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11:55 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.
Jeff Wilson / Associated Press:
Former President Gerald Ford Dies at 93  —  RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) - Former President Gerald R. Ford, who declared "Our long national nightmare is over" as he replaced Richard Nixon but may have doomed his own chances of election by pardoning his disgraced predecessor, has died.  He was 93.
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
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 …
Discussion: A Blog For All, Don Surber and Wizbang
cbs4.com:
Former President Gerald Ford Dies
Discussion: Attytood and Rising Hegemon
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Should Ford Have Pardoned Nixon?
Chris Lawrence / Outside The Beltway:
Gerald Ford, RIP
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Barbara O'Brien / Crooks and Liars:
Former President Gerald Ford Dies at 93
Discussion: The Mahablog
Pam / Pam's House Blend:
Former President Ford dies at 93
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:   A GOOD AND DECENT MAN  —  The year was 1980 and Gerald Ford was on a mission.
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 …
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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:
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.
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Brian Whitaker / Guardian:
Saddam to hang within 30 days
Discussion: jules crittenden
Washington Post:
The Right Type of 'Surge'  —  Any Troop Increase Must Be Large and Lasting  —  Reports on the Bush administration's efforts to craft a new strategy in Iraq often use the term "surge" but rarely define it.  Estimates of the number of troops to be added in Baghdad range from fewer than 10,000 to more than 30,000.
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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WTVD-TV:   John Edwards Kicks Off His Campaign Tour?
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 …
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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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
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Bush's Iraq plan gets big build-up  —  WASHINGTON - Determined not to be rushed, President Bush has spent weeks figuring out a new war plan in Iraq.  All the while, the American public's expectations have been headed in one direction — up.  —  Anticipation is high not just because people are weary of war …
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 …
 
 
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