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3:20 PM ET, December 19, 2006

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Washington Post:
White House, Joint Chiefs At Odds on Adding Troops  —  The Bush administration is split over the idea of a surge in troops to Iraq, with White House officials aggressively promoting the concept over the unanimous disagreement of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to U.S. officials familiar with the intense debate.
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CNN:
Pentagon: Militia more dangerous than al Qaeda in Iraq … WASHINGTON (CNN) — Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army has replaced al Qaeda in Iraq as "the most dangerous accelerant" of the sectarian violence plaguing Iraq for nearly a year, according to a Pentagon report.
Discussion: Centerfield and AMERICAblog
Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Sadr Army is called top threat in Iraq  —  A Pentagon report cites the danger of the Shiite cleric's militia.  —  WASHINGTON — Armed militiamen affiliated with radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr pose the gravest danger to the security and stability of Iraq, surpassing Sunni Arab insurgents …
New York Times:
Attacks in Iraq at Record High, Pentagon Says  —  A Pentagon assessment of security conditions in Iraq concluded Monday that attacks against American and Iraqi targets had surged this summer and autumn to their highest level, and called violence by Shiite militants the most significant threat in Baghdad.
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
White House: No fight with Joint Chiefs
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
The Loss Of American Influence
Discussion: Bloomberg and Press Association
Tim F. / Balloon Juice:
Plenty Of Fingers To Go Around
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 …
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Ex-NSC Official Says White House Is Stifling His Criticism of Iran Policy
Greg Tinti / The Political Pit Bull:
Bush Considering Raising Taxes in Exchange for Social Security Reform?
Discussion: Daily Pundit
David Axe / Popular Science:
Semper Fly: Marines in Space  —  A proposed suborbital space transport will put boots on the ground anywhere in the world in two hours or less.  But can it overcome huge technological—and political—hurdles?  —  As any battlefield commander will tell you, getting troops to the fight can be as difficult as winning it.
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Argghhh!
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Defense Tech:   AXE MEETS THE SPACE MARINES
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.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Early Setback For Brownback  —  In an attempt to set himself apart from the GOP field in the upcoming Presidential race, Brownback put a hold on a judicial nomination for her attendance at a same-sex union ceremony.  However, Brownback overreached when he demanded that Janet Neff recuse herself …
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James Glanz / New York Times:
Iraq Insurgents Starve Capital of Electricity  —  Over the past six months, Baghdad has been all but isolated electrically, Iraqi officials say, as insurgents have effectively won their battle to bring down critical high-voltage lines and cut off the capital from the major power plants to the north, south and west.
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.
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
'The Real America,' Redefined  —  When a nation alters its philosophical direction and changes its assumptions, there is no press release to announce the shift, no news conference where The People declare that they have decided to move down a different path.
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.
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: TIME
Susannah A. Nesmith / Miami Herald:
Wily 'court jester' is a frequent case-winner  —  Attorney Sy Gaer's courtroom antics are legendary, but the aging veteran of the defense is also known for his legal skills.  —  snesmith@MiamiHerald.com … Ladies and gentleman, Sy Gaer, a little old man who is something of a giant in courthouse circles.
 
 
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