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Michael Hedges / Houston Chronicle:
Abramoff plea bargain to bring corruption probe to Congress  —  WASHINGTON - A plea agreement between prominent lobbyist Jack Abramoff and federal prosecutors is expected this week, bringing a wide-ranging corruption probe to the doors of Congress, according to sources close to the investigation.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Fired Up! America
Abramoff May Plead Guilty This Week, Snaring Lawmakers in Probe  —  Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) — Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who is under criminal investigation, may agree this week to cooperate with federal officials in a move that former prosecutors say would put U.S. lawmakers in legal jeopardy.
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
Franklin Foer / The New Republic:
OY, THE MSB:  —  Last month, I wrote a column against the Mainstream Blogosphere.  I argued that the MSB has made a grave mistake in relentlessly attacking the credibility of the New York Times and Washington Post.  For decades, conservatives have been trying to shred these institutions.
Armando /   NYTimes Under Attack: Bloggers To The Rescue?
Atrios / Eschaton:
Shorter Blogosphere  —  The Left wants to the press …
Discussion: Oliver Willis and firedoglake
R.G. Ratcliffe / Houston Chronicle:
Strayhorn enters governor's race as independent  —  AUSTIN — Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn ended speculation today by announcing she will run for governor against Gov. Rick Perry as an independent.  —  "It's time to shake Austin up," Strayhorn, who is now serving as a Republican officeholder …
Discussion: Off the Kuff
April Castro / Associated Press:
Comptroller in Texas Walks Away From GOP
Discussion: Decision '08
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Strayhorn, A.K.A., Scott's Mommy, To Run As An Eye ("I")
WH press secretary's mother quits GOP to run for Texas governor
Discussion: IntoxiNation-News …
Paul E. Schroeder / Washington Post:
A Life, Wasted  —  Let's Stop This War Before More Heroes Are Killed  —  Early on Aug. 3, 2005, we heard that 14 Marines had been killed in Haditha, Iraq.  Our son, Lance Cpl. Edward "Augie" Schroeder II, was stationed there.  At 10:45 a.m. two Marines showed up at our door.
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
What happened to the conservative legal approach?  —  Susie Madrak observes that the Constitution (and other laws) sure do seem quite "flexible" in the hands of those seeking to defend George Bush — a particular irony given how stridently they rail against such legal theories in other contexts.
Michael J. Totten / Opinion Journal:
Lebanon the Model  —  Iraq isn't the Arab world's first democracy.  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon—Of all the rationales for demolishing Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, the most compelling was the Middle East's desperate need for at least one free Arab democracy to act as a model and an inspiration …
Editor and Publisher:
'Military Times' Poll Finds Fading Support for President, War  —  NEW YORK While President Bush remains more popular within the military than outside it, support for him, and for the war in Iraq, "has slipped significantly in the last year among members of the military's professional core," …
Discussion: King of Zembla and AMERICAblog
Margot Dudkevitch / Jerusalem Post:
2,990 attacks during 2005 'truce'  —  As Islamic Jihad, the Popular Resistance Committees and Fatah's Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades announced an end to their self-declared truce of January 2005, under which they pledged to refrain from attacking Israeli targets, an annual summary of terror activities …
Discussion: discarded lies
Thomas Sowell /
Serious or suicidal?  —  When you are boating on the Niagara River, there are signs marking the point at which you must go ashore or else you will be sucked over the falls.  With Iran moving toward the development of nuclear weapons, we are getting dangerously close to that fatal point of no return on the world stage.
Atrios / Eschaton:
2005 was the year that the president of the United States declared proudly that he had broken the law repeatedly and with full intention, that he had the power to do so whenever he wanted to, and that he would continue to do so whenever he determined it to be desirable.
Peter Lattman / Law Blog:
Article III Groupie Expected to Become Wonkette  —  Here's the latest buzz: Queen of the blogosphere Ana Marie Cox is said to be handing over the reins at her spicy political blog Wonkette.  David Lat, the federal prosecutor who revealed himself to the New Yorker magazine in November …
Russia vows to end gas shortage  —  Russia says it will pump more gas to Europe after various countries said their supplies had fallen by up to 40% after Moscow cut Ukraine's provision.  —  France, Italy, Germany and Poland were among those reporting falling volumes.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Contextualizing  —  Jane discusses this article in today's NY Times about how blogging is affecting journalism and she makes this important point: … There was a guy who did this kind of journalism long before technology made it possible for many of us to carry on the tradition.
Jane Hamsher / firedoglake:
Link You Huskies, Link!  —  Digby: … If there was one thing …
Washington Post:
Independence To End Flights On Thursday  —  Financially Troubled Flyi Can't Find Buyer, Decides to Cease Operations  —  Flyi Inc., parent of Dulles-based low-fare airline Independence Air, said yesterday it will discontinue flights after Thursday evening because it cannot find a buyer for its financially troubled operation.
Discussion: Hugh Hewitt
Gary Farber / Amygdala:
BLUE IN THE FACE.  I tend to write lots of my stuff in comments on other blogs (particularly here), both because I feel more relaxed doing so, and because, frankly, that's often the only way to get more then ten people to see it, and lastly, because I enjoy conversing, and there's not so much of that around here.
Gail Russell Chaddock / Christian Science Monitor:
Coming to the Hill: lots of hearing-room drama  —  Probes of war policies will begin amid ethical scrutiny of members.  —  WASHINGTON - It's going to be a banner year for C-SPAN.  That's because Congress is gearing up for the most dramatic slate of hearings since the Clinton impeachment fracas.

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