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6:35 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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Michelle Malkin:
Tracing "Jamil Hussein's" footsteps and ignoring anti-blog hatred  —  After receiving initial reports from a Civilian Police Advisory Training Team (CPATT) source two days ago and investigating further, here's what I can tell you:  —  According to two CPATT officials—one in the U.S …
Discussion: Power Line and JunkYardBlog
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
A Limit To Media Bashing  —  Rich Lowry wrote a provocative column at National Review Online yesterday — a challenge of sorts to his conservative readers regarding their war against the mainstream media.  Lowry warns against building up an image of the media as a vast liberal conspiracy …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
AP: Pentagon Wants $99.7B More for Wars  —  The Pentagon wants the White House to seek another $99.7 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to information provided to The Associated Press.  —  The military's request, if embraced by President Bush and approved by Congress …
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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 …
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.
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Chris Bowers / MyDD:
A Long Awaited Follow-Up On Press Stenography
Discussion: Daily Kos
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
Report Says Berger Hid Archive Documents  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Former national security adviser Sandy Berger removed classified documents from the National Archives in 2003 and hid them under a construction trailer, the Archives inspector general reported Wednesday.
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 …
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
ABC Exclusive: Video Shows U.S. Embassy Terror Attack  —  Brian Ross Reports:  —  A U.S. government surveillance tape, obtained by ABC News, reveals in graphic detail the attack on the American embassy in Damascus, Syria, this September and raises new questions about the role of the Syrian government.
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Adam Zagorin / Time:
Syria in Bush's Crosshairs
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.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Dear Santa  —  Last year I asked my readers to put a little change in the kitty if they had it to spare and many of you did.  It was a wonderful affirmation of what I do and I'm still basking in its glow.  Well, it's that time of the year again, and while we are all counting our blessings …
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
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'.
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?
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: QandO and One Hand Clapping
David Crary / Associated Press:
Most Americans have had premarital sex  —  NEW YORK - 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.
Brady Averill / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Coleman opposes surge in U.S. troops in Iraq  —  The Minnesota senator says more troops translates into more targets.  —  Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., said today after a two-day trip to Iraq that he would not support an increase in the number of soldiers in Baghdad.
 
 
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
A Former Governor of Virginia Will Explore a Presidential Run
Discussion: NewDonkey.com and TAPPED
James Taranto / Opinion Journal:
Best of the Web  —  Today's Videos on WSJ.com: John Fund …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
In Iraq, journalist deaths spike to record in 2006
Oskar Garcia / Associated Press:
Unions: Swift & Co. Hiring More Whites
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
U.S. troops turn over Najaf to Iraqis
Discussion: Informed Comment
White House:
Press Conference by the President
Reuters:
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Dec 20
Discussion: Blah3 Feed
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Firm Accused Of Deleting Missing E-Mail
 Earlier Items: 
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'
Mayrav Saar / Los Angeles Times:
Reporting's mass appeal
New York Times:
China Tightens Adoption Rules for Foreigners
Joan Biskupic / USA Today:
Bush appointees signal court's new direction
Andrew Norfolk / Times of London:
Police killer suspect fled Britain in a veil
Peter Spiegel / Los Angeles Times:
Top general in Mideast to retire
Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Bush: Iraq insurgents hurt U.S. efforts