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8:15 PM ET, December 19, 2006

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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.
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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 …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Cheney to Be Defense Witness in CIA Case
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
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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: SFist, TIME, The Swamp and The Caucus
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.
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 …
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 …
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Private U.S. team linked to jail escape  —  BAGHDAD — A once-prominent Iraqi American, jailed on corruption charges, was sprung from a Green Zone prison this weekend by U.S. security contractors he had hired, several Iraqi officials said.  —  Ayham Sameraei, a Chicago-area businessman …
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: Defense Tech and BLACKFIVE
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Susan Paterno / American Journalism Review:
From AJR, December 2006/January 2007  —  Santa Barbara Smackdown  —  A behind-the-scenes look at the turmoil that engulfed the Santa Barbara News-Press after owner Wendy McCaw and her top lieutenants flattened the wall separating the executive suite from the newsroom.  —  Related reading:
Discussion: CBS News and On Deadline
CNN:
House impeaches Clinton  —  President will face Senate trial on perjury, obstruction of justice charges  —  A deeply divided House of Representatives impeached President Bill Clinton Saturday on charges of lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice in the Monica Lewinsky affair.
 
 
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David Weigel / Los Angeles Times:
Science fiction goes political
Discussion: TAPPED and Argghhh!
Greg Tinti / The Political Pit Bull:
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Martin Kaplan / Los Angeles Times:
Does Iraq need more debate?
Discussion: Argghhh!
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
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Arizona Republic:
McCain tapping Bush's donors
Discussion: Andrew Sullivan
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The Real Sunni Triangle
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Joseph Barbera, Half of Cartoon Duo, Dies at 95
Bruce Bartlett / Real Clear Politics:
Libertarian or Libertarian?  —  In a recent column …
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Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
The Military Transition Teams and the Development Iraqi Army
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James Glanz / New York Times:
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