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8:40 AM ET, December 15, 2006


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Shaun Kenney /
Oppo Research on Bloggers???  —  DEVELOPING...  If you are a Virginia blogger, chances are that the Webb campaign has an opposition research book on you.  Bloggers that made the cut include Chad Dotson, Jim Hoeft, Ben Tribbett, Waldo Jaquith, Josh Chernila, Lowell Feld, Jim Riley, J.C. Wilmore, Jon Henke, and a host of others.
The Richmond Democrat:
The Vanden Berg incident: My two cents
Discussion: Raising Kaine
William Beutler / Blog P.I.:   Oppo Knocks?  —  Anybody who watched the Virginia Senate race …
Jon Henke / QandO:   PREEMPTIVE DISCLOSURE  —  Regarding this story on the Webb campaign …
Not Larry Sabato:
Jessica Vanden Berg
Discussion: Virginia Virtucon
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Tony Snow Apologizes to David Gregory  —  During today's press briefing Tony Snow apologized to David Gregory for characterizing one his questions last week about the ISG report as "partisan."  Snowjob may not know a lot of things, but at least he acknowledges — for whatever reason — that he's in the wrong on this one.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow
Discussion: The Caucus and Crooks and Liars
Patrick / FishBowlDC:
Tony Snow Apologizes To David Gregory
Washington Post:
Rice Rejects Overture To Iran And Syria  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday rejected a bipartisan panel's recommendation that the United States seek the help of Syria and Iran in Iraq, saying the "compensation" required by any deal might be too high.
MoDo and Barack Hussein Odumbo  —  RUSH: Here we go with Barack Obama.  As you know, he was up in New Hampshire — do you know, by the way, TV ads for Barack Obama are going to start airing this weekend?  Presidential ads for Barack Obama in New Hampshire start airing this weekend.
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Granite Status: More than one Dem eyeing 2008 Senate primary
Discussion: Stop The ACLU, Daily Kos and The Caucus
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Moral Clarity  —  Via Drum, I see that Jonah Goldberg is arguing that you can't make an omelet without throwing a few people out of planes, and that the baseline for measuring the quality of a country's leadership should be Fidel Castro.  (This must have been the grading curve …
Kelli Arena / CNN:
FBI: Jailed cleric's illness triggers al Qaeda attack fears
Discussion: TalkLeft and Shakespeare's Sister
Alex Hutchinson / Popular Mechanics:
10 Tech Concepts You Need to Know for 2007  —  From concrete that can flex to sensors that you swallow, here are the technologies you'll be talking about.  —  Bendable concrete is 40 percent lighter than regular concrete and 500 times more resistant to cracking under pressure.  (Photograph by ACE-MRL)
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Prince Bandar Allegedly Advocating Military Response Against Iran  —  (Close aide to Saudi National Security Advisor Bandar bin Sultan, Rihab Massoud)  —  The escalating tension between Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the current Saudi National Security Advisor and former Saudi Ambassador to the United States …
Salah Nasrawi / Associated Press:
Saudi Royal Family, Gov't Split on Iraq
Discussion: FP Passport
Atrios / Eschaton:
Stories  —  At some point over the last couple of years I actually gained a bit of grudging respect for the conservative Christian critique that the media didn't reflect their views.  It's certainly the case that the media is overly deferential to religious views generally and conservative religious views specifically.
Discussion: MyDD and Sirotablog
'National interest' halts arms corruption inquiry  —  A major criminal investigation into alleged corruption by the arms company BAE Systems and its executives was stopped in its tracks yesterday when the prime minister claimed it would endanger Britain's security if the inquiry was allowed to continue.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Death Sentences Decline, and Experts Offer Reasons  —  The number of death sentences in the United States has dropped to its lowest level in decades, according to recent studies, including one released Thursday that predicts the trend will continue because of publicity about cases in which people are wrongly accused of crimes.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
MR. PRESIDENT, IF I MAY BE SO BOLD...  Most of our readers know the story of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain at Gettysburg.  Ordered to hold Little Round Top at all costs, Chamberlain's 20th Maine fended off one attack after another.  Finally, Chamberlain's men were nearly out of ammunition …
Political Radar:
Bush's First Comments on Cheney Grandchild  —  ABC News' Karen Travers Reports: The President and First Lady sat down last week for their annual interview with People featured in their end-of-year issue now on newsstands.  (Note: The Bush's did not get the cover; that honor went …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Run Now, Obama  —  New Hampshire was recently brightened by the presence of Barack Obama, 45, who, calling the fuss about him "baffling," made his first trip in 45 years to that state, and not under duress.  Because he is young, is just two years distant from a brief career as a state legislator …
VIDEO EXCLUSIVE ::  Bring Ahmadinejad to Justice!!  —  Today, the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations along with the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs hosted an international symposium entitled: Bring Ahmadinejad to Justice For Incitement to Genocide.
Ibrahim Barzak / Associated Press:
Hamas in control of Gaza border crossing  —  RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Hamas gunmen seized control of the Gaza Strip's border crossing with Egypt on Thursday in a ferocious gunbattle with Fatah-allied border guards after Israel blocked the Hamas prime minister from crossing with tens of millions of dollars in aid.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Penelope Debelle / The Age:
Family put on hold for Hicks Christmas call  —  AFTER five years of detention at Guantanamo Bay without trial or sentence, Australian Taliban fighter David Hicks may be too traumatised to take a family phone call before Christmas.  —  With Hicks' case against the Federal Government listed …
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Nadezhda / American Footprints:
Facts on the Ground  —  Reality keeps racing ahead …
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
The End of the 1960's?  —  Over at, Paul Waldman …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Naomi Kim / Yahoo! News:
So, what's your sign? You crash here often?
Discussion: On Deadline
Yeas and Nays: Thursday, Dec. 14
Discussion: Attytood and Extreme Mortman
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Senate Democrat Called 'Responsive' After Surgery
Duke Lacrosse Accuser Gives Birth
Discussion: TalkLeft and Don Surber
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Secret Mel Gibson image in Apocalypto trailer [VIDEO]
Opinion Journal:
Kofi and U.N. 'Ideals'
Judd / Think Progress:
Bush Officially Embraces Vietnam-Era Strategy Of Publicizing Enemy …
Discussion: Firedoglake and rubber hose
Geoff Mulvihill / Associated Press:
N.J. legislature approves civil unions
Bakker, Brown: What the hell happened to Christianity?
Michael Kunzelman / Associated Press:
Dinner with La. gov. goes $1 at auction