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9:55 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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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 …
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.
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.
Associated Press:
Iraq PM cracks down in Shiite militiamen  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's prime minister has told Shiite militiamen to surrender their weapons or face an all-out assault, part of a commitment U.S. President George W. Bush outlined to bring violence under control with a more aggressive Iraqi Army and 21,500 additional American troops.
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 …
Matt Stearns / Wichita Eagle:
Brownback opposes sending more troops to Iraq  —  WASHINGTON - Kansas Republican Sen. Sam Brownback came out against President Bush's expected call tonight for a surge of 22,000 more troops into Iraq.  —  "I do not believe that sending more troops to Iraq is the answer," Brownback said while traveling in Iraq.
William M. Arkin / Early Warning:
War With Syria and Iran = Peace With Iraq?  —  Seek out and destroy.  —  If there's anything in the President Bush's remarks tonight that we didn't already know or didn't anticipate him saying militarily about Iraq, it is his evident willingness to go to war with Syria and Iran to seek peace.
Washington Post:
Intensified Combat on Streets Likely
Discussion: The Heretik
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Bush Adds Troops in Bid to Secure Iraq
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Jon Swift
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Olbermann: A Look Backward at the Commander's Credibility
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Bush takes blame in Iraq, adds troops
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Juan / Informed Comment:
Bush Sends GIs to his Private Fantasyland
Discussion: American Footprints
Michelle Malkin:
In the slums of Baghdad  —  My Hot Air colleague Bryan Preston and I have been in Iraq, embedded with an incredibly dedicated Army unit in Baghdad tasked with training Iraqi security forces (both Shia and Sunni) conducting counterinsurgency operations, and carrying out civil affairs work.
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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 …
Washington Post:
Democrats Aim to Block Funds for Plan  —  Senior House Democrats said yesterday that they will attempt to derail funding for President Bush's proposal to send an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq, setting up what could become the most significant confrontation between the White House and Congress …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bush's surge speech; Update: Hillary opposes surge; Update …
Discussion: huffingtonpost.com
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
The Glenn and Helen Show: Mitt Romney on the War, the Campaign and the Future  —  Mitt Romney has officially declared his interest in the 2008 Presidential election.  In this interview, he responds to a controversial YouTube video about his positions on abortion and other social issues …
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Rick Klein / Boston Globe:   Old Romney debate clip is now a hit on the Web
Avi Issacharoff / Reuters:
Hamas denies Meshal said group would recognize Israel  —  Hamas denied Wednesday that its Damascus-based political leader Khaled Meshal told Reuters in an interview that his group would consider recognizing Israel once a Palestinian state is established.  (Click here for the full interview)
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Dennis Conrad / Associated Press:
Most in Democratic field want troop cuts  —  WASHINGTON - The growing field of Democratic presidential candidates is almost uniformly in favor of reducing the U.S. troop presence in Iraq — the reverse of President Bush's plan.  Most Republicans stand behind Bush.
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Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:   Throwing their stance in the ring
RADAR:
DLC TAPS HAROLD FORD AS NEXT CHAIR  —  Young, black, and good-looking, Harold Ford is the kind of comer that the Democratic Party latches onto.  But last November, after losing the closest Senate race in Tennessee history to Republican Bob Corker, the 10-year congressman suddenly found himself out of a job.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Too Casual To Sit on Press Row?  —  Bloggers' Credentials Boosted With Seats at the Libby Trial  —  When the trial of Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice opens next week, scores of journalists are expected to throng the federal courtroom …
Memri Latest Blogs:
Salahaldin Al-Ayoubi Brigades Claim To Have Launched Missiles Loaded With Chemicals  —  Read MEMRI's Latest Reports on the Islamist Website Monitor Project  —  The Al-Gama'a Al-Islamiyya Cessation of Violence: An Ideological Reversal  —  'Committee of Women's Petition' President to British House of Lords …
 
 
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Pamela Geller Oshry / Atlas Shrugs:
On the Phone with Tony Snow
Discussion: Redstate and Dean's World
Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Poll: Most Americans Opposed to Bush's Iraq Plan
Tim Reid / Times of London:
New US general will copy British 'softly-softly' style
Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
"Noble and Necessary"  —  President Bush was at his best tonight …
Michael Yon:
Walking the Line 2007 Part 2 of 3
Discussion: Media Lies
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