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7:25 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.
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 …
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bush's surge speech; Update: Hillary opposes surge; Update: House Dems scramble to block surge funds  —  Here are the highlights.  "It is fair to hold our views up to scrutiny.  And all involved have a responsibility to explain how the path they propose would be more likely to succeed."
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.
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.
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
William M. Arkin / Early Warning:
War With Syria and Iran = Peace With Iraq?
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: Washington Post and USA Today
Washington Post:
Democrats Aim to Block Funds for Plan
Washington Post:
Bush to Warn That New Iraq Campaign Could Be Bloody
Discussion: toohotfortnr and The Horse's Mouth
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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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 …
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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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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
 
 
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Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
"Noble and Necessary"  —  President Bush was at his best tonight …
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Walking the Line 2007 Part 2 of 3
Discussion: Media Lies and INDCJournal
Norman J. Ornstein / American Enterprise Institute:
Boehner Gives Hope for Comity, but Congress Must Seize the Moment
Mohammed / IRAQ THE MODEL:
Did the operation actually begin?
Discussion: Media Lies and Gateway Pundit
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PREDICT WHEN AND HOW JOHN SEERY WILL DIE THIS YEAR!
Media Matters for America:
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