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4:05 AM ET, December 21, 2006


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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Jamilgate: Michelle's sources can't find Capt. Hussein  —  Actually, I think they have found him but he's probably not willing to come clean about being the source for fear of disciplinary action.  Pseudonyms are a no-no according to the AP's own internal procedures, but it may be that he gave …
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
The Associated Press lost Iraq?
Discussion: Sirotablog
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.
Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
Congressman Criticizes Election of Muslim  —  In a letter sent to hundreds of voters this month, Representative Virgil H. Goode Jr., Republican of Virginia, warned that the recent election of the first Muslim to Congress posed a serious threat to the nation's traditional values.
Discussion: LiberalOasis
Access Hollywood:
Trump To Rosie: You're Sued!  —  Donald Trump is set to sue "The View" host Rosie O'Donnell, Access Hollywood can reveal.  —  Earlier this afternoon Trump announced he is filing suit against the TV talk show host.  "She says things that come to her mouth, she's not smart, she's crude …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Trump and Rosie go nuclear on each other
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 …
Responsibility For Security In An Najaf Province Transferred To Iraqis  —  Third Iraqi Province Handed Over This Year  —  The goal of U.S. security strategy in Iraq is to develop the Iraqis' capacity to secure their country while carrying out a campaign to defeat the terrorists and neutralize the insurgency.
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
U.S. troops turn over Najaf to Iraqis
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Danish art group pokes fun at Iranian president  —  COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A Danish art group that pokes fun at world leaders targeted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday by placing an advertisement in a Tehran newspaper with an insulting hidden message.
Little Green Footballs:
Danish Artists At It Again
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
President Confronts Dissent on Troop Levels  —  Bush Indicates Military Won't Dictate Numbers; Top General to Retire  —  The debate over sending more U.S. troops to Iraq intensified yesterday as President Bush signaled that he will listen but not necessarily defer to balky military officers …
Discussion: INTEL DUMP and CorrenteWire
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, konagod and Firedoglake
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.
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'.
'I have no future' — Jeb Bush tells reporters  —  MIAMI (Reuters) - The shadow of President Bush seemed to loom large over his younger brother on Wednesday, as the outgoing Florida governor ruled out any plans to return to elected office.  —  "No tengo futuro (I have no future)," …
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
SCOOP: Pragmatic Non-Royal to be Next Saudi Ambassador to the United States  —  For Saudi watchers, some fascinating news has just made its way to The Washington Note.  —  A former staffer at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, ADEL AL-JUBEIR, who comes from a distinguished, yet non-royal family …
Nazila Fathi / New York Times:
Iran President Facing Revival of Students' Ire  —  As protests broke out last week at a prestigious university here, cutting short a speech by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Babak Zamanian could only watch from afar.  He was on crutches, having been clubbed by supporters of the president …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
In Iraq, journalist deaths spike to record in 2006  —  Majority are murdered; worldwide death toll rises
David Farley / Slate:
Fore Shame  —  DID THE VATICAN STEAL JESUS' FORESKIN SO PEOPLE WOULD SHUT UP ABOUT THE SAVIOR'S PENIS?  —  In 1983, as the residents of Calcata, a small town 30 miles north of Rome, prepared for their annual procession honoring a holy relic, a shocking announcement from the parish priest put a damper on festivities.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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Sarah Womack / Telegraph:
Mohammed overtakes George in list of most popular names
Will / Attytood:
Fox's Ollie North yuks it up from Ramadi, say things better in Iraq …
Cillizzac / The Fix:
McCain Hires Another Bush Insider
Jennifer Oldham / Los Angeles Times:
Baby is sent through X-ray machine at LAX
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
A Former Governor of Virginia Will Explore a Presidential Run
Discussion: and TAPPED
James Taranto / Opinion Journal:
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Oskar Garcia / Associated Press:
Unions: Swift & Co. Hiring More Whites
White House:
Press Conference by the President
 Earlier Items: 
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On the War, Determined to Go His Own Way
Anne Plummer Flaherty / Associated Press:
Contractors lost in Pentagon bureaucracy
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
ABC Exclusive: Video Shows U.S. Embassy Terror Attack
Brian Lockhart / Stamford Advocate:
Lamont camp cleared in hacking of Lieberman Web site
Michelle Malkin:
2006: The year of perpetual outrage