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10:10 AM ET, December 14, 2006


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Washington Post:
Sen. Johnson in Critical Condition After Surgery  —  Control of Chamber Could Be in Question if He Cannot Serve  —  Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) underwent emergency brain surgery overnight after falling ill at the Capitol and was in critical condition early this morning, introducing a note …
Senator undergoes brain surgery, sources say … WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota underwent brain surgery early Thursday at George Washington University Hospital after suffering stroke-like symptoms, two Democratic sources familiar with his condition told CNN.
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Stricken Senate Democrat Undergoes Surgery
Discussion: The Mahablog
S. Dakota's Sen. Johnson has possible stroke
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Voters favor McCain over Clinton in '08  —  But the Republican faces hurdles within his own party.  Overall, those surveyed in a Times/Bloomberg poll say they want a Democrat in the White House.  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats have an overwhelmingly favorable view of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton …
Discussion: The Corner
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
U.S. confidence at new low on Iraq war  —  NBC/WSJ poll: 53 percent say no obligation to killed troops to stay in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON - As the White House searches for a way to move forward in Iraq after the midterm elections and the Iraq Study Group's recent recommendations …
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
McCain Inc.?  —  Some 30 invited corporate representatives …
Washington Post:
Clinton and Giuliani Have Early Edge in '08 Race, Poll Shows
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Git Out The Shovel...
Discussion: Mercury News
John Harwood / Wall Street Journal:
War-Weary Public Wants Congress to Lead
Discussion: Political Animal
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Guess Who's Back In Business?  —  After the meltdown of Eason Jordan in 2005, we expected him to disappear into academia.  After almost two years, though, Jordan has returned with his own small news organization.  Iraqslogger, named after one of Donald Rumsfeld's remarks …
Discussion: jules crittenden
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
'04 Pentagon Report Cited Detention Concerns  —  A previously undisclosed Pentagon report concluded that the three terrorism suspects held at a brig in South Carolina were subjected to months of isolation, and it warned that their "unique" solitary confinement could be viewed as violating U.S. detention standards.
Deborah Sontag / New York Times:
Federal Judge Asked to Decide if Padilla Is Competent for Trial  —  Saying that he was mentally damaged as a result of his three years and eight months in a naval brig in South Carolina, lawyers for Jose Padilla asked a federal judge in Miami yesterday to determine his competency to stand trial on terrorism conspiracy charges.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Judge Rejects Detention Challenge of Bin Laden's Driver  —  A federal judge dismissed yesterday a challenge from Osama bin Laden's driver over his more than four years of detention at the Guantanamo Bay military prison, saying a new anti-terrorism law approved by Congress this fall removes the lower court's jurisdiction in the matter.
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and Unclaimed Territory
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Judge Upholds Detainee Law
Shrugging off Bush policy, U.S. senator meets Syrian president  —  In a direct affront to the Bush administration, a Democratic United States senator spent an hour Wednesday with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, asking him to do more to stabilize Iraq.
Associated Press:
Ignoring Bush policy, senator meets Syrian president
Discussion: Redstate
Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
The real purpose behind the imam publicity blitz  —  On Dec. 1, a curious report on the grounded-imams incident at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport appeared on the website of the Iranian Quran News Agency.  The report quoted extensively from Madhi Bray, executive director of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation.
Washington Post:
Joint Chiefs Advise Change In War Strategy  —  Leaders Seek No Major Troop Increase, Urge Shift in Focus to Support of Iraqi Army  —  The nation's top uniformed leaders are recommending that the United States change its main military mission in Iraq from combating insurgents to supporting Iraqi troops …
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
Circumcision Reduces Risk of AIDS, Study Finds  —  Circumcising African men may cut their risk of catching AIDS in half, the National Institutes of Health said today as it stopped two clinical trials in Africa, when preliminary results suggested that circumcision worked so well that it would be unethical …
Will Dunham / Reuters:
Male circumcision greatly reduces HIV risk: studies
Discussion: GINA COBB
Virginia Heffernan / New York Times:
An Online Newscaster's Appealing Bafflement  —  Amanda Congdon, the comely online newsreader, has a new job.  After her whirlwind departure from the webcast news show Rocketboom, in July, Ms. Congdon — a droll, blond Rosalind Russell for the digital generation — has at last landed at
Des Moines Register:
Edwards leads in poll of likely caucusgoers  —  Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack is in fourth place; Sen. Hillary Clinton is second.  —  Washington, D.C. - John Edwards came out far ahead of the rest of the pack of possible Democratic presidential candidates in a poll of Iowa Democrats conducted …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats Plan to Take Control of Iraq Spending  —  Frustrated by the Bush administration's piecemeal financing of the Iraq war, Democrats are planning to assert more control over the billions of dollars a month being spent on the conflict when they take charge of Congress in January.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Sinan Salaheddin / Associated Press:
Police: Gunmen kidnap dozens in Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Gunmen in military uniforms kidnapped dozens of people Thursday from a major commercial area in central Baghdad, the second mass abduction in the capital in a month.  —  The attackers drove up to the busy al-Sanak area …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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