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4:45 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 …
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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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 …
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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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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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
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?
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
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.
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 …
Mayrav Saar / Los Angeles Times:
Reporting's mass appeal  —  Amateurs working as journalists are giving rise to a new wave of 'citizen newspapers.' Results are mixed.  —  A woman in Venice Beach reviews "The Lion King" and declares it the best musical she's seen — of the four she's ever seen.
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 …
 
 
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Will Weissert / Associated Press:
U.S. troops turn over Najaf to Iraqis
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Anne Plummer Flaherty / Associated Press:
Contractors lost in Pentagon bureaucracy
This Is London:
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Amanda / Think Progress:
With Recession Looming, Bush Tells America To 'Go Shopping More'
Redstate:
RedState & Eagle Publishing: Growing The Conservative Movement Online
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Reuters:
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Dec 20
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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'
Discussion: GINA COBB
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Bush Dodges Question on Overruling Military Brass
Andrew Norfolk / Times of London:
Police killer suspect fled Britain in a veil
Discussion: Debbie Schlussel
Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Bush: Iraq insurgents hurt U.S. efforts
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Abramoff's Holiday Cheer
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and The Caucus
Renae Merle / Washington Post:
Anthrax Vaccine Contract Voided, Thwarting Administration
Salamander Davoudi / Financial Times:
UK report says robots will have rights