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12:40 PM ET, January 12, 2007


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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.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
An Opening for the Democrats  —  Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the architect of the Democratic victory in November's congressional elections, watched President Bush's Iraq speech Wednesday night like the coach of an opposing debate team: "Tired," he said.  "Too wooden."  "Doesn't fill the screen."
Discussion: Redstate and Balkinization
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
RANGEL RANKLED BY FELLOW DEM PELOSI  —  Powerhouse New York Rep. Charles Rangel is butting heads with fellow Democrat Nancy Pelosi just a week into the new Congress controlled by their party, The Post has learned.  —  Rangel yesterday swatted down a tax hike that Pelosi has floated …
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
Democrats fumble earmarks legislation
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Nancy Benac / Associated Press:   Bush's approval rating hits new low
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.
Sky News:
Leftist Group Claims Attack
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Rice, a Uniter of the Divided  —  Within minutes of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's arrival on Capitol Hill yesterday, it became apparent that the Bush administration had, after four divisive years, finally succeeded in uniting Congress on the war in Iraq.
Discussion: Wonkette and The Heretik
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Boxer gets personal with Condi at Senate hearing
Discussion: and Althouse
Bush's Best Democratic Buddy  —  Joe Lieberman gives the president a pass on Katrina.  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman, the only Democrat to endorse President Bush's new plan for Iraq, has quietly backed away from his pre-election demands that the White House turn over potentially embarrassing documents relating …
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
At Fort Benning, a Quiet Response to a Presidential Visit  —  The pictures were just what the White House wanted: A teary-eyed President Bush presenting the Medal of Honor posthumously to a slain war hero in the East Room, then flying here to join the chow line with camouflage-clad soldiers as some of them prepare to return to Iraq.
Discussion: Nitpicker
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.
Kenneth R. Bazinet / NY Daily News:
Edwards plans MLK speech - on Hillary's turf
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.
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
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 …
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
The Two Vacuums  —  Neither Iraqis nor Democrats seem ready to do what's required of them.  —  I had the odd and wholly unexpected experience of feeling supportive of a troop increase until I saw the president's speech arguing for it.  What a jarring, furtive-seeming thing it was.
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
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Media Research Center:
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Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
White House Press Secretary Tony Snow following up the President's …
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon abandons active-duty time limit
Rick Weiss / Washington Post:
House Passes Bill Relaxing Limits on Stem Cell Research
Giovanna Dell'Orto / Associated Press:
Carter's book prompts more resignations
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Brian Faler / Bloomberg:
Bush Breaks 150-Year History of Higher U.S. Taxes in Wartime
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Bush's Tear For a Hero
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Britain Signals Plans to Reduce, Not Increase, Troop Levels in Iraq
New York Times:
In Baghdad, Bush Policy Is Met With Resentment
Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
Bush's legacy: The president who cried wolf
Zbigniew Brzezinski / Washington Post:
Five Flaws in the President's Plan
Discussion: NewsHog and The Glittering Eye
New York Times:
U.S. Preparing for Trials of Top Qaeda Detainees
Discussion: TalkLeft and FP Passport
James Glanz / New York Times:
G.I.'s in Iraq Raid Iranians' Offices