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8:30 AM ET, January 12, 2007


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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Don Surber
Dan / Riehl World View:
2nd Update On Athens Blast
Discussion: and Ace of Spades HQ
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.
Discussion: Iowa Voice
Nancy Benac / Associated Press:   Bush's approval rating hits new low
Robert B. Bluey / Human Events:
Harry Reid Twists Arms in Senate to Kill Real Earmark Reform
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Did the President Declare "Secret War" Against Syria and Iran?  —  Washington intelligence, military and foreign policy circles are abuzz today with speculation that the President, yesterday or in recent days, sent a secret Executive Order to the Secretary of Defense and to the Director …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Bombshell charge — "There are Klingons in the White House"
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Senate opposition to Bush plan grows  —  Republican Hagel calls it 'blunder'; Democrats expect to pass resolution  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defends U.S. policy in Iraq at a Senate hearing on Thursday.  —  NBC VIDEO  —  Jan. 11: Congressional reaction to President Bush's Iraq plan …
Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
Bush's legacy: The president who cried wolf  —  Olbermann: Bush's strategy fails because it depends on his credibility  —  SPECIAL COMMENT  —  Only this president, only in this time, only with this dangerous, even messianic certitude, could answer a country demanding an exit strategy from Iraq …
Discussion: All Spin Zone
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Special Comment on the President's Address  —  You knew Keith was going to comment after Bush's disastrous speech last night.  Most of America, many in Congress and Bush's own military leaders are against this move.  I guess only the neocons matter to Bush.
Discussion: State of the Day
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 …
David Abel / Boston Globe:
Carter agrees to speak at Brandeis  —  Will face questions, not debate, on book  —  Jimmy Carter, after weeks of controversy, has agreed to speak and field questions on his new book about Israel at a forum at Brandeis University, administrators and a spokesman for Carter said yesterday.
Discussion: The Lede
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 …
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Trying to censor blogger  —  Owner of conservative radio station KSFO demands liberal critic quit using audio clips  —  A series of events involving a local liberal blogger, a San Francisco conservative radio station and the reaction of two of the larger corporate advertisers in the country …
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.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
Jewish Membership in Congress at All-Time High  —  While Democrats celebrated the election of the House's first female speaker, another milestone passed more quietly: The 110th Congress includes more Jewish lawmakers than any other in history, and all but four are Democrats.
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: The RBC, TIME and The Reaction
Nico / Think Progress:
Kingston: Americans Should 'Marry and Work Longer Hours' To Escape Poverty  —  Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) made headlines last month after complaining about Congress' new schedule that requires members to work five days a week: … Yet, last night, Kingston offered this advice to Americans living in poverty: work longer hours.
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