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4:10 PM 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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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: DownWithTyranny! and Whatever
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.
Jeff Wilson / Associated Press:
Former President Ford dies at 93
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Gerald Ford Retrospective
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Juan / Informed Comment:
Ford and Foreign Policy: Snapshots from the 1970s
Discussion: Wampum
Bruce Kesler / Democracy Project:
The Other Pardon: Ford's vs. Carter's
Associated Press:
Saddam Hussein's Baath party threatens to retaliate if their leader is executed  —  AMMAN, Jordan: Saddam Hussein's Baath Party threatened Wednesday to retaliate if the ousted Iraqi leader is executed, warning in an Internet posting it would target U.S. interests anywhere.
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Brian Whitaker / Guardian:
Saddam to hang within 30 days  —  Saddam Hussein could be hanged within days after the rejection of his appeal by Iraq's highest court yesterday.  —  The former Iraqi dictator was sentenced to death in November over the killing of 148 Shia Muslims from the town of Dujail in 1982.
Discussion: jules crittenden and Lear Center
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.
Los Angeles Times:   Iraqi court upholds death for Hussein
Marty Kaplan / The Huffington Post:   And Now, The Saddam Snuff Show
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.
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Matthew Yglesias:
More Troops, More Longer
Discussion: toohotfortnr and Eschaton
Michelle Malkin:
Lonely, I'm Mr. Lonely  —  I linked to this photo of lonely John Kerry spurned by the troops in Iraq last night via Power Line, but the photo is going viral and it's worth re-posting as a stand-alone.  —  Thank radio talk show host Scott Hennen for sharing the image.
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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 …
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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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Biden Opposes a Troop Increase in Iraq, Foreshadowing a Fight With the Bush Administration  —  Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, the incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Tuesday rejected a troop increase for Iraq, foreshadowing what could be a contentious fight between …
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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 …
Reuters:
Taliban confirm top commander killed in U.S. strike  —  CHAMAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Taliban commander confirmed on Wednesday that the rebels' military chief in southern Afghanistan had been killed in a U.S. air strike on December 19, adding his death was a blow for the Islamist movement.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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.
Opinion Journal:
A Dirty Game  —  The Duke "rape" case unravels.  —  It's no secret that hugely disproportionate numbers of the innocent people oppressed by abusive prosecutors and police in this country are African-Americans.  Now one of the most outrageous cases of law-enforcement abuse is unfolding in Durham, N.C., home of the Duke lacrosse case.
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
 
 
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Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
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Wanker of the Day
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Bruce Bartlett / Washington Times:
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Ben Feller / Associated Press:
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