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4:40 PM ET, January 11, 2007


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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.
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 …
Discussion: Majikthise
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Report: Nuclear Explosion in Iran
Discussion: Associated Press and Suitably Flip
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
U.S. troops raid Iranian consulate in Iraq, traumatize left-wing bloggers
Discussion: Associated Press and Ynetnews
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 …
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 …
Kenneth R. Bazinet / Mercury News:
Arab allies support U.S. effort in Iraq
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Associated Press:   Al-Maliki Gives Mahdi Army Blunt Choice: Disarm Or Face An American Onslaught
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.
Deacon / Power Line:
Discussion: Right Wing News
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
At least Bush wants to win
Discussion: Liberal Values
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
MORE TROOPS?....Jonah Goldberg today: … I guess it's Golden Oldies Day on the right.
USA Today:
Democrats reject Bush's 'way forward'
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 …
Confederate Yankee:
J-DAMN  —  And so a major Associated Press claim in "Jamilgate" takes 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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Jamilgate non-bombshell: AP allegedly used pseudonym  —  Flopping Aces and Confederate Yankee consider this big news.  I do not, notwithstanding the fact that AP's own standards and practices forbid the use of fake names and the arguments laid out to the contrary by CY here.
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.
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.
Gary Farber / Amygdala:
THE REASON FOR MY PANIC.  —  My crisis is that I've had a primary source of income for the last three or so years of ~$600/month.  That was enough for my rent ($475, though it may go up any time), and obviously a bit more, though not enough to to cover my medications, or quite all of my expenses …
Discussion: Pharyngula
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 …
Discussion: Grasping Reality … and Wonkette
Russ Feingold / JSOnline:
Use the power of the purse  —  Keeping our brave troops in Iraq indefinitely is having a devastating impact on our national security and military readiness.  —  That's why I have consistently advocated that we set a timetable to redeploy our troops from Iraq.
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 …
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Federal Way schools restrict Gore film  —  'Inconvenient Truth' called too controversial  —  This week in Federal Way schools, it got a lot more inconvenient to show one of the top-grossing documentaries in U.S. history, the global-warming alert "An Inconvenient Truth."
Agence France Presse:
US Marines build sand walls in latest Iraq tactic  —  Adapting ideas tracing back from ancient history to modern Israel, US Marines have sealed off flashpoint towns with sand walls in a new counter-insurgency tactic to quell the wilds of western Iraq.  —  Driving across the desert to Haditha …
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.
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