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3:45 PM ET, December 29, 2006


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New York Times:
The Rush to Hang Saddam Hussein  —  The important question was never really about whether Saddam Hussein was guilty of crimes against humanity.  The public record is bulging with the lengthy litany of his vile and unforgivable atrocities: genocidal assaults against the Kurds …
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.
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 …
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.
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: Flopping Aces and Wizbang
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 …
Terry McCarthy / ABCNEWS:
Saddam to Be Turned Over to Iraqis Today, Official Says
Associated Press:
Judge: Saddam to Be Executed by Saturday
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
Steve Clemons / The Huffington Post:   Senator Lieberman, This is Your War Too
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 …
Bill / INDCJournal:
Kay la Nansa - Kuwait's "Not to Forget Museum"  —  Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit Kuwait's "Not to Forget Museum," a small complex devoted to archiving the history of the Invasion of Kuwait, Operation Desert Storm and the atrocities by and ultimate fate of Saddam Hussein and his regime.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Saddam to hang today?  Update: Still in U.S. custody?  —  Maliki wants it done by Sunday, but like Ed says, we wouldn't transfer him to the Iraqis unless the execution was imminent.  The risk of someone on their side tipping the jihadis to his whereabouts or even trying to bust him out themselves is too great.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
SOME THOUGHTS ON MOONBATTERY  —  A few days ago, radio talk show host Scott Hennen posted an email he received from a soldier in Iraq who witnessed John Kerry's visit to the troops in Baghdad.  This soldier offered his own observations to the effect that Kerry's welcome was less than warm …
Ben of Mesopotamia:   TPMmuckraker, The Left, and Me  —  Geez, people, lighten the **** up!
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.
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!
Les Neuhaus / Associated Press:
Thousands greet Somalia's PM in capital  —  MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somalia's prime minister entered the capital Friday, a day after an Islamic movement's fighters retreated ahead of his Ethiopian-backed troops, and was welcomed by thousands of cheering residents of the battle-scarred city.
Caroline Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Column One: The new Zionist occupiers
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Frank Luntz / NY Daily News:
How America's Mayor can beat America's maverick  —  Pundits who have written off Rudy Giuliani are nuts.  As he explores a 2008 bid for President, Giuliani sits atop the Republican pack in most polls - with support that will not quickly erode, despite his stance on some social issues.
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: NO QUARTER
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Nifong In Trouble  —  Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong faces charges of ethical violations at the North Carolina Bar Association due to his inflammatory and misleading comments to the press during the rape investigation of three Duke lacrosse team members.
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A question for 2007  —  Taking a whack at prognostication …
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