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8:45 PM ET, December 27, 2006


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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Commentary: Gerald Ford's impact on the Court  —  Gerald R. Ford's legacy, now being reassessed in the wake of his death Tuesday night, will be measured many ways.  Of course, much is being made of his decision as President to pardon former President Richard M. Nixon for the crimes of the Watergate scandal …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Scared Monkeys
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Gerald Ford  —  The first vote I ever cast was for Jerry Brown for governor.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Gerald Ford Retrospective
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
John Edwards joins presidential race  —  WASHINGTON - Former Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards jumped into the presidential race Wednesday a day earlier than he'd planned, prodded by an Internet glitch to launch a candidacy focused on health care, taxes and other domestic issues.
Associated Press:
Edwards' Web site jumps gun on presidential run … WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Edwards is running for president for a second time, his campaign said Wednesday.  —  The former North Carolina senator plans to formally announce his candidacy Thursday …
John Edwards joins presidential race  —  Senator who ran in 2004 bidding for Democratic nomination, campaign says  —  Former Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards volunteers in New Orleans on Wednesday, a day before his scheduled presidential run announcement.  —  Slide show
Discussion: Centerfield
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
Islamist Forces in Somalia Are in Retreat  —  Ethiopian-backed forces continued to beat back Islamist fighters in Somalia today, advancing to within 15 miles of Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, as diplomatic pressure increased for the Ethiopians to pull out.  —  The African Union …
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
U.S. Signals Backing for Ethiopian Incursion Into Somalia  —  The United States on Tuesday signaled its support for the Ethiopian offensive in Somalia, calling it a response to "aggression" by Islamists who have since the summer been consolidating power in the country.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Amygdala
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
Islamists Retreat in Somalia
Discussion: NO QUARTER and LiberalOasis
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.
Matthew Yglesias:
More Troops, More Longer
Discussion: Eschaton
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.
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 …
Editor and Publisher:
White House to Joe Biden: Hold Your Horses on Rejecting Iraq Troop Surge  —  NEW YORK At today's press gaggle in Crawford, Texas, Scott Stanzel, pinch-hitting for White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, described the president's reaction to the death of Gerald R. Ford and his upcoming meetings to discuss his next moves in Iraq.
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.
Scott Hennen /
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 …
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 …
Steve Benen / Political Animal:   TAKING THE HIGH ROAD.... In a Republican-led Congress …
Justin Rood / TPMmuckraker:
At The Corner, Iraq News That Isn't  —  Reader SB points us to an entry today at The Corner, a blog belonging to National Review magazine, entitled "FROM IRAQ: A MARINE'S NOTES."  —  Among other things, the unnamed Marine tells the National Review that:
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.
Hassan Abdel Zahra / Agence France Presse:
Tension after US soldier shoots Sadr supporter  —  NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) - Tension was mounting in the Iraqi city of Najaf after an American soldier killed a senior ally of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr during a raid on his house.  —  Sadr supporters and local police told AFP Wednesday …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
So The Message Got Delivered, Then  —  Iran has acknowledged that its oil industry has fallen on hard times, and guess who they blame for their troubles?  The Great Satan, this time, might not mind: … Thanks for confirming the receipt of our messsage, Vaziri!
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New York Times:
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Palestinians preparing for war in Gaza
See-Dubya / Hot Air:
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Taliban confirm top commander killed in U.S. strike
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