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4:35 AM ET, December 15, 2006


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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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Dr. Steven Taylor / PoliBlog (TM):
Just When You Thought it was Safe to not Post on Pinochet...
Discussion: Liberty Street
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.
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 …
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
Emperor Misha I / Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler:   Merry Christmas, Sheikh
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
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Tony Snow Apologizes to David Gregory
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Patrick / FishBowlDC:
Tony Snow Apologizes To David Gregory
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.
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:   Prince Bandar Allegedly Advocating Military Response Against Iran
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.
William Beutler / Blog P.I.:
Oppo Knocks?  —  Anybody who watched the Virginia Senate race this year knows that Senator-elect Jim Webb ran a savvy Internet campaign.  He hired bloggers, leveraged YouTube, played bloggers and the press off each other and off soon-to-be former Sen. George Allen.
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)
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
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
What does this say about their judgment?  —  People like Mickey Kaus, David Frum, Glenn Reynolds, and National Review's Andrew McCarthy and Byron York have spent the last week disseminating claims that the Clinton administration eavesdropped on Princess Diana.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Gay Patriot
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.
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 …
Duke Lacrosse Accuser Gives Birth  —  CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — WRAL's Julia Lewis has confirmed that the accuser in the Duke lacrosse case gave birth late Thursday at UNC Hospitals.  —  Her pregnancy had not been public knowledge until now.  —  When WRAL called her boyfriend's home Thursday evening …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Don Surber
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Run Now, Obama  —  New Hampshire was recently brightened …
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Penelope Debelle / The Age:
Family put on hold for Hicks Christmas call
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Kofi and U.N. 'Ideals'
Judd / Think Progress:
Bush Officially Embraces Vietnam-Era Strategy Of Publicizing Enemy …
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 Earlier Items: 
Geoff Mulvihill / Associated Press:
N.J. legislature approves civil unions
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Granite Status: More than one Dem eyeing 2008 Senate primary
Michael Kunzelman / Associated Press:
Dinner with La. gov. goes $1 at auction
A message from the DU admins: Please stop posting baseless …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Romney Recants  —  Everything he said in the 1990s is now to be dismissed.
Joe Stephens / Washington Post:
520 Breaks for Select Companies Added to Tax Bill
Daniel J. Solove / Concurring Opinions:
A Guide to Grading Exams
Blogging 'set to peak next year'
Discussion: FP Passport