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12:30 PM 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.
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:   S.D. Sen. Johnson in Critical Condition
Michelle Malkin:
Looking for Jamil Hussein: Accepting Eason Jordan's invitation  —  My new travel partner?  —  Eason Jordan reports on his new website, Iraqslogger, that his team is in Baghdad looking for Jamil Hussein.  They have not found him yet—which is newsworthy in itself—and get this …
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 …
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: Washington Post and The Corner
John Harwood / Wall Street Journal:
War-Weary Public Wants Congress to Lead  —  Poll Shows Desire for Lawmakers to Set Policy  —  Amid Growing Dismay Over Iraq, President Bush  —  WASHINGTON — Falling public support for the war in Iraq has weakened President Bush's political hand across the board, bolstering the clout …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Git Out The Shovel...
Discussion: Reuters
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.
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Judge Sets Back Guantánamo Detainees  —  For the first time, a court has affirmed that a law enacted this fall accomplishes what the White House and its Congressional supporters sought: stripping the federal judiciary of the authority to hear challenges from detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Associated Press:
Ignoring Bush policy, senator meets Syrian president  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — In a direct affront to the Bush administration, a Democratic senator spent an hour Wednesday with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus, asking him to do more to stabilize Iraq.
Discussion: Redstate and Blue Crab Boulevard
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Chalabi Emerges In Damascus On Peace Quest
Discussion: The Hill and Booman Tribune
Shrugging off Bush policy, U.S. senator meets Syrian president
Discussion: Macsmind and Doug Ross
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.
Discussion: Pacific Views
Deborah Sontag / New York Times:
Federal Judge Asked to Decide if Padilla Is Competent for Trial
Discussion: The Heretik and TPMmuckraker
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 …
Edwin Meese III / Human Events:
Reagan Would Not Repeat Amnesty Mistake  —  This is the fifth in an occasional series of exclusive articles in which leading conservatives who served in the Reagan Administration explain how they believe the principles of Reagan conservatism ought to be applied today and in the coming years.
Jennifer Talhelm / Associated Press:
Raids in 6 States May Be Largest Ever
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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
U.S. Subpoena Is Seen as Bid to Stop Leaks  —  Federal prosecutors are trying to force the American Civil Liberties Union to turn over copies of a classified document it received from a source, using what legal experts called a new extension of the Bush administration's efforts to protect national-security secrets.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:   U.S. Gets Subpoena to Force ACLU to Return Leaked Memo
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.
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.
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
Danielle Crittenden / Opinion Journal:
'Unprotected'  —  Sexual freedom is damaging to students.  But health officials must not judge.  —  "My patients were hurting, they looked to me and what could I do?"  So confesses an anonymous campus physician in the beginning of her startling memoir.  Over the course of 200 pages …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and alicublog
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PORKBUSTERS UPDATE: Well, I wouldn't have believed this possible:
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New York Times:
Congress and the Benefits of Sunshine
Michael Freund / Jerusalem Post:
Right on: A plea to American Christians
Washington Post:
House Win Adds Insult to Injury for DeLay
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New York Times:
Somalia's Islamists and Ethiopia Gird for a War
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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John McCain's War On Blogs
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Jimmy Carter's Legacy of Failure
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