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4:10 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.
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 …
Curt / Flopping Aces:
Jamil Hussein Found?
Discussion: The Belmont Club and Hot Air
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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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," …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Jubilant Democrats Assume Control on Capitol Hill
Discussion: the talking dog
Digby / Hullabaloo:   Why I Am A Liberal And A Progressive And A Democrat
Washington Post:
Democrats Take Control on Hill
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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
Discussion: mirror.co.uk and DownWithTyranny!
Political Radar:
Replacements for Generals Abizaid and Casey  —  ABC News' Martha Raddatz Reports: ABC News has learned that the president intends to nominate Admiral William J. Fallon to replace General John Abizaid at Central Command.  The announcement is expected next week, before the president gives …
Discussion: The Belmont Club and PrairiePundit
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The Raw Story:
'Clean sweep': Bush replaces top general in Middle East who opposed troop surge
Discussion: Big Brass Blog and The Reaction
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 …
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: Abovethelaw.com
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Washington Wire:
Read My Eyes  —  White House reporters were buzzing …
Discussion: Democrats.com
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
WTVD-TV:
LAX Player Files Lawsuit Against Duke University  —  (01/04/07 — DURHAM) - A former Duke Lacrosse player has filed a lawsuit against the University saying he was failed by an professor because of his membership on the lacrosse team.  —  Also on abc11tv.com:
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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.
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
D.C. Notes: Murtha Again Taking the Lead on Iraq  —  Arriving on the Hill, Melinda and I made a beeline for the office of Rep. Jack Murtha, the man most responsible for the Democrats seizing control of the 110th Congress (other than George Bush, that is).  —  His office is filled …
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 …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
DAILY NEWS MISFIRES ON SCOOP  —  The cover of today's New York Daily News features a grinning President Bush and the headline: "I've got mail!  And it's yours!"  —  The story by James Gordon Meek, touted as a "Daily News exclusive," is titled "W pushes envelope on U.S. spying".  It begins:
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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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Zionists to colonize the moon!  Update: Zionist space aggression begins?
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Tom Tomorrow / This Modern World:
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
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Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
D.C. Notes: Wes Clark is Steamed, Jane Harman Isn't, and Terry …
Sen. Charles E. Schumer / The Huffington Post:
Back to Work on the Issues that Matter
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
The Democrats' Cautious Tiptoe Around the President's Tax Cuts
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Frank Newport / Gallup Poll:
Majority of Americans View Media Coverage of Iraq as Inaccurate
 

 
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