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8:10 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
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
AP: Pentagon wants $99.7B more for wars  —  WASHINGTON - The Pentagon wants the White House to seek an additional $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 …
Discussion: Don Surber and konagod
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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 …
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.
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
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'.
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 …
Maha / The Mahablog:
Republic or Empire?  —  This morning I read the first paragraph of this article by Peter Baker in today's Washington Post: … After which enough alarm bells went off in my head to wake the dead.  —  The January 2007 issue of Harper's (the cover art is a photograph of a rubber duckie) …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and CorrenteWire
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Anne Plummer Flaherty / Associated Press:
Contractors lost in Pentagon bureaucracy
Discussion: Firedoglake and Think Progress
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.
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
White House:
Press Conference by the President  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all.  Good morning.  This week I went to the Pentagon for the swearing-in of our nation's new Secretary of Defense, Bob Gates.  Secretary Gates is going to bring a fresh perspective to the Pentagon, and America is fortunate …
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?
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.
 
 
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Jennifer Oldham / Los Angeles Times:
Baby is sent through X-ray machine at LAX
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: New York Times
Gal Beckerman / CJR Daily:
Adam Bellow, Pamphleteer for the 21st Century
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
ABC Exclusive: Video Shows U.S. Embassy Terror Attack
Reuters:
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Dec 20
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Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Firm Accused Of Deleting Missing E-Mail
Agence France Presse:
Ahmadinejad: Britain, Israel, US to 'vanish like the pharaohs'
Mayrav Saar / Los Angeles Times:
Reporting's mass appeal
Joan Biskupic / USA Today:
Bush appointees signal court's new direction
Noah Shachtman / Popular Mechanics:
Hypersonic Cruise Missile: America's New Global Strike Weapon
Discussion: QandO and One Hand Clapping
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