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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 …
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 …
Drudge Report:
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.
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
Gore Assails Domestic Wiretapping Program  —  WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Al Gore called Monday for an independent investigation of President Bush's domestic spying program, contending the president "repeatedly and insistently" broke the law by eavesdropping on Americans without court approval.
Associated Press:
Gore assails domestic wiretapping program  —  Former vice president: Bush 'repeatedly and persistently' broke the law  —  WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Al Gore asserted Monday that President Bush "repeatedly and persistently" broke the law by eavesdropping on Americans without …
Gateway Pundit:
Al Gore Arrogates to Himself Power to Ignore His Past
Discussion: Power Line and Gay Patriot
Susie / Suburban Guerrilla:
Draft Al Gore
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ReddHedd / firedoglake:
Living Up to Our Legacy of Liberty
Discussion: Unclaimed Territory
New York Times:
Spy Agency Data After Sept. 11 Led F.B.I. to Dead Ends  —  WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 - In the anxious months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the National Security Agency began sending a steady stream of telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and names to the F.B.I. in search of terrorists.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Defense Tech
Deepti Hajela / Associated Press:
Clinton slams Bush at King event, says Congress like `plantation'
Discussion: PunditGuy and Best of the Blogs
Houston Chronicle:   A man without borders
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.
Maha / The Mahablog:
18 Deaths Cancelled!  —  Rightie blogger Thomas Lifson says the New York Times ran a fake photo on its web site.  A fake staged photo, even. … I did some detective work and learned more about where the fake staged photo came from.  But first let's let Mr. Lifson rant for a while about media bias.
Discussion: The American Thinker
Arizona Congressman John Shadegg is the first of the three House leadership candidates to answer the hard questions.  —  HH: One of the men who would replace Tom Delay is the Congressman from the 3rd District in Arizona, John Shadegg, originally elected in the landslide year of 1994.
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:   Will House GOP vote for reformer?
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.
USA Today:
U.S. tally of wounded drops 26%  —  WASHINGTON — The number of U.S. troops wounded in Iraq fell by more than a quarter in 2005 from a year earlier, Pentagon records show.  Military officials call that a sign that insurgent attacks have declined in the face of elections and stronger Iraqi security forces.
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.
Discussion: Donklephant and The Peking Duck
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 …
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
MyDD Polling Project: Starting the Final Push  —  Donate to the MyDD / Start Change Polling Project  —  This is it.  The poll is going into the field this afternoon.  History is being made, and we need your help.  —  Our groundbreaking poll, which will challenge conventional wisdom …
Discussion: firedoglake
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Why Democrats Lose Independent Voters  —  We got an email today and will not run the person's name.  But if you read this site regularly, you know that we quote all sides, have raised a series of questions, and do take strong stands.  —  This reader — in a new twist — suggests I'm being a ventriloquist for George Bush.
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Ed

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