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10:40 PM ET, January 4, 2007

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Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
Iraq threatens arrest of police officer  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Interior Ministry acknowledged Thursday that an Iraqi police officer whose existence had been denied by the Iraqis and the U.S. military is in fact an active member of the force, and said he now faces arrest for speaking to the media.
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Confederate Yankee:
Game On: AP Claims Jamil Hussein Is Real, Faces Arrest  —  Well now, aren't things just getting lively? … We'll get to those accusations momentarily, but lets jump down to the end of the article. … When contacted for a response moments ago, the U.S military (MNF-I PAO) stated:
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
AP: Iraqi government confirms that Jamil Hussein exists  —  They can't get an execution right.  Why should they be able to find a guy's name on a list? … Is Captain Jamil headed to the clink?  No. … So what happened? … I speculated about a mix up due to the conventions of Arabic names …
Michelle Malkin:
Jamil Hussein development: "Faces arrest?"  —  Just received this from Linda Wagner of the Associated Press: … Checking it out.  Moving forward...  Reader Daniel: … Full story here.  —  More: … I am awaiting reaction/response from my sources.  Bob Owens received this from MNF-PAO:
Discussion: Bill's Bites, Dean's World and NewsHog
Curt / Flopping Aces:
Jamil Hussein Found?
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Breaking: Jamil Hussein Has Been Found
Pajamas Media:
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Reported Dead  —  A source close to Pajamas Media has learned that Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has apparently succumbed to the cancer that hospitalized him last month, as exclusively reported by Pajamas Media, at age 67.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Pajamas Media: Iran's supreme leader dead
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Pelosi ready to make history as new speaker  —  A new Congress convenes today with a narrow Democratic majority lording over a despondent Republican minority.  —  While the full weight of Republicans' powerlessness sinks in after 12 years of control, Democrats are celebrating …
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
A Teleconference With Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
CNN:
Pelosi becomes first woman House speaker
Discussion: Fact-esque and Blogs of War
Political Radar:
Replacements for Generals Abizaid and Casey  —  ABC News' Martha Raddatz Reports: ABC News has learned that the president intends to nominate Admiral William J. Fallon to replace General John Abizaid at Central Command.  The announcement is expected next week, before the president gives …
Discussion: PrairiePundit
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Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Miers Resigns As White House Counsel  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Harriet Miers, President Bush's failed Supreme Court nominee, has submitted her resignation as White House counsel, the White House announced Thursday.  —  White House press secretary Tony Snow said the president reluctantly accepted …
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Washington Wire:
Read My Eyes  —  White House reporters were buzzing …
Discussion: Democrats.com
Justin Rood / TPMmuckraker:
Rehnquist Files Reveal Bolton Shenanigan  —  Here's a piece of muck history unearthed yesterday from deceased Supreme Court justice William Rehnquist's FBI files.  —  In 1986, the Reagan administration was eager to protect its nomination of Rehnquist to be chief justice the Supreme Court.
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James Gordon Meek / NY Daily News:
W pushes envelope on U.S. spying  —  New postal law lets Bush peek through your mail  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush has quietly claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans' mail without a judge's warrant, the Daily News has learned.  —  The President asserted his new authority …
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ABCNEWS:
Bush to Nominate Khalilzad to U.N. Post  —  Announcement Could Come as Early as Tomorrow  —  ABC News has learned that President Bush will nominate Zalmay Khalilzad to be the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.  Khalilzad is currently the U.S. ambassador to Iraq.  The announcement may come as soon as tomorrow.
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
North Korea Prepping Nuclear Weapons Test  —  Defense Officials Tell ABC News 'They've Put Everything in Place'  —  North Korea appears to have made preparations for another nuclear test, according to U.S. defense officials.  —  "We think they've put everything in place to conduct …
Discussion: A Blog For All
Jacob Weisberg / Slate:
Our Iraqi Mistake  —  WHAT WAS IT, EXACTLY?  —  Listen to the MP3 audio version of this story here, or sign up for Slate's free daily podcast on iTunes.  —  Virtually everyone now agrees that the war in Iraq has been a vast mistake.  But what, exactly, was the nature of that mistake?
Frank Newport / Gallup Poll:
Majority of Americans View Media Coverage of Iraq as Inaccurate  —  Most likely to say coverage is too negative  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A majority of Americans — 56% — believe that the news media's coverage of the situation in Iraq is generally inaccurate.  About 4 out of 10 Americans agree …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Best Friends Forever?  —  Just now on MSNBC, I saw Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) make his way over to introduce himself to Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA), whose back is to the camera.  And that's Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) looking on as the Muslim-fearing Goode shakes hands with the House's first elected Muslim.
Discussion: Wonkette
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
D.C. Notes: Wes Clark is Steamed, Jane Harman Isn't, and Terry McAuliffe is High on Hillary (Big Shock There, Huh?)  —  At the packed-to-the-rafters brunch preceding Nancy Pelosi's formal swearing in, Melinda and I ran into Wes Clark (and I mean that literally; like I said, it was packed).
Sen. Charles E. Schumer / The Huffington Post:
Back to Work on the Issues that Matter  —  This past November, the American people sent us an undeniable message: they want change.  For far too long, Congress took its eye off of helping people.  In the last Congress, for example, under Republican control, we didn't do anything to make college …
 
 
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