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3:00 PM ET, January 5, 2007

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Juan / Informed Comment:
The Adults take Charge  —  The Reality Based Community Strikes Back in Iraq  —  The professionals take charge.  Bush is bringing in Ryan Crocker, a distinguished career foreign service officer, as the new US ambassador to Iraq.  And Gen. David Petraeus will replace Gen. Casey as top ground commander in Iraq.
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Reuters:
Bush plans changes in key advisers for Iraq fresh start  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush is planning to name a new ambassador and military commanders for Iraq as he prepares to make a fresh start on a worsening problem that has mired his administration and threatens his legacy.
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Debate Link
New York Times:
Bush to Name a New General to Oversee Iraq  —  President Bush has decided to name Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus as the top American military commander in Iraq, part of a broad revamping of the military team that will carry out the administration's new Iraq strategy, administration officials said Thursday.
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
What "I Listen to the Generals" Means
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:   Deadly Blasts in Baghdad Leave Gruesome Traces
United States Central Command:
Jihadist Website: Al-Zawahiri Urges Somalis, Muslims To Fight Ethiopian Forces  —  A jihadist website is observed on 5 January to post several links to 5-minute and 30-second audio message by Al-Qa'ida's second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri entitled "Rise up and Support Your Brothers in Somalia."
Discussion: Hot Air and PrairiePundit
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Howie / The Jawa Report:
Zawahiri Whines, Begs For Help in Somalia
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Times of London:   Islamists dig in by the sea as Somalia requests world's help
Bill Ardolino / Examiner:
Grit and guts for Navy corpsmen in a Fallujah police station  —  WASHINGTON - Editor's note: Blogger Bill Ardolino is embedded with a U.S. Marine unit in Iraq.  He's there to find out the truth about the U.S. war effort on the ground in Iraq.  Unlike the vast majority of mainstream media journalists …
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speaker.gov:
Congressional Leaders Call on President to Reject Flawed Iraq Troop Surge  —  Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker Nancy Pelosi today sent the following letter to President Bush urging him to reject his reported plan to escalate the war in Iraq by increasing troop levels …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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President George W. Bush / Huffington Post:
DEM LETTER TO BUSH: "WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO REJECT ANY PLANS THAT CALL FOR OUR GETTING OUR TROOPS ANY DEEPER INTO IRAQ"....  Dear Mr. President:  —  The start of the new Congress brings us opportunities to work together on the critical issues confronting our country.
Discussion: Hot Air
Bryan / Hot Air:
Barney Frank accuses Bush of genocide "ethnic cleansing" Major Update  —  There's no other way around it: When you accuse someone of perpetrating "ethnic cleansing" in any way, shape or form, you are accusing them of genocide.  —  Genocide.  Let that word work its way around your mind for an moment.
Judd / Think Progress:
Lott: I May Oppose Troop Escalation  —  Yesterday on MSNBC, Trent Lott (R-MS), the second ranking Republican in the Senate, said that he may oppose troop escalation in Iraq.  Watch it:  —  Lott's comments are particularly significant because, as the Minority Whip, he's responsible for bringing …
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Lott: Administration "Pushed" Intel on Iraq  —  Here's Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott (R-MS) on Hardball last night.  Does anybody else find this to be a stunning admission from the Republicans' #2 in the Senate?  —  The transcript:
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
For Democrats, a Choice: Forward or Reverse?
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
White House Postponing Loss of Iraq, Biden Says  —  Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said yesterday that he believes top officials in the Bush administration have privately concluded they have lost Iraq and are simply trying to postpone disaster …
Discussion: rubber hose and Needlenose
Thomas Harding / Telegraph:
Navy to cut its fleet by half  —  Royal Navy commanders were in uproar yesterday after it was revealed that almost half of the Fleet's 44 warships are to be mothballed as part of a Ministry of Defence cost-cutting measure.  —  Senior officers have said the plans will turn Britain's once-proud Navy …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard and The Corner
Arnold Kling / TCS Daily:
Two Strategies for Avoiding Truth  —  "Physicists do it...Psychologists do it...Even political scientists do it...Research findings confirming a hypothesis are accepted more or less at face value, but when confronted with contrary evidence, we become "motivated skeptics" …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Hanging: Beyond Travesty  —  Of the 6 billion people on this Earth, not one killed more people than Saddam Hussein.  And not just killed but tortured and mutilated — doing so often with his own hands and for pleasure.  It is quite a distinction to be the preeminent monster on the planet.
Discussion: Andrew Sullivan and Daily Pundit
Seth Gitell / New York Sun:
Romney Is First To Sign Pledge on Tax  —  BOSTON — Seeking to broaden his appeal as a presidential candidate beyond those Republicans attracted by his reputation as a social conservative, Governor Romney is making a play for economic conservatives by focusing on taxes.
 
 
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Ralph Peters / New York Post:
KING DAVID RETURNS
Discussion: The Corner and PrairiePundit
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
AP's Editor Criticizes Those Who Questioned Iraq Source
Associated Press:
Iranian official: If threatened, we will use nuclear weapons
Istra Pacheco / Associated Press:
Stallone Attacks Mexican Border Fence
Bruce Loudon / The Australian:
Gays are a capitalist pollutant: Maoists
Discussion: Dean's World
Bob Geiger:
Another Right-Wing Smear Campaign Snuffed
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Senate Regrets the Vote to Enter Iraq
Discussion: Think Progress
Aaron Gould Sheinin / The State:
Big money backs McCain in S.C.
Discussion: Hotline On Call
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Washington Post:
House Warming  —  For Democrats and Deadheads, the Gilded Party
Discussion: Redstate
USA Today:
Nominee played big role in outsourcing intelligence
Richard Dawkins / Los Angeles Times:
Saddam should have been studied, not executed
Andrew Roth / Club for Growth:
The New House Appropriation 'Cardinals'
CQPolitics.com:
Fifteen Republicans Squeaked by in 2006, Analysis Shows
Discussion: MyDD and Daily Kos
Alan Cooperman / Washington Post:
Sedative Withdrawal Made Rehnquist Delusional in '81
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs and Law Blog
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Zionists to colonize the moon!  Update: Zionist space aggression begins?
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