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9:35 AM ET, December 16, 2006


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Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Clinton to Tout Re-Release of 'Village'  —  NEW YORK — It will be a daytime gabfest with Barbara, Rosie _ and Hillary.  —  New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will be making the rounds of the morning shows next week, promoting the rerelease of her book, "It Takes a Village," …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Extreme Mortman:   The Keating Wind Comes Sweepin' Down The Plain
Raleigh News & Observer:
Head of DNA lab says he and Nifong agreed not to report results  —  The head of a private DNA laboratory said under oath today that he and District Attorney Mike Nifong agreed not to report DNA results favorable to Duke lacrosse players charged with rape.  —  Brian Meehan, director …
Ron Word / Associated Press:
Official says Fla. execution was botched  —  OCALA, Fla. - Gov. Jeb Bush suspended all executions in Florida after a medical examiner said Friday that prison officials botched the insertion of the needles when a convicted killer was put to death earlier this week.
Henry Weinstein / Los Angeles Times:
Judge calls California's lethal-injection procedure 'intolerable'
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Payson / Think Progress:
Cheney: Rumsfeld 'Is the Finest Secretary of Defense This Nation Has Ever Had'  —  Today, Vice President Dick Cheney spoke at a ceremony honoring outoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.  Cheney, himself a former Defense Secretary under George H. W. Bush, said Rumsfeld was the "finest Secretary of Defense this nation has ever had."
Discussion: State of the Day and digg
Associated Press:
Rumsfeld gets big Pentagon sendoff  —  WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, the public face of an unpopular war, bid farewell to the Pentagon on Friday in a splashy sendoff featuring lavish praise from President Bush.  Rumsfeld defended to the end the mission that led to his ouster.
Discussion: Power Line
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Incoming Chairmen Ready to Investigate  —  Democratic-Led Panels to Probe Administration's Actions in War and Counterterrorism  —  Incoming Democratic committee chairmen say they will hold a series of hearings and investigations early next year to build the case for their call for a phased withdrawal …
New York Times:
Options Sought for Surge in U.S. Troops to Stabilize Iraq  —  Military planners and White House budget analysts have been asked to provide President Bush with options for increasing American forces in Iraq by 20,000 or more.  The request indicates that the option of a major "surge" …
Associated Press:
Carter Nixes Debate With Outspoken Prof  —  Former President Carter turned down a request to debate Alan Dershowitz about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the outspoken Harvard law professor "knows nothing about the situation."  —  Carter, author of a new book advocating …
Discussion: Hot Air and Riehl World View
Think Progress:
EXCLUSIVE: White House Forbids Publication Of Op-Ed On Iran By Former Bush Official  —  Middle East analyst Flynt Leverett, who served under President Bush on the National Security Council and is now a fellow at the New America Foundation, revealed today that the White House has been blocking …
Carl Cameron / Fox News:
INDIANA SEN. EVAN BAYH DECIDES NOT TO SEEK DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT  —  WASHINGTON — Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh will not seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, FOX News has learned.  —  Bayh made the decision depsite having made several visits to test states like Iowa …
Bret Stephens / Opinion Journal:
The Road to Tehran  —  Polite society helped pave the way for Iran's Holocaust conference.  —  "Not acceptable," says Ban Ki Moon, new Secretary-General of the United Nations.  "Repulsive," say the editors of Britain's Guardian newspaper.  "An insult . . . to the memory of millions of Jews," says Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Discussion: TigerHawk and protein wisdom
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
A Gnawing Problem On Assateague Island  —  Some Ponies Might Be Removed to Save Md. Side  —  ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Md. — What do you do when one of your natural treasures starts eating all the others?  —  That's the National Park Service's dilemma on this storied barrier island.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Martha Raddatz / ABCNEWS:
Army Captain's Simple Demonstration: How to Win in Iraq  —  Officer Killed in Battle, but His Ideas Live On  —  President Bush has spent the last few weeks engaged in complex briefings with senior military officers, State Department officials and outside experts as he tries to come up with a new plan to achieve victory in Iraq.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
HostGator Will Not Stand Up For Clients' Free Speech  —  Stop the ACLU and My Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy have a disturbing story for those of us who defend freedom of speech through our blogging; a hosting service has shut down a blogger for voicing a controversial satire.
U.S. Newswire:   FL Web Host Asked to Drop 'Kill All Muslim Kids' Site
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Matt Damon: Ship the Bush Twins off to Iraq  —  Robert De Niro and Matt Damon will be on Hardball next week, so they played a little teaser clip for us.  Damon thinks that all of America should share the burden of war and maybe the Bush Twins could be serving our country better shopping in Baghdad.
Discussion: Flopping Aces, NO QUARTER and Macsmind
Michael A. Weber /
Bredesen's Christmas card depicts Muslim girl  —  Picture and message leave church leaders scratching their heads  —  Gov. Phil Bredesen has given an unusual twist to his family's Christmas card: He is marking a Christian holiday with a card depicting a Muslim girl.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Aiming For Abdul Mahdi  —  There's been an attempt on the life of Iraq's Shiite vice president, Adel Abdul Mahdi, according to Reuters.  No one was hurt in the attack, since U.S. forces helped chase the gunmen away from Abdul Mahdi's convoy.  But while there's violence in the streets of Baghdad everyday …
Discussion: Hot Air, IRAQ THE MODEL and INDCJournal
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Tom Blackwell / National Post:
Diabetes breakthrough  —  Toronto scientists cure disease in mice
Juan / Informed Comment:
How the Republicans are Stealing the November Elections
Glenn Reynolds /
DO WE NEED A BIGGER ARMY?  Gen. Peter Schoomaker says that we do:
Discussion: TAPPED and Defense Tech
Thomas P.M. Barnett:
The freeze out of the Iraq Study Group seems complete:
Taylor Marsh on Politics Now:
About Afghanistan...  UPDATED and cross-posted on Huffington Post
Tauscher Gets Tut-Tutted
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs and Calitics
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Virtually Addicted  —  A lawsuit against IBM is reviving debate …
TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: Crichton's Clumsy Hatchet
 Earlier Items: 
Gateway Pundit:
Bomb Blast! Violence Mars Iranian Election- One Dead
U.N. ambassador says Ahmadinejad's Holocaust remarks incite genocide
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Associated Press:
Mint bans melting coins now worth more as liquid than loot
Marc Cooper / The Nation:
About Face: Soldiers Call for Iraq Withdrawal
Laura Mansnerus / New York Times:
Legislators Vote for Gay Unions in N.J.
Discussion: The Remedy
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
New Plane Makes Maiden Voyage: More F-35 Pics
Associated Press:
Fitzgerald mum on Cheney in leak case
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow
Discussion: The Caucus