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5:55 AM ET, December 23, 2006


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Realities of the Conflict - Between Islam and Unbelief  —  In the Name of Allah, and all praise is due to Allah, and may peace and prayers be on the Messenger of Allah and on his family, companions and allies.  —  Muslim brothers everywhere: peace be upon you and the mercy of Allah and His blessings.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
ZAWAHIRI DRONES ON...  ...and on.  You could say that Zawahiri is a blowhard, but that would be a disservice to the blowhards of the world.  He's really in a different league.  The complete text of Zawahiri's latest video tape, released a couple of days ago, is here.  But, hey—I read it all, so you won't have to.
Good Lt / The Jawa Report:   AQ: Democrats Didn't Win in November - We Did
Dan / Riehl World View:
Zawahiri Calls Out Cowering Dems
Discussion: Unclaimed Territory
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Zawahiri To Democrats: You're Not All That  —  Al-Qaeda's number …
New York Times:
Charges of Rape Against 3 at Duke Are Abandoned  —  The Durham district attorney dropped rape charges against three former Duke lacrosse players on Friday, but he said he would continue to pursue kidnapping and sexual offense charges that carry equally stiff sentences.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Durham-in-Wonderland
Mel Konner / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Carter's about-face betrays Jews, Christians  —  We are in that season when Jews celebrate one of their few successful rebellions against oppression.  Christians celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace.  How ironic, then, that Jewish-Americans are embroiled in a grim struggle …
Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:
Carter... and Carter  —  More on Jimmy Carter, or more precisely his book.
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
Pelosi Aims To Recast Self, Party  —  On a scale associated with presidential inaugurations, Nancy Pelosi is planning four days of celebration surrounding her Jan. 4 swearing-in as the first female speaker of the House.  She will return to the blue-collar Baltimore neighborhood where she grew up …
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
The Peace Party vs. the Power Party
Richard A. Epstein / Los Angeles Times:
The myth of the big bad drug companies  —  They're not greedy, they're over-regulated.  The result is fewer pills to cure our ills.  —  THE PHARMACEUTICAL industry is getting bad press.  Recent books by Marcia Angell, the former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Jerome Kassirer …
Discussion: Redstate
Shreema Mehta /
Big Pharma's Profit Pursuit Means Fewer New Drugs, Report Says
Discussion: MyDD, TAPPED and NewsHog
Hassan M. Fattah / New York Times:
Bickering Saudis Struggle for an Answer to Iran's Rising Influence in the Middle East  —  At a late-night reading this week, a self-styled poet raised his hand for silence and began a riff on neighboring Iraq, in the old style of Bedouin storytellers.  —  "Saddam Hussein was a real leader …
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Judge: Iran owes $254M in terror attack
Discussion: Hot Air and Left I on the News
Jim Forsyth / Reuters:
Hispanic groups call for moratorium on work raids  —  SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. Hispanic groups and activists on Thursday called for a moratorium on workplace raids to round up illegal immigrants, saying they were reminiscent of Nazi crackdowns on Jews in the 1930s.
Media Matters for America:
"Media Matters"; by Jamison Foser  —  Cat videos — unlike NBC News — don't impart conservative misinformation  —  Time magazine's selection of "You" as its "Person of the Year" has — justifiably — drawn criticism.  —  Writing for CJR Daily, for example, Christian Vachon argued …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Wichita Eagle:
Spending freeze targets pet projects for members of Congress  —  WASHINGTON - Democratic leaders in the new Congress plan to strip funding for thousands of pet projects for individual members, a big display of fiscal discipline they say will help cut deficits and curb spending abuses.
Discussion: Angry Bear
Rich Miller / Chicago Sun Times:
Pundits lose grip on reality when dealing with the Internet  —  What is it about the Internet that makes some political pundits, columnists and reporters so goofy?  It seems like almost every time I read a mainstream media story about political Web sites and bloggers, the pieces are full of ill-informed junk.
Discussion: ConnecticutBLOG and Liberal Values
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
News of a Sleighing  —  This just in: Santa Claus is coming to town.  —  Sunday is Christmas Eve.  It feels wrong to speak here of small and sentimental things such as politics.  The most passionately committed Americans right now, and the most imaginative, are children waiting for a large laughing man with a full white beard.
Discussion: Gay Patriot
Associated Press:
Rice: Iraq 'worth the investment'  —  U.S. is ready to elect black president, secretary of state says  —  WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told The Associated Press on Thursday that Iraq is "worth the investment" in American lives and dollars and said the U.S. can still win …
Media Matters for America:
Most outrageous comments of 2006  —  How extreme were conservative commentators in their remarks this year?  How about calls to nuke the Middle East and an allegation that a "gay ... mafia" used the congressional page program as its own "personal preserve."
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James Glanz / New York Times:
Iraqi Factions Try to Undercut a Plan to Isolate Extremists
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Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Fiscal Responsibility  —  Paul Krugman wrote an interesting column today.
Washington Wire:
With Friends Like These...  Republican House staff members …
Upyernoz / rubber hose:
normal posting ahead, check back often
Discussion: Secular Blasphemy and Eschaton
Democracy in America:
Democracy grows from the barrel of a gun
Discussion: alicublog
Editor and Publisher:
'NYT' Sunday Preview: Sen. Jim Webb Says Story on Rift With Bush …
Richard Miniter / Pajamas Media:
The Berger Dossier: Pajamas Media makes the Inspector General's …
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Ellison: Lawmaker has 'a lot to learn about Islam'
Brian C. Ledbetter / snapped shot:
Nice Ceasefire!  —  Don't worry yourselves, it's only a mere "gunbattle".
Larisa Alexandrovna / The Raw Story:
Source says 'outsider' Gates prepped for confirmation by Cheney's office
The Blotter:
Exclusive: Al Qaeda U.K. on the Prowl for Targets; Encouraged …
Talking Points Memo:
Lovely.  —  According to Network World's Paul McNamara …
KCCI Poll Shows Vilsack 3rd Among Democratic Hopefuls

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Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
Source: Embracer plans to sell its subsidiary Saber Interactive to private investors in a $500M deal, making Saber a privately-owned company with ~3,500 staff

Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Microsoft launches Copilot for Finance in public preview, helping users reconcile data in Excel, speed up the collections process in Outlook, and more

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