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12:35 PM ET, December 28, 2006


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Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Ford Disagreed With Bush About Invading Iraq  —  Former president Gerald R. Ford said in an embargoed interview in July 2004 that the Iraq war was not justified.  "I don't think I would have gone to war," he said a little more than a year after President Bush had launched the invasion advocated …
Will / Attytood:
Gerald Ford's other contribution to American history: The single bullet theory  —  In the non-stop roller coaster ride that is the media's coverage of the death of Gerald Ford, our 38th president, it is amazing what still gets left behind.  For example, this interesting post shows how Ford …
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 …
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
Opponents of Islamists Seize Somali Capital  —  Just hours after the Islamist forces abandoned Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, militias loyal to the transitional government seized the city today in a stunning reversal of fortunes.  —  According to residents, troops from the transitional government …
Salad Duhul / Associated Press:
Islamic forces abandon Somalia's capital
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
Edwards's Theme: U.S. Poverty  —  Amid Iraq Talk, White House Hopeful Sticks to '04 Issue in '08 Run  —  For the roughly two dozen candidates considering a run for the White House, it is perhaps the jackpot question: What might be the winning message in a contest whose first nominating vote is still more than a year away?
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.
Discussion: Eschaton and Unfogged
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Edwards Announces Presidential Bid in New Orleans
Discussion: TalkLeft and ScrappleFace
Washington Post:
Close Adviser to Sadr Dies in U.S.-Iraqi Raid  —  A top deputy of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr was killed Wednesday during a raid by U.S. and Iraqi troops in the southern holy city of Najaf, sparking protests from Sadr's followers and complicating an already tense relationship with the powerful anti-American leader.
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Sectarian Ties Weaken Duty's Call for Iraq Forces  —  The car parked outside was almost certainly a tool of the Sunni insurgency.  It was pocked with bullet holes and bore fake license plates.  The trunk had cases of unused sniper bullets and a notice to a Shiite family telling them to abandon their home.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hot Air
Daniel Freedman / It Shines For All:
Declassified State Department Document: Arafat Responsible for Storming of Embassy and Murder of Americans in 1973  —  The State Department has finally admitted (document has just been declassified) that Arafat was behind the 1973 murder of two Americans in Sudan by the Black September terrorist group.
Joseph Farah / WorldNetDaily:
State Department declassifies report on 1973 terror attack in Khartoum
TBlumer / BizzyBlog:
Arafat's Orchestration of 1973 Murders Acknowledged by State …
Discussion: Doug Ross and
US Department of State:
Foreign Relations, 1969-1976, Volume E-6, Documents on Africa, 1973-1976
Discussion: Power Line
Dennis Conrad / Associated Press:
Reid to miss Ford funeral  —  WASHINGTON - Incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will miss the state funeral for former President Gerald Ford at the Capitol Rotunda on Saturday night, opting instead to lead a delegation to South America with an expected stop at the Machu Picchu Inca ruins.
Associated Press:
Ford's state funeral to begin on Friday
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:   THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY
Blair on Islam: Standard-Bearer of Tolerance  —  A quote from Tony Blair in Foreign Affairs, January/February 2007  —  To me, the most remarkable thing about the Koran is how progressive it is.  I write with great humility as a member of another faith.  As an outsider, the Koran strikes …
Discussion: and Atlas Shrugs
Tony Blair / Foreign Affairs:
A Battle for Global Values
Discussion: Euphoric Reality
Jerusalem Post:
Exclusive: Hizbullah paying terrorists for Kassam attacks  —  Hizbullah is paying Palestinian splinter groups "thousands of dollars" for each Kassam rocket fired at the western Negev, The Jerusalem Post has learned.  —  According to Israeli intelligence information, Hizbullah is smuggling cash …
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.
Olivier Guitta: Plan B: Syria's forgotten — but dangerous — nuclear program  —  WASHINGTON - The Iraq Survey Group is calling for open negotiations with Syria, but new reports show that Damascus is up to no good.  Indeed, while world attention is rightly focused on the nuclear capabilities …
Discussion: The Corner
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
As Minds Age, What's Next?  Brain Calisthenics  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Is there hope for your hippocampus, a new lease for your temporal lobe?  —  Science is not sure yet, but across the country, brain health programs are springing up, offering the possibility of a cognitive fountain of youth.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and
Agence France Presse:
US holding two Iranians in Iraq  —  US forces are holding two Iranian nationals detained last week in the Iraqi capital on suspicion of weapons smuggling, military spokesman General William Caldwell has confirmed.  —  "There was an operation on the morning of December 21 based on intelligence.
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Universal 401(k) Accounts Would Bring the Poor Into the Ownership Society  —  Of the current proposals to address income inequality, the universal 401(k) is the most likely to bring general prosperity.  —  The core idea is simple.  The federal government creates tax-free retirement accounts …
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Richard Waters / Financial Times:
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Ben Stein / American Spectator:
I Smell a Borat  —  Let's talk about Borat.  I finally caught …
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Katrina evacuees on the clock to appeal
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Iran 'facing disaster' over collapsing fuel exports
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Belarus Doubles Down  —  Belarus has decided to call Vladimir …