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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 …
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 …
Feinstein on Filibustering Alito
Discussion: The Huffington Post
John / AMERICAblog:
Just fire the Democrats, please. All of them
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Feinstein: Forget The Filibuster
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 …
Jerusalem Post:
Report: IAF trained for Iran attack  —  IAF pilots have completed their mission training and fighter jets have been prepared for an Israeli attack on Iran, the British Sunday Times reported.  —  The article reported that "the elite 69 strategic F-15 I squadron" had been equipped with weapons …
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 …
Jane Hamsher / firedoglake:
Enough  —  Deborah Howell is an outrage.  Or rather …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Crooks and Liars
Atrios / Eschaton:
Wanker of the Day  —  Deborah Howell.  —  Ombudsing is hard.
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
Lobbying: The Web Widens  —  Jan. 23, 2006 issue - Ohio Rep. Robert Ney personally lobbied the then Secretary of State Colin Powell to relax U.S. sanctions on Iran.  Who asked him to?  A convicted airplane broker who had just taken the congressman and a top aide on an expense-paid trip to London, NEWSWEEK has learned.
Discussion: The All Spin Zone and Mia Culpa
Jack Abramoff's $10,000 Question  —  Lobbyist Jack Abramoff's Oct. 23, 2000, e-mail to his business partner Michael Scanlon was, as usual, not subtle.  "Would 10K for NRCC from Suncruz for Ney help?"  Scanlon shot back: "Yes, alot [sic]!  But would have to give them a definate [sic] answer—and they need it this week ..."
Bush job approval dips again to 39% New Zogby Survey shows Iraq a Partisan War  —  In the face of rising gas prices, partisan sniping over Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, and a resumption of insurgent violence in Iraq, President Bush's job approval rating has slipped into a post-holiday funk …
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 and The Heretik
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 …
Discussion: The Left Coaster
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Cronkite: Time for U.S. to Leave Iraq  —  Former CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, whose 1968 conclusion that the Vietnam War was unwinnable keenly influenced public opinion then, said Sunday he'd say the same thing today about Iraq.  —  "It's my belief that we should get out now," Cronkite said in a meeting with reporters.
Mark Helprin / Los Angeles Times:
The myth that shapes Bush's world  —  THE PRESIDENT believes and often states, as if it were a self-evident truth, that "democracies are peaceful countries."  This claim, which has been advanced in the past in regard to Christianity, socialism, Islam and ethical culture …
Erin McCormick / San Francisco Chronicle:
Anti-war activists take Pelosi to task Minority leader negotiates with lawmakers to her right  —  Her opposition to the Iraq war may have earned her a reputation as a radical lefty in Washington.  —  But when Democratic minority leader Nancy Pelosi came home to hold a town hall meeting …
Discussion: JunkYardBlog and GOP Bloggers
Jon Gertner / New York Times:
What Is a Living Wage?  —  If It Happened in Baltimore, Maybe It Can Happen Anywhere  —  For a few weeks in the summer of 1995, Jen Kern spent her days at a table in the Library of Congress in Washington, poring over the fine print of state constitutions from around the country.

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