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1:45 AM ET, December 15, 2008


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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Iraqi Journalist Throws His Shoes At Bush During Press Conference In Baghdad (Updated)»  —  President Bush is in Baghdad today on a surprise farewell visit highlighting the security deal recently reached between the U.S. and Iraq.  CNN Baghdad correspondent Michael Ware reports …
Shoes thrown at Bush on Iraq trip  —  President Bush ducks as the shoes are thrown  —  A surprise visit by US President George Bush to Iraq has been overshadowed by an incident in which two shoes were thrown at him during a news conference.  —  An Iraqi journalist was wrestled to the floor …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bush ducks two shoes hurled by Iraqi  —  Welcome to Baghdad.  An Iraqi reporter set off pandemonium Sunday by hurling two shoes at President Bush during a news conference that was the centerpiece of his secret goodbye visit.  —  Bush was cool under fire and prevented an even bigger incident …
Gateway Pundit:
WOAH!... Troops Give Bush Tremendous Sendoff in Iraq (Video)  —  Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) is an excellent source of US military video and photos.  —  Today DVIDS posted an amazing video of President Bush's visit with the troops in Iraq.
Discussion: Instapundit
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Two BBC Stories 5 Years Apart: Leaders and Shoes  —  A journalist, Muntazir al-Zaidi of Baghdadiya Television, aimed two shoes at W. during a news conference in Baghdad during which Bush attempted to justify his invasion of Iraq.  Baghdadiya, based in Cairo, Egypt, supports …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Undiplomatic
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Bush makes stop in Afghanistan to rally troops
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Bush's Baghdad shoe-attack: ‘Size 10’
Edwin Chen / Bloomberg:
Bush Ducks Shoes Thrown in Iraqi Leader's Office
Discussion: Group News Blog
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Bush Arrives in Iraq for a Final Visit
Scarce / Crooks and Liars:
Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush during press conference
Discussion: World-O-Crap
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Senate scandal snares Obama's chief aide  —  THE bullish, foul-mouthed but effective Chicago arm-twister Rahm Emanuel has come under pressure to resign as Barack Obama's chief of staff after it was revealed that he had been captured on court-approved wire-taps discussing the names of candidates for Obama's Senate seat.
Discussion: GINA COBB and NO QUARTER
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Will ‘feditis’ spread to Obama and Daley?
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
State official says Blagojevich may step aside Monday
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Wall Street Journal:
Google Wants Its Own Fast Track on the Web  —  The celebrated openness of the Internet — network providers are not supposed to give preferential treatment to any traffic — is quietly losing powerful defenders.  —  Google Inc. has approached major cable and phone companies that carry Internet traffic …
Amie Parnes / The Politico:
No Southerners yet in Obama Cabinet  —  Barack Obama is 15 picks into his Cabinet — he announced New Yorker Shaun Donovan as his Housing and Urban Development head on Saturday—but has yet to name one who hails from the South.  —  “Not a one,” grumbles a one senior Democratic aide who hails from the South.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The RBC
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Obama left with little time to curb global warming  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - When Bill Clinton took office in 1993, global warming was a slow-moving environmental problem that was easy to ignore.  Now it is a ticking time bomb that President-elect Barack Obama can't avoid.
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
NYT wiretap source revealed  —  When the New York Times published its investigation of the NSA's warrantless wiretap program, the paper ignored President Bush's request to hold off on revealing details of the secret program.  In an Oval Office meeting, Bush gave the following message …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain scolds GOP for whacking Obama  —  In a surprising rebuke to the warriors who fought for him through tough times, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday sided with President-elect Barack Obama and scolded the Republican National Committee for fanning the Illinois corruption scandal.
Jeremy Clarkson / Times of London:
Terrorism adviser to Met is on wanted list  —  Interpol notice urges arrest of Islam TV chief  —  Richard Kerbaj in Tunis and Dominic Kennedy in London  —  A man wanted by Interpol for his links to an alleged terrorist organisation has been advising Scotland Yard on countering Muslim extremism, a Times investigation has discovered.
Discussion: Harry's Place and Jihad Watch
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Biden to shrink VP role — big time  —  Joe Biden is laying plans to significantly shrink the role of the vice presidency in Barack Obama's White House, according to an official familiar with his thinking.  —  It's not just that Biden won't sit in on Senate Democrats' weekly caucus meetings …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
The Lasting Effects of Political Poison  —  WASHINGTON — It came to John D. Podesta during a jog through the scenic Rock Creek Park over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  His boss was going to be impeached and there was no way around it.  It took Rahm Emanuel a little longer to reach that conclusion.
Matt Spetalnick / Reuters:
Bush says auto bailout not ready  —  KABUL (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Monday an announcement on a auto industry rescue was not imminent, leaving the industry's fate clouded in uncertainty for a little longer.  —  “We're not quite ready to announce that yet,” …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and RedState
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