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9:50 PM ET, December 20, 2006


 Top Items: 
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?  —  December 12 brought news that Associated Press Television News cameraman Aswan Ahmed Lutfallah was killed in Mosul while filming a gun battle between police and insurgents.  Considering the daily wave of killings that washes ashore in Iraq …
Discussion: JunkYardBlog, Sirotablog and TBogg
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
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
U.S. Not Winning War in Iraq, Bush Says for 1st Time
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?
Joseph Rago / Opinion Journal:
The Blog Mob  —  "Written by fools to be read by imbeciles."
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.
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 …
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'.
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.
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.
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 …
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
Committee to Protect Journalists:
In Iraq, journalist deaths spike to record in 2006  —  Majority are murdered; worldwide death toll rises
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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
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James Taranto / Opinion Journal:
Best of the Web  —  Today's Videos on John Fund …
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:
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Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
ABC Exclusive: Video Shows U.S. Embassy Terror Attack
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Dec 20
Discussion: Blah3 Feed
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Firm Accused Of Deleting Missing E-Mail
Agence France Presse:
Ahmadinejad: Britain, Israel, US to 'vanish like the pharaohs'
David Crary / Associated Press:
Most Americans have had premarital sex
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