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9:30 PM ET, January 4, 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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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:
Curt / Flopping Aces:
Jamil Hussein Found?  —  Good news....now we have a real live person, FINALLY, to question about the Burning Six story: … So now maybe we can get an explanation on how this police officer who works at the Khadra police station was able to get information on attacks citywide.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
AP: Iraqi government confirms that Jamil Hussein exists  —  They can't get an execution right.  Why should they be able to find a guy's name on a list? … Is Captain Jamil headed to the clink?  No. … So what happened? … I speculated about a mix up due to the conventions of Arabic names …
Pajamas Media:
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Reported Dead  —  A source close to Pajamas Media has learned that Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has apparently succumbed to the cancer that hospitalized him last month, as exclusively reported by Pajamas Media, at age 67.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Pajamas Media: Iran's supreme leader dead
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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Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
D.C. Notes: Wes Clark is Steamed, Jane Harman Isn't, and Terry …
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Miers Resigns As White House Counsel  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Harriet Miers, President Bush's failed Supreme Court nominee, has submitted her resignation as White House counsel, the White House announced Thursday.  —  White House press secretary Tony Snow said the president reluctantly accepted …
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Washington Wire:
Read My Eyes  —  White House reporters were buzzing …
Discussion: Democrats.com
David Stout / New York Times:
Democrats Take Control of Congress  —  Jubilant Democrats took the gavels in the Senate and House today for the first time in 12 years, pledging a new era in Congress and a new effort at bipartisan progress.  —  "I accept this gavel in the spirit of partnership, not partisanship," …
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CNN:
Pelosi becomes first woman House speaker
Discussion: Fact-esque and Blogs of War
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
A Teleconference With Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
James Gordon Meek / NY Daily News:
W pushes envelope on U.S. spying  —  New postal law lets Bush peek through your mail  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush has quietly claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans' mail without a judge's warrant, the Daily News has learned.  —  The President asserted his new authority …
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Barack Obama / Washington Post:
A Chance To Change The Game  —  This past Election Day, the American people sent a clear message to Washington: Clean up your act.  —  After a year in which too many scandals revealed the influence special interests wield over Washington, it's no surprise that so many incumbents were defeated …
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Sen. Charles E. Schumer / The Huffington Post:
Back to Work on the Issues that Matter
Justin Rood / TPMmuckraker:
Rehnquist Files Reveal Bolton Shenanigan  —  Here's a piece of muck history unearthed yesterday from deceased Supreme Court justice William Rehnquist's FBI files.  —  In 1986, the Reagan administration was eager to protect its nomination of Rehnquist to be chief justice the Supreme Court.
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
The Right Minimum Wage  —  A federal minimum wage is an idea whose time came in 1938, when public confidence in markets was at a nadir and the federal government's confidence in itself was at an apogee.  This, in spite of the fact that with 19 percent unemployment and the economy contracting …
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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: A Blog For All
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
New Orleans Repeats Mistakes as It Rebuilds  —  Many Houses Built in Areas Katrina Flooded Are Not on Raised Foundations  —  NEW ORLEANS — By ones and twos, homeowners here are reinhabiting neighborhoods, even the most devastated ones, and many view their return as a triumph over adversity.
WRAL-TV:
Duke Lacrosse Accuser Gives Birth to Baby Girl  —  CHAPEL HILL — WRAL has confirmed that the accuser in the Duke lacrosse case gave birth Wednesday to a baby girl at UNC Hospitals.  —  Sources tell WRAL the woman delivered the baby by a Cesarean section.  No other detail were available about the birth.
Discussion: Examiner, Scared Monkeys and TalkLeft
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Best Friends Forever?  —  Just now on MSNBC, I saw Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) make his way over to introduce himself to Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA), whose back is to the camera.  And that's Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) looking on as the Muslim-fearing Goode shakes hands with the House's first elected Muslim.
Discussion: Wonkette
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.
Discussion: A Blog For All and Wizbang
Frank Newport / Gallup Poll:
Majority of Americans View Media Coverage of Iraq as Inaccurate  —  Most likely to say coverage is too negative  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A majority of Americans — 56% — believe that the news media's coverage of the situation in Iraq is generally inaccurate.  About 4 out of 10 Americans agree …
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
The Democrats' Cautious Tiptoe Around the President's Tax Cuts  —  President Bush is all but daring Democratic leaders to attack his signature tax cuts as they take over Congress.  But Democrats, perhaps to his frustration, are having none of it.  —  In an opening salvo on Wednesday …
 
 
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Chris Bowers / MyDD:
The Cult of Bipartisanship  —  Here are the Google News results …
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Awaiting Bush's Iraq Plan, Democrats Weigh Replies
Washington Post:
House Democrats Prepare To Tighten Lobbyist Rules
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
D.C. Notes: Murtha Again Taking the Lead on Iraq
Opinion Journal:
The 100 Hours Rush  —  Speaker Pelosi learned a few things from Tom DeLay.
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