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5:05 AM ET, December 17, 2006


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Lev Grossman / Time:
Person of the Year: You  —  Yes, you.  You control the Information Age.  Welcome to your world.  —  The "Great Man" theory of history is usually attributed to the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle, who wrote that "the history of the world is but the biography of great men."
Larry McShane / Associated Press:
Time Magazine's Person of the Year: You  —  NEW YORK (AP) - Congratulations!  You are the Time magazine "Person of the Year."  —  The annual honor for 2006 went to each and every one of us, as Time cited the shift from institutions to individuals - citizens of the new digital democracy, as the magazine put it.
Michael Scherer / Salon:
Salon Person of the Year: S.R. Sidarth  —  The Virginia native and son of Indian immigrants changed history with a camcorder and introduced Sen. George Allen — and the rest of us — to the real America.  —  S.R. Sidarth at Sen. Jim Webb's campaign headquarters Aug. 14 in Arlington …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Person Of The Year, Suck-Up Version  —  I'm not much of a fan of the Time Magazine Person of the Year fuss.  They usually do a decent job of picking someone significant enough to qualify, but often miss the best choices.  Of course, sometimes they completely misfire, such as in 1982 …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Time mag's man of the year: It's me
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Officials: Edwards to enter 2008 race  —  WASHINGTON - Former Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards intends to enter the 2008 race for the White House, two Democratic officials said Saturday.  —  Edwards, who represented North Carolina in the Senate for six years …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:   Bayh Rules Out White House Bid in 2008
Washington Post:
A Mideast Counteroffensive  —  IRANIAN President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad presided over a convention of Holocaust deniers in Tehran this week, rousing them with yet another speech predicting the extinction of Israel.  In Lebanon, the pro-Western government of Fouad Siniora hung by a thread …
Abu Kais / Michael J. Totten:
Kerry: Syria has "needs"
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
'We're Going to Win'  —  The president finally has a plan for victory.  —  It turns out you only have to attend a White House Christmas party to find out where President Bush is headed on Iraq.  One guest who shook hands with Bush in the receiving line told him, "Don't let the bastards get you down."
John Harwood / Washington Wire:
Americans Open to New Kinds of Candidates  —  AMERICANS ASSERT their readiness for new kinds of presidential wannabes.  —  In new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, eight in 10 Americans would be "comfortable" or "enthusiastic" about an African-American or woman running for president.
Bill Dwyre / Los Angeles Times:
Get a Grip, Guys  —  Even after Stern finally caved on the new NBA basketball, when Nader chimed in on safety issues, the tone of their comments quickly went from playful to playground  —  It was a match made in heaven.  They are now the Sunshine Boys of sport.
Michael Moss / New York Times:
Legal System in Iraq Staggers Beneath the Weight of War  —  In 2004, American troops detained Laith al-Ani, shown in a family photo.  He sent his family a letter, above, from his detention camp, but they say they do not know why he is still held.  More Photos >
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Episcopalians Are Reaching Point of Revolt  —  For about 30 years, the Episcopal Church has been one big unhappy family.  Under one roof there were female bishops and male bishops who would not ordain women.  There were parishes that celebrated gay weddings and parishes that denounced them …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Up Escalator  —  Bill Richardson uses the "e" word and calls out St. John: … Yes, yes, yes.  If Bush does what he'd like to do, which is send in more troops, then this will no longer be Bush's war —  it's McCain's war too and he needs to have it strung around his neck like a neocon albatross.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Richardson Attacks McCain
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Eschaton
Washington Post:
Funding Threatened By Hill's Inaction  —  Government Operations, Projects in Peril  —  The Republican-controlled Congress's decision to adjourn a week ago before completing many of the spending bills that finance the federal government will reverberate in ways large and small …
Works and Days:
Things are coming to a head  —  Surging Troops?  —  If we add another 30,000 or so troops to Iraq, in a final effort to win the war, then we must change (widen) the rules of engagement.  Only that way can America ensure that it simply does not create more targets for the insurgents …
Linda Satter /
Prosecutor post is filled in recess  —  A surprise late-afternoon announcement Friday that J. Timothy Griffin will become the new U. S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas drew the ire of U. S. Sen. Mark Pryor, whose spokesman said the maneuver amounts to "basically circumventing the normal process."
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Atrios / Eschaton:
Not Going to Happen  —  Yglesias: … Indeed.  I don't know why it seems like inhabitants of a certain corner of the blogosphere seem be the only ones who understand this, though I suppose people are finally starting to get it.  I imagine Bayh dropped out in part because he recognized that the Iraq bed isn't going to uns**t itself.
Matthew Yglesias:
Iraq: Myth and Reality
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
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Matthew Yglesias:
O, The Irony  —  It's sad and horrible, but there's something laugh …
Raleigh News & Observer:
Lab chief: Nifong said don't report all DNA data
Matthew Ladner / Christian Science Monitor:
Want to reduce poverty? Lower those tax rates.
Discussion: digg
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Abbas calls for elections, pushing Palis towards civil war
Discussion: MSNBC
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Audio: Tammy Bruce and Charles Johnson on blogs, Carter, and the flying imams
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Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Keeping Iraq attack numbers under wraps
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Publisher behind O.J. Simpson book fired
 Earlier Items: 
Turcopolier / Sic Semper Tyrannis 2006:
Stalingrad on the Tigris?  —  Below you will find a Power Point …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
In Farewell, Rumsfeld Warns Weakness Is 'Provocative'
Iraqi PM invites Saddam officers to return to army
David Corn:
George W. Bush Slept Here
Stephen Green / VodkaPundit:
He's Not Dead You Know  —  There are people with worse cases of my disease.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Onward to Iraq  —  While Michelle Malkin is quick to dismiss …
Ayaan Hirsi Ali / Los Angeles Times:
Why they deny the Holocaust  —  On top of nearly constant anti …