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11:20 AM ET, January 12, 2007

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Nicholas Paphitis / Associated Press:
Blast at U.S. embassy called 'terrorism'  —  ATHENS, Greece - An anti-tank shell was fired at the U.S. Embassy early Friday, striking the front of the building but causing no injuries.  A senior police official said the blast was an act of terrorism, raising fears of a resurgence of far-left Greek militant groups.
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Associated Press:
EXPLOSION ROCKS U.S. EMBASSY IN ATHENS  —  ATHENS, Greece — Police cordoned off streets around the U.S. Embassy in Athens early Friday after an explosion inside the embassy compound that a senior police official said was an "act of terrorism."  —  The blast smashed glass in the front …
Karolos Grohmann / Reuters:
Attackers fire rocket at U.S. embassy in Athens  —  ATHENS (Reuters) - Attackers fired a rocket at the U.S. embassy in Athens on Friday but no one was hurt, police and the U.S. embassy said.  —  Greek anti-terrorist officers were on the scene.  —  "This was a rocket attack launched from a building across the street.
CNN:
Blast hits U.S. Embassy compound in Athens  —  ATHENS, Greece (CNN) — An explosion shook the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece, on Friday morning, an embassy staff member told CNN.  No injuries were initially reported.  —  State-run NET television, quoting police, first reported …
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Peter Baker / Washington Post:
At Fort Benning, a Quiet Response to a Presidential Visit
Discussion: Nitpicker
Brian Tumulty / The Oshkosh Northwestern Local News:
White House denies story of Kagen visit
Discussion: Wonkette
New York Post:
BOXER'S LOW BLOW  —  Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, an appalling scold from California, wasted no time yesterday in dragging the debate over Iraq about as low as it can go - attacking Secre tary of State Condoleezza Rice for being a childless woman.  —  Boxer was wholly in character for her party …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Rice, a Uniter of the Divided
Discussion: The Heretik
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Boxer gets personal with Condi at Senate hearing
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Althouse
James Glanz / New York Times:
G.I.'s in Iraq Raid Iranians' Offices  —  American troops backed by attack helicopters and armored vehicles raided an Iranian diplomatic office in the dead of night early Thursday and detained as many as six of the Iranians working inside.  —  The raid was the second surprise seizure …
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Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Bush's Tear For a Hero
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Payback From Wayback  —  So I presume that the Bush administration …
Discussion: New York Times and Polimom Says
Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
White House Press Secretary Tony Snow following up the President's speech last night.  —  The Hugh Hewitt Show  —  HH: Pleased to welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show now, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow.  Happy New Year, Tony.  —  TS: Happy New Year, Hugh.
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Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
Bush's legacy: The president who cried wolf
Discussion: All Spin Zone
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Special Comment on the President's Address
Discussion: State of the Day
Donald Lambro / Washington Times:
Hillary's status as front-runner slipping in key states  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's popularity in Democratic presidential-preference polls has fallen in the nation's first caucus and primary states in the face of increasing support for her chief rivals for the 2008 nomination.
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Is Hillary The New Kerry?  —  The Washington Times reports …
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
GOP hits Pelosi's 'hypocrisy' on wage bill  —  House Republicans yesterday declared "something fishy" about the major tuna company in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco district being exempted from the minimum-wage increase that Democrats approved this week.
Associated Press:
Duke LAX Accuser Changes Story - Again  —  Motions filed to drop charges against Seligmann  —  (01/11/07 — DURHAM) - The accuser in the Duke lacrosse sexual assault case told prosecutors in December that one of the three players charged did not commit any sex act on her during the alleged attack …
Opinion Journal:
Getting Iraq to Work  —  New York City's successes have lessons for Baghdad.  —  The American mission in Iraq must succeed.  Our goal—promoting a stable, accountable democracy in the heart of the Middle East—cannot be achieved by purely military means.  —  Iraqis need to establish a civil society.
J.M. Guardia / Barcepundit:
THIS IS FOOTAGE from surveillance cameras at Madrid's Barajas airport in the very moment that the ETA car bomb exploded.  Look at the people in the walkway above: they're miraculously alive.  —  UPDATE.  For some reason the video is not showing properly in the homepage, but it does in the individual post page.
Discussion: Classical Values
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon abandons active-duty time limit  —  WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has abandoned its limit on the time a citizen-soldier can be required to serve on active duty, officials said Thursday, a major change that reflects an Army stretched thin by longer-than-expected combat in Iraq.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Olbermann's special comment — the condensed version  —  He's doing these at a clip of about two a week now so we've given up posting them all.  Iraqslogger found this latest one particularly dreamy, though, so I thought I'd do something nice for our lefty readers for a change and edit the clip down to its barest essentials.
Discussion: Olbermann Watch
New York Times:
In Baghdad, Bush Policy Is Met With Resentment  —  Iraq's Shiite-led government offered only a grudging endorsement on Thursday of President Bush's proposal to deploy more than 20,000 additional troops in an effort to curb sectarian violence and regain control of Baghdad.
Discussion: Swampland, The RBC, TIME and The Reaction
 
 
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Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
The Two Vacuums  —  Neither Iraqis nor Democrats seem ready to do what's required of them.
Rick Weiss / Washington Post:
House Passes Bill Relaxing Limits on Stem Cell Research
Giovanna Dell'Orto / Associated Press:
Carter's book prompts more resignations
Matthew Yglesias:
Sounds Good to Me  —  Lots of activity on the health care policy front recently.
New York Times:
New York Loses Out to Denver in Quest for the '08 Democratic Convention
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
BBC:
Al-Qaeda 'rebuilding' in Pakistan
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Speaks and Base Is Subdued
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Brian Faler / Bloomberg:
Bush Breaks 150-Year History of Higher U.S. Taxes in Wartime
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Jewish Membership in Congress at All-Time High
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Bush's approval rating hits new low
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Britain Signals Plans to Reduce, Not Increase, Troop Levels in Iraq
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
In 2 Pennsylvania Towns, Skepticism and Resignation
Zbigniew Brzezinski / Washington Post:
Five Flaws in the President's Plan
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
New York Times:
U.S. Preparing for Trials of Top Qaeda Detainees
Discussion: TalkLeft and FP Passport