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5:15 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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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
The Loss Of American Influence  —  The news from Great Britain this morning is all abuzz about the Think Tank report that says that the new government after Tony Blair leaves office must distance itself from the United States and move more toward Europe as a matter of foreign policy survival due to the debacle that is Iraq.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The Real Sunni Triangle
Discussion: The Agonist and Centerfield
John Emerson / Seeing the Forest:
The Chiefs of Staff aren't buying Bush's lame bulls**t
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 …
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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.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Ex-NSC Official Says White House Is Stifling His Criticism of Iran Policy
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
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.
Discussion: GalleyCat and Blogs of War
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Harry Shearer / The Huffington Post:
Judith Regan and Me
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Giuliani's Primary Hurdle  —  Polls Aside, Skeptics Say GOP Won't Nominate a Social Liberal for President  —  His national poll numbers are a dream, he's a major box office draw on the Republican Party circuit, and he goes by the shorthand title "America's Mayor."
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.
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Joseph Barbera, Half of Cartoon Duo, Dies at 95  —  Joseph Barbera, an innovator of animation who teamed with William Hanna to give generations of young television viewers a pantheon of beloved characters, including Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound and the Flintstones, died yesterday at his home in Los Angeles.
 
 
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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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Reuters:
US to warn Iran with naval buildup in Gulf- CBS
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Arizona Republic:
McCain tapping Bush's donors
Discussion: Andrew Sullivan
Hotline On Call:
Kissinger, Peterson, 57 Major Donors Join Team McCain
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Audio: Round two — Truther moron vs. Danny Bonaduce
Bennett Roth / Houston Chronicle:
GOP hopefuls cast eye on Texas cash
Discussion: Hotline On Call
CNN:
Pentagon: Militia more dangerous than al Qaeda in Iraq
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Pelosi seeks input from diverse array of confidants
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Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
The Military Transition Teams and the Development Iraqi Army
Associated Press:
'Islamophobia' on the rise in Europe, report says
Glenn Thrush / Newsday:
Poll: Hillary tops McCain, ties Rudy
James Glanz / New York Times:
Iraq Insurgents Starve Capital of Electricity
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
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Susan Estrich / Fox News:
DUKE JUSTICE DEMANDS NIFONG'S REMOVAL
Steve LeBlanc / Associated Press:
Romney against bias to gays despite opposition to gay marriage