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4:45 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.
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 …
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
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Washington Post:
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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
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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
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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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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
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
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.
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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