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10:35 AM ET, January 6, 2007

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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.
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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.
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% …
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 …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and The Corner
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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.
Fox News:
PELOSI ELECTED SPEAKER, FIRST WOMAN TO LEAD HOUSE
Discussion: unfutz
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  —  IN THE LATEST SKIRMISH BETWEEN big media and a blogger, The Walt Disney Company has succeeded in shutting down the Web site "Spocko's Brain."  —  On the site, blogger and media critic "Spocko" took issue with on-air comments …
Aj Kandy / A.J. Kandy:
Bad Brand Stewardship: The Mouse and KSFO
Timothy J. Burger / Time:
Where Does Negroponte Leave Intelligence?  —  When John Negroponte was nominated to the position of Director of National Intelligence (DNI) almost two years ago, the smooth-talking career diplomat described his new post as "vital to the protection of our country" and one that …
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Newsweek:
The Next Top Spy
Discussion: Daimnation!
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: the talking dog and All Spin Zone
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.
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
Al-Qaeda, Islamic Courts gather the new Somali Jihad  —  Zawahiri, Islamist Courts lay the groundwork for the insurgency  —  While the Islamic Courts repeatedly denied any connection to al-Qaeda, the evidence to the contrary is overwhelming.  Hassan Dahir Aweys, the 'spiritual leader' …
Discussion: garoweonline.com and PrairiePundit
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Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
In Condemnation of One-Equation Economics  —  I really don't like one-equation economics.  —  One-equation economics assumes that certain economic quantities are fixed in stone, examines one equation—usually an accounting identity—and concludes that somebody else's preferred policies will be ineffective and counterproductive.
Discussion: Angry Bear and Economist's View
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
A New Commander, in Step With the White House on Iraq  —  The selection of Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus to serve as the senior American commander in Iraq signals an important turn in United States strategy.  —  As a supporter of increased forces in Iraq, General Petraeus is expected …
Discussion: neo-neocon and PrairiePundit
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
Huffington Post:
CNN ANCHOR: "IT MIGHT NOT BE BAD" IF I HURRICANE WERE TO "CLEAN THE STREETS OUT" IN NYC...  BECK: OK.  Yesterday and when I heard the final — the final words of the hurricane chief, and he said, you know, this is coming, I thought exactly of the words that I read about, starting I think in the 1950s …
Associated Press:
AP employee found shot to death in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - The body of an Associated Press employee was found shot in the back of the head Friday, six days after he was last seen by his family leaving for work.  Ahmed Hadi Naji, 28, was the fourth AP staffer to die violently in the Iraq war …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Scarborough challenges O'Reilly to a debate  —  O'Reilly has been trashing NBC news lately because he's mad at Olbermann and doesn't want to say his name on the air.  How does Billy get back at Keith?  He says everybody hates George on NBC.  I know, it's stupid.
Discussion: MSNBC
Media Matters for America:
"Media Matters"; by Jamison Foser  —  This Week:  —  For coverage of Democrats' historic day in Congress, NBC interviews ... John McCain  —  On November 12, 2006, the first Sunday after an election in which Democrats rode anti-war sentiment to take control of both houses of Congress in a landslide …
Discussion: Unclaimed Territory
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Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Purge of the Unbelievers
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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