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Niall Ferguson / Telegraph:
The origins of the Great War of 2007 - and how it could have been prevented  —  Are we living through the origins of the next world war?  Certainly, it is easy to imagine how a future historian might deal with the next phase of events in the Middle East:  —  With every passing year …
Robert Tait / Observer:
West is in dark ages, says Iran's President  —  Leader threatens retaliation if the US and EU continue to try to block nuclear programme  —  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the hardline President of Iran, launched an angry tirade against the West yesterday, accusing it of a 'dark ages' mentality …
Diplomacy and Force  —  Interview: The United Nations' top inspector is prepared to issue a report on Iran's nuclear program that will 'reverberate around the world.'  —  Jan. 23, 2006 issue - The man in the middle of the escalating tensions between Iran, Europe and the United States is Mohamed ElBaradei …
Anne Penketh / Independent:
Iran: The nuclear nightmare
Discussion: The Heretik and The Left Coaster
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Feinstein Warns Against Alito Filibuster  —  WASHINGTON - A Democrat who plans to vote against Samuel Alito sided on Sunday with a Republican colleague on the Senate Judiciary Committee in cautioning against a filibuster of the Supreme Court nominee.  —  "I do not see a likelihood of a filibuster …
Discussion: First Draft
Remembering May, the 'gang of 14' and the vindication of various people  —  The New York Times surrendered this morning.  On its front page we read the headline "Glum Democrats Can't See Halting Bush On Courts."  The opening paragraphs say it all: … From altitude, the Democrats are losing …
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Ham-handed Dems didn't lay a glove on Alito  —  I find it, as grave somber Senate Democrats like to say, "troubling."  Indeed, I find it not just "troubling" but sad that a party once so good at "the politics of personal destruction" has got so bad at it.  The last time they had a Supreme Court nominee …
Gonzales to testify on US domestic spying program  —  By Deborah Charles Fri Jan 13, 7:03 PM ET  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on Friday he would testify in a Senate hearing to give the administration's legal justification for a secret domestic eavesdropping operation approved …
Judd / Think Progress:
Specter: If Bush Broke The Law With Warrantless Spying, Impeachment Is A Remedy
Discussion: The Carpetbagger Report and MyDD
Washington Post:
U.S. Strike On Al Qaeda Top Deputy Said to Fail  —  Thousands Protest After Attack In Pakistan Leaves 17 Dead  —  KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 14 — Pakistani officials said Saturday that a U.S. missile strike intended to kill al Qaeda deputy Ayman Zawahiri had missed its target but had killed 17 people …
Tim F. / Balloon Juice:
Wishful Thinking  —  Von at Obsidian Wings has noble and timely sentiments about Iran: … Then he links to a Q-and-O post which sniffs indignantly at lefty bloggers who've done some prognosticating about how the Iran imbroglio will pan out.  In a classic example of rhetorical dishonesty …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Marc Schulman / AMERICAN FUTURE:
Bloggers on Iran (Updated)
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
Getting the Story on Jack Abramoff  —  The Post's two-year investigation into lobbyist Jack Abramoff's dealings is one of the best and most explosive pieces of investigative journalism this town has seen in a long time.  —  The story has moved inexorably from Abramoff being a top dog lobbyist …
Kristen Mack / Houston Chronicle:
Only half those who voted for him in '04 would do so again, poll finds  —  A criminal indictment and continuing investigations have severely eroded support for U.S. Rep Tom DeLay in his district, most notably among Republicans who have voted for him before, according to a Houston Chronicle poll.
Poll shows embattled DeLay trailing in Texas race
Discussion: The All Spin Zone
Associated Press:
Poll: DeLay Losing Support in Own District
Discussion: AMERICAblog
John / AMERICAblog:
Just fire the Democrats, please.  All of them  —  From tomorrow's NYT: … Ok, let's get a few things straight:  —  1. Yes, Virginia, the country won't just spontaneously rise up in opposition to President Bush.  You need to actually LEAD the country, you need to actually CONVINCE Americans that Bush is wrong and you are right.
New York Times:
The Imperial Presidency at Work  —  You would think that Senators Carl Levin and John McCain would have learned by now that you cannot deal in good faith with a White House that does not act in good faith.  Yet both men struck bargains intended to restore the rule of law to American prison camps.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
In Shadegg's Race, a Nod to the '94 Revolution  —  He grew up around Barry Goldwater, arrived in Washington with the "Contract With America" crowd, boycotted one of President Bill Clinton's State of the Union speeches and is more conservative on some issues than President Bush.
Los Angeles Times:
'Marshall Plan' for Iraq Fades  —  Once the $18.6 billion for reconstruction is spent, the nation might have to rely on private investment.  'No pain, no gain,' a U.S. official says.  —  BAGHDAD — After more than 2 1/2 years of sputtering reconstruction work, the United States' "Marshall Plan" …
Bess Kargman / Washington Post:
Writing Wrongs  —  It Was Supposed to Be 'Inspiration.' Turns Out, They Turned in My Work  —  College admissions officers around the country will be reading my application essays this month, essays in which I describe personal aspirations, academic goals — even, in one case, a budding passion for the sitar.

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