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8:20 PM ET, January 2, 2007

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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
AP Again Challenged on Iraqi Source — Continues to Stand By Reporting  —  NEW YORK A long-running dispute between The Associated Press and critics over one of its Iraqi sources show no signs of abating, despite at least two lengthy rebuttals by the news organization.
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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 …
Armed Liberal / Winds of Change.NET:
"It's Just A Scratch"  —  In a display of clueless arrogance unmatched since the Black Knight refused to yield to King Arthur, the AP replies to its critics on l'affaire Jamail Hussein: … Here's the problem, Ms. Carroll.  We don't believe he exists.  If he doesn't exist, much of your reporting from Iraq is subject to dispute.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Justin Rood / TPMmuckraker:
House GOP: Don't Hurt Us — Please  —  Republicans aren't yet an official minority in the House, but they're already beginning a campaign to portray themselves as victims of a heartless Democratic majority.  —  In a "Dear Colleague" letter circulated to fellow Republicans …
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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 …
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Deacon / Power Line:
THE SECRET CODE AND TWO PAIR OF PLANS
Discussion: Wonkette and The Moderate Voice
Ynetnews:
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 …
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Associated Press:
Iran vows to 'humiliate' U.S.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and JOSHUAPUNDIT
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.
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USA Today:
Ugly voices tarnish debut of Congress' first Muslim
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
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 …
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
CNN apologizes to Barack Obama
Discussion: SOTUblog, Wonkette and HACKED
Lauren Frayer / Associated Press:
Iraqi Government to Investigate Saddam Hanging, Leak of Video  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — The prime minister on Tuesday ordered an investigation into the conduct of Saddam Hussein's execution in a bid to learn who among the witnesses taunted the former Iraqi leader in the last minutes of his life, then leaked a cell phone video.
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John F. Burns / New York Times:   Iraq Plans Inquiry Into Hussein Execution
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Andrew Ward / Financial Times:
Jeb Bush quiet about long-term plans  —  When Jeb Bush was asked recently how he planned to spend his first day after stepping down as governor of Florida, he reeled off a checklist of things he wanted to do: "I hope to wake up.  Work out.  Maybe read the local paper.  Sports page probably.
Discussion: PoliPundit.com and Daily Pundit
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Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Jeb Bush Ponders Future, Not Knowing What It Holds
Discussion: MyDD and Outside The Beltway
Mark Bowden / Opinion Journal:
So, Saddam Is Dead . . .  But the way of the world remains Saddam's.  —  Now that they have hanged Saddam Hussein, perhaps we can begin to appreciate the irony and the lessons of his demise.  —  Any nation is, at heart, an idea.  Once people started organizing themselves in groups larger …
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 …
Scott Burgess / The Daily Ablution:
Happy New Year!  —  It may not be true for most mammals, but the New Year seems a good time for me to emerge from hibernation and revisit regular posting at the Ablution.  —  It will probably take a bit of time to get back up to speed - to be honest, I've been a bit out of touch with stories …
Discussion: The Corner
CBC News:
Kenya arrests as many as 2 men with Canadian passports: reports  —  As many as two Somali Islamic fighters who claim to be Canadian were among 10 fighters arrested by Kenyan police, according to separate reports Tuesday.  —  The 10 were arrested on Monday at the Liboi border crossing in Kenya …
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
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Washington Post:
With Iraq War Come Layers of Loss
Discussion: Firedoglake, Daily Kos and HACKED
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Rising opposition to US troop increase
Discussion: Think Progress and Wizbang
Liz Bowie / Baltimore Sun:
Can less equal more? … Teacher Jennifer Dial Santoro asked …
Discussion: The Corner and Joanne Jacobs
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Free Will: Now You Have It, Now You Don't  —  I was a free man …
Editor and Publisher:
AP Asks: Why So Many Upset by Iraq Death Toll?
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