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12:42 AM ET, January 11, 2007

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Drudge Report:
EMBARGOED UNTIL DELIVERY: ADDRESS OF THE PRESIDENT TO THE NATION  —  Good evening.  Tonight in Iraq, the Armed Forces of the United States are engaged in a struggle that will determine the direction of the global war on terror - and our safety here at home.
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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Troop Surge Already Under Way  —  90 Advance Troops from 82nd Airborne Arrive in Baghdad  —  President Bush's speech may be scheduled for tonight, but the troop surge in Iraq is already under way.  —  ABC News has learned that the "surge" Bush is expected to announce in a prime time speech tonight has already begun.
White House:
The President's New Iraq Strategy Is Rooted In Six Fundamental Elements:  — Create space for political progress;  — Diversify political and economic efforts; and  — Iraq Could Not Be Graver - The War On Terror Cannot Be Won If We Fail In Iraq.  Our enemies throughout the Middle East are trying to defeat us in Iraq.
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
A Change in Tactics, Not Strategy  —  As Washington journalists debate whether to call President Bush's plan to send 20,000 more American troops into Iraq a "surge" or an "escalation," they are letting the White House get away with a much more momentous semantic scam.
Deacon / Power Line:
A PREVIEW OF TONIGHT'S PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS ON IRAQ  —  Tony Snow conferred by telephone with conservative bloggers this afternoon to preview what President Bush will say tonight.  Essentially, the president plans to send an additional 20,000 troops or so troops to Baghdad and about 4,000 additional troops to Anbar province.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bush's surge speech
Discussion: The Agonist
Jay Reding.com:
Bush On Iraq  —  I'll be liveblogging the President's speech on Iraq tonight.
Discussion: Political Animal
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Everything after May 2003 doesn't count  —  I'll post the transcript when it's available, and link to the video if someone posts it, but Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was part of a bizarre interview on MSNBC this afternoon with Tim Russert that might come back to haunt him.  —  The topic, of course, was Iraq.
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   McCain says the US was greeted as liberators in Iraq and the war was easy...
San Francisco Chronicle:
MATIER AND ROSS  —  New Year's nightmare for visiting Yale singers  —  How's this for an only-in-San Francisco story:  —  Members of the Baker's Dozen, the renowned, all-male a cappella singing group from Yale, are pummeled outside a New Year's Eve party after singing "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Discussion: Gay Patriot and Power Line
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David Wood / Baltimore Sun:
Better armor lacking for new troops in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON // The thousands of troops that President Bush is expected to order to Iraq will join the fight largely without the protection of the latest armored vehicles that withstand bomb blasts far better than the Humvees in wide use, military officers said.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Impassioned, articulate case for abortion made by ... Mitt Romney  —  This was posted on YouTube yesterday.  McCain staffer, do you think?  Or one of Rudy's boys?  —  He says his views have "evolved" in the past 12 years.  Compare his point in the clip about not imposing his beliefs …
Media Matters for America:
Bash: Bush "very, very popular" in Montana  —  On the January 10 edition of CNN Newsroom, CNN congressional correspondent Dana Bash, discussing senators who have recently expressed opposition to President Bush's expected proposal to increase troop levels in Iraq, baselessly asserted that …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Spocko/ABC story on CBS 5  —  The heat is raining down on KSFO and their crew over the hate speech that permeates the airwaves.  Already almost 15,000 people have listened to this audio that typifies what we're talking about.  Morgan, Sussman and Lee tried to get Spocko's site closed down by ABC.
Bryan / Hot Air:
On Patrol in Baghdad  —  Michelle and I are embedded with a unit in Baghdad that's responsible for the "standing up" part of the US plan to get Iraq ready to become master of its own destiny.  This unit trains Iraqi army and police, which are co-located on the base here …
 
 
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New York Times:
Promising Troops Where They Aren't Really Wanted
Howard Fineman / Newsweek:
A Crisis of Confidence  —  Bush's way forward may be sensible.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Olbermann: A Look Backward at the Commander's Credibility
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Speech  —  The premise of the speech, and of the strategy …
Matt Stearns / Wichita Eagle:
Brownback opposes sending more troops to Iraq
Avi Issacharoff / Reuters:
Hamas denies Meshal said group would recognize Israel
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
House Passes Increase in Minimum Wage to $7.25
Saul Hudson / Reuters:
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
surge (surj) n. 1. a sudden increase . . . in political parlance
Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:
The media aren't the enemy in Iraq
Cincinnati Enquirer:
Hackett part of gun incident
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Entitled Selfishness  —  Boomer Generation Is in a State of Denial
Discussion: Centerfield
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Little Public Confidence in Bush on Iraq