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10:40 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.
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:   S.D. Sen. Johnson in Critical Condition
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Stricken Senate Democrat Undergoes Surgery
Discussion: The Mahablog and Washington Post
Confederate Yankee:
Say Cheese  —  I'd like to introduce both a marvelous bit of technology to Associated Press Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll, AP international editor John Daniszewski, and the newly, and curiously promoted, AP Baghdad News Editor, Kim Gamel.  —  The marvelous bit of technology …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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 …
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 …
Discussion: QandO
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 …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Git Out The Shovel...  This might be amusing if I didn't know this was the White House Press Secretary talking about the mess that is Iraq and President "Oh Yeah?  Well, I'll Show You!":  (via Froomkin) … Yup.  Nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that he's been called a failure …
Discussion: Mercury News and Reuters
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
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 …
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
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Chalabi Emerges In Damascus On Peace Quest
Discussion: The Hill
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
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.
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 …
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.
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
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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Police: Gunmen kidnap dozens in Baghdad
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U.S. Subpoena Is Seen as Bid to Stop Leaks
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