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3:55 PM ET, January 14, 2007

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Washington Post:
NAMES & FACES  —  It all started with a simple video rental.  Who knows where it will end?  —  Potomac Video store clerk Charles Williamson, 28, posted a message on his blog, Freelance Genius, Dec. 23 that described how he set up a movie rental account for MSNBC host Tucker Carlson at the MacArthur Boulevard store the day before.
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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Guess What Blog MSNBC'S Tucker Carlson Doesn't Like?  (UPDATED)  —  No, it isn't The Moderate Voice, although he may not be happy with the picture at left.  We got it off the Internet.  (It IS NOT of Tucker Carlson and we are not saying it is.  It's not dancing.).
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Another Blogger Fired for a Blog Post
Discussion: Adam's Blog
Ctblogger / ConnecticutBLOG:
Chuck Hagel bitchslaps Lieberman over scare comments  —  Finally someone calls out George Bush's favorite [Democrat] senator on his nonsense.  —  I almost threw a brick into my television this morning listening to the junior seantor as he puckered his lips and make Presidefnt Bush proud.
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Chuck Hagel Smacks Lieberman: Questions his competency  —  Chuck Hagel plastered Holy Joe on Meet the Press this morning and it's about time somebody called him on his garbage.  Lieberman got on his soapbox and tried to tell us that Bush's implementation of the McCain Doctrine is our only hope …
Real Cities:
Mahdi Army lowers its profile, anticipating arrival of U.S. troops  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Mahdi Army militia members have stopped wearing their black uniforms, hidden their weapons and abandoned their checkpoints in an apparent effort to lower their profile in Baghdad in advance of the arrival of U.S. reinforcements.
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Times of London:
Iraqis get all-firing foretaste of Bush's final Baghdad gamble
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
Terror: 'We're Going to Get Hit'  —  Intel director john Negroponte gave Congress a sobering assessment last week of the continued threats from groups like Al Qaeda and Hizbullah.  But even gloomier comments came from Henry Crumpton, the outgoing State Department terror coordinator.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Newly in the Minority, G.O.P. Shows Signs of Division on Iraq and Domestic Policies  —  After years of rock-solid party discipline and fealty to President Bush, Congressional Republicans have suddenly fractured in their new role as members of the minority, with some prominently deserting …
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New York Times:
Picking Up the Pieces  —  It was surreal how disconnected President Bush was the other night, both from Iraq's horrifying reality and America's anguish over this unnecessary, mismanaged and now unwinnable war.  Indeed, most Americans seem far ahead of the president.
Discussion: Don Surber and Prairie Weather
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Jonathan Chait / Los Angeles Times:
We can't surrender to the doves  —  Anti-war liberals turned out to be right about Iraq, but they shouldn't necessarily be regarded as foreign policy sages.  —  I DON'T WANT to accuse American doves of rooting for the United States to lose in Iraq because I know they love their country and understand the dire consequences of defeat.
Discussion: Economist's View
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Sunday op-ed: "We can't surrender to the doves"
Philip Sherwell / Telegraph:
US diluting Iraq surge, general says  —  The military mastermind of President George W Bush's new troop "surge" strategy for Iraq has hit out at signs that the Pentagon is watering down the proposal for political reasons.  —  "You cannot try and do this piecemeal.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Faiz / Think Progress:
Contradicting Bush, Cheney Claims 'We Have In Fact Made Enormous Progress' In Iraq  —  For years, President Bush and Vice President Cheney have asserted that "absolutely, we're winning" in Iraq.  Bush put an end to such happy talk last Wednesday night, omitting suggestions that we're "winning" or making "progress," and instead stating:
Michael O'Hanlon / Washington Post:
A Skeptic's Case For the Surge  —  President Bush's plan for a surge of American troops in Iraq has run into a brick wall of congressional opposition.  Critics rightly argue that it may well be too little, way too late.  But for a skeptical Congress and nation, it is still the right thing to try …
Times of London:
Obama's charm lost on America's black activists  —  HE is a media darling, a paparazzi target and a source of inspiration for millions of Democrats who dream of retaking the White House in 2008.  But Senator Barack Obama, the charismatic African-American who is shaking up the presidential primary race …
Observer:
Bush set for climate change U-turn  —  Downing Street says that belated US recognition of global warming could lead to a post-Kyoto agreement on curbing emissions  —  Gaby Hinsliff, Juliette Jowit and Paul Harris  —  George Bush is preparing to make a historic shift in his position …
 
 
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NATO's Afghan Struggle: Build, and Fight Taliban
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Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Goldberg & Kristol On Democratic Cravenness
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