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8:05 PM ET, January 5, 2007

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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
David Stout / New York Times:
Top Democrats Oppose More Troops in Iraq
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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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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Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Purge of the Unbelievers
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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Bob Geiger:
Another Right-Wing Smear Campaign Snuffed  —  I wrote an article on November 27 about how the Iraq war had endured longer than World War II and described the worsening conditions there, characterized by hundreds of Iraqis being killed in bombings over the previous weekend and a horrifying episode …
Reuters:
Cleric gunned down in Gaza after plea for calm  —  GAZA (Reuters) - Unidentified gunmen shot dead a Muslim cleric after he delivered a sermon in the Gaza Strip on Friday calling for an end to fierce factional fighting between Hamas and Fatah, hospital officials and local residents said.
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Associated Press:
Critic of Hamas gunned down near mosque
Discussion: Secular Blasphemy
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
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.
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 …
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.
Chicago Dyke / CorrenteWire:
Live From AEI: Holy Joe and St. McCain Say "Surge!"  —  Just got back from AEI, and boy, they really need air conditioning!  No, really- by the end of the chat I and everyone else in the room were about to fall over from heat exhaustion.  I wonder if Joe always has that effect...
Discussion: The Agonist and Daily Kos
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.
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.
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
KING DAVID RETURNS  —  GEN. PETRAEUS' NEW IRAQ TEST  —  IT'S official: Dave Petraeus, one of the U.S. Army's most- impressive leaders, is headed back to Baghdad to take charge.  The assignment means a fourth star and the chance to save a desperate situation - or preside over a grim strategic failure.
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.
Michael J. Totten:
"It's Like a Phish Concert for Terrorists"  —  BEIRUT - While Hezbollah occupied the Beirut city center in an attempt to bring down the government, I teamed up with my American friend Noah Pollak, who works as assistant editor at Azure Magazine in Jerusalem, and took a trip to Hezbollah's stronghold in South Lebanon.
 
 
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Daniel McLaughlin / Guardian:
Incoming Archbishop of Warsaw 'spied for communist secret police'
Maureen Balleza / New York Times:
Boy Hangs Himself After Seeing Reports of Hussein's Execution
UPI:
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
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