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1:35 PM ET, January 2, 2007


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NY Daily News:
Revealed: Rudy's '08 battle plans  —  It's clearly laid out in 140 pages of printed text, handwriting and spreadsheets: The top-secret plan for Rudy Giuliani's bid for the White House.  —  The remarkably detailed dossier sets out the budgets, schedules and fund-raising plans that will underpin …
Agence France Presse:
Presidential hopeful Giuliani leaves battle plans in hotel: report
Discussion: Hot Air
Washington Post:
Democrats To Start Without GOP Input  —  As they prepare to take control of Congress this week and face up to campaign pledges to restore bipartisanship and openness, Democrats are planning to largely sideline Republicans from the first burst of lawmaking.  —  House Democrats intend to pass …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
As New Congress Nears, House Democrats Could Be Headed for Own Divide  —  Representative John D. Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who with more than 50 years' tenure is the senior member of the House, is not so sure about the idea of creating an independent group to enforce ethics rules.
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Democrats to tackle modest proposals
Discussion: TIME and PoliBlog (TM)
Virgil Goode / USA Today:
Save Judeo-Christian values  —  Immigration leaves USA vulnerable to Muslim extremists' infiltration.  —  A letter I sent in early December was written in response to hundreds of e-mails from constituents upset about Rep.-elect Keith Ellison's decision to use the Quran in connection with his congressional swearing-in.
USA Today:   Ugly voices tarnish debut of Congress' first Muslim
Iran: Hitler was a Jew  —  Advisor to President Ahmadinejad claims Nazi leader was Jew who conspired with USSR and Britain to establish Jewish state  —  Just when you thought the Iranian leadership could stoop no further: A top advisor to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed …
Confederate Yankee:
Gone in 60 Stories  —  On December 5 of this year, I wrote a blog post entitled 60 Billion Minutes, where I wrote: … In the weeks since that date, the Associated Press has maintained that the stories they originally reported on November 24-25 of burning mosques and burning men is true …
Discussion: Wizbang and PrairiePundit
New York Times:
Few Iraqis Are Gaining U.S. Sanctuary  —  With thousands of Iraqis desperately fleeing this country every day, advocates for refugees, and even some American officials, say there is an urgent need to allow more Iraqi refugees into the United States.  —  Until recently the Bush administration …
New York Times:
Chaos Overran Iraq Plan in '06, Bush Team Says  —  WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 — President Bush began 2006 assuring the country that he had a "strategy for victory in Iraq."  He ended the year closeted with his war cabinet on his ranch trying to devise a new strategy, because the existing one had collapsed.
Is Pelosi serious about cleaning up the House?  —  The Washington DC Examiner Newspaper, The Examiner  —  WASHINGTON - Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will make history this week when she becomes the first woman elected as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Discussion: Power Line and Captain's Quarters
Lauren Frayer / Associated Press:
Sunnis protest over Saddam execution  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Sunnis Muslims, angered by the execution of Saddam Hussein and the way his hanging was carried out, took to the streets in mainly peaceful demonstrations in Sunni enclaves across the country.  —  A crowd of Sunni mourners in Samarra marched …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Truthdig
Associated Press:
Islamist fighters offered amnesty  —  MOGADISHU — Fighters belonging to a militant Islamist movement fled into a rugged, forested corner of Somalia from rapidly advancing government forces Monday, and the prime minister offered amnesty if they surrendered.  —  Regional diplomats worked …
Discussion: DEBKAfile
Ethiopian troops to stay in Somalia weeks
Discussion: Hot Air
John M. Shalikashvili / New York Times:
Second Thoughts on Gays in the Military  —  TWO weeks ago, President Bush called for a long-term plan to increase the size of the armed forces.  As our leaders consider various options for carrying out Mr. Bush's vision, one issue likely to generate fierce debate is "don't ask, don't tell …
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Patterico's Los Angeles Dog Trainer Year in Review 2006  —  It is time for this blog's fourth annual review of the performance of the Los Angeles Times, which long-time Patterico readers know as the Los Angeles Dog Trainer.  The first annual review was posted here.
Hundreds of cars torched overnight  —  VANDALS set fire to about 400 cars overnight and police said they arrested more than 250 people, as violence marred France's New Year celebrations.  —  However, a police spokesman said there were fewer problems than in 2005, when youths attacked trains …
Caroline Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Our World: The longest-running big lie  —  Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Yasser Arafat was a master of the big lie.  Since he invented global terrorism with the founding of the Fatah terror organization in 1959, Arafat successfully portrayed himself as a freedom fighter while introducing the world …
Editor and Publisher:
AP Asks: Why So Many Upset by Iraq Death Toll?  —  PHILADELPHIA The country largely kept the faith during World War II, even as about 400,000 U.S. forces died - 20,000 just in the month long Battle of the Bulge.  Before turning against the wars in Korea and Vietnam, Americans tolerated thousands more deaths than in Iraq.
Michael Roston / The Raw Story:
CNN apologizes for Obama gaffe in Bin Laden graphic  —  Print page sponsored by Velvet Revolution.  —  Update: Senator Obama's office called RAW STORY to comment on the incident and CNN's apology, which can be found at the end of the story.  —  A Monday night broadcast of CNN's Situation Room …
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
To Your Health  —  Yesterday, Jane highlighted a post by Matt Stoller on the thugs who run the money side of things in our health care system.  Matt was commenting on a Krugman op-ed in the NYTimes that was great reading and that, unfortunately, was stuck behind the Times Select wall.
Discussion: New York Times and The Sideshow
Julie Sevrens Lyons / Mercury News:
Medic from Morgan Hill `alive — barely' after Iraq bombing  —  As a U.S. Army medic stationed in Iraq, David Shebib was used to saving the lives of his fellow soldiers.  But now, the young Morgan Hill man is in a foreign hospital with severe wounds of his own.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Power-Sipping Bulbs Get Backing From Wal-Mart  —  As a way to cut energy use, it could not be simpler.  Unscrew a light bulb that uses a lot of electricity and replace it with one that uses much less.  —  While it sounds like a promising idea, it turns out that the long-lasting …
Justin Webb / BBC:
Bush 'to reveal Iraq troop boost'  —  US President George W Bush intends to reveal a new Iraq strategy within days, the BBC has learnt.  —  The speech will reveal a plan to send more US troops to Iraq to focus on ways of bringing greater security, rather than training Iraqi forces.
The Nation:
Kristol Clear at Time  —  The market doesn't work — not when it comes to conservative commentators.  —  Before the Iraq war, rightwing (and middle-of-the-road) pundits claimed Saddam Hussein was a dire WMD threat, that he was in cahoots with al Qaeda, that the war was necessary.
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Rising opposition to US troop increase
Discussion: Wizbang
The Hedgehog Blog:
Gerald Ford And The News Media: Then And Now
Liz Bowie / Baltimore Sun:
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Discussion: The Corner and Joanne Jacobs
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Romney to File Paperwork for 2008 Bid
James Bone / Times of London:
Number 3,000: the soccer-mad dropout who dreamt of going back to college
Discussion: TalkLeft
Mariam Karouny / Reuters:
ANALYSIS-Iraqis see U.S. push against Sadr's Mehdi Army
 Earlier Items: 
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Free Will: Now You Have It, Now You Don't  —  I was a free man …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
One President Who Didn't See the Press as an Enemy
Discussion: CBS News
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Jeb Bush Ponders Future, Not Knowing What It Holds
Cahal Milmo / Independent:
World faces hottest year ever, as El Niño combines with global warming
Discussion: Right Wing News
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
The Private Arm of the Law
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
NRA Sounds Alarm of Not-So-Imminent Threat