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7:50 PM ET, December 30, 2006


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John F. Burns / New York Times:
Feared and Pitiless; Fearful and Pitiable  —  NOBODY who experienced Iraq under the tyranny of Saddam Hussein could imagine, at the height of the terror he imposed on his countrymen, ever pitying him.  Pitiless himself, he sent hundreds of thousands of his countrymen to miserable deaths …
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Saddam Hussein Is Put to Death  —  Former Iraqi President Hanged Before Dawn in Baghdad to Divided Reaction  —  Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was hanged in the predawn hours of Saturday for crimes against humanity in the mass murder of Shiite men and boys in the 1980s …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
The President's praise of fair trials and the rule of law
Discussion: Firedoglake and Slate
Gateway Pundit:
If Ever You Needed Proof of American Leftist Insanity- Look Now!
Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
Trevino: Tears for the Devil
Discussion: Wake up America and Hullabaloo
Raed Jarrar / The Huffington Post:
There Is No Victory in Saddam's Execution
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 …
Juan Cole / Salon:
Saddam: The death of a dictator  —  Through the bumbling of the U.S.-backed regime, justice becomes revenge, and a despot becomes a martyr.  —  Saddam Hussein in court in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 7, 2006.  —  The body of Saddam, as it swung from the gallows at 6 a.m. Saturday Baghdad time, cast an ominous shadow over Iraq.
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 …
Austin Bay Blog:
UPDATED: A few thoughts on Saddam's execution (three updates)
Discussion: Bill's Bites
Mariam Karouny / Reuters:   Saddam hanged at dawn
Juan / Informed Comment:
For Whom the Bell Tolls:  —  Top Ten Ways the US Enabled Saddam Hussein
Discussion: Empire Burlesque and CorrenteWire
Robert Hodierne /
Down on the war  —  Poll: More troops unhappy with Bush's course in Iraq  —  The American military — once a staunch supporter of President Bush and the Iraq war — has grown in creasingly pessimistic about chances for victory.  —  For the first time, more troops disapprove of the president's han dling of the war than approve of it.
Editor and Publisher:
Poll for Military Papers Finds Troops' Support for War Plunging  —  NEW YORK It's often written or said in the media that, despite public opposition to the Iraq war here at home, military personnel strongly back President Bush's handling of the conflict.  But a poll for the Military Times newspapers …
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Hussein Video Grips Iraq; Attacks Go On  —  Saddam Hussein never bowed his head, until his neck snapped.  —  His last words were equally defiant.  —  "Down with the traitors, the Americans, the spies and the Persians."  —  The former ruler of Iraq's final hour began about 5 a.m. …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Saddam's execution uncut  —  As usual, Rusty Shackleford comes through with the vid.  Obviously this wasn't shot by the official Iraqi cameraman: he was up on the platform with Saddam and using a real lens, not a cell phone.  This probably was taken by one of the Shiite witnesses …
Jeffrey Jones / Reuters:
Huge ice shelf breaks free in Canada's far north  —  Source: Reuters  —  CALGARY, Alberta, Dec 29 (Reuters) - A chunk of ice bigger than the area of Manhattan broke from an ice shelf in Canada's far north and could wreak havoc if it starts to float westward toward oil-drilling regions …
Discussion: Liberal Values
Washington Post:
Iraq Expels 2 Iranians Detained by U.S.  —  American Defense Official Calls Release 'Obviously Troubling'  —  Two senior Iranian operatives who were detained by U.S. forces in Iraq and were strongly suspected of planning attacks against American military forces and Iraqi targets were expelled …
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
U.S. Official Overseeing Oil Program Faces Inquiry  —  The Justice Department is investigating whether the director of a multibillion-dollar oil-trading program at the Interior Department has been paid as a consultant for oil companies hoping for contracts.  —  The director of the program …
Edward M. Kennedy / Washington Post:
We Can't Ignore Iraq's Refugees  —  With the nation still at war in Iraq, each of us is deeply grateful to the brave men and women in our armed forces who celebrated the holidays this year with half their hearts at home and half in Iraq.  But this year especially it is essential that we also reflect …
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Trounced at Polls, Kansas GOP Is Still Plagued by Infighting  —  Party Puts Ousted Official In His Opponent's Old Post  —  Phill Kline is not one to slink away — and the ideological wars inside the Kansas Republican Party show no sign of ending.  —  The fiercely antiabortion Republican attorney general …
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Steve Benen / Political Animal:
ROCK OF AGES, AGES OF ROCKS.... An interesting controversy …
Discussion: Inactivist and Balloon Juice
Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
Saddam compliant, calm in final moments
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
Ethiopia Advances on Somali Islamists' Last City
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Edwards, Now Seasoned, Elbows His Way Into the Field
Mohammed / IRAQ THE MODEL:
Celebrating Justice...  Saddam drew his path to hell long time ago …
Discussion: Assorted Babble
Susan Crawford blog:
The day the internet became cable television: Dec. 29, 2006
Bryan / Hot Air:
Boxer punches CAIR
 Earlier Items: 
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Don't Call Hitchens For My Eulogy
Jeffrey Toobin / New York Times:
Gerald Ford's Affirmative Action
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Appeals Court Rejects Brief Submitted by Ex-Judges
Bill Carter / New York Times:
How Much Should Be Shown of a Hanging?  Network Executives Wonder and Wait
Discussion: Althouse and AMERICAblog
Madrid bombing 'breaks ETA pact'