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2:10 PM ET, January 6, 2007

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Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
HALF THE STORY: Don Surber notes, quoting a correspondent: … Well, that's half the numbers.  Filling in the other half (which, to Surber's credit, is linked from his post), we see that Bush is at 45% job approval and 54% disapproval, while Pelosi is at 43% favorable and 39% unfavorable.
Discussion: Preemptive Karma
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Don Surber:
Don't quit the day job, Nancy  —  An e-mail from Mark Eichenlaub at the Reign of Terror: … D'oh!  Another guy not falling for our lies.  —  UPDATE: Instapundit and Volokh Conspiracy have why things are not as close as they appear.  —  Volokh said their disapproval figures are 54% …
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
PELOSI'S APPROVAL RATING: lower than Bush's?  You wouldn't know that from the press coverage.  —  UPDATE: Eugene Volokh notes that things aren't quite as close as they appear.  He's right to note that, and I should have followed the links myself.  I'm guessing, though …
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Is Bush more popular than Pelosi?
Associated Press:
Iraqi Premier Announces Baghdad Security Plan  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's prime minister said Saturday that Iraqi forces would launch a new effort — with U.S. troops in a supporting role — to wrest control of Baghdad's neighborhoods from militias and other sectarian killers.
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CNN:
Iraqis to lead assault to take back Baghdad … BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Saturday that Iraq's armed forces are set for an assault on Baghdad to take out militias and rogue security forces.  —  Aided by multinational troops, the Iraqi forces …
New York Times:
Bush Facing Deep Divide Over More Troops for Iraq  —  The new Democratic leaders of the Senate and the House warned President Bush on Friday against sending additional troops to Iraq, setting the stage for what could become a major confrontation over a new war strategy.
Discussion: Balkinization
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Maliki: Attack All Militias  —  Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced today that his government will take immediate action against sectarian militias of all stripes in Baghdad.  His announcement comes as the Bush administration appears ready to shift more troops to the capital …
Associated Press:
Army asks dead to sign up for another hitch … WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army said Friday it would apologize to the families of about 275 officers killed or wounded in action who were mistakenly sent letters urging them to return to active duty.  —  The letters were sent a few days after Christmas …
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
House Tightens Disclosure Rules for Pet Projects  —  The House voted on Friday to pull the shadowy tradition of Congressional earmarking into the daylight, requiring lawmakers to attach their names to the pet items they slip into spending or tax bills and certify that they have no financial interest in the provisions.
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Robert Kuttner / Boston Globe:
Get serious, Democrats  —  DEMOCRATS in Congress plan to restore pay-as-you-go budget rules.  The rules preclude tax cuts, unless paid for by other tax increases or spending cuts.  This is mostly a good idea — but unless Democrats get serious about repealing Bush's tax cuts for the rich …
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:   House Adopts Pay-as-You-Go Rules
TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: Spocko vs. The Rat  —  Evenin', fellow firedogs!  Tonight I'm going to attempt to get us all up to speed about a situation that I suspect we're going to be hearing a lot about in the near future.  This story was brought to my attention by ¡El Gato Negro!.  —  Where to begin?
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Tom Siebert / MediaPost Publications:
Media Critic's Blog Shuttered After Disney Complains
Discussion: The Impolitic
Aj Kandy / A.J. Kandy:
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Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
E&P Survey Finds That, At Critical Point, Editorials Offer Little Commentary on Troop Escalation in Iraq  —  NEW YORK As a critical turning point in America's role in the nearly four-year-old Iraq war nears, the editorial pages of the largest U.S. newspapers have been surprisingly - even …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Pacific Views
Josh White / Washington Post:
Death in Haditha  —  Eyewitness Accounts in Report Indicate Marines Gunned Down Unarmed Iraqis in the Aftermath of a Roadside Bombing in 2005  —  U.S. Marines gunned down five unarmed Iraqis who stumbled onto the scene of a 2005 roadside bombing in Haditha, Iraq, according to eyewitness accounts …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Prairie Weather
Mackubin Thomas Owens / Weekly Standard:
A Winnable War  —  The argument against the orthodox history of Vietnam.  —  Triumph Forsaken  —  The Vietnam War, 1954-1965  —  by Mark Moyar  —  Cambridge, 542 pp., $32  —  In the late summer of 1963, President John Kennedy dispatched two observers to South Vietnam.
Chevy Chase / New York Times:
Mr. Ford Gets the Last Laugh  —  IN recent days, I've been bombarded by requests to comment on my relationship with President Gerald Ford.  Until now, I've tried to say nothing — any remarks from me during the Ford family's private time of grief would have been inappropriate.
 
 
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