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9:15 AM ET, December 27, 2006

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Jeff Wilson / Associated Press:
Former President Ford dies at 93  —  LOS ANGELES - Gerald R. Ford, who picked up the pieces of Richard Nixon's scandal-shattered White House as the 38th president and the only one never elected to nationwide office, has died.  He was 93.  —  "My family joins me in sharing the difficult news …
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New York Times:
Gerald R. Ford, 38th U.S. President, Dies  —  Former President Gerald R. Ford, who was thrust into the presidency in 1974 in the wake of the Watergate scandal but who lost his own bid for election after pardoning President Richard M. Nixon, has died, according to a statement issued late last night by his wife, Betty Ford.
Washington Post:
Former President Ford Dies at 93  —  Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr., who became the 38th president of the United States as a result of some of the most extraordinary events in American history and sought to restore the nation's confidence in the basic institutions of government, died Tuesday.
Robert L. Jackson / Los Angeles Times:
Former President Ford dies  —  Gerald R. Ford, who as the 38th president of the United States helped restore the nation's political stability after the trauma of the Watergate scandal, has died, his wife, Betty, announced Tuesday night.  He was 93.  "My family joins me in sharing …
CNN:
Former President Ford dies at 93 … RANCHO MIRAGE, California (CNN) — Former President Gerald Ford, who became president in 1974 after the resignation of Richard Nixon, died Tuesday at age 93.  —  Ford, the oldest surviving former U.S. president, died peacefully at 6:45 p.m. PT (9:45 p.m. ET) …
Discussion: Whatever
cbs4.com:
Former President Gerald Ford Dies  —  CBS News Interactive: About Gerald Ford  —  (CBS News) LOS ANGELES Gerald R. Ford, the 38th president of the United States, has died.  He was 93.  —  "My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father …
Discussion: Attytood
Michelle Malkin:
Gerald Ford, RIP  —  ***update: Dec 27 756am Eastern Bush speaks...Ford "was a true gentleman who reflected the best in America's character...he commanded the respect and earned the good will of all who had the privilege of knowing him...for a nation that needed healing and an office that needed …
Jeff Wilson / Associated Press:
Former President Gerald Ford Dies at 93
Discussion: shotinthedark.info
Steve Geimann / Bloomberg:
Gerald R. Ford, 38th U.S. President, Dies at Age 93 (Update2)
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Gerald Ford Passes
Charmaine Yoest / Reasoned Audacity:   Gerald Ford: Should He Have Pardoned Nixon?
Pam / Pam's House Blend:
Former President Ford dies at 93
Discussion: All Spin Zone and State of the Day
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
TROOPS HALP JON CARRY IN IRAK  —  On his visit to Iraq, Senator Kerry apparently got something like the silent treatment from the troops who are "stuck" there.  WDAY's Scott Hennen quotes a message from a friend serving in Iraq: … Scott comments:
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Scott Hennen / areavoices.com:
A picture tells a 1000 words.....  A friend of mine serving in Iraq sent me this photo and note.  I received it before Christmas, but was out of the office.  Priceless story it tells....  Again I say..."GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS!!"  —  UPDATE: My blog-friend Scott Johnson at the famous Powerline Blog …
James Taranto / Opinion Journal:
Best of the Web  —  Today's Video on WSJ.com: James Taranto talks to Ed Crane about the outpouring of reader responses to Charles Rangel's disparaging comments about the military.  —  Responding to Rangel—IX  —  We were left with so many unpublished letters about the U.S. military …
Discussion: PrairiePundit
MSNBC:
U.N. envoy calls for cease-fire in Somalia  —  Emergency meeting held after week of fighting between Ethiopia, Islamists  —  MOGADISHU, Somalia - The top U.N. envoy in Somalia urged the U.N. Security Council to call for an immediate cease-fire between Ethiopian forces backing Somalia's weak government …
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Edmund Sanders / Los Angeles Times:
Somalia could be Ethiopia's quagmire
Discussion: Redstate and In the Bullpen
CNN:
Biden wants Rice to testify on Iraq policy … WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Joseph Biden, the incoming chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said he has invited Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to testify during three weeks of hearings in January about the Iraq war.
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Strategy, Not Drama, in 'I Intend to Run in '08'  —  On Thursday, John Edwards is planning to announce what has been clear to much of the world since the end of the last presidential election: He is running for president in 2008.  A similar declaration is expected shortly from Gov. Mitt Romney …
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Bush's New Look on Iraq: Weary  —  Watching President Bush in recent weeks has become a grim kind of reality TV show.  In almost every news conference, speech and photo opportunity, the topic is the same: what to do about the grinding war in Iraq.  Bush has let the facade crack open …
Discussion: Pacific Views
Kristin Roberts / Reuters:
U.S. ready to send 3,500 troops: sources  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon is expected to send 3,500 troops into Kuwait to stand ready for use in Iraq, senior defense officials said on Tuesday as the Bush administration weighs adjusting force levels in the war.
James Glanz / New York Times:
Iraqi Court Says Hussein Must Die Within 30 Days  —  An Iraqi appeals court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence against Saddam Hussein and ruled that the man whose brutal reign began in 1979 and ended with the American-led invasion in 2003 must go to the gallows within 30 days.
Discussion: Dr. Sanity and Washington Post
 
 
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