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7:45 PM ET, December 28, 2006


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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Discussion: The Corner
US Department of State:   Foreign Relations, 1969-1976, Volume E-6, Documents on Africa, 1973-1976
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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."
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.
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.
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Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
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