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12:45 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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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.
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
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Negroponte shift is ruffling feathers  —  Some say that his assignment to the State Department will leave the national intelligence office in a lurch.  —  WASHINGTON — The abrupt departure of John D. Negroponte as the nation's spy chief prompted angry responses from Capitol Hill and triggered …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
The Predictable Problems Of The DNI
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Negroponte to State? You Heard It Here First.
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Jubilant Democrats Assume Control on Capitol Hill  —  In a day of transition and pageantry, exultant Democrats on Thursday took control of both houses of Congress for the first time in a dozen years and elected the first woman to be speaker of the House.  —  Representative Nancy Pelosi …
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
For Democrats, a Choice: Forward or Reverse?
Washington Post:
Democrats Take Control on Hill
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
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 …
Discussion: INDCJournal and Captain's Quarters
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
Bryan / Hot Air:
Barney Frank accuses Bush of genocide  —  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.
Discussion: WILLisms.com and Cold Fury
Richard Dawkins / Los Angeles Times:
Saddam should have been studied, not executed  —  Sparing Hussein and studying his makeup could have provided valuable research.  —  THE OBVIOUS objections to the execution of Saddam Hussein are valid and well aired.  His death will provoke violent strife between Sunni and Shiite Muslims …
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Ex-Dem.  Party boss blasts Kerry in book  —  WASHINGTON - Former Democratic Party boss and Clinton friend Terry McAuliffe is lambasting John Kerry's unsuccessful presidential campaign, calling his effort to unseat President Bush "one of the biggest acts of political malpractice in the history of American politics."
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 …
pacom.mil:
ADMIRAL WILLIAM J. FALLON, USN  —  Commander, U.S. Pacific Command  —  Admiral William J. Fallon was raised in Merchantville, N.J. A 1967 graduate of Villanova University, he received his commission through the Navy ROTC Program and was designated a naval flight officer upon completion of flight training in December 1967.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Senate Regrets the Vote to Enter Iraq  —  ABC News Survey Shows That Knowing Then What It Knows Now, 2002 Senate Would Vote Against Giving President War Powers  —  As the new Democrat-controlled House and Senate take power this month, the Iraq war will be the front-and-center issue.
Discussion: Think Progress
Sarah Lueck / Wall Street Journal:
In New Senate, The 'Candy Desk' Gets a Kiss-Off  —  New Occupant Hails From  —  State With a Sweet Deficit;  —  'Moose Doodles,' Anyone?  —  WASHINGTON — With Democrats back in control of Congress for the first time in years, much is changing in the nation's capital …
 
 
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