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5:55 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 …
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 …
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Michelle Malkin:
Gerald Ford, RIP  —  Fox News reporting...  Statement from Betty Ford: "My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, has passed away..."  —  President Ford was 93.  Here's his official White House bio.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Gerald Ford Passes
Steve Geimann / Bloomberg:
Gerald R. Ford, 38th U.S. President, Dies at Age 93 (Update2)
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Former President Gerald Ford Dies At 93
Discussion: Hot Air
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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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
Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
Ethiopia Steps Up Attacks on Somalia  —  Planes Strike Airport; Refugees Flee to Kenya  —  Ethiopian warplanes attacked the airport in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, on Monday in another major escalation of fighting between the Ethiopian-backed Somali government and the Islamic Courts movement …
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Edmund Sanders / Los Angeles Times:
Somalia could be Ethiopia's quagmire
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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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Joel Seidman / MSNBC:
Biden urges Bush to 'level' with public on Iraq  —  Likely presidential candidate pushes for information about U.S. troop surge  —  Sen. Joe Biden — who says he is more qualified than other candidates contemplating a 2008 White House run — in a telephone news conference Tuesday morning …
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Biden vows to fight any Iraq troop boost
Discussion: The Washington Note
John Reinan / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Star Tribune being sold to private equity firm  —  A private equity firm has reached an agreement to buy the Star Tribune from the McClatchy Co., publisher Keith Moyer announced today.  —  Avista Capital Partners, an investment group focused on media, health care and energy companies …
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Joshua Freed / Associated Press:
Star Tribune to Be Sold to Private Group
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Christopher Torchia / Associated Press:
Iraq Court Upholds Saddam Death Sentence  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraq's highest court rejected Saddam Hussein's appeal Tuesday and said the former dictator must be hanged within 30 days for ordering the killing of scores of Shiite Muslims in 1982.  —  The sentence has already stoked Iraq's sectarian rage …
Discussion: All Spin Zone
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Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Military considers recruiting foreigners  —  Expedited citizenship would be an incentive  —  An Armed Forces center in Plymouth.  US officials are trying tactics to find recruits; one involves attracting noncitizens.  (JULIA CUMES/ASSOCIATED PRESS)  —  WASHINGTON — The armed forces …
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
 
 
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