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7:40 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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
AP: Iraqi government confirms that Jamil Hussein exists
Discussion: Dean's World
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
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 about the possible broader implications of National Intelligence Director John Negroponte's job-hopping to the No. 2 post at the State Department, a development first reported Wednesday evening.  At the White House daily briefing today …
Discussion: Democrats.com
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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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 …
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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CNN:
Pelosi becomes first woman House speaker
Discussion: Fact-esque and Blogs of War
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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Washington Post:
House Democrats Prepare To Tighten Lobbyist Rules  —  In their first act as the House majority, Democrats today will introduce a package of rule changes to ban gifts and trips from lobbyists, restrict privately funded junkets and begin to sever the cozy relations between lobbyists and lawmakers that scandalized the last Congress.
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Eye on the Clock, House Democrats Put Their Focus On '100 Hours'
Discussion: Associated Press and Wonkette
The Influence Peddler:
House Dems Moving Goalposts
Discussion: MyDD and Blue Crab Boulevard
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
Robert Tracinski / realclearpolitics.com:
To Win in Baghdad, Strike at Tehran  —  As early as next week, President Bush is expected to give a major speech announcing a new strategy in Iraq.  This is an excellent opportunity for the administration to announce a big strategic change that could dramatically improve America's prospects in Iraq.
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New York Post:
RANGEL BOOTS VEEP  —  EVICTS CHENEY FROM CHOICE CAPITOL DIGS  —  Rep. Charles Rangel has evicted Vice President Dick Cheney from his office in the Capitol, and the Harlem heavyweight is moving into the prime digs today, The Post has learned.  —  Gilded letters were freshly painted atop …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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: Wizbang
 
 
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Chris Bowers / MyDD:
The Cult of Bipartisanship  —  Here are the Google News results …
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
Justin Rood / TPMmuckraker:
Rehnquist Files Reveal Bolton Shenanigan
Emptywheel / The Next Hurrah:
A Tale of Two Conspiracies  —  The NYT has a story detailing …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Awaiting Bush's Iraq Plan, Democrats Weigh Replies
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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