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3:35 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.
Associated Press:
Minus Johnson, Senate would split 50-50
Discussion: MyDD and Daily Kos
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 Orcinus
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Examiner:
Jeralyn Merrit: Homeland Security's immigration raids ran amok
Discussion: TalkLeft
Des Moines Register:   Breastfeeding baby's mom among those detained
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 …
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.
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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: SCOTUSblog, Firedoglake and TAPPED
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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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
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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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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Strib columnist: Flying imams stunt a ploy to get anti-profiling bill passed  —  Really?  Piece this out for me: CAIR allegedly wants to engineer an incident it can sell to the public as evidence of discrimination and get the End Racial Profiling Act pushed through — and for the task …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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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Guardian:
Bush has created a comprehensive catastrophe across the Middle East
Discussion: AtlanticBlog
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: RIP, Maj. Megan McClung
Felicia R. Lee / New York Times:
Columnist Accuses Crichton of 'Literary Hit-and-Run'
Joe Stephens / Washington Post:
520 Breaks for Select Companies Added to Tax Bill
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ePharm eXtra: Blog states "We love Pfizer in our house": Real or fake?
Justin Logan / Cato-at-liberty:
Neocons Want a Mulligan on Iraq
BBC:
World's tallest man saves dolphin
Discussion: Althouse
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Farewell to Pax Americana
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Somalia's Islamists and Ethiopia Gird for a War
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Chalabi Emerges In Damascus On Peace Quest
Jennifer Talhelm / Associated Press:
Raids in 6 States May Be Largest Ever
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
Herschel Smith / The Captain's Journal:
The NCOs Speak on Rules of Engagement
Discussion: The Corner and Blogs of War
Sinan Salaheddin / Associated Press:
Police: Gunmen kidnap dozens in Baghdad
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats Plan to Take Control of Iraq Spending