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6:40 PM ET, December 28, 2006


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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," …
From Watergate to Monicagate  —  Like Gerald Ford, George W. Bush believed his mission was to restore honor and integrity at the White House.  The striking parallels between two administrations.  —  To understand Gerald Ford's place inside the Bush administration, you need to turn the clock back six years.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
How Ford's Legacy Still Serves
Discussion: The Horse's Mouth and CorrenteWire
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Was Ford against the war before he was for it?
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:   A Soother's Missteps  —  Gerald R. Ford was a professional politician …
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.
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.
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 …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Discussion: The Corner
Aaron Beard / Associated Press:
N.C. Bar Files Charges Against Duke D.A.  —  RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina bar filed ethics charges Thursday against the prosecutor in the Duke lacrosse case, accusing him of saying misleading or inflammatory things to the news media about the athletes under suspicion.
Discussion: Power Line and Ace of Spades HQ
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  —  TPM Muckraker has some questions about the Lonely Kerry photo posted by Scott Hennen and linked by Power Line, me, and others.  Justin Rood writes: … I've e-mailed Scott Hennen for a response.  One more question: Can anyone verify that
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Many soldiers say troop surge a bad idea  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Many of the American soldiers trying to quell sectarian killings in Baghdad don't appear to be looking for reinforcements.  They say the temporary surge in troop levels some people are calling for is a bad idea.
Howie / The Jawa Report:
Discussion: PrairiePundit
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."
USA Today:
Reading, writing & wrangling  —  Among the top headline-grabbers this year in education news:  —  The Spellings commission: Seeking accountability in higher ed  —  A commission created by Education Secretary Margaret Spellings urged an overhaul of U.S. higher education.
Discussion: and Joanne Jacobs
Swopa / Firedoglake:
Farewell, Billmon?  —  Looks like somebody made a New Year's resolution that will make us all a little sad.  The deservedly legendary Billmon posted the picture above at the Whiskey Bar late last night.  —  Granted, he's made some cryptic/melodramatic exits before that (thankfully) …
Discussion: The Carpetbagger Report and unfutz
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.
Arnaud De Borchgrave / UPI:
Analysis: Arabian Medicis  —  When King Abd al-Aziz — also known as Ibn Saud — died in 1953, he left 44 sons and uncounted daughters by 17 wives.  He used to break up the monotony of daylong cabinet meetings with intimate interludes selected from a catalogue that contained pictures of over 600 concubines.
Discussion: Cold Fury
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
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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
U.S. Scolds Israel on Plan for West Bank Settlement
Pakistan Daily Times:
Ruling dropping charges against Rauf suspended
Discussion: Hot Air
Murdoc Online:
Iran's Oil Woes
Foreign Affairs:
Saving Afghanistan  —  Summary: With the Taliban resurgent …
Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
The Blogosphere at War  —  I wrote this paper as an attempt …
Discussion: Gates of Vienna and TigerHawk
 Earlier Items: 
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush, advisers crafting new Iraq policy
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Iraqis to videotape Saddam execution; Update: Saddam may not hang within 30 days?
Yeas and Nays: Thursday, Dec. 28
Discussion: Right Wing News
Mickey Kaus / Slate:
BUT WILL HE PLAY IN PLANO?  —  Sunday Morning Sullivan …
Discussion: Althouse and Daily Pundit
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Universal 401(k) Accounts Would Bring the Poor Into the Ownership Society