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1:10 AM ET, December 20, 2006

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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.
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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.
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
Sen. Harry Reid / The Huffington Post:
The Clock is Ticking, Mr. President  —  Frankly, I don't believe that more troops is the answer for Iraq.  It's a civil war and America should not be policing a Sunni-Shia conflict.  In addition, we don't have the additional forces to put in there.  We obviously want to support what commanders …
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Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Reid on the Surge  —  I assume there will be endless spleen about this post online:
Discussion: Eschaton
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.
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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 …
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
Discussion: NewsHog
Pachacutec / Firedoglake:
Blue America Welcomes Chris Van Hollen As DCCC Chair  —  House Democrats today announced that Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen will serve the next term as Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the job formerly occupied by Rahm Emanuel.  —  The Blue America Communities …
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Spencerackerman / toohotfortnr:
DELAWARE, ARE YOU AWARE, IS THIS THING ON:  —  Tagged with the "Five Things You Don't Know About Me" meme.  Let's see.  —  1. I have a ridiculously soft spot for the Statue of Liberty.  My mother made the mistake of taking me to see her when I was a toddler, and for the next — oh …
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 …
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.
USA Today:
Ex-Fannie execs face civil charges  —  Federal regulators Monday filed civil charges against former Fannie Mae CEO Franklin Raines and two other former executives, accusing them of manipulating Fannie Mae's earnings to jack up their bonuses.  —  In a complaint with an administrative law judge …
Associated Press:
Reality check: 95 percent of Americans had premarital sex  —  NEW YORK (AP) — More than nine out of 10 Americans, men and women alike, have had premarital sex, according to a new study.  The high rates extend even to women born in the 1940s, challenging perceptions that people were more chaste in the past.
Discussion: TBogg
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Politics
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 …
David Weigel / Los Angeles Times:
Science fiction goes political  —  In books out now, President Chelsea Clinton hosts Osama bin Laden while most of the country lives under Sharia law.  —  Be afraid, conservatives.  If you survived the victory speeches of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and allowed yourself to think, "Things can't get any worse," get over it.
 
 
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Atrios / Eschaton:
They Control The Country  —  While I appreciate Ezra's observations …
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
'Old Europe' Can Gloat, but Then What?
White House:
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Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Gates warns defeat in Iraq would 'endanger' U.S.
CNN:
Poll: Approval for Iraq handling drops to new low
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
In Letter, GOP Rep Fears Influx of Muslims
New York Times:
Overhaul Moves White House Data Center Into Modern Era
 Earlier Items: 
Sean-Paul Kelley / The Huffington Post:
Elections in Iran Bring Hope To Some, Naval Build-Up In Gulf Dashes Others
Discussion: BBC and The Agonist
CNN:
House impeaches Clinton
Discussion: Polimom Says
New York Times:
News Corp. Describes Fired Editor's Remarks
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
State Dept. Losing a Top Figure In Terror War
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Arizona Republic:
McCain tapping Bush's donors
Discussion: Andrew Sullivan
Susannah A. Nesmith / Miami Herald:
Wily 'court jester' is a frequent case-winner
NBC4:
Barry Arrested, Claims He Was Targeted
CNN:
Pentagon: Militia more dangerous than al Qaeda in Iraq