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10:50 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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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 …
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.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush's Strategy for Iraq Risks Confrontations  —  By stepping up the American military presence in Iraq, President Bush is not only inviting an epic clash with the Democrats who run Capitol Hill.  He is ignoring the results of the November elections, rejecting the central thrust …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Bush Adds Troops in Bid to Secure Iraq  —  President Bush embraced a major tactical shift on Wednesday evening in the war in Iraq when he declared that the only way to quell sectarian violence there was to send more than 20,000 additional American troops into combat.
Washington Post:
Intensified Combat on Streets Likely  —  President Bush's plan to send tens of thousands of U.S. and Iraqi reinforcements to Baghdad to jointly confront Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias is likely to touch off a more dangerous phase of the war, featuring months of fighting in the streets …
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 …
Juan / Informed Comment:
Bush Sends GIs to his Private Fantasyland
Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Bush takes blame in Iraq, adds troops
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Olbermann: A Look Backward at the Commander's Credibility
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 …
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
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: Booker Rising and Daily Kos
Reuters:
UK to cut 3,000 troops from Iraq by May-paper  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will cut troop levels in Iraq by almost 3,000 at the end of May, the Daily Telegraph reported on Thursday, citing a timetable for withdrawal the newspaper said it had seen.  —  Within the next two weeks …
Discussion: TAPPED and Lawyers, Guns and Money
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Telegraph:   3,000 British troops to pull out of Iraq by May
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 …
MSNBC:
Israel field-tests effective anti-RPG weapon  —  So why isn't the U.S. Army doing the same?  NBC News investigates  —  WASHINGTON - In September, NBC News first reported on a fierce debate within the Pentagon over an Israeli-made system that shoots rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) out of the sky.
Discussion: Norwegianity and Silent Running
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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S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
A sweet deal for 'official' felons
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Michael O'Hare / The RBC:
Hail Mary  —  The shocking moment of the evening was John Thune …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Althouse
Washington Post:
Report: U.S. Troops Raid Iranian Consulate in Iraq
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
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Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
"Noble and Necessary"  —  President Bush was at his best tonight …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Michael Yon:
Walking the Line 2007 Part 2 of 3
Discussion: Media Lies
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