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6:25 PM ET, January 4, 2007

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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 …
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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The Influence Peddler:
House Dems Moving Goalposts
Discussion: MyDD and Blue Crab Boulevard
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Eye on the Clock, House Democrats Put Their Focus On '100 Hours'
Discussion: Wonkette
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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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
Opinion Journal:
The 100 Hours Rush  —  Speaker Pelosi learned a few things from Tom DeLay.
Discussion: It Shines For All
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  —  This is either going to be a two-ton feather in Pajamas's cap or a major embarrassment.  I have my fingers crossed for them.  There's not a word about it on Google News and Iranian dissidents have been known to exaggerate, but this report at AKI …
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David Stout / New York Times:
Democrats Take Control of Congress
Discussion: Wizbang and Booman Tribune
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Congressional Black Caucus gives Jefferson a standing ovation
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 …
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
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 …
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Editor and Publisher:
WEDNESDAY'S LETTERS: Iraq Death Toll, Jamil Hussein, Steve Outing's …
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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
Emptywheel / The Next Hurrah:
A Tale of Two Conspiracies  —  The NYT has a story detailing the evidence that will be used to prove that Jose Padilla engaged in a conspiracy to commit terrorism.  From its description, the evidence against Padilla is very very thin.  The NYT sort of evades the real issue when discussing the substantive evidence against Padilla:
Lois Romano / Washington Post:
Passed Over by Pelosi, Harman Doesn't Get Even.  She Gets Mad.  —  Catfight aftermath: Rep. Jane Harman is still quite irked that House Speaker-designee Nancy Pelosi nixed her for chairman of the House intelligence committee — and she's not exactly being stoic about it.
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Contractors Are Cited in Abuses at Guantanamo  —  New allegations of detainee abuse at Guantanamo Bay released by the FBI on Tuesday put private contractors at the center of interrogation operations, raising questions once again about where they fit in the military's chain of command.
 
 
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Chris Bowers / MyDD:
The Cult of Bipartisanship  —  Here are the Google News results …
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
Parthian Shot 2  —  John Keegan has an article in the Telegraph …
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Barney Frank on Katrina: "Ethnic Cleansing by Inaction"
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
Jordan Rau / Los Angeles Times:
Gov. to seek insurance for all children
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Our Iraqi Mistake
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Giuliani Leak: Attention Turns to Florida
Ann Coulter / Human Events:
The Democratic Party: A Vast Sleeper Cell
Associated Press:
Angry Nixon vowed to 'ruin' diplomatic corps
Stephen Singer / Associated Press:
Lieberman Party Now in Hands of Critic
 

 
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Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
A preview of the NetChoice cases to be argued at SCOTUS on February 26, about the constitutionality of Texas and Florida laws regulating social media content

Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

 
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