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5:25 PM ET, December 28, 2006


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Joseph Farah / WorldNetDaily:
State Department declassifies report on 1973 terror attack in Khartoum  —  WASHINGTON - After 33 years of secrecy, the U.S. State Department has finally declassified a document admitting it knew the late Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, plotted and supervised …
TBlumer / BizzyBlog:
Arafat's Orchestration of 1973 Murders Acknowledged by State …
US Department of State:   Foreign Relations, 1969-1976, Volume E-6, Documents on Africa, 1973-1976
The Big Trunk / Power Line:   COLD RIVER: A CASE STUDY
Ezra Klein:
The Announcement  —  Yesterday, John Edwards spent the day shoveling, flattening, and recreating Orelia Tyler's yard.  Today, outside that same yard, at 8:03 in the morning, he announced for president.  The speech was more casual than most in the announcement genre, at least in my experience.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Edwards Announces Presidential Bid in New Orleans  —  Former North Carolina senator John Edwards officially jumped into the 2008 presidential race this morning in this flood-ravaged city, sounding a populist call for citizen action to reduce the U.S. troop presence in Iraq …
Associated Press:
Former senator who ran in '04 is bidding for Democratic nomination  —  WASHINGTON - Two years after his hopes for a Democratic takeover of the White House were narrowly dashed, former vice presidential nominee John Edwards said Thursday that he is making another run at the presidency.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Edwards shoots for White House again  —  NEW ORLEANS - Two years after his hopes for a Democratic takeover of the White House were narrowly dashed, former vice presidential nominee John Edwards is making another run at the presidency with a call to cut poverty, global warming and troops in Iraq.
Thomas M. DeFrank / NY Daily News:
Last lunch with a legend  —  Speaks candidly about the WMDs and war in Iraq  —  DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF … RANCHO MIRAGE, Cal. - Jerry Ford was a politician of rare amiability, but this day he was hopping mad.  —  "They won't let me go in the pool and swim," …
BuzzFlash / Fight Ignorance:
Banana Republics: In Search of Peace with Cindy Sheehan  —  Gerald Ford, our 38th and first ever un-elected President is dead.  All of the networks and cable news are rightfully filled with stories on his legacy and life.  The pundits are analyzing his presidency and I have heard comments like …
Discussion: Power Line, Flopping Aces and Wizbang
Justin Rood / TPMmuckraker:
More Right-Wing Blog Fun with Iraq War E-mails  —  If wishes were e-mails, the Iraq war would be won.  And John Kerry would be friendless.  —  Yesterday we learned via the National Review Online that, at least according to year-old spam, ground troops think the United States is winning the war in Iraq.
Michelle Malkin:   Questions about the John Kerry photo Answer: It's real and accurate
Ethiopians Blitz Their Way Across the Country  —  Ethiopian troops have stood aside so that Somali gunmen representing the Transitional Government can enter Mogadishu.  The surviving Islamic Courts fighters have fled south, from whence they came.  This does not solve the basic problem …
Michelle Malkin:
CNN On Demand markets sniper video  —  Go to The Return of the Conservatives blog for the story of how TimeWarner Cable's CNN on Demand is marketing the Iraqi sniper video of terrorists targeting American troops.  Notice the category of the video?  "Family."  —  But, you know, don't question their patriotism.
Matthew Yglesias:
Escalating Silence  —  I don't know when Scott Stanzel started working as a White House spokesman, but his rejoinder to Joe Biden's anti-escalation views doesn't make much sense: "I would hope that Senator Biden would wait to hear what the president has to say before announcing what he's opposed to."
James Risen / New York Times:
G.O.P. Senator in Spotlight After a Critical Iraq Speech  —  At the close of the Senate's lame-duck session, in between formulaic tributes to senators departing voluntarily or otherwise, a Republican backbencher suddenly rose to give one of the most passionate and surprising speeches about the war in Iraq yet delivered in Congress.
Washington Post:
Profile in Decency  —  We were fortunate in 1974, a time of crisis, to have the right person in the right place at the right time.  When the country needed healing, reconciliation and restoration of confidence, Gerald Ford provided it.  —  He was a principled partisan …
Yeas and Nays: Thursday, Dec. 28  —  WASHINGTON - Jeff DuFour and Patrick Gavin cover people, power and politics in the beltway each weekday.  Email them at .  —  How to be an A-list Washingtonian  —  Do you want to be the consummate Washingtonian?
Discussion: Right Wing News
Potfry / Political Satire Fake News:
The New Pocket Casualty Counter From The Associated Press!  —  Are you freakishly obsessed with the daily casualty count in Iraq?  Do you find yourself disappointed when a day or two goes by and no American soldiers die?  Have you ever been at a cocktail party and said …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Foreign Affairs:
Saving Afghanistan  —  Summary: With the Taliban resurgent, reconstruction faltering, and opium poppy cultivation at an all-time high, Afghanistan is at risk of collapsing into chaos.  If Washington wants to save the international effort there, it must increase its commitment to the area …
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Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
The Blogosphere at War  —  I wrote this paper as an attempt …
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Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush, advisers crafting new Iraq policy
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
How Ford's Legacy Still Serves
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Mickey Kaus / Slate:
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Olivier Guitta: Plan B: Syria's forgotten — but dangerous — nuclear program
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Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Apple 'falsified' files on Jobs' options
Barbara O'Brien / Crooks and Liars:
Moonies and the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Universal 401(k) Accounts Would Bring the Poor Into the Ownership Society
Washington Post:
Close Adviser to Sadr Dies in U.S.-Iraqi Raid