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5:15 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.
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:
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
Terry McCarthy / ABCNEWS:
Saddam to Be Turned Over to Iraqis Today, Official Says
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 …
Steve Clemons / The Huffington Post:   Senator Lieberman, This is Your War Too
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Joe Lieberman's declaration of war on Iran
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.
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 …
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Crisis in Housing Adds to Miseries of Iraq Mayhem  —  BAGHDAD — Along with its many other desperate problems, Iraq is in the midst of a housing crisis that is worsening by the day.  —  It began right after the toppling of Saddam Hussein, when many landlords took advantage of the removal …
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.
Ben of Mesopotamia:
TPMmuckraker, The Left, and Me  —  Geez, people, lighten the **** up!  —  Long story made short: my 18 December post on the stories I'd heard and events I'd seen surrounding Senator Kerry's visit got picked up by NRO's "The Corner" and Instapundit.  Justin Rood of the respectable Left-of-Center blog http …
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.
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 …
Arab News:
MWL Wants Lawsuits for Abuse of Islam and the Prophet  —  A two-day conference organized by the Makkah-based Muslim World League yesterday called for a consultative commission in order to take legal action against those who abuse Islam and its Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) …
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.
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: Wizbang
Lawrence Downes / New York Times:
Middle School Girls Gone Wild  —  It's hard to write this without sounding like a prig.  But it's just as hard to erase the images that planted the idea for this essay, so here goes.  The scene is a middle school auditorium, where girls in teams of three or four are bopping to pop songs at a student talent show.
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