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Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush: Iraq violence is al-Qaida plot  —  RIGA, Latvia - President Bush said Tuesday that an al-Qaida plot to stoke cycles of sectarian revenge in Iraq is to blame for escalating bloodshed, refusing to debate whether the country has fallen into civil war.  —  "There's a lot of sectarian …
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush focusing on Iraqi troop training
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Bush hopes Maliki has a few ideas he can borrow
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Bush blames al-Qaida for stoking Iraq violence
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Washington Post:
Pelosi Passes on Hastings, Harman for House Intel Chair  —  House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has decided against naming either Reps. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), the senior Democrat on the House intelligence committee, or Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), the panel's No. 2 Democrat …
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Emily Heil / The Hill:
Son also rises in testy Webb-Bush exchange  —  President Bush has pledged to work with the new Democratic majorities in Congress, but he has already gotten off on the wrong foot with Jim Webb, whose surprise victory over Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) tipped the Senate to the Democrats.
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NBC label of civil war at odds with White House  —  Pronouncement to increase public dismay over troop presence, analysts say … Today show  —  WASHINGTON - NBC News Monday branded the Iraq conflict a civil war - a decision that put it at odds with the White House and that analysts …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
In Following His Own Script, Webb May Test Senate's Limits
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Ahmed Rashid / Telegraph:
Accept defeat by Taliban, Pakistan tells Nato  —  Senior Pakistani officials are urging Nato countries to accept the Taliban and work towards a new coalition government in Kabul that might exclude the Afghan president Hamid Karzai.  —  Pakistan's foreign minister, Khurshid Kasuri …
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White House:
President Bush Discusses NATO Alliance During Visit to Latvia  —  PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you all.  Labdien!  (Applause.)  Madam President, thank you for your kind words.  Thank you for your leadership, and thank you for your friendship.  Mr. Speaker; Mr. Prime Minister …
Jacques Chirac / Guardian:
Europe must shoulder its share of the Nato burden
Linda Deutsch / Associated Press:
Judge strikes down Bush on terror groups  —  LOS ANGELES - A federal judge struck down President Bush's authority to designate groups as terrorists, saying his post-Sept. 11 executive order was unconstitutionally vague, according to a ruling released Tuesday.
Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
Witnesses detail immolation attack on six Sunnis in Baghdad last week  —  BAGHDAD — The attack on the small Mustafa Sunni mosque began as worshippers were finishing Friday midday prayers.  About 50 unarmed men, many in black uniforms and some wearing ski masks, walked through the district chanting …
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Popular Mechanics:
SWAT Overkill: The Danger of a Paramilitary Police Force  —  In a guest editorial, law professor and instupundit.com blogger Glenn Reynolds argues that overagressive tactics and surplus military gear have turned some police units into a dangerous menace.  —  SOLDIERS AND POLICE are supposed to be different.
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Fox News:
JUDGE ORDERS TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO MAKE PAPER MONEY RECOGNIZABLE TO BLIND PEOPLE  —  WASHINGTON — American paper money represents an unfair impediment to the blind, and the Treasury Department must come up with new U.S. currency to help the visually impaired use cash, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
Washington Post:
As Iraq Deteriorates, Iraqis Get More Blame  —  From troops on the ground to members of Congress, Americans increasingly blame the continuing violence and destruction in Iraq on the people most affected by it: the Iraqis.  —  Even Democrats who have criticized the Bush administration's conduct …
Cindy George / Houston Chronicle:
Houston man admits trying to help Taliban  —  A second man, in U.S. illegally, faces similar conspiracy and weapons charges  —  One of two Houston men accused of training to fight with the Taliban pleaded guilty this afternoon in federal court.  —  Kobie Diallo Williams, 33 …
Dennis Prager / Townhall.com:
America, Not Keith Ellison, decides what book a congressman takes his oath on  —  Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress, has announced that he will not take his oath of office on the Bible, but on the bible of Islam, the Koran.
 
 
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