12/28: Morning Communique

THESE DAYS

President Bush and other top officials in his administration used the National Security Agency to secretly wiretap the home and office telephones and monitor private email accounts of members of the United Nations Security Council in early 2003 to determine how foreign delegates would vote on a U.N. resolution that paved the way for the war in Iraq.

The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Peter Pace said that the number of U.S. troops in Iraq could increase next year, not decrease, if the insurgency continues.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Mick is a musician and writer from St. Paul. He's just finished eight years of school and is currently blogging from beautiful Hawaii at Sweet Immolation.

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TIME WASTERS

The Wizard of Oil starring President Bush in pigtails

2005 Year in Review from Blogpulse

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"As much as I would like to share some delicious Minnesota treats with Senator Allen to ring in the New Year, I look forward to snacking on some tasty peanuts from the Old Dominion at the conclusion of a great college bowl season."

-- Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN), ruminating on a Music City Bowl bet with Sen. George Allen (R-VA) that would have Coleman eating Allen's Virginia peanuts if the Gophers prove victorious


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