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2:10 AM ET, January 6, 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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Tom Curry / MSNBC:
McCain calls for substantial, sustained surge  —  Cites Lieberman's re-election as proof Americans don't want Iraq exit  —  WASHINGTON - The 2006 election has not changed Sen. John McCain's support for victory in Iraq one iota.  —  While some Democrats have interpreted their party's triumphs …
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.
Bill Brubaker / Washington Post:
Democrats Urge Bush Not to Increase Troops in Iraq  —  A day after Democrats took control of Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today urged President Bush not to prolong the 46-month-old Iraq war by increasing the number of U.S. troops in the country.
Discussion: PrairiePundit and Daily Kos
Hindrocket / Power Line:
SURGE LITE?  —  There has been considerable speculation that President Bush's new strategy for Iraq, to be announced in a televised speech next week, will feature a "surge" of additional troops on a temporary basis.  This Associated Press story suggests that the increment will be far fewer …
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 …
David Stout / New York Times:
Top Democrats Oppose More Troops in Iraq
Discussion: TalkLeft and On Deadline
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.
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Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
ARE TODAY'S ELECTRONIC GADGETS WORTH THE MONEY?  USA Today says that some are and some aren't: … I'm going to be attending the Consumer Electronics Show myself, as part of the Popular Mechanics contingent — and yes, it was awfully nice of the PM folks to invite me along.
Discussion: USA Today
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.  —  UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds takes the test and, like me, gets a 21.
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 …
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Fox News:
PELOSI ELECTED SPEAKER, FIRST WOMAN TO LEAD HOUSE  —  WASHINGTON — In an historic vote lawmakers on Thursday formally named California Rep. Nancy Pelosi as the first female speaker of the House, making her next in the presidential line of succession after the vice president.
Discussion: unfutz
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Reid Takes Center Stage, but He's Hardly the Star of the Show
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.
Hassan M. Fattah / New York Times:
Images of Hanging Make Hussein a Martyr to Many  —  In the week since Saddam Hussein was hanged in an execution steeped in sectarian overtones, his public image in the Arab world, formerly that of a convicted dictator, has undergone a resurgence of admiration and awe.
Rasmussen Reports:
Pelosi: 43% Have Favorable Opinion of New House Speaker  —  Forty-three percent (43%) of Americans have a favorable opinion concerning the nation's new Speaker of the House.  The first woman to serve in that role, Nancy Pelosi (D) earns favorable reviews from 45% of women and 41% of men.
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.
Think Progress:
William J. Fallon: Wrong Man For The Job  —  At a time when the United States is engaged in protracted ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, one of the worst moves the Bush administration could make is to appoint someone with no background in land warfare to oversee these operations.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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USA Today:
Warm winter wreaks havoc
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Wampum
Associated Press:
AP employee found shot to death in Iraq
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Is Boyda nuts?  —  I saw this last night on ABC in a segment titled …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Scarborough challenges O'Reilly to a debate
Discussion: MSNBC
Newsweek:
The Next Top Spy
Discussion: Time, Daimnation! and Defense Tech
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Short-Circuiting the Surge  —  The shift in power heralded …
Discussion: Redstate and Needlenose
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Purge of the Unbelievers
Discussion: New York Times and Firedoglake
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
Cleric gunned down in Gaza after plea for calm
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court to hear seven cases
Daniel McLaughlin / Guardian:
Incoming Archbishop of Warsaw 'spied for communist secret police'
UPI:
Iran: Reports supreme leader dead false
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
KING DAVID RETURNS
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Hanging: Beyond Travesty