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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Report Rebuts Bush on Spying  —  A report by Congress's research arm concluded yesterday that the administration's justification for the warrantless eavesdropping authorized by President Bush conflicts with existing law and hinges on weak legal arguments.  —  The Congressional Research …
New York Times:
Basis for Spying in U.S. Is Doubted  —  WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 - President Bush's rationale for eavesdropping on Americans without warrants rests on questionable legal ground, and Congress does not appear to have given him the authority to order the surveillance, said a Congressional analysis released Friday.
New York Times:
Report Questions Legal Basis for Bush's Spying Program  —  WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 - President Bush's rationale for authorizing eavesdropping on American citizens without warrants rests on questionable legal ground and "may represent an exercise of presidential power at its lowest ebb," …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Oliver Willis and TalkLeft
Michelle Malkin:
VIDEO: A VETERAN TELLS OFF MURTHA/MORAN  —  This.  Is.  Priceless.  —  As I noted in the post just below, Sgt. Mark Seavey confronted Democrat Reps. Jim Moran and John Murtha at a town hall meeting in Arlington, Va., earlier this week and left the moonbats momentarily speechless.
Discussion: TigerHawk, Power Line and USS Neverdock
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:   600 Listen to Critic of Iraq War
Gateway Pundit:
General Pace Says Murtha Is Hurting Troop Morale
Discussion: IntoxiNation-News …
DefenseLINK:   DoD News Briefing by General Peter Pace, USMC, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
New York Times:
Americans Said to Meet Rebels, Exploiting Rift  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, Jan. 6 - American officials are talking with local Iraqi insurgent leaders to exploit a rift that has opened between homegrown insurgents and radical groups like Al Qaeda, and to draw the local leaders into the political process …
Nelson Hernandez / Washington Post:
In Video, Al Qaeda's No. 2 Tells Bush to Admit Defeat in Iraq  —  Accusations Fly Day After Lethal Insurgent Attacks  —  BAGHDAD, Jan. 6 — Al Qaeda's second-in-command said President Bush had admitted defeat in Iraq by announcing plans to reduce the American troop presence in the country, saying the move would be a victory for Islam.
Spencer Ackerman / The New Republic:   THE ZARQAWI EFFECT:  —  After Abu Musab Al Zarqawi …
Michael Moss / New York Times:
Extra Armor Could Have Saved Many Lives, Study Shows  —  A secret Pentagon study has found that at least 80 percent of the marines who have been killed in Iraq from wounds to their upper body could have survived if they had extra body armor.  That armor has been available since 2003 …
Rhetoric Versus Reality
Discussion: Simianbrain
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Tide Turning Against DeLay  —  Some House Republicans Push for Leadership Elections  —  Rank-and-file House Republicans took the first formal step toward permanently replacing Rep. Tom DeLay (Tex.) in the House's leadership by unveiling a petition to hold a special leadership election in the coming weeks.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Rebels in G.O.P. Call for DeLay to Be Replaced  —  WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 - A rebellious band of House Republicans moved Friday to bar Representative Tom DeLay of Texas from regaining his position as majority leader, demanding a vote to replace him permanently at the top of the party hierarchy.
Byron York / New York Times:
Money Always Finds a Way
Discussion: sisu
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Saddam's Terror Training Camps  —  THE FORMER IRAQI REGIME OF Saddam Hussein trained thousands of radical Islamic terrorists from the region at camps in Iraq over the four years immediately preceding the U.S. invasion, according to documents and photographs recovered by the U.S. military in postwar Iraq.
Will Dunham / Reuters:
Iraq not on verge of civil war: US commander
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Discussion: Power Line and The Strata-Sphere
My Lai massacre hero dies at 62  —  Hugh Thompson Jnr, a former US military helicopter pilot who helped stop one of the most infamous massacres of the Vietnam War has died, aged 62.  —  Mr Thompson and his crew came upon US troops killing civilians at the village of My Lai on 16 March 1968.
Jessica Bujol / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
My Lai hero Hugh Thompson Jr. dies at 62
Associated Press:
Poll: Democrats favored to control Congress  —  Following Abramoff scandal, public uneasy with Republican Party, AP finds  —  WASHINGTON - In an ominous election-year sign for Republicans, Americans are leaning sharply toward giving Democrats control of Congress, an AP-Ipsos poll finds.
Daniela Deane / Washington Post:
White House Denounces Robertson's Remarks on Sharon  —  Television Evangelist Said Prime Minister's Illness Was Deserved  —  The White House today criticized television evangelist Pat Robertson's remarks that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's severe illness was deserved, calling the comments "wholly inappropriate and offensive."
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
Extremists boast they cursed Sharon
Discussion: Kesher Talk and Pandagon
Brock N. Meeks / MSNBC:
Homeland Security opening private mail  —  Retired professor confused, angered when letter from abroad is opened  —  WASHINGTON -  —  Brock N. Meeks  —  In the 50 years that Grant Goodman has known and corresponded with a colleague in the Philippines he never had any reason to suspect …
Edward M. Kennedy / Washington Post:
Alito's Credibility Problem  —  Every Supreme Court nominee bears a heavy burden to demonstrate that he or she is committed to the constitutional principles that have been vital in advancing fairness, decency and equal opportunity in our society.  As Judge Samuel Alito approaches …

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