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4:45 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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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.
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 …
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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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 …
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Examiner:
Jeralyn Merrit: Homeland Security's immigration raids ran amok  —  WASHINGTON - Tuesday's immmigration raids made me recoil in horror.  —  A thousand federal agents swooped down on six meat-packing plants across the country and detained more than 1,200 people.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Des Moines Register:   Breastfeeding baby's mom among those detained
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
Discussion: Firedoglake and SCOTUSblog
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Hamdan's case dismissed, but new Act may be partly invalid
Discussion: TAPPED and ACSBlog
Judd / Think Progress:
Laura Bush Slams Media For Ignoring Good News In Iraq  —  On MSNBC this morning, Norah O'Donnell asked Laura Bush about a new poll that found "only 2 in 10 Americans approve of the job that the president is doing on Iraq."  —  Mrs. Bush placed the blame squarely on the media.
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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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Thomas Wagner / Associated Press:
McCain: Deploy More Troops to Iraq
Discussion: Firedoglake and Eschaton
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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democraticunderground.com:
A message from the DU admins: Please stop posting baseless conspiracy stuff about Senator Johnson.  —  Skinner ADMIN (1000+ posts)  —  A message from the DU admins: Please stop posting baseless conspiracy stuff about Senator Johnson.  —  I have instructed the mods to lock or delete …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Daimnation!
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Iraq needs a Pinochet  —  The general was no saint, but he's a better model to follow than Castro.  —  I THINK ALL intelligent, patriotic and informed people can agree: It would be great if the U.S. could find an Iraqi Augusto Pinochet.  In fact, an Iraqi Pinochet would be even better than an Iraqi Castro.
Richard Esposito Reports / The Blotter:
Terror Fears as Blind Sheikh Faces 'Medical Emergency'  —  Richard Esposito Reports:  —  The imprisoned al Qaeda spiritual leader known as the "Blind Sheikh" suffered a "medical emergency" at the Springfield federal prison last week, and the FBI is warning his death could lead al Qaeda …
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
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 …
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:
World's tallest man saves dolphin  —  The world's tallest man has saved two dolphins by using his long arms to reach into their stomachs and pull out dangerous plastic shards.  —  Mongolian herdsman Bao Xishun was called in after the dolphins swallowed plastic used around their pool at an aquarium in Fushun, north-east China.
Discussion: Althouse
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Romney Recants  —  Everything he said in the 1990s is now to be dismissed.  He was once for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act; now he's against it.  He was once for domestic partnerships for gays; now he's against them.  He was once for ending the ban on gays in the military; now he's for keeping it.
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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