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Bin Laden offers Americans truce  —  In an audio tape broadcast on Aljazeera, Osama bin Laden has warned that al-Qaida was preparing an attack very soon, but also offered Americans a "long-term truce".  —  "The new operations of al-Qaida has not happened not because we could not penetrate the security measures.
Lee Keath / Associated Press:
Bin Laden Warns of Attacks, Offers Truce  —  CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Jazeera on Thursday broadcast portions of an audiotape purportedly from Osama bin Laden, saying al-Qaida is making preparations for attacks in the United States but offering a possible truce to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan.
Purported bin Laden tape: 'It's only a question of time'  —  Voice warns Americans of impending attacks, offers truce  —  (CNN) — An audiotaped message purported to be from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden warns the American people that plans for terror attacks in the United States are under way.
'Bin Laden tape' warns of attacks  —  Arabic TV station al-Jazeera has broadcast an audio tape it says is by the al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden.  —  In it the voice warns that new attacks on the US are being planned, but offers a "long-term truce" to the Americans.
Associated Press:
Bin Laden Warns of Attacks, Offers Truce  —  Al-Jazeera aired an audiotape purportedly from Osama bin Laden on Thursday, saying al-Qaida is making preparations for attacks in the United States but offering a truce to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan.  —  The voice on the tape said heightened security measures …
New York Times:
U.S. Raid Killed Qaeda Leaders, Pakistanis Say  —  PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jan. 18 - Two senior members of Al Qaeda and the son-in-law of its No. 2 leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, were among those killed in the American airstrikes in remote northeastern Pakistan last week, two Pakistani officials said here on Wednesday.
Text: 'Bin-Laden tape'  —  The pan-Arab TV station al-Jazeera has broadcast an audio tape purporting to be by al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, in which the speaker says al-Qaeda is preparing new attacks on the US.  —  Here is the full text of the message as broadcast.
Andrew Cochran / The Counterterrorism Blog:
New Bin Laden (?) Audio Tape Warns of Coming Attack Against U.S. (updated)
New York Times:
Inquiry on Clinton Official Ends With Accusations of Cover-Up  —  WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 - After the longest independent counsel investigation in history, the prosecutor in the case of former Housing Secretary Henry G. Cisneros is finally closing his operation with a scathing report accusing …
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
National Review's new blog — A vile case study in GOP filth-peddling
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Michelle Malkin:
HALEIGH WANTS TO LIVE  —  This is Haleigh Poutre:  —  Last fall, Haleigh was hospitalized after her stepfather allegedly burned her and beat her nearly to death with a baseball bat.  Haleigh, in a coma, was kept alive by a feeding tube and ventilator.  Doctors said she was "virtually brain dead" …
Patricia Wen / Boston Globe:
Girl in vegetative state reported to improve  —  DSS says it has no plan to remove feeding tube  —  A day after the state's highest court ruled that the Department of Social Services could withdraw life support from a brain-damaged girl, the agency said yesterday that Haleigh Poutre might be emerging from her vegetative state.
Associated Press:   Court: State can let beaten girl die
Michelle Malkin:
THE GOP LEADERSHIP RACE  —  I'll be listening in on a blogger conference call with Rep. John Shadegg in just a minute.  There are two more calls scheduled later today with Rep. John Boehner and Rep. Blount.  The Corner and Hugh Hewitt's blog have been Grand Central Stations for info on the House GOP leadership race.
La Shawn / La Shawn Barber's Corner:
Shadegg Conference Call
Elizabeth Pineau / Reuters:
France defends right to nuclear reply to terrorism  —  BREST, France (Reuters) - France said on Thursday it would be ready to use nuclear weapons against any state that carried out a terrorist attack against it, reaffirming the need for its nuclear deterrent.
Kevin Drum / The Washington Monthly:
TARGETING AL-QAEDA....We may not have gotten Zawahiri, but we did get one of al-Qaeda's big fish in the attack on Damadola last week: … For the sake of argument, let's assume that we had pretty good intelligence telling us that a bunch of al-Qaeda leaders were in the house we bombed.
Nathan /
Making Political Hay on Medicare Part D  —  Mark Schmidtt argues that the politics of the Medicare prescription drug plan make it hard for Democrats to make political hay off of it's current crisis.  —  If the goal is demonizing the rightwing, he's right.  For all but the poorest seniors …

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