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7:35 AM ET, December 20, 2006

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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.
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Washington Post:
President Bush on Iraq, Elections and Immigration  —  This 25-minute interview was conducted yesterday in the Oval Office by Washington Post staff writers Peter Baker, Michael A. Fletcher and Michael Abramowitz.  —  President Bush: Listen, a couple of things before we get going.
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Bush Sees 'Opportunities' on Social Security, Immigration  —  President Bush said yesterday that he intends to work with the new Democratic majority in Congress on a broad range of domestic issues, declaring that despite the impending power shift there are "some wonderful opportunities" …
Discussion: Beat the Press
New York Times:
President Wants to Increase Size of Armed Forces
Discussion: LiberalOasis
Associated Press:
Bush plans to increase size of military
Discussion: konagod
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 …
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Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Reid on the Surge  —  I assume there will be endless spleen about this post online:
Discussion: Eschaton
baldilocks:
A Warning To The Right  —  I'm tired of it all.  —  I'm tired of the insinuations about Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) because his dead father was a Muslim.  I'm tired of the insinuations about his middle name—Hussein—and the racist/bigoted insinuations that I've seen on the Right that flow from there.
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David Schraub / The Moderate Voice:   Give Him A Shot
WorldNetDaily:
Another threat named Hussein
Discussion: Dean's World
Salamander Davoudi / Financial Times:
UK report says robots will have rights  —  The next time you beat your keyboard in frustration, think of a day where it may be able to sue you for assault.  Within 50 years we might even find ourselves standing next to the next generation of vacuum cleaners in the voting booth.
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
The Robert Gates Riddle  —  Will Defense Secretary Robert Gates be a voice of realism within the Bush administration?  Or will he bend his knee to the ideologues?  —  Gates offered hints to support both possibilities yesterday at his swearing-in ceremony.  But his true allegiance will soon be put to a very public test.
Associated Press:
Reality check: 95 percent of Americans had premarital sex  —  NEW YORK (AP) — More than nine out of 10 Americans, men and women alike, have had premarital sex, according to a new study.  The high rates extend even to women born in the 1940s, challenging perceptions that people were more chaste in the past.
Discussion: protein wisdom and TBogg
Joseph Rago / Opinion Journal:
The Blog Mob  —  "Written by fools to be read by imbeciles."  —  Blogs are very important these days.  Even Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has one.  The invention of the Web log, we are told, is as transformative as Gutenberg's press, and has shoved journalism into a reformation, perhaps a revolution.
Katherine Baldwin / Reuters:
Blair to urge Middle East states to rein in Iran  —  DUBAI (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair will call on Wednesday for Middle East states to rein in what he calls the threat from Iran and to help advance peacemaking between Israelis and Palestinians.
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow  —  White House Conference Center Briefing Room  —  MR. SNOW: Before we begin the questions, just a couple of comments on bill signings today, and then I'll be happy to take any questions you have.  —  Today, the President, accompanied by the First Lady, Mrs. Bush, signed the following bills into law.
Daphna Berman / Haaretz:
Woman beaten on Jerusalem bus for refusing to move to rear seat  —  A woman who reported a vicious attack by an ad-hoc "modesty patrol" on a Jerusalem bus last month is now lining up support for her case and may be included in a petition to the High Court of Justice over the legality of sex-segregated buses.
Discussion: CorrenteWire and Donklephant
Dan / Daniel W. Drezner:
HOW GOOD IS THE DATA ON GULIANI?  —  I received an e-mail today about the join Rudy website.  This triggered a question that's been in the back of my head since I read Ryan Sager's The Elephant In The Room.  Sager mentioned in the book that in a 2005 CPAC straw poll, Rudy Guliani was the co-leader.
BBC:
Afghanistan 'holds Pakistani spy'  —  Afghanistan says it has arrested a Pakistani intelligence agent who acted as a key link with al-Qaeda leaders.  —  Presidential spokesman Karim Rahimi said the agent had been detained in eastern Kunar province carrying documents which proved his guilt.
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
'Old Europe' Can Gloat, but Then What?  —  BERLIN — On the day James Baker's Iraq report was published, I gritted my teeth and waited for the well-earned, long-awaited, Franco-German "Old Europe" gloat to begin.  I didn't wait long.  "America Faces Up to the Iraq Disaster" read a headline in Der Spiegel.
 
 
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Pauline Jelinek / Associated Press:
U.S. Weighs Military Buildup to Warn Iran
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Cheney to Be Defense Witness in CIA Case
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