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4:15 AM ET, December 14, 2006


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Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
South Dakota senator hospitalized  —  WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson (news, bio, voting record) of South Dakota was hospitalized after becoming disoriented Wednesday, weeks before his party is to take control of the Senate by a one-vote margin.  —  Johnson, who turns 60 on Dec. 28 …
Discussion:, MyDD and Donklephant
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
Sen. Johnson suffers possible stroke  —  WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson (news, bio, voting record) of South Dakota suffered a possible stroke Wednesday and was taken to a Washington hospital, his office said.  If he should be unable to continue to serve, it could halt the scheduled Democratic takeover of the Senate.
Thomas Ferraro / Reuters:
Sen. Johnson undergoes surgery: source  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota underwent surgery on Wednesday, a source said, after suffering what a doctor called "symptoms of a stroke."  The actions prompted concerns about his fellow Democrats' razor-thin majority in the incoming Senate.
Discussion: GOP Bloggers and GINA COBB
Staff: Senator hospitalized with stroke-like symptoms  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Tim Johnson, D-South Dakota, was hospitalized Wednesday after he suffered stroke-like symptoms in his Washington office, his staff said.  —  Johnson, who turns 60 on December 28, was taken …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Sen. Tim Johnson Suffers Possible Stroke
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Former CNN News Chief To Launch 'IraqSlogger' Site  —  NEW YORK For the past four years there has been no shortage of news and views on Iraq and the long-running war there.  What's been missing: a one-stop-shopping clearinghouse for nonpartisan information, including material coming …
Barry R. McCaffrey / Washington Post:
Beyond Baker-Hamilton  —  One Approach to a Last Try at Stability in Iraq  —  A collapse of the Iraqi state would be catastrophic — for the people of Iraq, for the Middle East and for America's strategic interests.  We need a new political and military approach to head off this impending disaster …
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Bush decides direction of Iraq policy
Discussion: Sirotablog
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Washington Post:
Clinton and Giuliani Have Early Edge in '08 Race, Poll Shows  —  New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) and former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani (R), who briefly competed against each other in a Senate race in 2000, hold early leads over potential rivals for their parties' 2008 …
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Giuliani Picks Key G.O.P Figure for 2008
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Salt Lake Tribune:
Federal raid puts families in limbo  —  Immigration agents looking for stolen IDs detain scores in Hyrum  —  HYRUM - If only for a few minutes, Maria felt like an ''illegal alien'' in her homeland - the United States of America.  —  She thought she was going on break from her job …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and The Debate Link
Will Dunham / Reuters:
Male circumcision greatly reduces HIV risk: studies  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Circumcising men cuts their risk of being infected with the AIDS virus in half, and could prevent hundreds of thousands or even millions of new infections, researchers said on Wednesday.
Discussion: GINA COBB
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:   Circumcision Reduces Risk of AIDS, Study Finds
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: David Duke calls Wolf Blitzer a Jewish extremist  —  Never a dull moment in the Situation Room.  Here's the former Imperial Wizard and analingus expert, live from Tehran, trying hard to distinguish between Jews and Zionists and not succeeding.  At one point, in fact, he actually starts to say …
Associated Press:
Oregon senator prepares universal health coverage plan  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen years after Congress rejected a Clinton administration plan for universal health care, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden is readying a proposal to provide health care coverage to all Americans through a pool of private insurance plans.
Ezra Klein:
The Healthy Americans Act
Discussion: The Agonist and TigerHawk
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.
Discussion: Power Line and Daily Pundit
Muslim Ellison should not sit in Congress  —  Last month Keith (Hakim Mohammad) Ellison of Minnesota became the first Muslim elected to serve in the United States Congress and shocked many Americans by declaring that he would take his oath of office by placing his hand on the Quran rather than the Bible.
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
Joseph Neff / Raleigh News & Observer:
Jones asks for lacrosse inquiry  —  Congressman is critical of Nifong  —  A North Carolina congressman has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong's handling of the Duke lacrosse case.  —  In a Dec. 7 letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez …
Allen Salkin / New York Times:
Web Site Hunts Pedophiles, and TV Goes Along  —  Last month, the Web site posted news of the conviction of Sean Young, a Wisconsin man sentenced to 10 years in state prison for soliciting sex online from a 14-year-old girl.  According to a transcript of an online chat posted …
Robert Berkvist / New York Times:
Peter Boyle, Father on 'Raymond,' Dies at 71  —  Peter Boyle, who left the life of a monk to study acting and went on to become one of the most successful character actors of his time in films like "The Candidate," "Young Frankenstein" and "Monster's Ball," then capped his career with a long stint …
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Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
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Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Pentagon's plan: More U.S. troops in Iraq
Associated Press:
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Discussion: Firedoglake and Booman Tribune
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
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