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2:25 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 …
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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 …
Judd / Think Progress:
Fox News Speculates How Officials Could 'Declare' Sen. Johnson 'Incapacitated'  —  Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) is at George Washington University hospital, recovering from brain surgery.  —  Meanwhile, Fox News is speculating how the balance of power could shift in the Senate, even if Sen. Johnson survived.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Sister Toldjah and MyDD
CNN:
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.
Associated Press:
Minus Johnson, Senate would split 50-50
Discussion: MyDD and Daily Kos
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 …
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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: Captain's Quarters and GINA COBB
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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: Firedoglake and SCOTUSblog
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
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Deborah Sontag / New York Times:
Federal Judge Asked to Decide if Padilla Is Competent for Trial
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
U.S. Gets Subpoena to Force ACLU to Return Leaked Memo  —  Federal prosecutors are demanding that the American Civil Liberties Union turn over all copies of a secret document it has obtained, in what is apparently the first time a criminal grand jury subpoena has been used in an attempt …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
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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 …
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Judd / Think Progress:
Laura Bush Slams Media For Ignoring Good News In Iraq
Pachacutec / Firedoglake:
Latina High School Student: "What Rights Do I Have?"  —  Some of you may be aware of the recent immigration sweep by the federal government at meatpacking plants around the country over the last week.  The ICE surrounded places of work, corralled the adults and took people into custody …
Discussion: Denver Post, Latina Lista and TalkLeft
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Des Moines Register:   Breastfeeding baby's mom among those detained
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.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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Jennifer Talhelm / Associated Press:
Raids in 6 States May Be Largest Ever
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
PORKBUSTERS UPDATE: Well, I wouldn't have believed this possible: … Robert Byrd giving up on pork?  What's next — Chuck Schumer avoiding TV cameras?  All joking aside, however, this is a big deal and the Democrats will deserve considerable praise if they deliver on these promises.
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 …
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
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
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.
 
 
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