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8:35 PM ET, January 1, 2007


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Nasteex Dahir Farah / Associated Press:
Somali troops capture Islamic stronghold  —  KISMAYO, Somalia - Somali government troops backed by Ethiopian tanks and fighter jets captured the last major stronghold of a militant Islamic movement Monday, while hundreds of Islamic fighters — many of them Arabs and South Asians — fled the town.
Sahra Abdi / Reuters:
Somali Islamists flee stronghold  —  KISMAYU, Somalia (Reuters) - Defeated Somali Islamists fled their last stronghold and headed toward the Kenyan border on Monday in what looked like the end of nearly two weeks of war with the Ethiopian-backed government.  —  Several thousand Islamist troops …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Islamists Bug Out Of Somalia
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:   Islamists Abandon Final Stronghold in Somalia
Nasteex Dahir Farah / Associated Press:
Islamists quit last bastion in Somalia
Discussion: PrairiePundit
See-Dubya / Hot Air:   Somali Islamist Cowards Flee Kismayo
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Hard Choices Over Video of Execution  —  Confronted with a second, unofficial and more graphic video account of the moments leading up to the execution of Saddam Hussein, and the hanging itself, executives at television news organizations made a series of what one executive …
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Universal Health Care Run by Psychotics  —  I'm glad there's widespread liberal discussion about the health care system and the need to fix it.  Paul Krugman made a forceful argument about it today in his Op-Ed, but it's really the same argument that heroic blogger nyceve makes on a regular basis …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Generation of Thugs  —  In response to Paul Krugman's op-ed piece in the NYT on our busted health care system, Matt Stoller has a compelling post entitled "Universal Health Care Run By Psychotics," which I would retitle "Universal Health Care Run by Hoodlums."
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
GOP Lawmakers Divided About 'Surge' in Troops  —  Republican lawmakers appear uneasy about — and in some cases outright dismissive of — the idea of sending many more troops to Iraq, as President Bush contemplates such a "surge" as part of his new strategy for stabilizing the country.
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Curt / Flopping Aces:
The AP Changing It's Ways?  —  Here we go again with the AP.  Coalition forces had a firefight today in Baghdad in which they killed six of the enemy.  During the fight two buildings caught fire: … But the AP, using a "anonymous" police source now (cough), print how the police say it was a airstrike:
Discussion: Power Line and A Blog For All
Peter Prengaman / Associated Press:
Rose Parade Features 'Star Wars' Tribute  —  Nature's grandeur was on full display at the 118th Rose Parade on Monday, featuring a bounty of floral creations that included a fire- breathing dragon protecting a castle, hummingbirds hovering over blossoms and a frog trying to lap up some water.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Chief Justice Advocates Higher Pay for Judiciary  —  WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. made judicial pay the sole topic of his second annual report, issued on Sunday, declaring that the failure by Congress to raise federal judges' salaries in recent years has become a …
Discussion: MyDD and Angry Bear
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Iraqis learn the art of legal "workarounds"  —  (updated below)  —  This depressing New York Times article by John Burns and Marc Santora details the frantic, reckless manner in which Saddam Hussein was shoved into the noose in clear violation of Iraqi law.  We can't even get a hanging right.
Saddam Hanged but No Let - Up in Iraq Violence
Discussion: Political Animal
Binyamin Netanyahu / Jerusalem Post:
Iran can still be stopped  —  It is possible to prevent the political and security landslide.  Iran can still be stopped.  —  The government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is rapidly leading Israel to a political and security downfall while Iran is racing towards achieving a nuclear weapons capability.
Andrew C. Revkin / New York Times:
Middle Stance Emerges in Debate Over Climate  —  Amid the shouting lately about whether global warming is a human-caused catastrophe or a hoax, some usually staid climate scientists in the usually invisible middle are speaking up.  —  The discourse over the issue has been feverish since Hurricane Katrina.
David Derbyshire / Telegraph:
Labelling cheese as junk food 'unfair'  —  New advertising rules that will officially label cheese as "junk food" were condemned yesterday by the dairy industry as unfair, misleading and counter-productive.  —  Under regulations coming into force this month, broadcasters will be banned …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard and The Corner
Margaret Neighbour / Scotsman:
Veil-wearing Muslim women are part of our fight - al-Qaeda chief  —  AL-QAEDA'S deputy leader said yesterday that any Muslim woman who wears the veil in Western countries is a supporter in what he described as a fight between Islam and "Zionist Crusaders".  —  Ayman al-Zawahri issued …
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ABC's 'Sic' Choice Suggests Belief in Afterlife an Error
Discussion: Ed
R. James Woolsey / Opinion Journal:
Gentlemen, Start Your Plug-Ins
Discussion: American Thinker
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
States Take Lead on Ethics Rules for Lawmakers
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Dana Canedy / New York Times:
From Father to Son, Last Words to Live By
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Not Just A Number  —  The US military death toll in Iraq …
David Sirota / Sirotablog:
BOOK REVIEW: The right gives away its guidebook - will we listen?
SC Eagle / A Storm In Afghanistan:
Pain, No More  —  Ellicia died today.  3:20 PM.
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
The Point Of No Return
MTP Transcript for Dec. 31
Discussion: Political Animal and SOTUblog
jules crittenden:
Past, Future, Whatever
Discussion: Hyscience
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
What we need in New Year is some resolution
David Millward / Telegraph:
US 'licence to snoop' on British air travellers
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
The State of the Jihad  —  A look at the state of the major theaters …
Nancy Trejos / Washington Post:
U.S. Toll In Iraq Reaches 3,000