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2:45 PM ET, January 12, 2007

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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Democrats in Senate Fail to Block Bill on Ethics  —  After campaigning for months on a promise to tighten ethics rules, Senate Democratic leaders tried unsuccessfully Thursday to block a measure that would shine a light on the shadowy practice of earmarking federal money for lawmakers' pet projects.
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
Democrats fumble earmarks legislation  —  Senators jump ship, vote with GOP on tougher rules for pet projects in bills  —  WASHINGTON - The Senate's new Democratic leaders, the fragility of their thin majority on display for the first time, were set back Thursday when nine Democrats joined …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
An Opening for the Democrats
Discussion: Balkinization and Redstate
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
Clock ticking on Dems' 100-hour agenda
Discussion: Riehl World View
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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Boxer gets personal with Condi at Senate hearing; Update: "Great leap backward for feminism," says Snow  —  I don't recall the lack of fruit from Janet Reno's womb figuring heavily into scrutiny of Waco or l'affaire Elian, but that was a different time.
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: The Caucus, Wonkette and The Heretik
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Sky News:
Leftist Group Claims Attack
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Tears Are Shed at the White House for a Marine's Bravery in Iraq  —  In April 2004, Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, an ordinary recruit from a small town in upstate New York, did something extraordinary: he threw himself on a grenade to shield two men in his unit as they battled insurgents on a road in Iraq.
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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.
Discussion: Abovethelaw.com and War and Piece
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Justin Rood / TPMmuckraker:
Cunningham Prosecutor Forced Out
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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.
Rick Weiss / Washington Post:
House Passes Bill Relaxing Limits on Stem Cell Research  —  The House yesterday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would loosen the restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research imposed by President Bush in 2001, inaugurating the second such assault on the administration's stem cell policy in as many years.
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Bush's Tear For a Hero  —  WASHINGTON — American forces in Iraq yesterday wasted no time in implementing President Bush's new gloves-off policy toward Iran, raiding an Iranian building in northern Iraq and arresting five Iranian Revolutionary Guard operatives.
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.
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 …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and All Spin Zone
Matthew Yglesias:
The Question of the Day  —  Jim Webb is really one of the most exciting things to happen to our politics recently; the personification of potentially worthy electoral trends who's managed to pull it off not by embracing militarism but by showing that good sense in national security policy …
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 …
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.
Media Research Center:
PBS on Tom DeLay: Favors "Virtual Slavery"?  —  Exhibit A of a liberal bias at PBS is still the program Now, first hosted by Bill Moyers, and now by David Brancaccio.  On Friday night, the blatantly partisan ghost of Moyers was still hanging over the broadcast as Brancaccio led off …
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 …
 
 
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Shir Haberman / Portsmouth Herald:
Marchand says he'll run for Senate
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The President's power to attack Iran
Washington Post:
Intelligence Chiefs Pessimistic In Assessing Worldwide Threats
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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.
Cornelia Dean / New York Times:
Risk-Assessment Plan Is Withdrawn
Kimberly Brown / International Herald Tribune:
The challenge of distilling Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
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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
J.M. Guardia / Barcepundit:
THIS IS FOOTAGE from surveillance cameras at Madrid's Barajas airport …
Discussion: Classical Values
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
RANGEL RANKLED BY FELLOW DEM PELOSI
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Britain Signals Plans to Reduce, Not Increase, Troop Levels in Iraq
Donald Lambro / Washington Times:
Hillary's status as front-runner slipping in key states
New York Times:
In Baghdad, Bush Policy Is Met With Resentment