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8:25 AM ET, January 15, 2007

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John F. Burns / New York Times:
U.S. and Iraqis Are Wrangling Over War Plans  —  Just days after President Bush unveiled a new war plan calling for more than 20,000 additional American troops in Iraq, the heart of the effort — a major push to secure the capital — faces some of its fiercest resistance from the very people …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Bush antagonizes the left on "60 Minutes"  —  Comedy gold tonight on CBS as the president hints that he's being scapegoated by his critics; that the problem with Iraqis is that they're insufficiently grateful; and that he's a "flexible, open-minded person" — with an oblique jab …
Discussion: Wizbang
Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
Saddam half brother, ex-official hanged  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Saddam Hussein's half brother and the former head of Iraq's Revolutionary Court were both hanged before dawn Monday, Prosecutor Munqith al-Faroon said, two weeks and two days after the former Iraqi dictator was executed in a chaotic scene that has drawn worldwide criticism.
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New York Times:
Two Hussein Allies Are Hanged, Iraqi Official Says  —  Saddam Hussein's half-brother and the head of his revolutionary court were executed before dawn today, according to the Iraqi government.  —  The executions come just two weeks after Mr. Hussein's hanging caused considerable criticism around …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Althouse
Mark Seibel / Real Cities:
Administration leaving out important details on Iraq  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush and his aides, explaining their reasons for sending more American troops to Iraq, are offering an incomplete, oversimplified and possibly untrue version of events there that raises new questions about the accuracy …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Fareed Zakaria / Newsweek:
Lt. Col. Steven Duke says the Mahdi Army is 'sitting on the 50-yard line, eating popcorn, watching us do their work for them.'  —  Everyone seems quite certain that George W. Bush's new plan for Iraq is bound to fail.  But I'm not so sure.  At a military level, the strategy could well produce some successes.
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Bloggers Take on Talk Radio Hosts  —  A San Francisco talk radio station pre-empted three hours of programming on Friday in response to a campaign by bloggers who have recorded extreme comments by several hosts and passed on digital copies to advertisers.  —  The lead blogger …
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TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: Running on Fumes  —  You have to wonder what they were huffing over at Snuff Radio KSFO when they planned their Very Special Broadcast for this last Friday afternoon.  —  Mike Stark: … Indeed.  Rocked by the desertion of suddenly squeamish advertisers …
David Neiwert / Orcinus:
Picking Spocko's brain
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Saddam Hussein's Co-Defendants Hanged  —  Half Brother and Chief Judge Condemned With Deposed Iraqi Leader  —  The Iraqi government executed two of Saddam Hussein's associates early Monday morning for their participation in crimes against humanity, according to an Iraqi official.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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Digby / Hullabaloo:   The Decider Decides … So the Iranians are after our troops.
Philip Sherwell / Telegraph:
US forces turn on Iranians
Discussion: Power Line
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
THE PROPHETIC VOICE  —  When Martin Luther King, Jr. brought his nonviolent campaign against segregation to Bull Connor's Birmingham, he laid siege to the bastion of Jim Crow.  In Birmingham between 1957 and 1962, black churches and homes had been subjected to horrific bombings.
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
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jules crittenden:
Thank You, Ms. Hess  —  "What happens if we lose?"  The question no one in the media ... except me* and a few others, in fairness to us ... is asking.  —  "If as a reporter you do ask the national security question, all of a sudden you're carrying Bush's water."
Discussion: Hyscience
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Agence France Presse:
Economists upgrade US outlook after surprisingly strong data  —  Economists are hastily upgrading their forecasts for the US economy after a series of surprisingly strong reports suggesting the so-called "soft landing" may be over and growth is accelerating.
Discussion: BizzyBlog and NewsBusters.org
Bill / INDCJournal:
The Jacksonian Tradition: An Interview with Lance Corporal Nathan (Chad) Yeager  —  Exchanging pictures with an Iraqi cop.  —  A preface: A few weeks before coming over here, I met a pleasant Icelandic woman in a bar.  A friend introduced us and told her that I was headed to Iraq …
Discussion: Dean's World
Drudge Report:
IS FOX SET TO BLOW THE NUKES ON '24'?  —  As Washington continues to raise concerns about terror threats on The Homeland — a recent CIA report outlined a scenerio of possible "series of explosions using 'low charge' nuclear weapons" — Hollywood and FOX-TV are set to up the ante with the new season of 24!
Edward N. Luttwak / Opinion Journal:
Two Alliances  —  President Bush has managed to divide and conquer the Middle East.  —  It was the hugely ambitious project of the Bush administration to transform the entire Middle East by remaking Iraq into an irresistible model of prosperous democracy.  Having failed in that worthy purpose …
Discussion: AMERICAN FUTURE and Is That Legal?
James Glanz / New York Times:
Rebuilding Teams Would Swell Under Bush's New Iraq Plan  —  As part of its latest plan to stabilize Iraq, the United States intends to more than double the number of regional reconstruction teams and to add nearly 400 specialists for existing and new teams, in fields from politics and the rule …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
 
 
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Tories who would rather lose than change
John R. Bolton / Washington Post:
Don't Ban Your Instincts, Ban Ki-moon
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Times of London:
UK preacher in secret web call for jihad
Debbie Schlussel:
More "24" BS
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A life spent facing death
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Ed Williams / Charlotte Observer:
What if U.S. just pulled out of Iraq?
Ezra Klein:
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Judd / Think Progress:
Bush: I'm Sending More Troops To Iraq No Matter What Congress Does
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
WaPo: Tinfoil-hat brigade building a community online
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Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
DESCENT INTO HELL  —  This article originally appears in The American Thinker
Editor and Publisher:
Cheney on Fox News: Criticism of War Plan Undercuts Troops — And Iran, Watch Out
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
The Best We Can Hope For  —  NOBODY will quibble with President …
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