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Riaz Khan / Associated Press:
al-Qaida Leader Not at Site of Airstrike  —  DAMADOLA, Pakistan - Al-Qaida's second-in-command was the target of a U.S. airstrike near the Afghan border but he was not at the site of the attack, two senior Pakistani officials said Saturday.  At least 17 people were killed.
Source: Al-Zawahiri not among 18 killed in airstrike  —  (CNN) — Ayman al-Zawahiri — Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in the al Qaeda terrorist network — was not killed in a CIA airstrike on a remote Pakistani village, according to a Pakistani intelligence official.
Washington Post:
U.S. Airstrike Targets Al Qaeda's Zawahiri  —  Ayman Zawahiri, the second-ranking al Qaeda leader and chief deputy to Osama bin Laden, was targeted by a deadly U.S. missile strike on a compound in Pakistan yesterday, but U.S. intelligence could not confirm whether he was killed …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
AQ #2 Not Residue, Locals Say
Discussion: Nitpicker and The Heretik
New York Times:
Democrats See Wide Bush Stamp on Court System  —  Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. being sworn in on Monday, the first day of his confirmation hearings.  His approval now appears to be almost assured.  —  WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 - Disheartened by the administration's success with the Supreme Court nomination …
Fafnir / Fafblog!:   Fafblog Interviews: JUDGE SAMUEL ALITO
Nazila Fathi / New York Times:
U.N. Scrutiny Won't Make Iran Quit Nuclear Effort, President Says  —  TEHRAN, Jan. 14 - Iran will not abandon its nuclear program even if the United Nations nuclear watchdog refers it to the Security Council, where it could face punitive measures, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a rare news conference on Saturday.
Discussion: american footprints
Associated Press:   Iranian Leader Defends Nuclear Research
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Iran's New Threat, The UN And The U.S
Discussion: New York Times
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush Warns Against Nuclear-Armed Iran
Discussion: The Left Coaster
Robert Mayer / Publius Pundit:
Crooks and Liars:
We're all (Paranoid, Imbalanced) Homeland Security Agents now  —  We're all (Paranoid, Imbalanced) Homeland Security Agents now  —  If you're interested in viewing the results of mixing sickly paranoia with abject stupidity — or if you want to catch a glimpse of what our country will look …
Maha / The Mahablog:
FBI Leak Threatens National Security!
Discussion: Rantingprofs and
Washington Post:
Web Site Attacks Critic of War  —  Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), the former Marine who is an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq, has become the latest Democrat to have his Vietnam War decorations questioned.  —  In a tactic reminiscent of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth assault on Sen. John F. Kerry …
Andrew Exum / New York Times:
All Dressed Up With No Way to Fight  —  THIS week Senator Hillary Clinton, citing a secret Pentagon report that suggested some marines killed in Iraq might have survived had they been wearing more body armor, became the latest in a long line of politicians to castigate the Pentagon …
USA Today:
Pentagon to families: Go ahead, laugh
Discussion: The All Spin Zone
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
The States Step In As Medicare Falters  —  Seniors Being Turned Away, Overcharged Under New Prescription Drug Program  —  Two weeks into the new Medicare prescription drug program, many of the nation's sickest and poorest elderly and disabled people are being turned away or overcharged at pharmacies …
Atrios / Eschaton:
How It Goes  —  Winter/Spring - The clone army of foreign policy "experts" from conservative foreign policy outfits nobody ever heard of before suddenly appear on all the cable news programs all the time, frowning furiously and expressing concerns about the "grave threat" that Iran poses.
Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Reunified Islam: Unlikely but Not Entirely Radical  —  Restoration of Caliphate, Attacked by Bush, Resonates With Mainstream Muslims  —  ISTANBUL — The plan was to fly a hijacked plane into a national landmark on live television.  The year was 1998, the country was Turkey, and the rented plane ended up grounded by weather.
Galloway loses respect with cat charade  —  George Galloway plumbed new depths when he pretended to be a cat as part of a task set for him during his appearance on the television show Celebrity Big Brother.  —  The Repect Party MP, who last year lambasted the United States Senate over the war in Iraq …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Ariz. Congressman Joins House Leader Race  —  WASHINGTON — Arizona conservative Rep. John Shadegg jumped into the contest to become the No. 2 Republican in the House on Friday, shaking up a touchy contest about the party's direction in what could be a difficult election year.
Terry Eastland / Weekly Standard:
Inside "Concerned Alumni of Princeton"  —  Samuel Alito had virtually nothing to do with the notorious CAP.  I did.  —  ABOUT THE ALITO HEARINGS, one thing is certain: If it had been the Concerned Alumni of Princeton that was up for confirmation, the nomination wouldn't even make it out of the Judiciary Committee.
Discussion: soxblog, Power Line and TigerHawk
Jay Weaver / Miami Herald:
We found Padilla's al Qaeda application, U.S. says  —  Prosecutors said the U.S. government discovered alleged terrorist José Padilla's written application to join al Qaeda.  —  —  After the U.S. military invaded Afghanistan to oust its Taliban rulers …

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