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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 …
Feinstein on Filibustering Alito
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Feinstein: Forget The Filibuster
John / AMERICAblog:
Just fire the Democrats, please. All of them
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 …
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
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 …
Media Matters for America:
Post ombudsman Howell twice falsely claimed Democrats received contributions from Abramoff … In a January 15 column touting The Washington Post's coverage of the influence-peddling scandal surrounding lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Post ombudsman Deborah Howell twice claimed that Democrats received campaign contributions from Abramoff.
Discussion: firedoglake and Austin Bay Blog
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
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 …
Thomas B. Edsall / Washington Post:
In Ga., Abramoff Scandal Threatens a Political Ascendancy  —  DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Ralph Reed, candidate for lieutenant governor, had just finished his opening statement to the Dawson County Republican Party when retired pulp paper executive Gary Pichon sprang from his seat with a question that cut to the chase:
Discussion: firedoglake, TalkLeft and Hullabaloo
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.
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
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.
Paul H.B. Shin / NY Daily News:
91,700 abortions in city  —  For every 100 babies born in New York City, women had 74 abortions in 2004, according to newly released figures that reaffirm the city as the abortion capital of the country.  —  And abortions for out-of-town women performed in the city increased from 57 to 70 …
Discussion: Baseball Crank and RedState
Austin Bay Blog:
Walter Cronkite Joins the Defeatists: "That's the way it is"  —  Walter Cronkite is channeling John Murtha- or worse.  According to the AP, Cronkite said regarding Iraq: ""It's my belief that we should get out now," Cronkite said in a meeting with reporters."  —  Cronkite is a defeatist and -frankly- he's out of touch.
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 …

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