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9:45 AM ET, December 30, 2006


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Associated Press:
Saddam Hussein executed for war crimes  —  Saddam Hussein, the shotgun-waving dictator who ruled Iraq with a remorseless brutality for a quarter-century and was driven from power by a U.S.-led war that left his country in shambles, was taken to the gallows clutching a Quran and hanged Saturday.
Martin Lewis / The Huffington Post:
WELL HUNG!  Saddam Hung To Prove Bush is BETTER Hung...  (Than His Dad)  —  (Photo of well-hung leader by  —  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.
Saddam Hussein executed  —  Deposed Iraqi dictator hanged for deaths of 148 Shiites in 1982  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Three years after he was hauled from a hole in the ground by pursuing U.S. forces, Saddam Hussein was hanged Saturday under a sentence imposed by an Iraqi court, an Iraqi official told NBC News.
Michael Hastings / Newsweek:
'I Saw Fear, He Was Afraid'  —  In a NEWSWEEK exclusive, the man hired to videotape Saddam Hussein's execution recalls the brutal dictator's humble final moments.  —  Ali Al Massedy was 3 feet away from Saddam Hussein when he died.  The 38 year old, normally Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al …
Robert Fisk: A dictator created then destroyed by America  —  Saddam to the gallows.  It was an easy equation.  Who could be more deserving of that last walk to the scaffold - that crack of the neck at the end of a rope - than the Beast of Baghdad, the Hitler of the Tigris …
Discussion: NewsHog and
Times of London:
Obituary - Saddam Hussein  —  Former Iraqi dictator who ruled his country without mercy and struck fear into the heart of millions  —  Saddam Hussein was a tyrant whose actions brought down unimaginable catastrophe on Iraq and its peoples.  From an early age, he had enjoyed inflicted suffering …
Discussion: New York Times and Khaleej Times
Michelle Malkin:
Report: Saddam is dead  —  ***1:53am Eastern update...witness Mowaffak al Rubaie describes to FNC the execution scene..."meticulously adhered to Islamic practice and foreigners, no coalition"...body carried to ambulance/helicopter...negotiating with family on burial location...he shouted "Long live jihad!"...
Human Rights Watch News Releases:
Iraq: Saddam Hussein Put to Death  —  Hanging After Flawed Trial Undermines Rule of Law  —  The execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein following a deeply flawed trial for crimes against humanity marks a significant step away from respect for human rights and the rule of law in Iraq, Human Rights Watch said today.
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Saddam Hussein Execution, Iraq, Talk Radio  —  CLOSURE  —  Saddam's Execution Brings End To Brutal Era  —  *** Update below: HuffPo writer goes off deep end!  With Saddam Hussein's execution just minutes away, cable news networks have been well- positioned to capture the interest …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and KnoxViews
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:   Joy of Capture Muted at End
Reuters:   Saddam Hussein hanged: witnesses
Kevin Hayden / The American Street:
Some Guy Who's Not Osama Bin Laden Was Hanged Tonight
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Impact of Hussein's death likely to be limited
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Shaun Mullen / Kiko's House:
Saddam Is Hanged; Osama Remains Free
Discussion: Haaretz and ABCNEWS
Bill Carter / New York Times:
TV Executives Debate Whether to Show Execution
Jim Henley / Unqualified Offerings:
Any Man's Death?  —  Josh Marshall tells it like it is.
Discussion: Associated Press
Raed Jarrar / The Huffington Post:
There Is No Victory in Saddam's Execution
Discussion: Global Voices Online
George Moneo / Babalu Blog:   Sic semper tyrannis
Los Angeles Times:   Hussein executed — and Iraq braces
Madrid bombing 'breaks ETA pact' … MADRID, Spain (CNN) — Spain has blamed a powerful car bomb explosion at the country's busiest airport Saturday on Basque separatist group ETA, declaring it a violation of a nine-month cease-fire.  —  Several people suffered minor injuries in the parking lot blast …
Sky News:
Car Bomb 'Claimed By ETA'
Discussion: Hot Air
Lauren Frayer / Associated Press:
Dec. deadliest month in Iraq for U.S.  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - At least 46 Iraqis died in bombings Saturday, including one planted on a minibus that exploded in a fish market in a mostly Shiite town south of Baghdad.  —  The man blamed for parking the vehicle in Kufa, a Shiite town 100 miles south …
Discussion: Pottersville
Lara Setrakian / ABCNEWS:
DAs Call for Prosecutor in Duke Lacrosse Case to Step Down  —  Nifong to Be Tried for Ethics Violations  —  ABC News Law & Justice Unit  —  In yet another moral blow to Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong, the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys called for the prosecutor to step down from the Duke lacrosse case.
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