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5:55 PM ET, December 19, 2006


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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.
Washington Post:
White House, Joint Chiefs At Odds on Adding Troops
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The Real Sunni Triangle
Discussion: The Agonist and Centerfield
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 …
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 …
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:
New Dispute Over Firing of Publisher  —  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, the News Corporation, grew more intense, more personal and more specific on Monday over accusations …
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 …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Ex-NSC Official Says White House Is Stifling His Criticism of Iran Policy
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
Greg Tinti / The Political Pit Bull:   Afghanistan Nabs Pakistani Intelligence Agent with AQ Ties
Doug B. / Sentencing Law and Policy:
Provocative questions about Georgia sentencing injustice  —  Thanks to How Appealing, I see that both the New York Times here and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution here are discussing Genarlow Wilson (pictured here), the young Georgia man who was "sentenced to 10 years in prison without parole …
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.
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 …
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.
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.  — … 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.
Discussion: Gay Patriot and Tammy Bruce
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
State Dept. Losing a Top Figure In Terror War
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
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
Pentagon: Militia more dangerous than al Qaeda in Iraq
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Zachary Coile / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pelosi seeks input from diverse array of confidants
Discussion: SFist, TIME, The Swamp and The Caucus
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
Washington Post:
Giuliani's Primary Hurdle
David Axe / Popular Science:
Semper Fly: Marines in Space
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Argghhh!
James Glanz / New York Times:
Iraq Insurgents Starve Capital of Electricity
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
'The Real America,' Redefined