yawns
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Holocaust Conference in Iran Provokes Outrage
Discussion: Donklephant
Bryan / Hot Air:   How al-Reuters works within tyrannies Updated
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Army, Marine Corps To Ask for More Troops  —  The Army and Marine Corps are planning to ask incoming Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Congress to approve permanent increases in personnel, as senior officials in both services assert that the nation's global military strategy has outstripped their resources.
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Associated Press:
White House: Bush's new Iraq policy largely decided … WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush on Tuesday put off until early next month announcing a new approach to the Iraq war, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Bush should take whatever time necessary to decide his next steps.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bush Delays Speech on Iraq Until January  —  President Bush will wait until after the holidays to speak to the nation about a new strategy in Iraq, a strategy he said today will be designed to establish a free and self-sufficient country that will be an ally in the battle against extremists.
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Bush Delays Speech on Iraq Strategy
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Just Call Him Tony 'I Don't Know' Snow
Discussion: TVNewser
Nico / Think Progress:
CNN: Bush Is 'Very Seriously' Considering Sending More Troops To Iraq
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Eschaton
More thoughts on Prince Turki al-Faisal and the Iraq war
Discussion: Rasheed's World and TigerHawk
Juan / Informed Comment:
The New Middle East Cold War: Saudi/Israel/Lebanon versus Iran/Syria/Iraq/Hizbullah
Discussion: CNN and TPMCafe blogs
Greg Jefferson /
Rodriguez defeats Bonilla  —  U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla conceded defeat to former congressman Ciro Rodriguez in a stunning upset that completed the Democratic takeover of Congress.  —  The Republican incumbent lost Bexar County for the first time in his political career Tuesday night …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Clinton hires faith guru  —  Burns Strider, one of the Democratic Party's leading strategists on winning over evangelicals and other values-driven voters, will join Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) as she prepares to launch her 2008 presidential campaign.
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
Illegal Workers Arrested In Identity Theft Sweep  —  Federal agents targeting illegal immigrants raided meatpacking plants in six states yesterday, arresting hundreds of workers on the uncommon charge of identity theft and shutting down the world's second-largest meat processing company for much of the day.
Ilene Lelchuk / San Francisco Chronicle:
'Convert or die' game divides Christians  —  Some ask Wal-Mart to drop Left Behind  —  Liberal and progressive Christian groups say a new computer game in which players must either convert or kill non-Christians is the wrong gift to give this holiday season and that Wal-Mart …
David Burge / iowahawk:
KOFI TALK  —  [ed. note - found in a remodeling dumpster at 48th and FDR Drive: first draft of Kofi Annan's valediction]  —  Nearly 50 years ago, when I arrived in Minnesota as a student fresh from Africa, I had much to learn.  For example, the concept of "connecting flights," …
Chicago Boyz:
The Allende Myth, by Vladimir Dorta  —  My friend Val Dorta originally published this outstanding historical essay on his blog in 2003.  With the death of Augusto Pinochet, much attention is again being given to the Allende period, the military coup and the dictatorship that followed.
Val Prieto / Babalu Blog:
fidel castro Is Dead?  (Updated)  —  Been getting quite a bit of traffic via searches with "castro death" and "is castro dead" and "castro death rumors" the past couple of days so I thought I'd go ahead and clear that whole mess up right now.  —  Barring any unforeseen actions such as …
Katharine Houreld / Associated Press:
Nigeria considers same-sex marriage ban  —  LAGOS, Nigeria — Lawmakers in Nigeria are debating a bill that would ban same-sex marriage and any form of association among gays, even sharing a meal at a restaurant.  —  Few in Nigeria's deeply closeted gay community have publicly opposed the legislation …
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Jim Geraghty / New York Sun:
McCain Hints Minn. Governor May Be His Running Mate
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
New York Times:
In Tuition Game, Popularity Rises With Price
Jonathan Clayton / Times of London:
Guilty of genocide: the leader who unleashed a 'Red Terror' on Africa
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Day By Day: Too Sexy For My Blog?
Discussion: Cox & Forkum
Extreme Mortman:
Top Ten Funniest Political Quotes Of 2006
Discussion: Iowa Voice
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
FROM THIS MOMENT ON  —  What is to be said about Frank Sinatra …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Kerry to meet soldiers, leaders in Iraq
Jon Swift:
Taliban Rules  —  The election setback has left Republicans …
Discussion: Think Progress and Wonkette
 Earlier Items: 
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Vulgar, Stupid Liberals On Parade
Annie Karni / New York Sun:
New School Students Cheer Ward Churchill Speech
Tom Baldwin / Times of London:
Dumb answers of intelligence chief
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
So This Manatee Walks Into the Internet
Thomas Wagner / Associated Press:
Insurgents kill AP cameraman in Mosul
Mike Murphy / Los Angeles Times:
Draft Democrats to help run Iraq
Robert B. Bluey / Human Events:
DeLay: 'Hillary Will Be the Next President'
Arizona Republic:
From a Muslim outlook, imams have missed the point on flight behavior
Discussion: GINA COBB and The Indepundit

From Techmeme:

Wall Street Journal:
Nullbulge, a hacktivist group critical of AI art, leaks Slack messages allegedly from Disney due to “how it handles artist contracts” and “its approach to AI”

Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Researchers: hackers have exploited a Squarespace flaw to hijack domains, apparently mostly from crypto businesses, that were migrated from Google Domains

Gavin Bonshor / AnandTech:
A look at the AMD Ryzen AI 300 series, its AI PC chip family for laptops, and the Ryzen 9000 series for desktops, both built on the new Zen 5 CPU architecture

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