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12:45 AM ET, January 12, 2007


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Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Did the President Declare "Secret War" Against Syria and Iran?  —  Washington intelligence, military and foreign policy circles are abuzz today with speculation that the President, yesterday or in recent days, sent a secret Executive Order to the Secretary of Defense and to the Director …
Michael /
We're In Trouble  —  We're in big trouble.  —  Have a look at The Washington Note, whose latest begins like this: … If this is true, we're in very big trouble.  Or, if the rumor was sparked by an order 'only' authorizing clandestine operations (or, worse, bombardment) as a form of provocation, this is serious stuff.
Iranian officials detained in Iraq, U.S. official says … BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — U.S. forces detained six Iranian officials for questioning in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil, seat of the Kurdish regional government, an American official said Thursday.  —  But the official disputes accounts …
U.S. Forces Raid Iranian Consulate in Iraq, Detain 5 (Update2)  —  Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) — U.S. forces in Iraq raided Iran's consulate in the northern city of Arbil and detained five staff members, a state-run Iranian news service said.  —  The U.S. soldiers disarmed guards and broke open …
Washington Post:
Report: U.S. Troops Raid Iranian Consulate in Iraq
Senate opposition to Bush plan grows  —  Republican Hagel calls it 'blunder'; Democrats expect to pass resolution  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defends U.S. policy in Iraq at a Senate hearing on Thursday.  —  NBC VIDEO  —  Jan. 11: Congressional reaction to President Bush's Iraq plan …
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
The Mess at State  —  Members of the Senate intelligence committee, Republicans and Democrats alike, were alarmed last week that John Negroponte was leaving as director of national intelligence after less than two years to become deputy secretary of state.  By way of explanation …
Rice loves Fox tv, sees CBS anchor as "decent guy"
Discussion: Gawker and
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Report: Nuclear Explosion in Iran (UPDATE: 3 explosions)  —  A major explosion is being reported in the Iranian desert.  It said to be a nuclear explosion.  In the general area of one of Iran's nuclear testing sitees.  —  The alternative theory is that a UFO crashed.
Nancy Benac / Associated Press:
Poll: Americans oppose Iraq troop surge  —  WASHINGTON - Seventy percent of Americans oppose sending more troops to Iraq, according to a new poll that provides a devastatingly blunt response to President Bush's plan to bolster military forces there.  —  All sides in the Iraq debate …
Associated Press:
Poll: 70 percent oppose more troops in Iraq  —  Only 35 percent of respondents believe going to war was the right call  —  WASHINGTON - Americans overwhelmingly oppose sending more U.S. forces to Iraq, according to a new AP-Ipsos poll that serves as a strong repudiation of President Bush's plan to send another 21,500 troops.
Washington Post:   Lawmakers Demand Answers on New Iraq Plan
The Raw Story:
Top GOP senator 'will filibuster any Democratic attempt to decrease funding for Bush's new Iraq plan  —  A top GOP senator said that he "will filibuster" any Democratic attempt to decrease funding for President Bush's new Iraq plan, the Associated Press reports.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, MyDD and DownWithTyranny!
Hotline On Call:
Breaking: Dean Chooses Denver  —  The labor pains were hard, but the DNC finally has its 2008 convention city locked down: Denver.  —  A Democrat who was briefed said that chairman Howard Dean made the final decision yesterday, weeks later than planned.  DNC comm. dir.  Karen Finney declined to confirm the choice.
Nico / Think Progress:
Kingston: Americans Should 'Marry and Work Longer Hours' To Escape Poverty  —  Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) made headlines last month after complaining about Congress' new schedule that requires members to work five days a week: … Yet, last night, Kingston offered this advice to Americans living in poverty: work longer hours.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Bombshell charge — "There are Klingons in the White House"  —  Not just any Klingons, either.  Faux Klingons.  The worst kind.  —  Bush.  Must.  Answer.  —  Thanks to Martin for the tip.  And to Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) for taking the war hella seriously.
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
A Few Choice Words, Including 'Mistakes'  —  Looking tense, rigid and, appropriately enough, unyielding, George W. Bush gave what CBS anchor Katie Couric called "arguably his most important speech ever" from the library of the White House last night, calling for more troops to be sent to Iraq …
Discussion: CBS News and CorrenteWire
Madlen Read / Associated Press:
Oil Prices Fall Below $52 a Barrel  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Oil plunged below $52 a barrel Thursday to its lowest price since May extending a sharp decline that has been led by dampened heating oil demand, but which could save consumers money on a more widely used fuel: gasoline.
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Trying to censor blogger  —  Owner of conservative radio station KSFO demands liberal critic quit using audio clips  —  A series of events involving a local liberal blogger, a San Francisco conservative radio station and the reaction of two of the larger corporate advertisers in the country …
Andrew Roth / Club for Growth:
High Political Drama in the Senate  —  The Senate is boiling with excitement right now.  For background, the Senate is proposing very weak earmark reform rules.  In contrast, Speaker Pelosi and the House Democrats implemented some very strong earmark rules in the lower chamber last week.
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Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon abandons active-duty time limit
White House:
President Bush Presents Medal of Honor to Corporal Jason Dunham
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and The Swamp
Dean Barnett / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
FAQ - The Surge!!
Justin Rood / TPMmuckraker:
Pentagon Still Hiding Iraq Attack Data
Little Green Footballs:
Mass Resignation at Carter Center
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
"I Was Right"?  —  A reader writes of this post:
Eric Alterman / The Nation:
Iraq and the Sin of Good Judgment
Discussion: The Impolitic
 Earlier Items: 
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Kenneth R. Bazinet / Mercury News:
Arab allies support U.S. effort in Iraq
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Federal Way schools restrict Gore film
Agence France Presse:
US Marines build sand walls in latest Iraq tactic
Washington Post:
Mr. Bush's Strategy  —  PRESIDENT BUSH is right to recognize …
Russ Feingold / JSOnline:
Use the power of the purse
Joseph Neff / Raleigh News & Observer:
Accuser changes story in lacrosse case
Gary Farber / Amygdala:
Discussion: Pharyngula