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12:45 PM ET, January 11, 2007


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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.
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.
Juan / Informed Comment:
Bush Sends GIs to his Private Fantasyland  —  To listen to Bush's speech on Wednesday, you would imagine that al-Qaeda has occupied large swathes of Iraq with the help of Syria and Iran and is brandishing missiles at the US mainland.  That the president of the United States can come …
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 …
Associated Press:
Al-Maliki gives Mahdi Army blunt choice: disarm or face American onslaught  —  Canadian Press: STEVEN R. HURST AND QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA  —  BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's prime minister has told Mahdi Army militiamen they must surrender their arms or face an all-out assault by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces …
Eason Jordan / The Huffington Post:   Dissecting Bush's Iraq Speech: A Graph by Graph Critique
Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Bush takes blame in Iraq, adds troops
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Maliki To Militias: You're On Your Own
Discussion: Jay
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Bid to Secure Baghdad Relies on Troops and Iraqi Leaders
Washington Post:
Report: U.S. Troops Raid Iranian Consulate in Iraq  —  U.S. troops raided an Iranian consulate in northern Iraq late Wednesday night and detained several people, Iran's main news agency reported today, prompting protests from Tehran just hours after President Bush pledged to crack down on the Islamic Republic's role in Iraqi violence.
Glenn Reynolds /
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 …
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 …
3,000 British troops to pull out of Iraq by May  —  By Thomas Harding in Basra and Toby Harnden in Washington  —  Thousands of British troops will return home from Iraq by the end of May, The Daily Telegraph can reveal today.  —  Tony Blair will announce within the next fortnight …
Discussion: FP Passport and Secular Blasphemy
UK to cut 3,000 troops from Iraq by May-paper
Discussion: TAPPED and Lawyers, Guns and Money
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.
Discussion: Reason Magazine and Daily Kos
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, Daily Kos and KnoxViews
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 …
Confederate Yankee:
J-DAMN  —  And so a major Associated Press claim in "Jamilgate" take an apparently fatal hit.  —  According to Bill Costlow of CPATT (Civilian Police Assistance Training Team) in Baghdad, and as forwarded by Lt. Michael Dean of Multinational Corps-Iraq/Joint Operations Command Public Affairs …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
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Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Shades of Cambodia  —  Is Bush planning an expansion …
Discussion: Eschaton
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
A sweet deal for 'official' felons
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and The Caucus
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
HOW DID HE DO?  —  In the past, I've often said that President Bush …
Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Poll: Most Americans Opposed to Bush's Iraq Plan
Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
"Noble and Necessary"  —  President Bush was at his best tonight …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Richard Beeston / Times of London:
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