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6:40 PM ET, December 19, 2006

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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 …
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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.
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Cheney to Be Defense Witness in CIA Case  —  Vice President Cheney will be called to testify in the perjury and obstruction of justice trial of his former chief of staff, which is scheduled to begin next month, a lawyer for the defense announced today.  —  The attorney representing I. Lewis …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and Wonkette
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
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 …
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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.
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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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
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
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.
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Bloomberg:   Blair's Successor Should Curb U.S. Link, Report Says (Update4)
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 …
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.
BBC:
Poll blow for Iran's Ahmadinejad  —  Partial results from key elections in Iran suggest a setback for conservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  —  Friday's elections were for the powerful clerical body, the Assembly of Experts, along with local government.
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 …
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 …
Debbie Schlussel:
Barack Hussein Obama: Once a Muslim, Always A Muslim  —  Many months ago, readers began asking me whether Barack Obama is Muslim.  Since he identifies as a Christian, I said, "no," and responded that he was not raised by his Kenyan father.  —  But, then, I decided to look further into Obama's background.
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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McCain tapping Bush's donors
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David Kranz / Argus Leader:
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Bruce Bartlett / Real Clear Politics:
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Zachary Coile / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Associated Press:
'Islamophobia' on the rise in Europe, report says
Glenn Thrush / Newsday:
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