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Palestinian PM says government will quit after Hamas win  —  Israeli PM: 'Will not negotiate' with those who won't fight terrorism  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank (CNN) — In a stunning development ahead of official election results, Prime Minister Ahmed Qorei said Thursday he and others …
Sarah El Deeb / Associated Press:
Abbas to Ask Hamas to Form Next Government  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will ask Hamas to form the next Palestinian government after the Islamic militants swept parliamentary elections, and the defeated Fatah Party will serve in the opposition, a senior Fatah legislator said Thursday.
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Hamas Claims Victory in Palestinian Elections  —  Group Says It Has Clear Majority of Seats; Prime Minister and Cabinet Resign  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 26 — The radical Islamic group Hamas claimed victory Thursday in voting for the first Palestinian parliament in a decade …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Welcome To War  —  Exit polling turned out to be optimistic for the now-defunct Palestinian Authority, dominated by Fatah since its founding by Yasser Arafat.  The supposedly reformed terrorist kept the government as a sinecure for his PLO comrades, and made sure that any elections held …
New York Times:
Anticipating Hamas Victory, Palestinian Cabinet Resigns  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Palestinian prime minister, Ahmed Qurei, and his government submitted their resignations Thursday as the radical Islamic faction Hamas appeared to have scored a major upset and defeated the ruling Fatah party in parliamentary elections.
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Sarah El Deeb / Associated Press:
Officials: Hamas Wins Palestinian Election
David Horovitz / Jerusalem Post:
The earthquake
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Sarah El Deeb / Associated Press:
Palestinian Premier, Cabinet Resigns
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Palestinian PM to quit after poll
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Khaled Abu Toameh And / Associated Press:
Mashal calls Abbas to inquire about political partnership
Discussion: Fruits and Votes
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
White House Dismissed '02 Surveillance Proposal  —  The Bush administration rejected a 2002 Senate proposal that would have made it easier for FBI agents to obtain surveillance warrants in terrorism cases, concluding that the system was working well and that it would likely be unconstitutional to lower the legal standard.
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Words, Deeds on Spying Differed  — Even as warrantless U.S. eavesdropping was being conducted, the White House opposed easing rules on the issue in 2002 to avoid public debate.  —  WASHINGTON — Four years ago, top Bush administration lawyers told Congress they opposed lowering …
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Bush Taking Bin Laden Threat Seriously
New York Times:
Senators in Need of a Spine  —  Judge Samuel Alito Jr., whose entire history suggests that he holds extreme views about the expansive powers of the presidency and the limited role of Congress, will almost certainly be a Supreme Court justice soon.  His elevation will come courtesy …
Ira Stoll / New York Sun:
Iraq's WMD Secreted in Syria, Sada Says  —  The man who served as the no. 2 official in Saddam Hussein's air force says Iraq moved weapons of mass destruction into Syria before the war by loading the weapons into civilian aircraft in which the passenger seats were removed.
Mickey Kaus / Slate:
Worst Beltway Incest Yet?  —  Tim Russert isn't doing his son any favor.  —  Earl Ofari Hutchinson contributes a forceful and admirably BS-free post on a dirty little un-PC secret of the Democratic coalition: Anti-illegal immigrant sentiment among blacks. ...
The Pakistani Frontier  —  When more is not enough; Counterterror efforts net successes but fall short on The Frontier  —  The airstrike on al-Qaeda leadership in the town of Damadola has done more than just kill up to five senior al-Qaeda commanders, including Abu Khabab …
Chicago Business:
Wal-Mart gets 25,000 applications for Evergreen Park store  —  Interest for 325 jobs biggest in company's history  —  (Crain's) — The new Wal-Mart Stores Inc. location opening Friday in suburban Evergreen Park received a record 25,000 applications for 325 positions, the highest …
Greg Gutfeld / The Huffington Post:
FINALLY!  THE ROE V. WADE JOKE PAGE!!!  —  Judging from my last post, there are a lot of people here who take abortion VERY seriously - so seriously in fact that they worry me.  I think what's needed are a few "belly" laughs to ease the tension!  —  So, in honor of National Abortion Week …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
GOP Freezes Jobs List, a Vestige of the K Street Project  —  Republican lawmakers yesterday ended their long practice of routinely summoning lobbyists to the Capitol to try to persuade them to hire their aides and colleagues, in the wake of the Jack Abramoff political corruption scandal.
Milt Freudenheim / New York Times:
Prognosis Is Mixed for Health Savings  —  President Bush has made "consumer-directed" health savings plans a cornerstone of his policy for addressing runaway medical costs, and he plans to push them again in the State of the Union address next week.  But so far there is little evidence …
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