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1:55 PM ET, December 29, 2006


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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Three Years Later, A 'Rush'  —  A little more than three years after Saddam Hussein meekly came out of his spider hole, the Iraqis have finally removed the last obstacle to his execution.  Saddam attempted, with some success, to transform his trial into a political showpiece …
Lawyer told to pick up Hussein's personal effects … WASHINGTON (CNN) — With Iraqis braced for Saddam Hussein's execution, the former dictator's lawyer said Friday the U.S. military has asked that he arrange the pickup of Hussein's personal belongings.  —  But Hussein has not been handed …
Paul J. Gough / Reuters:
TV plans tasteful coverage of Saddam execution  —  NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Television networks face a killer of a conundrum with the impending execution of Saddam Hussein, whose hanging could be videotaped and perhaps aired on Iraqi TV.  —  The timing of Saddam's date with the gallows was unclear …
Lauren Frayer / Associated Press:
Officials: Saddam still in U.S. custody  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Saddam Hussein's half brothers visited him in his jail cell and he gave them his will, Iraqi officials said Friday, indicating his execution may be approaching.  But they said he had yet to be transferred to Iraqi custody.
Fox News:
SADDAM HUSSEIN TRANSFERRED TO IRAQI CUSTODY; JUDGE SAYS HE'LL BE EXECUTED BY SATURDAY  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq — Saddam Hussein's date with death appears to be just hours away.  The former president of Iraq will be hanged by Saturday at the latest, an Iraqi judge said Friday night in Baghdad.
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.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TalkLeft
Terry McCarthy / ABCNEWS:
Saddam to Be Turned Over to Iraqis Today, Official Says  —  No Word Yet When Former Iraqi Dictator Will Be Executed  —  There is growing anticipation — and no small amount of confusion — in Baghdad this morning about when Saddam Hussein will be executed.
Discussion: In the Bullpen
U.S. officials: Hussein execution this weekend
Discussion: Attytood and SteveAudio
Joseph Lieberman / Washington Post:
Why We Need More Troops in Iraq  —  I've just spent 10 days traveling in the Middle East and speaking to leaders there, all of which has made one thing clearer to me than ever: While we are naturally focused on Iraq, a larger war is emerging.  On one side are extremists and terrorists led …
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Joe Lieberman's declaration of war on Iran  —  (updated below)  —  In his Washington Post Op-Ed today, the Great Warrior Joe Lieberman predictably endorsed sending more troops to Iraq, in the process dutifully spouting (as always) every Bush/neoconservative talking point.
Steve Clemons / The Huffington Post:   Senator Lieberman, This is Your War Too
Caroline Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Column One: The new Zionist occupiers  —  The diplomatic campaign against Iran has failed.  After three years of sterile diplomacy, last Saturday the UN Security Council passed impotent sanctions against Iran.  Iran greeted the sanctions by announcing its intention to expand …
Discussion: PrairiePundit
River / Baghdad Burning:
End of Another Year...  You know your country is in trouble when:  —  The UN has to open a special branch just to keep track of the chaos and bloodshed, UNAMI.  —  Abovementioned branch cannot be run from your country.  —  The politicians who worked to put your country in this sorry state …
Discussion: Norwegianity
THE SITUATION ROOM  —  Saddam Hussein's Final Hours; James Brown's Life Celebrated at the Apollo  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  ED HENRY, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Thanks, Christine.  And to our viewers …
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Edwards enters presidential race, urges fight against poverty  —  NEW ORLEANS — With the ruins of New Orleans as his backdrop, former Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards today called on Americans to take action against poverty, global warming and other troubles as he officially launched his 2008 campaign for president.
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Edwards Opens Presidential Campaign
Ronald Bailey / Reason Magazine:
Grande "Conservative" Blogress Diva Ann Althouse Among the "True Believers" —What Really Happened?  —  I've been following with amazement and dismay the odd postings of Grande Conservative Blogress Diva Ann Althouse about Liberty Fund Conference that we both attended earlier this month.
Discussion: Althouse, The Corner and Redstate
Darlene Superville /
AP Poll: Bush Both a Villain and a Hero  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Bad guy of 2006: President Bush.  Good guy of 2006: President Bush.  When people were asked in an AP-AOL News poll to name the villains and heroes of the year, Bush topped both lists, in a sign of these polarized times.
Business Wire:
U.S. President Ranks as Top Villain and Top Hero of 2006
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Daily Mail:
Ken plans Trafalgar Square street party to celebrate 50 years of Castro  —  Ken Livingstone is planning a "massive festival" across London to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fidel Castro's Cuban revolution.  —  The event, to be staged in 2009, will involve street parties …
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