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9:25 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 …
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
South Dakota senator hospitalized  —  WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson (news, bio, voting record) of South Dakota was hospitalized after becoming disoriented Wednesday, weeks before his party is to take control of the Senate by a one-vote margin.  —  Johnson, who turns 60 on Dec. 28 …
Thomas Ferraro / Reuters:
Sen. Johnson undergoes surgery: source  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota underwent surgery on Wednesday, a source said, after suffering what a doctor called "symptoms of a stroke."  The actions prompted concerns about his fellow Democrats' razor-thin majority in the incoming Senate.
S. Dakota's Sen. Johnson has possible stroke
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Stricken Senate Democrat Undergoes Surgery
Discussion: The Mahablog
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 …
Washington Post:
Clinton and Giuliani Have Early Edge in '08 Race, Poll Shows
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
McCain Inc.?  —  Some 30 invited corporate representatives …
John Harwood / Wall Street Journal:
War-Weary Public Wants Congress to Lead
Discussion: Political Animal
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Former CNN News Chief To Launch 'IraqSlogger' Site  —  NEW YORK For the past four years there has been no shortage of news and views on Iraq and the long-running war there.  What's been missing: a one-stop-shopping clearinghouse for nonpartisan information, including material coming …
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
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
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:   Judge Sets Back Guantánamo Detainees
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
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:   '04 Pentagon Report Cited Detention Concerns
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.
Will Dunham / Reuters:
Male circumcision greatly reduces HIV risk: studies  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Circumcising men cuts their risk of being infected with the AIDS virus in half, and could prevent hundreds of thousands or even millions of new infections, researchers said on Wednesday.
Discussion: GINA COBB
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:   Circumcision Reduces Risk of AIDS, Study Finds
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 …
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.
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
Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Pentagon's plan: More U.S. troops in Iraq  —  Boosting presence and aid, and an anti-Sadr offensive, carry risks but offer the best path to victory, military officials say.  —  WASHINGTON — As President Bush weighs new policy options for Iraq, strong support has coalesced in the Pentagon behind …
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
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