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8:05 PM ET, December 14, 2006

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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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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Kelli Arena / CNN:
FBI: Jailed cleric's illness triggers al Qaeda attack fears … WASHINGTON (CNN) — The imprisoned blind cleric who inspired the 1993 World Trade Center bombing has been hospitalized, raising fears of new attacks if he dies in U.S. custody, the FBI said in a bulletin.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Shakespeare's Sister
Fox News:
FBI ISSUES WARNING TO POLICE AFTER TERRORIST HEALTH SCARE  —  Omar Abdel-Rahman.  —  The FBI has sent a bulletin to state and local law enforcement warning of possible terrorist reprisals as the health of an incarcerated terror mastermind fails, FOX News has learned.
Discussion: GINA COBB and Hang Right Politics
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.
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
The idea that evil is permissible as long as it is used to advance the greater good will always be with us.  Without it, war, religion, and the nation-state would cease to exist.  Most of the philosophy underpinning human civilization would likely cease to exist as well.
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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White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow  —  White House Conference Center Briefing Room  —  MR. SNOW: All right, welcome.  Let me run through the President's schedule for today.  Normal briefings.  He had a meeting with the President of Benin a while ago; also remarks at the White House Summit on Malaria.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Caucus
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Patrick / FishBowlDC:
Tony Snow Apologizes To David Gregory
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Granite Status: More than one Dem eyeing 2008 Senate primary  —  MOVE OVER, JEANNE.  Sure, she'd be the 800-pound gorilla, but former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen isn't the only Democrat strongly considering running for the U.S. Senate against John E. Sununu in 2008.  —  State Sen. David Gottesman of Nashua is strongly weighing a run.
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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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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
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CNN:
Bakker, Brown: What the hell happened to Christianity?  —  Editor's note: Jay Bakker, son of former Praise The Lord leaders Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Messner, is minister of Revolution Church and subject of a new documentary series, "One Punk Under God," on Sundance Channel.  Marc Brown is a Revolution staff member.
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
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
John McCain's War On Blogs?  —  Amanda Terkel has a scary post detailing what she terms "John McCain's War On Blogs." … That certainly sounds intrusive and unnecessary.  —  Looking into the matter-using links Amanda provided-I'm a bit puzzled.  The legislation is entitled …
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!
Salah Nasrawi / Associated Press:
Saudi Royal Family, Gov't Split on Iraq  —  AP Photo NY118  —  CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Saudi Arabia's royal family and government leaders are deeply divided over how to handle the growing crisis in Iraq and other looming Mideast problems like Iran, with some favoring strong aid to fellow Sunnis and others more cautious.
Discussion: The Washington Note
 
 
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Judd / Think Progress:
Bush Officially Embraces Vietnam-Era Strategy Of Publicizing Enemy …
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Geoff Mulvihill / Associated Press:
N.J. legislature approves civil unions
The Hill:
Transcript of The Hill's interview with former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas)
William Beutler / Blog P.I.:
Oppo Knocks?  —  Anybody who watched the Virginia Senate race …
Michael Kunzelman / Associated Press:
Dinner with La. gov. goes $1 at auction
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Hamdan's case dismissed, but new Act may be partly invalid
 Earlier Items: 
Guardian:
Bush has created a comprehensive catastrophe across the Middle East
Discussion: AtlanticBlog
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Romney Recants  —  Everything he said in the 1990s is now to be dismissed.
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
Daniel J. Solove / Concurring Opinions:
A Guide to Grading Exams
Justin Logan / Cato-at-liberty:
Neocons Want a Mulligan on Iraq
BBC:
World's tallest man saves dolphin
Discussion: Althouse
Sinan Salaheddin / Associated Press:
Police: Gunmen kidnap dozens in Baghdad