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9:10 PM ET, December 19, 2006

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Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Cheney to be defense witness in CIA case  —  WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney will be called to testify on behalf of his former chief of staff in the CIA leak case, defense attorneys said Tuesday, ending months of speculation over what would be historic testimony.
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
BREAKING: Cheney On Libby Witness List  —  Hot off the wires from the AP: … Here are the things I'm wondering: (1) Is Cheney going to be called as a regular defense witness, or will they be calling him as a hostile witness to the defense?  —  (2) If Team Libby calls Cheney as a defense witness …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Cheney to Be Defense Witness in CIA Case
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and Wonkette
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Jamilgate: Is the AP covering its tracks?  —  Now here's something interesting.  Curt was reading over the AP's press releases about Jamilgate on the AP website and noticed that something seemed to be missing from John Daniszewski's statement on November 28th.
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Curt / Flopping Aces:
AP Covering It's Tracks  —  Kind of curious that the AP has taken their response of Nov 28th off their website.  The address that I, along with many other bloggers, linked to is this one.  —  What kind of information was given in that response? … Also they said in that response …
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush to Expand Size of Military  —  President Bush said today that he plans to expand the size of the U.S. military to meet the challenges of a long-term global war against terrorists, a response to warnings that sustained deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan have stretched the armed forces to near the breaking point.
Pauline Jelinek / Associated Press:
U.S. Weighs Military Buildup to Warn Iran  —  The Pentagon is considering a buildup of Navy forces in the Persian Gulf as a show of force against Iran, a senior defense official said Tuesday.  —  Speaking on condition of anonymity because the idea has not been approved …
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Reuters:
US to warn Iran with naval buildup in Gulf- CBS
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Francois Murphy / Reuters:
French troops had bin Laden in sights: documentary  —  PARIS (Reuters) - A documentary says French special forces had Osama bin Laden in their sights twice about three years ago but their U.S. superiors never ordered them to fire.  —  The French military, however, said that the incidents never happened …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Greg Tinti / The Political Pit Bull:   Afghanistan Nabs Pakistani Intelligence Agent with AQ Ties
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The Real Sunni Triangle  —  THERE ARE ONLY THREE OPTIONS IN IRAQ.  —  The ructions on the periphery of the Saudi lobby in Washington—over whether Saudi Arabia would or should become the protector of its Sunni brethren in Iraq—obscures the extent to which what might or could happen has actually been happening already.
Discussion: Hot Air, The Agonist and Centerfield
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American Thinker:
Baker's ISG: Shilling for the Saudis
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs and Daily Pundit
Glenn Thrush / Newsday:
Poll: Hillary tops McCain, ties Rudy  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton beats John McCain and ties Rudolph Giuliani in a new Newsweek national poll, a stunning counterpoint to recent surveys showing the former first lady trailing the GOP's dueling presidential frontrunners.
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Private U.S. team linked to jail escape  —  BAGHDAD — A once-prominent Iraqi American, jailed on corruption charges, was sprung from a Green Zone prison this weekend by U.S. security contractors he had hired, several Iraqi officials said.  —  Ayham Sameraei, a Chicago-area businessman …
Zachary Coile / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pelosi seeks input from diverse array of confidants  —  (12-19) 04:00 PST Washington — All eyes in the capital are fixed on Rep. Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco as she prepares to be sworn in Jan. 4 as the nation's first female House speaker.  But less notice has been paid to the lawmakers …
Discussion: SFist, The Swamp, TIME and The Caucus
Hotline On Call:
Kissinger, Peterson, 57 Major Donors Join Team McCain  —  Ex-Sec/State Henry Kissinger has agreed to become an honorary co-chair for Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign in New York, McCain aides said.  Along with Kissinger, McCain has won the support of Pete Peterson …
Sen. Harry Reid / The Huffington Post:
The Clock is Ticking, Mr. President  —  Frankly, I don't believe that more troops is the answer for Iraq.  It's a civil war and America should not be policing a Sunni-Shia conflict.  In addition, we don't have the additional forces to put in there.  We obviously want to support what commanders …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Conservatives fear tax-increase deal  —  The Bush administration has sent signals since last month's elections that the president is prepared to accept some tax increases on upper-income families, worrying congressional Republicans and fiscal conservative watchdogs who say he will compromise …
Associated Press:
'Islamophobia' on the rise in Europe, report says  —  Report cites attacks and discrimination  —  VIENNA: "Islamophobia" is on the rise across Europe, where many Muslims are menaced and misunderstood — some on a daily basis — the European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia said Monday in a new report.
NBC4:
Barry Arrested, Claims He Was Targeted  —  Barry Considers Suit Against D.C., Park Police  —  WASHINGTON — Marion Barry said that he is talking to his lawyers and thinking about suing the D.C. government and the U.S. Park Police after he was stopped, arrested and then released this past Saturday.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
In Letter, GOP Rep Fears Influx of Muslims  —  In a letter sent out to select supporters earlier this month reacting to the controversy (among certain extreme conservatives, at least) over Muslim representative-elect Keith Ellison's (D-MN) decision to be sworn in on the Koran, Rep. Virgil Goode …
John Gizzi / Human Events:
Campaign '08 Begins for U.S. House  —  Less than a month after the '06 elections that saw Democrats take the U.S. House for the first time in 12 years, Republicans are already eyeing districts they can possibly recapture in '08.  —  In New York, for example, three Republican-held House districts went …
New York Times:
News Corp. Describes Fired Editor's Remarks  —  With Judith Regan's authors still reeling from their publisher's abrupt dismissal, the sparring between the headline-making Ms. Regan and her former employer, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, grew more intense, more personal and more specific today over allegations of anti-Semitism.
 
 
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CNN:
Poll: Approval for Iraq handling drops to new low
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David Weigel / Los Angeles Times:
Science fiction goes political
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CNN:
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Martin Kaplan / Los Angeles Times:
Does Iraq need more debate?
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
More portraits on the red settee.
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Robin Wright / Washington Post:
State Dept. Losing a Top Figure In Terror War
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Arizona Republic:
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Audio: Round two — Truther moron vs. Danny Bonaduce
Discussion: Daimnation!
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Joseph Barbera, Half of Cartoon Duo, Dies at 95
Susan Paterno / American Journalism Review:
From AJR, December 2006/January 2007
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Bruce Bartlett / Real Clear Politics:
Libertarian or Libertarian?  —  In a recent column …
Discussion: QandO and The Moderate Voice
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
The Military Transition Teams and the Development Iraqi Army
David Axe / Popular Science:
Semper Fly: Marines in Space
Discussion: Defense Tech and BLACKFIVE
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
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