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Michelle Malkin:
AP: TERRORIST=DISSIDENT  —  Via the always eagle-eyed Little Green Footballs, check out the caption on the Associated Press photo of Osama bin Laden running today at  —  Got that?  Osama isn't a mass-murdering terrorist mastermind.  He's just a poor, exiled dissident who disagrees with civilization.
Yara Bayoumy / Reuters:
Bin Laden warns of new attacks
Crooks and Liars:
Chris Matthews compares Michael Moore to Osama
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Bin Laden Tape Won't Raise Security Level
Associated Press:
Iraq Shiites Win, but Must Form Coalition  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — An alliance of Shiite religious parties won the most seats in Iraq's new parliament but not enough to rule without coalition partners, the election commission said Friday.  Sunni Arabs gained seats over previous balloting.
Discussion: IRAQ THE MODEL
Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
Iraq Election Results Show Sunni Gains  —  Shiite Religious Parties Will Have to Form Alliances With Others  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, Jan. 20 — Shiite religious parties fell short of winning outright control of parliament in Iraq's Dec. 15 national elections, compelling them to seek alliances …
Discussion: TAPPED and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Google Resists U.S. Subpoena of Search Data  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 19 - The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to compel Google, the Internet search giant, to turn over records on millions of its users' search queries as part of the government's effort to uphold an online pornography law.
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
Google Refuses Demand for Search Information
Discussion: Factesque and Air America Radio
San Francisco Chronicle:   Google says no to data demand
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Paper Decides to Close Blog, Citing Vitriol  —  The Washington Post shut one of its blogs yesterday, saying it had drawn too many personal attacks, profanity and hate mail directed at the paper's ombudsman.  —  The closing was the second by a major newspaper in recent months.
Associated Press:
Minority Leader Reid Apologizes to GOP  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday apologized to 33 Republican senators singled out for ethics criticism in a report from his office titled "Republican Abuse of Power."  —  "The document released by my office yesterday went …
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Reid Apologizes for News Release on GOP
Opinion Journal:
Still Morning in America  —  Reaganomics, 25 years later.  —  Twenty-five years ago today, Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States promising less intrusive government, lower tax rates and victory over communism.  On that same day, the American hostages in Iran were freed after 444 days of captivity.
Chicago Tribune:
The not-so-mad mind of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  —  Victor Davis Hanson, a senior fellow and historian at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University: Tribune Media Services  —  `The skirmishes in the occupied land are part of a war of destiny.  The outcome of hundreds of years of war will be defined in Palestinian land.
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and Gina Cobb
Ross Liemer /
Sen. Clinton calls for sanctions against Iran
Discussion: Roger L. Simon
Dglover / Beltway Blogroll:
The Rise Of Blogs  —  When President Bush campaigned for re-election in 2004, he vowed to "save Social Security."  Bush touted the notion of voluntary personal retirement accounts in his 2005 State of the Union address, promoted the idea just after the speech, and then …
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Into the West Bank Abyss: From Student to Suicide Bomber  —  NABLUS, West Bank, Jan. 19 - A local photographer was the first to tell a shocked Samer Antar that his youngest brother, Sami, was dead.  His mother's wails soon followed, rising in pitch to fill the dark staircase, as relatives …
Washington Post:
Mike Malloy to CPAC: Get Lost!  —  For next month's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), media director Andrea Saul sent 500 invitations to radio talk shows inviting them to broadcast from the Omni Shoreham Hotel.  This is one of the big lovefests for those who want to hear …
Discussion: The American Thinker
Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
Mother Asks for Mercy  —  Muslims Echo Plea for Abducted U.S. Journalist's Life  —  BAGHDAD, Jan. 19 — The mother of an American journalist kidnapped in Iraq appealed for her daughter's life on Thursday, the eve of a deadline set by her captors for the release of all women in U.S. custody in the country.
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Restive GOP Activists May Stage Revolt  —  Conservatives threaten to withhold support of Schwarzenegger's reelection bid if he doesn't fire a key aide who is a Democrat.  —  SACRAMENTO — Republican activists disenchanted with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday that they will try …
Michael J.W. Stickings / The Reaction:
Bombing Pakistan: Was the attack justified?  —  Remember that CIA bombing of a remote Pakistani village last week?  The one that killed 18 Pakistanis, but not Ayman al-Zawahiri?  Well, it looks like at least one really bad guy was among the dead: … Before I learned of this news I was critical of the bombing.
Cathy Young / The Y Files:
How not to fight PC on campus  —  A group of Republican UCLA alumni, determined to expose left-wing extremism at the university, is offering students up to $100 per class for documented evidence of bias in the classroom (such as notes or taped recordings).  In response to this tactic …
Jason / Generation Why?:
Department of Justice: NSA Warrantless Wiretaps Legal  —  The Justice Department's legal memorandum on the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program, scheduled for release later, has been leaked to RawStory. … The Justice Department has concluded that … They recognize that Congress has authorized the President, through the AUMF, to:
Expose 'radical' UCLA teacher, get $100  —  LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) — An alumni group dedicated to "exposing the most radical professors" at the University of California at Los Angeles is offering to pay students $100 to record classroom lectures of suspect faculty.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Boing Boing

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