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8:00 AM ET, January 5, 2007

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Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
Iraq threatens arrest of police officer  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Interior Ministry acknowledged Thursday that an Iraqi police officer whose existence had been denied by the Iraqis and the U.S. military is in fact an active member of the force, and said he now faces arrest for speaking to the media.
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Michelle Malkin:
Jamil Hussein development: "Faces arrest?"  —  Just received this from Linda Wagner of the Associated Press: … Checking it out.  Moving forward...  Reader Daniel: … Full story here.  —  More: … I am awaiting reaction/response from my sources.  Bob Owens received this from MNF-PAO:
Confederate Yankee:
Game On: AP Claims Jamil Hussein Is Real, Faces Arrest  —  Well now, aren't things just getting lively? … We'll get to those accusations momentarily, but lets jump down to the end of the article. … When contacted for a response moments ago, the U.S military (MNF-I PAO) stated:
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Oh, You Mean That Jamil Hussein!  —  I haven't blogged much about this, but it has been quite a cause in the blogosphere over the last few weeks.  Bloggers have researched reporting by the Associated Press in Iraq and found 61 single-sourced stories regarding some of the most violent atrocities of the insurgencies in Iraq.
Discussion: Nitpicker
Curt / Flopping Aces:
Jamil Hussein Found?
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
AP: Iraqi government confirms that Jamil Hussein exists
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Pelosi ready to make history as new speaker  —  A new Congress convenes today with a narrow Democratic majority lording over a despondent Republican minority.  —  While the full weight of Republicans' powerlessness sinks in after 12 years of control, Democrats are celebrating …
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John M. Broder / New York Times:
Jubilant Democrats Assume Control on Capitol Hill
Discussion: the talking dog
Washington Post:
Democrats Take Control on Hill
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Arizona Republic:
Guardsmen overrun at the Border  —  National Guard unit stormed while patroling the border  —  Border attack raises security concerns  —  A U.S. Border Patrol entry Identification Team site was overrun Wednesday night along Arizona's border with Mexico.  —  According to the Border Patrol …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Mexican gunmen cross border, rout National Guard  —  Actually, I don't know for sure that they were Mexican.  All sorts of people steal across the Mexican border who aren't native to that country.  Just ask Mike McCaul.  —  Would "the goddamned fence" have helped here?  It couldn't have hurt.
New York Times:
Bush to Name a New General to Oversee Iraq  —  President Bush has decided to name Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus as the top American military commander in Iraq, part of a broad revamping of the military team that will carry out the administration's new Iraq strategy, administration officials said Thursday.
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ABCNEWS:
Bush to Nominate Khalilzad to U.N. Post  —  Announcement Could Come as Early as Tomorrow  —  ABC News has learned that President Bush will nominate Zalmay Khalilzad to be the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.  Khalilzad is currently the U.S. ambassador to Iraq.  The announcement may come as soon as tomorrow.
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Real Cities:
Bush considering smaller-than-expected increase in troops for Iraq
Discussion: No Capital and Los Angeles Times
CBS News:
FEELINGS ABOUT NEW CONGRESS  —  Optimistic  —  Pessimistic  —  But when asked if Democrats and President Bush can cooperate — in general and on Iraq, which is overwhelmingly Americans' top priority — half those polled were doubtful.  —  Fifty-one percent said the White House and Congress …
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
North Korea Prepping Nuclear Weapons Test  —  Defense Officials Tell ABC News 'They've Put Everything in Place'  —  North Korea appears to have made preparations for another nuclear test, according to U.S. defense officials.  —  "We think they've put everything in place to conduct …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Opinion Journal:
Moonbatta Non Grata  —  Remember Cindy Sheehan?  Neither do we, but the surprise is who else doesn't.  Fox News reports she showed up on Capitol Hill yesterday: … The Sheehanoids managed to cow Rep. Rahm Emanuel into shutting down his press conference.  And from the Angry Left bloggers who once cheered her on: silence.
Discussion: GINA COBB
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
FINAL CAT BLOGGING....I have some sad news.  About an hour ago Jasmine was sitting on my desk (keeping an eye on me, as usual) when she went into a violent spasm and fell to the ground.  She died within a minute.  —  I don't know what happened, but it was probably a heart attack.
Discussion: TBogg
Daniela Deane / Washington Post:
Miers Resigns As White House Counsel  —  White House legal counsel and failed Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, a longtime friend and adviser of President Bush, resigned from her White House position today, Press Secretary Tony Snow announced.  —  Miers, 61, will leave her job at the end …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Abovethelaw.com
 
 
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