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8:55 AM ET, December 26, 2007

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Patrick Healy / MSNBC:
Clinton's influence as first lady questioned  —  Clinton appeared to learn more through osmosis than decision-making  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton is greeted by nuns at a New Delhi orphanage run by Mother Teresa in March 1995.  As first lady, Clinton was mostly involved in what diplomats call …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton's Résumé Factor: Those 8 Years as First Lady  —  As first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton jaw-boned the authoritarian president of Uzbekistan to leave his car and shake hands with people.  She argued with the Czech prime minister about democracy.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Change our lifestyle to save Santa's home  —  Editor - Santa is deeply concerned with the rapid shrinking of the North Pole.  For generations, he has depended on swift, reliable and environmentally friendly reindeer power.  —  If we do not change our lifestyle soon and seek alternative energy sources …
Discussion: Fausta's blog
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Michelle Malkin:
Eco-scrooges can't give it a rest  —  Environmental busybodies never take a vacation.  The lead letter on Christmas day at the San Francisco Chronicle echoed dim bulb Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels' recent “Stop global warming and buy CFLs or Santa will DIEDIEDIE!” threat:
Discussion: WorldNetDaily
Juan Cole:
Top Ten Myths about Iraq 2007  —  10. Myth: The US public no longer sees Iraq as a central issue in the 2008 presidential campaign. … 9. Myth: There have been steps toward religious and political reconciliation in Iraq in 2007.  Fact: The government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki …
Discussion: Firedoglake and PoliGazette
Maggie Fox / Reuters:
Worms infect more poor Americans than thought  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Roundworms may infect close to a quarter of inner city black children, tapeworms are the leading cause of seizures among U.S. Hispanics and other parasitic diseases associated with poor countries are also affecting Americans, a U.S. expert said on Tuesday.
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The End of Free Trade  —  Here's today quiz.  What do the following have in common: (a) Vladimir Putin; (b) China's currency, the renminbi; (c) the U.S.-Peru trade agreement; and (d) Hugo Ch¿vez?  Answer: They all reflect the “new mercantilism."  It's an ominous development affecting the world economy.
The Talking Dog / The Moderate Voice:
Can Campaign 2008 Candidates Use Weblogs To Get Votes Or Are Blogs Now Merely Echo Chambers?  —  The 2004 election was a kind of prototype: candidates started realizing the relatively-young Internet's potential for raising campaign funds — and to get votes.
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Edwards Gets Demerits for Tardiness on the Trail  —  MANCHESTER, Iowa — It seemed as if everybody in this northeast Iowa town had squeezed into the Cedar Lodge Steakhouse one night this month for a John Edwards event.  —  Everyone, that is, except Mr. Edwards.
Michael Young / Reason Magazine:
Threatening Spain  —  Over at the Across the Bay blog, Tony Bey is following the details of an interesting story picked up by the wire services.  —  A Spanish police memo evidently leaked to the Spanish daily El Mundo says that the head of Syrian military intelligence, Assef Shawkat …
Discussion: Across the Bay
Reuters:
Iran needs no uranium enrichment: Russia's Lavrov  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's delivery of nuclear fuel to the Bushehr power station makes it unnecessary for Iran to pursue its enrichment program, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Wednesday.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Sebastian Junger / Vanity Fair:
Into the Valley of Death  —  A strategic passage wanted by the Taliban and al-Qaeda, Afghanistan's Korengal Valley is among the deadliest pieces of terrain in the world for U.S. forces.  One platoon is considered the tip of the American spear.  Its men spend their days in a surreal combination …
Greg Palast:
A Quechua Christmas Carol  —  Good and Evil at the Center of the Earth:  —  A Quechua Christmas Carol  —  by Greg Palast  —  December 24th, 2007  —  [Quito] I don't know what the hell seized me.  In the middle of an hour-long interview with the President of Ecuador, I asked him about his father.
Discussion: Fact-esque
 
 
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Jeff Weintraub:
Jewish Christmas - The Chinese connection
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Kyle-Anne Shiver / American Thinker:
Rejoice! America's Love for Troops Cannot be Blocked by the MSM
Menzie Chinn / Econbrowser:
A Thought on the Sub-prime Debacle
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