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In Martin Luther King Day address, Gore compares wiretapping of Americans to surveillance of King  —  RAW STORY  —  In an address delivered in Washington to multiple standing ovations, Vice President Al Gore repeatedly attacked the Bush Administration for the expansion of executive power …
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GORE BLASTS BUSH FOR 'DANGEROUS BREACH'  —  Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C.  —  Congressman Barr and I have disagreed many times over the years, but we have joined together today with thousands of our fellow citizens-Democrats and Republicans alike-to express our shared concern that America's Constitution is in grave danger.
Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
Gore Is Sharply Critical of Bush Policy on Surveillance  —  Former Vice President Al Gore said today that recent revelations that the Bush administration monitored domestic telephone conversations without obtaining warrants "virtually compels the conclusion that the president of the United States …
Los Angeles Times:
The perils of unchecked power  —  A former attorney general remembers the bugging of Martin Luther King Jr.  —  THE RECENT controversy over warrantless national security telephone taps, coupled with Martin Luther King's birthday, remind me of my time in the Department of Justice in the 1960s.
Brett Martel / Associated Press:
New Orleans Mayor Says God Mad at U.S.  —  Mayor Ray Nagin suggested Monday that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and other storms were a sign that "God is mad at America" and at black communities, too, for tearing themselves apart with violence and political infighting.  —  "Surely God is mad at America.
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Taylor Branch / New York Times:
Globalizing King's Legacy  —  OFFICIAL celebrations of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday turn 20 years old this week.  —  Like that of Dr. King's late colleague Rosa Parks, the name behind our 10th national holiday carries more resonance than impact - noble, universal, yet bounded by race and time.
Houston Chronicle:
A man without borders  —  Martin Luther King's appeal for peace with justice is as relevant as ever in our troubled world.  —  Although he rose to national prominence fighting racial segregation in the South, many of the issues roiling the United States 38 years after his assassination would be very familiar to Martin Luther King Jr.
Thomas Lifson / The American Thinker:
Is a fake staged photo fit to print?  What if it staged in a way that makes the US forces fighting the War on Terror look cruel and ineffective?  The evidence argues that yes, it can run, and in a prominent position - at least in the case of the New York Times website.
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Update 2: Feinstein Warns Against Alito Filibuster  —  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 …
Suzanne C. Ryan / Boston Globe:
The vanishing anchorman  —  The number of male newscasters on TV has reached an all-time low.  What's the story?  —  In the television news industry, a good man is getting hard to find.  —  The numbers say as much: After dominating TV news for decades, male anchors are now in the minority nationwide …
Howard W. French / New York Times:
Girl, 13, Dies as Police Battle Chinese Villagers  —  SHANGHAI, Jan. 16 - A week of protests by villagers in China's southern industrial heartland exploded into violence over the weekend with thousands of police officers brandishing automatic weapons and using electric batons to put down the rally , residents of the village said today.
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Mary Anastasia O'Grady / Opinion Journal:
The Tehran-Caracas Axis  —  Hugo Chávez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are more than just pen pals.  —  With Iranian nuclear aspirations gaining notice, it's worth directing attention to the growing relationship between Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez.
Niall Ferguson / Telegraph:
The origins of the Great War of 2007 - and how it could have been prevented
Associated Press:
Rice Again Rules Out 2008 White House Run  —  Not even a vote of confidence from Laura Bush can change Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's mind about running for president in 2008.  —  Before leaving for Africa, the first lady predicted the United States soon would have a female president _ a Republican, and maybe even Rice.
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GOP website appears to flout law, lists nonpartisan, nonprofit groups as supporters  —  It's an open secret in Washington: Nonprofit doesn't always mean nonpartisan.  —  But RAW STORY has found that the Republican National Committee lists a panoply of conservative nonprofits as "GOP groups" …
New York Sun:
Cisneros Probe Stirred Worries Of Democrats  —  WASHINGTON - A long-awaited report detailing an independent counsel investigation of a former secretary of housing and urban development, Henry Cisneros, outlines a coordinated effort by Clinton administration officials to first block and then limit …
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Group Seeks I.R.S. Inquiry of Two Ohio Churches  —  A group of religious leaders has sent a complaint to the Internal Revenue Service requesting an investigation of two large churches in Ohio that they say are improperly campaigning on behalf of a conservative Republican running for governor.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
President Tells Insurers to Aid Ailing Medicare Drug Plan  —  With tens of thousands of people unable to get medicines promised by Medicare, the Bush administration has told insurers that they must provide a 30-day supply of any drug that a beneficiary was previously taking …

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