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3:50 PM ET, December 20, 2006

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Joseph Rago / Opinion Journal:
The Blog Mob  —  "Written by fools to be read by imbeciles."  —  Blogs are very important these days.  Even Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has one.  The invention of the Web log, we are told, is as transformative as Gutenberg's press, and has shoved journalism into a reformation, perhaps a revolution.
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Matthew Yglesias:
Lowry Sells Out  —  National Review editor Rich Lowry must be drinking the Beltway kool-aid or angling for a gig on The New York Times op-ed page because here he is selling out to the traitors in the MSM: … Say it ain't so!  And most of all what about the good news from Iraq?
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
A Limit To Media Bashing
Peter Spiegel / Los Angeles Times:
Top general in Mideast to retire  —  Abizaid opposed calls for more troops in Iraq.  His departure could clear way for a more aggressive strategy.  —  WASHINGTON — Army Gen. John P. Abizaid, commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, has submitted plans to retire and will leave his post in March …
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Peter Baker / Washington Post:
U.S. Not Winning War in Iraq, Bush Says for 1st Time  —  President Plans to Expand Army, Marine Corps to Cope With Strain of Multiple Deployments  —  President Bush acknowledged for the first time yesterday that the United States is not winning the war in Iraq and said he plans to expand …
Michelle Malkin:
2006: The year of perpetual outrage  —  ***update and bumped to the top: Zawahiri rings in the new year with a call to jihad for the Religion of Perpetual Outrage***  —  It began with the Danish cartoons.  It ended with the flying imams.  2006 was a banner year for the Religion of Perpetual Outrage.
Discussion: The Peking Duck and UrbanGrounds
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Brian Lockhart / Stamford Advocate:
Lamont camp cleared in hacking of Lieberman Web site  —  The U.S. attorney's office and state attorney general have cleared former U.S. Senate candidate Ned Lamont and his supporters of any role in the crash of U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman's campaign Web site hours before last summer's Democratic primary.
Discussion: Hotline On Call
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Chris Bowers / MyDD:
A Long Awaited Follow-Up On Press Stenography
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
Top Iraqi Shiite Cleric Is Inching Toward a Coalition  —  Iraq's most venerated Shiite cleric has tentatively approved an American-backed coalition of Shiite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish parties that aims to isolate extremists, particularly the powerful Shiite militia leader Moktada al-Sadr, Iraqi and Western officials say.
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Spencer Ackerman / TAPPED:
SISTANI GETS HIS HANDS DIRTY.  Abdul Aziz al-Hakim has evolved …
Adam Zagorin / Time:
Syria in Bush's Crosshairs  —  Exclusive: A classified document suggests the Administration is considering a plan to fund political opposition to the Damascus government.  Some critics say it would be an unwarranted covert action  —  The Bush Administration has been quietly nurturing individuals …
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Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
ABC Exclusive: Video Shows U.S. Embassy Terror Attack
Noah Shachtman / Popular Mechanics:
Hypersonic Cruise Missile: America's New Global Strike Weapon  —  The mission: Attack anywhere in the world in less than an hour.  But is the Pentagon's bold program a critical new weapon for hitting elusive targets, or a good way to set off a nuclear war?  —  Diagrams by Kakofonia
Discussion: One Hand Clapping
Joan Biskupic / USA Today:
Bush appointees signal court's new direction  —  Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito appear ready to steer bench to the right; affirmative action, abortion  —  WASHINGTON — They are President Bush's appointees to the Supreme Court, the products of the administration's efforts to make the court more conservative.
Media Matters for America:
Schlussel: Should Barack Hussein Obama be president "when we are fighting the war of our lives against Islam"?  —  In a December 18 column headlined "Barack Hussein Obama: Once a Muslim, Always A Muslim" and posted on her website, right-wing pundit Debbie Schlussel argued that because Sen. Barack Obama's …
Discussion: Orcinus and Crooks and Liars
Salamander Davoudi / Financial Times:
UK report says robots will have rights  —  The next time you beat your keyboard in frustration, think of a day where it may be able to sue you for assault.  Within 50 years we might even find ourselves standing next to the next generation of vacuum cleaners in the voting booth.
Andrew Norfolk / Times of London:
Police killer suspect fled Britain in a veil  —  A man who was being hunted for the murder of a policewoman is understood to have escaped from Britain by disguising himself as a veiled Muslim woman.  —  Mustaf Jama, a prime suspect in the fatal shooting of PC Sharon Beshenivsky …
Discussion: Debbie Schlussel
Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Bush: Iraq insurgents hurt U.S. efforts  —  WASHINGTON - Summing up a year of setbacks, President Bush conceded Wednesday that insurgents in Iraq thwarted U.S. efforts at "establishing security and stability throughout the country."  —  Looking to change course, Bush said he has not decided whether …
This Is London:
'SANTA CLAUS DOES NOT EXIST' SCHOOL TELLS STUNNED KIDS  —  A primary school has been accused of spoiling Christmas for pupils after a lesson telling them that Santa Claus does not exist.  —  Children as young as nine were told that only 'small children believe in Father Christmas'.
 
 
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Anne Plummer Flaherty / Associated Press:
Contractors lost in Pentagon bureaucracy
Redstate:
RedState & Eagle Publishing: Growing The Conservative Movement Online
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Reuters:
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Dec 20
Discussion: Blah3 Feed
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Firm Accused Of Deleting Missing E-Mail
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
The Associated Press lost Iraq?
Discussion: Sirotablog and TBogg
Agence France Presse:
Ahmadinejad: Britain, Israel, US to 'vanish like the pharaohs'
Discussion: GINA COBB
Mayrav Saar / Los Angeles Times:
Reporting's mass appeal
New York Times:
China Tightens Adoption Rules for Foreigners
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Bush Dodges Question on Overruling Military Brass
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Van Hollen To Oversee Recruiting, Fundraising
Discussion: DonkeyRising
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
General Opposes Adding to U.S. Forces in Iraq, Emphasizing …
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Abramoff's Holiday Cheer
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and The Caucus
Renae Merle / Washington Post:
Anthrax Vaccine Contract Voided, Thwarting Administration
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
David Johnston / New York Times:
Cheney to Be Defense Witness in C.I.A. Leak Case
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Swamped by Muslims  —  By Glenn Greenwald — The following …
Daphna Berman / Haaretz:
Woman beaten on Jerusalem bus for refusing to move to rear seat