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1:50 AM ET, December 29, 2006


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NBC: Saddam to be hanged by Sunday  —  Ex-dictator's execution expected to be carried out by start of Eid holiday  —  Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, sentenced to death for his role in 148 killings in 1982, will have his sentence carried out by Sunday, NBC News reported Thursday.
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.
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
A Shoot and A Miss for Right Wing Blogs  —  Steve from The Carpetbagger Report catches the righties in full "Kerry Derangement Syndrome" swing.  They love to keep pushing that "Kerry hates the troops and the troops hate Kerry" meme, even when they have to make up events to prove it.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Conservatives shoot and miss with Kerry pic  —  I'll spare you the litany of links, but several of the right's major blogs yesterday were all aflutter over a picture of John Kerry, in Iraq a couple of weeks ago, apparently sitting alone at a mess hall.  The picture, as the story went …
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
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Ford, Nixon Sustained Friendship for Decades  —  Months before Richard M. Nixon set a relatively unknown Michigan congressman named Gerald R. Ford on the path to the White House, Nixon turned to Ford, who called himself the embattled president's "only real friend," to get him out of trouble.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
How Ford's Legacy Still Serves
Discussion: The Horse's Mouth and CorrenteWire
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:   A Soother's Missteps  —  Gerald R. Ford was a professional politician …
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.
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 Turns to Non-Tradtional Campaign Model
Discussion: Wampum
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Edwards Announces Presidential Bid in New Orleans
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.
Discussion: BizzyBlog
DarthDilbert / Return of the Conservatives:
Absolutely disgusting  —  I initially contacted TimeWarner Cable …
Discussion: Wake up America
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Israel Confirms Arms Shipment Sent to Aid Abbas  —  After coordination with Israel and the United States, Egypt has sent a shipment of weapons and ammunition into the Gaza Strip to forces loyal to the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, Israeli officials said today.
Investor's Business Daily:
Paging Capt. Hussein  —  Media: After Reuters was burned by an anti-Semitic photographer, you would think the "objective" press would be more careful.  How to explain, then, the mystery of Associated Press source Jamil Hussein?  —  The AP claims Hussein is a captain in the Iraqi police force and works in the Baghdad region.
Discussion: BizzyBlog
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."
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush, advisers crafting new Iraq policy  —  CRAWFORD, Texas - Already weeks in the making, President Bush burnished his new war plan on Thursday at a meeting at his Texas ranch with his top military and diplomatic advisers.  —  Back in Washington, critics of the war are urging the Democratic Congress …
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
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U.S. Embassy Is Warning Beijing on Iran Gas Deal
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Nihilist Exclusive: James Brown Disapproved of Iraq War
Discussion: Argghhh!
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Islamic Movement Troops Abandon Mogadishu
Washington Post:
John Edwards Announces Bid for 2008 Democratic Presidential Nomination
The Grassroots Lobbying Fraud - Shutting America Up
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
James Lileks / Jewish World Review:
Looking back on the follies of the year ahead
Swopa / Firedoglake:
Farewell, Billmon?  —  Looks like somebody made a New Year's resolution …
Pakistan Daily Times:
Ruling dropping charges against Rauf suspended
Discussion: Hot Air
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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 …
Potfry / Political Satire Fake News:
The New Pocket Casualty Counter From The Associated Press!
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Hot Air
John / Argghhh!:
Thomas J. Bray / Opinion Journal:
Trump Cards  —  Not-so-Big Labor eyes the Democratic Congress.