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10:00 PM ET, December 14, 2006

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Richard Esposito Reports / The Blotter:
Terror Fears as Blind Sheikh Faces 'Medical Emergency'  —  Richard Esposito Reports:  —  The imprisoned al Qaeda spiritual leader known as the "Blind Sheikh" suffered a "medical emergency" at the Springfield federal prison last week, and the FBI is warning his death could lead al Qaeda …
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Kelli Arena / CNN:
FBI: Jailed cleric's illness triggers al Qaeda attack fears … WASHINGTON (CNN) — The imprisoned blind cleric who inspired the 1993 World Trade Center bombing has been hospitalized, raising fears of new attacks if he dies in U.S. custody, the FBI said in a bulletin.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Shakespeare's Sister
Fox News:
FBI ISSUES WARNING TO POLICE AFTER TERRORIST HEALTH SCARE  —  Omar Abdel-Rahman.  —  The FBI has sent a bulletin to state and local law enforcement warning of possible terrorist reprisals as the health of an incarcerated terror mastermind fails, FOX News has learned.
Discussion: GINA COBB and Hang Right Politics
CBS News:
Should Johnson be unable to continue to serve, it could halt the scheduled Democratic takeover of the Senate.  Democrats won a 51-49 majority in the November election.  —  (CBS/AP) Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota was hospitalized and underwent surgery late Wednesday …
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Washington Post:
Sen. Johnson in Critical Condition After Surgery
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Iraq needs a Pinochet  —  The general was no saint, but he's a better model to follow than Castro.  —  I THINK ALL intelligent, patriotic and informed people can agree: It would be great if the U.S. could find an Iraqi Augusto Pinochet.  In fact, an Iraqi Pinochet would be even better than an Iraqi Castro.
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
The idea that evil is permissible as long as it is used to advance the greater good will always be with us.  Without it, war, religion, and the nation-state would cease to exist.  Most of the philosophy underpinning human civilization would likely cease to exist as well.
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow  —  White House Conference Center Briefing Room  —  MR. SNOW: All right, welcome.  Let me run through the President's schedule for today.  Normal briefings.  He had a meeting with the President of Benin a while ago; also remarks at the White House Summit on Malaria.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Caucus
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Patrick / FishBowlDC:
Tony Snow Apologizes To David Gregory
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Granite Status: More than one Dem eyeing 2008 Senate primary  —  MOVE OVER, JEANNE.  Sure, she'd be the 800-pound gorilla, but former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen isn't the only Democrat strongly considering running for the U.S. Senate against John E. Sununu in 2008.  —  State Sen. David Gottesman of Nashua is strongly weighing a run.
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democraticunderground.com:
A message from the DU admins: Please stop posting baseless conspiracy stuff about Senator Johnson.  —  Skinner ADMIN (1000+ posts)  —  A message from the DU admins: Please stop posting baseless conspiracy stuff about Senator Johnson.  —  I have instructed the mods to lock or delete …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Daimnation!
WRAL-TV:
Duke Lacrosse Accuser Gives Birth  —  CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — WRAL's Julia Lewis has confirmed that the accuser in the Duke lacrosse case gave birth late Thursday at UNC Hospitals.  —  Her pregnancy had not been public knowledge until now.  —  When WRAL called her boyfriend's home Thursday evening …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Don Surber
CNN:
Bakker, Brown: What the hell happened to Christianity?  —  Editor's note: Jay Bakker, son of former Praise The Lord leaders Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Messner, is minister of Revolution Church and subject of a new documentary series, "One Punk Under God," on Sundance Channel.  Marc Brown is a Revolution staff member.
Salah Nasrawi / Associated Press:
Saudi Royal Family, Gov't Split on Iraq  —  AP Photo NY118  —  CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Saudi Arabia's royal family and government leaders are deeply divided over how to handle the growing crisis in Iraq and other looming Mideast problems like Iran, with some favoring strong aid to fellow Sunnis and others more cautious.
Discussion: The Washington Note
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Farewell to Pax Americana  —  With hindsight we may see 2006 as the end of Pax Americana.  Ever since World War II, the United States has used its military and economic superiority to promote a stable world order that has, on the whole, kept the peace and spread prosperity.
BBC:
Blogging 'set to peak next year'  —  The blogging phenomenon is set to peak in 2007, according to technology predictions by analysts Gartner.  —  The analysts said that during the middle of next year the number of blogs will level out at about 100 million.
Discussion: FP Passport
Daniel J. Solove / Concurring Opinions:
A Guide to Grading Exams  —  It's that time of year again.  Students have taken their finals, and now it is time to grade them.  It is something professors have been looking forward to all semester.  Exactness in grading is a well-honed skill, taking considerable expertise and years of practice to master.
Judd / Think Progress:
Bush Officially Embraces Vietnam-Era Strategy Of Publicizing Enemy Body Counts In Iraq  —  In late October, Bush told a group of conservative journalists that the administration had made a decision not to report the number of Iraqis killed by the U.S. military.
Discussion: Firedoglake and rubber hose
 
 
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
MR. PRESIDENT, IF I MAY BE SO BOLD...
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
What does this say about their judgment?
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Gay Patriot
Opinion Journal:
Kofi and U.N. 'Ideals'
Geoff Mulvihill / Associated Press:
N.J. legislature approves civil unions
The Hill:
Transcript of The Hill's interview with former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas)
William Beutler / Blog P.I.:
Oppo Knocks?  —  Anybody who watched the Virginia Senate race …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Hamdan's case dismissed, but new Act may be partly invalid
Examiner:
Jeralyn Merrit: Homeland Security's immigration raids ran amok
Discussion: TalkLeft
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Romney Recants  —  Everything he said in the 1990s is now to be dismissed.
Felicia R. Lee / New York Times:
Columnist Accuses Crichton of 'Literary Hit-and-Run'
Joe Stephens / Washington Post:
520 Breaks for Select Companies Added to Tax Bill
Justin Logan / Cato-at-liberty:
Neocons Want a Mulligan on Iraq
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
U.S. Gets Subpoena to Force ACLU to Return Leaked Memo
New York Times:
Congress and the Benefits of Sunshine
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Chalabi Emerges In Damascus On Peace Quest