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10:30 PM ET, December 29, 2006

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Associated Press:
Official: Saddam to be executed tonight  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - The official witnesses to Saddam Hussein's impending execution gathered Friday in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone in final preparation for his hanging, as state television broadcast footage of his regime's atrocities.
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Marc Santora / New York Times:
Iraq Prepares to Execute Hussein  —  The close of the final chapter on the brutal reign of Saddam Hussein drew ever closer today, as Iraqi officials prepared the last legal notice necessary before his execution, a red card that will be presented to the former dictator to inform him that his end is near, Iraqi officials said.
Mohammed / IRAQ THE MODEL:
Year 2007 will definitely be without Saddam walking on the ground....  It's very imminent now and might become a fact at any minute.  —  The situation in Baghdad is tense now and US and Iraqi forces are heavily deployed on the streets.  —  We're hearing and reading more confirmations …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Saddam Asks U.S. to Block Execution  —  Lawyers for Saddam Hussein on Friday made a last-minute appeal to an American court to avert execution in Iraq, asking a judge to block his transfer from U.S. custody to the hands of Iraqi officials.  —  Hussein's lawyers filed documents Friday afternoon asking …
Associated Press:
Lawyers Work to Stop Saddam's Execution  —  Saddam Hussein will be executed no later than Saturday, said an Iraqi judge authorized to attend his hanging.  American and Iraqi officials met to set the hour of his death.  —  Lawyers for Saddam Hussein asked a U.S. judge to block his transfer …
Discussion: Don Surber and PoliPundit.com
Martin Lewis / The Huffington Post:
WELL HUNG!  Saddam Hung To Prove Bush is BETTER Hung...  (Than His Dad)  —  (Photo of well-hung leader by www.wacotrib.com)  —  We Got Him!!!!  Only $354 Billion & 3,000 US Military!  —  (I'd call that a Bargain.  The best we've ever had...)  —  Some thanks are in order:  —  1) To George W. Bush.
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See-Dubya / Hot Air:
Report: Saddam hanged  —  Word just in from al-Arabiya that Saddam Hussein al-Tikriti is dead.  —  Sic Semper Tyrannis.  Watch this space for more details.  —  Update (AP): Al-Hurra is reporting it too.  I'm monitoring Al Jazeera in the expectation that they'll have the video before American media does.
Discussion: Reuters and Captain's Quarters
Steve Bainbridge / Professor Bainbridge's Journal:
Hanging Saddam  —  The NYT opines: … That's certainly true, but hanging Saddam is still the right thing to do.  —  I agree with - or, to put it more precisely, I give religious assent to - Pope John Paul II's teaching in Evangelium vitae that society:
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Washington Post:
A Death Sentence Affirmed  —  Saddam Hussein's trial was imperfect.  But a perfect trial would have yielded the same result.  —  WITH TUESDAY'S decision by an Iraqi appeals body to affirm the death sentence of Saddam Hussein, the execution of the former tyrant could take place within weeks.
Edmund Sanders / Los Angeles Times:
Ethiopians are split over their foreign invasion  —  The military strike on Somalia's Islamists may backfire, some worry.  —  ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — The headline in an Ethiopian newspaper drew familiar, if unflattering, comparisons to another nation's faster-thanexpected victory in a war abroad.
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Michael J. Totten:
Hezbollah's Christian Allies  —  This is the second installment in a series.  You can read Part One here if you missed it.  —  BEIRUT - While Hezbollah staged a mass protest and sit-in downtown Beirut with the hopes of ousting the elected anti-Syrian "March 14" government, I watched from the patio of a café across the street.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Radley Balko / Reason Magazine:
Ann Althouse responds to Ron Bailey here .  —  It is a bizarre response.  Apparently what so offended Althouse is that anyone could possibly believe that a private business owner should be permitted to privately discriminate on the basis of race.  This, to her, isn't a position that's compatible with civil discourse.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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Newsweek:
CAIR Play?  —  Sen. Barbara Boxer recalled an award she recently gave to an Islamic activist because of his ties to a major American Muslim organization—that critics say has ties to terrorist activities.  —  Dangerous Group?  President Bush met with Muslim-American representatives on Sept. 17, 2001.
Steve Benen / Political Animal:
BUCKING RUBINOMICS.... Last week, Paul Krugman offered the incoming Democratic majority some advice: do not place deficit reduction at the top of the priority list.  —  As Krugman explained, former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin helped convince the party in the 1990s that deficit reduction was key to fiscal and budgetary policy.
BBC:
Housework cuts breast cancer risk  —  Women who exercise by doing the housework can reduce their risk of breast cancer, a study suggests.  —  The research on more than 200,000 women from nine European countries found doing household chores was far more cancer protective than playing sport.
 
 
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