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10:40 AM ET, December 27, 2006

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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.
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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 …
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.
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) …
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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 …
Discussion: Attytood and Rising Hegemon
Jeff Wilson / Associated Press:
Former President Gerald Ford Dies at 93
Michelle Malkin:
Gerald Ford, RIP
Barbara O'Brien / Crooks and Liars:
Former President Gerald Ford Dies at 93
Discussion: The Mahablog
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Should Ford Have Pardoned Nixon?
TigerHawk:
Gerald R. Ford, 1913-2006
Discussion: bRight & Early and Democrats.com
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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 …
Discussion: PrairiePundit
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 …
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
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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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Brian Whitaker / Guardian:
Saddam to hang within 30 days
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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 …
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
Islamists Retreat in Somalia  —  The Islamist forces once in control of much of Somalia are crumbling faster than anyone expected and beat a hasty retreat back to their stronghold in Mogadishu, Somalia's battle-scarred capital, on Tuesday.  —  By dawn, Buurhakaba, a large inland town …
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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
U.S. Wants Polar Bears Listed as Threatened  —  The Bush administration has decided to propose listing the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, putting the U.S. government on record as saying that global warming could drive one of the world's most recognizable animals out of existence.
Discussion: MyDD and ShopFloor.org
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
With Promises of a Better-Run Congress, Democrats Take on Political Risks  —  Republican rule on Capitol Hill drew to an exhausted end just before dawn on Dec. 9 after lawmakers dispatched a pile of bills that few had read and even fewer had helped write.  Democrats say the era of such chaotic …
Virginia Wheeler / The Sun:
Chelsy: My Harry is off to Iraq  —  " width=540 height=320 border=0>  —  PRINCE Harry's lover Chelsy Davy is to travel the world after telling pals: "Haz is off to war."  —  Her remark is the strongest hint yet that the 22-year-old Royal WILL see action in Iraq.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Don Surber
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Working at Cross Purposes  —  Consider this policy aimed to help workers at the bottom of the income distribution:  —  1. A wage subsidy for unskilled workers, paid for by  —  2. A tax on employers who hire unskilled workers.  —  Now, if you think like an economist, you might wonder about the logic of part 2 of this proposal.
Discussion: Angry Bear, Redstate and Say Anything
 
 
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Bruce Bartlett / Washington Times:
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