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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 …
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.
Feinstein on Filibustering Alito
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Feinstein: Forget The Filibuster
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 …
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 ..."
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
Jane Hamsher / firedoglake:
Enough  —  Deborah Howell is an outrage.  Or rather, her title of "ombudsman" is an outrage.  If you just change it to "Official GOP Steward" I would have far less problems with her continued presence at the WaPo.  But they probably have adequate reason to fear that people like John Harris …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Crooks and Liars
Atrios / Eschaton:
Wanker of the Day  —  Deborah Howell.  —  Ombudsing is hard.
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …

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