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10:55 AM ET, December 20, 2006

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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 …
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Washington Post:
President Bush on Iraq, Elections and Immigration  —  This 25-minute interview was conducted yesterday in the Oval Office by Washington Post staff writers Peter Baker, Michael A. Fletcher and Michael Abramowitz.  —  President Bush: Listen, a couple of things before we get going.
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Bush Sees 'Opportunities' on Social Security, Immigration  —  President Bush said yesterday that he intends to work with the new Democratic majority in Congress on a broad range of domestic issues, declaring that despite the impending power shift there are "some wonderful opportunities" …
New York Times:
President Wants to Increase Size of Armed Forces  —  President Bush said Tuesday that the United States should expand the size of its armed forces, acknowledging that the military had been strained by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and would need to grow to cope with what he suggested would be a long battle against Islamic extremism.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and LiberalOasis
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush to Expand Size of Military
Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:
Expanding... Expanding...  The WaPo reports that U.S. President …
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
jules crittenden:   Thank God  —  I'm guessing it was a gaggle of idiot editors …
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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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
A Limit To Media Bashing
Discussion: jules crittenden
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
The Robert Gates Riddle  —  Will Defense Secretary Robert Gates be a voice of realism within the Bush administration?  Or will he bend his knee to the ideologues?  —  Gates offered hints to support both possibilities yesterday at his swearing-in ceremony.  But his true allegiance will soon be put to a very public test.
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Thom Shanker / New York Times:
General Opposes Adding to U.S. Forces in Iraq, Emphasizing …
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
U.S. defense secretary arrives in Iraq
Discussion: On Deadline and Democrats.com
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.
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
'Old Europe' Can Gloat, but Then What?  —  BERLIN — On the day James Baker's Iraq report was published, I gritted my teeth and waited for the well-earned, long-awaited, Franco-German "Old Europe" gloat to begin.  I didn't wait long.  "America Faces Up to the Iraq Disaster" read a headline in Der Spiegel.
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Jim Henley / Unqualified Offerings:   An Embarrassment of Twitches  —  Anne Applebaum packs more stupid …
Katherine Baldwin / Reuters:
Blair to urge Middle East states to rein in Iran  —  DUBAI (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair will call on Wednesday for Middle East states to rein in what he calls the threat from Iran and to help advance peacemaking between Israelis and Palestinians.
Discussion: jules crittenden
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.
BBC:
Afghanistan 'holds Pakistani spy'  —  Afghanistan says it has arrested a Pakistani intelligence agent who acted as a key link with al-Qaeda leaders.  —  Presidential spokesman Karim Rahimi said the agent had been detained in eastern Kunar province carrying documents which proved his guilt.
Discussion: The Political Pit Bull and NewsHog
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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 …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Think Progress
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Abramoff's Holiday Cheer  —  His 2001 Shopping List Included Lavish Gifts for Congressmen  —  These days he makes no more than 40 cents an hour for his labors at the federal prison camp at Cumberland, Md. But Christmas 2001 was a far more high-flying holiday for Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Gilmore, Courting Conservatives, Explores 2008 Bid  —  James S. Gilmore III, a former Virginia governor and chairman of the Republican National Committee, announced today that he would form a committee to explore a presidential bid in 2008, saying the Republican field lacked a "committed conservative" …
baldilocks:
A Warning To The Right  —  I'm tired of it all.  —  I'm tired of the insinuations about Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) because his dead father was a Muslim.  I'm tired of the insinuations about his middle name—Hussein—and the racist/bigoted insinuations that I've seen on the Right that flow from there.
David Lerman / Hampton Roads Daily Press:
Webb slams Bush's actions in Iraq war  —  WASHINGTON — Virginia Sen.-elect Jim Webb said President Bush is a "failed president" who should use his last two years in office to repair America's image abroad by ending the Iraq war through intensive diplomacy.  —  In an interview Tuesday …
 
 
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Claudia Parsons / Reuters:
Holy city of Najaf handed over to Iraqis
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Van Hollen To Oversee Recruiting, Fundraising
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The dawn of time - after 13 billion years in the darkroom
Renae Merle / Washington Post:
Anthrax Vaccine Contract Voided, Thwarting Administration
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
OFF CENTER?....Last year, Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson wrote …
Discussion: TAPPED, Pacific Views and unfutz
David Johnston / New York Times:
Cheney Will Testify in C.I.A. Leak Case
USA Today:
Budget chief: 2007's war costs will exceed projected $110 billion
Mary Eberstadt / Real Clear Politics:
The Scapegoats Among Us
Discussion: Austin Bay Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Swamped by Muslims  —  By Glenn Greenwald — The following …
Matthew Yglesias:
The Shortest Distance Between Two Analogies
David Schraub / The Moderate Voice:
Give Him A Shot
Discussion: WorldNetDaily and Dean's World
Daphna Berman / Haaretz:
Woman beaten on Jerusalem bus for refusing to move to rear seat
Discussion: CorrenteWire and Donklephant
Atrios / Eschaton:
They Control The Country  —  While I appreciate Ezra's observations …
Associated Press:
Reality check: 95 percent of Americans had premarital sex
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow
Sen. Harry Reid / The Huffington Post:
The Clock is Ticking, Mr. President