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7:30 PM ET, January 5, 2007

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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 …
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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, jules crittenden and Wonkette
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
In which I annoy you once again with the asssertion that I'm a moderate.  —  I took this test — recommended by Andrew Sullivan — and scored a 21 on a political scale that ran from 0 (100% liberal) to 40 (100% conservative).  Sullivan scored 26, by the way.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Labels  —  A reader sends in a decade-old online quiz to determine whether you are a "conservative" or a "liberal."  Actually, it's more like a political Kinsey scale, where 40 is the most conservative and 0 is the most liberal.  I scored 26 - which makes me a moderate conservative, I guess.
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
TRUST TEST: Andrew Sullivan, InstaPundit, and Ann Althouse link …
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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.
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Ralph Peters / New York Post:
KING DAVID RETURNS
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Reid Takes Center Stage, but He's Hardly the Star of the Show  —  Harry Reid is often called the man from Searchlight, Nevada.  Nobody has ever called him the man from Spotlight.  —  The soft-spoken Democrat became the most powerful figure in the United States Senate yesterday.
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David Stout / New York Times:
Top Democrats Oppose More Troops in Iraq
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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."
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
AP's Editor Criticizes Those Who Questioned Iraq Source  —  NEW YORK Associated Press Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll on Friday criticized those who questioned the existence of an AP Iraq source, who was proven this week to be real, saying the scrutiny has now endangered the man's life.
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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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Judd / Think Progress:
Lott: I May Oppose Troop Escalation
Nico / Think Progress:
CBS: Military Tells Bush It Has Only 9,000 Troops Available For 'Surge'  —  A State Department official leaked word this week that President Bush is considering sending "no more than 15,000 to 20,000 U.S. troops" to Iraq.  "Instead of a surge, it is a bump," the official said.
Alexis Debat Reports / The Blotter:
American Passports Found on Bodies of Al Qaeda Fighters in Somalia  —  Alexis Debat Reports:  —  A senior official in the Somali government's new Ministry of the Interior told ABC News government forces had recovered "dozens of foreign passports," including several American passports …
USA Today:
Nominee played big role in outsourcing intelligence  —  WASHINGTON — J. Michael "Mike" McConnell, in line to become the nation's top intelligence official, has been a leading figure in outsourcing U.S intelligence operations to private industry, records and interviews show.
Bryan / Hot Air:
The Lonely Senator, Update  —  Via InstaPundit, the intrepid reporter whose site insinuated that the photo of John Kerry sitting alone in a chow hall in Iraq was itself bogus, has now verified that the photo is real, but the absence of troops in it is misleading: … And he backs it up by talking to the reporters involved.
Oliver North / Human Events:
More Troops = More Targets  —  For months, advisers to President George W. Bush have been trying to convince the commander in chief that more U.S. troops in Iraq will improve prospects for victory.  Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), both recently returned from Iraq …
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.
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
White House visitor records closed  —  WASHINGTON - The White House and the Secret Service quietly signed an agreement last spring in the midst of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal declaring that records identifying visitors to the White House are not open to the public.
 
 
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Daniel McLaughlin / Guardian:
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Maureen Balleza / New York Times:
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Michael J. Totten:
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Thomas Harding / Telegraph:
Navy to cut its fleet by half
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Senate Regrets the Vote to Enter Iraq
Arnold Kling / TCS Daily:
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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
Bill Ardolino / Examiner:
Grit and guts for Navy corpsmen in a Fallujah police station
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White House Postponing Loss of Iraq, Biden Says
 

 
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