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4:45 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.
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.
New York Times:
Promising Troops Where They Aren't Really Wanted  —  As President Bush challenges public opinion at home by committing more American troops, he is confronted by a paradox: an Iraqi government that does not really want them.  —  The Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Bush Speech Live Blog  —  I will live-blog the President's speech, which starts as 8 pm CT, at this link.  —  7:32 PM CT - I will appear on CHQR's The World Tonight with Rob Breakenridge at 8:40 pm CT.  We'll be discussing the speech and its implications.
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; Update: Hillary opposes surge; Update …
William M. Arkin / Early Warning:
War With Syria and Iran = Peace With Iraq?
Discussion: LiberalOasis
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 …
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.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   McCain says the US was greeted as liberators in Iraq and the war was easy...
Howard Fineman / Newsweek:
A Crisis of Confidence  —  Bush's way forward may be sensible.  But his face showed fear—and that's no way to rally a war-weary nation.  —  George W. Bush spoke with all the confidence of a perp in a police lineup.  I first interviewed the guy in 1987 and began covering his political rise in 1993 …
Bryan / Hot Air:
On Patrol in Baghdad; Update: Photos posted at Michelle's site  —  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 …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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.
Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:
The media aren't the enemy in Iraq  —  Blaming the press for the problems in Iraq deflects the blame from where it belongs.  —  IF WE WIND UP losing the war in Iraq, as now appears likely (though not inevitable), many conservatives know who to blame: the press, or, in blogger-speak, the MSM (mainstream news media).
Students kicked off school bus in St. Paul  —  Imagine sending your kids off to school, but when they get to the bus they are told they can't get on because they speak English.  —  That's right, English.  —  It happened to a few children in St. Paul and now the school district is apologizing.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
surge (surj) n. 1.  a sudden increase . . . in political parlance  —  It's one of those words — like "chad" or "blog" or "waterboarding" — that's suddenly become the go-to phrase to describe a contemporary phenomenon.  —  "Surge," the country's latest catchword, is what President Bush intends …
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 …
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