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8:25 PM ET, January 12, 2007


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Fox News:
WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN BLASTS SEN. BOXER'S EXCHANGE WITH SECRETARY RICE  —  Jan. 11: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice discusses U.S. policy in Iraq while testifying on Capitol Hill.  —  WASHINGTON — The White House fired back Friday at Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer's verbal slap …
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 …
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
Clock ticking on Dems' 100-hour agenda  —  WASHINGTON - The clock is ticking for House Democrats, but it's hard to tell what time it is.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif., was touting a plan to push six bills through a Democratic House in 100 hours or less as early as June of last year.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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.
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
Democrats fumble earmarks legislation
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Lara Setrakian / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: DA in Duke Rape Case Asks to Be Taken off Case  —  After Weeks of Criticism, District Attorney Mike Nifong Asked to Be Recused  —  ABC News Law & Justice Unit  —  District Attorney Mike Nifong has requested that he have himself removed from prosecuting the Duke Lacrosse rape investigation, ABC News has learned.
CBS News:
Read more about the CBS News poll '08 Contenders Weigh In  —  Bush, visiting with troops at Fort Benning, Ga., cautioned that the troop increase "is not going to yield immediate results.  It's going to take a while."  —  The president's plan, outlined in a prime-time address to the nation on Wednesday …
Washington Post:
Unveiled Threats  —  A Bush appointee's crude gambit on detainees' legal rights  —  MOST AMERICANS understand that legal representation for the accused is one of the core principles of the American way.  Not, it seems, Cully Stimson, deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs.
Murray Waas / National Journal:
CIA Leak Probe: Inside The Grand Jury  —  Late in the morning of July 12, 2003, Vice President Dick Cheney stood atop a pier at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia awaiting the commissioning of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, a ship 20 stories high that took eight years to construct.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and TalkLeft
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Curtain's Up As Libby Is Set for Trial
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
Amir Taheri / New York Post:
HOW IRAQIS SEE W'S NEW PLAN  —  GREAT RELIEF - AND SOME CONCERNS  —  'A SIGH of relief!  So one resident of Haifa Street, in the heart of Baghdad's badlands, reacted to the new plan to secure the Iraqi capital with the help of thousands of additional American troops.
Poll: Two-thirds of Americans oppose more troops in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Two out of three Americans oppose President Bush's plan to send more troops to Iraq, a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Friday indicates.  —  Nearly two-thirds of those polled also say Bush has no clear plan for Iraq.
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
Convicted lawmakers to lose pensions  —  WASHINGTON - Members of Congress convicted of serious crimes would lose their taxpayer-paid pensions, sometimes totaling more than $100,000 a year, under a measure unanimously approved by the Senate Friday.  —  The 87- vote to deprive lawbreaking lawmakers …
San Diego Union-Tribune:
Lam is asked to step down  —  Job performance said to be behind White House firing  —  The Bush administration has quietly asked San Diego U.S. Attorney Carol Lam, best known for her high-profile prosecutions of politicians and corporate executives, to resign her post, a law enforcement official said.
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Michael J. Totten:
The Siege of Ain Ebel
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Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Earmark Silliness versus Public Financing
Andrew England / Financial Times:
Somalia strike 'missed al-Qaeda targets'
Discussion: Classical Values
James Gerstenzang / Los Angeles Times:
Bush pitches Iraq plan to Ft. Benning soldiers
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Fauxtography: DU blows the lid off Malkin photoshop! …
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Daniel Freedman / It Shines For All:
Surrender?  Iraqi Government Sides With Iranians Arrested …
Discussion: New York Sun, TAPPED and Power Line
New York Times:
A 2-Month Debate on Iraq, Capped by 'the Big Push'
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Tears Are Shed at the White House for a Marine's Bravery in Iraq
Discussion: Flopping Aces and White House
Bob Geiger:
Webb Does More For Troops in One Day Than Allen Did In Years
David Cay Johnston / New York Times:
Agents Say Fast Audits Hurt I.R.S.
Matthew Yglesias:
The Question of the Day  —  Jim Webb is really one of the most …
Wake up, America! Pelosi's uterus has you hypnotized!