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1:40 PM ET, January 12, 2007


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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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Boxer gets personal with Condi at Senate hearing  —  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.  A time of magic and wonder, when America knew peace while Osama studied flight schedules.
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
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 …
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
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 and The Democratic Daily
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: War and Piece
Justin Rood / TPMmuckraker:
Cunningham Prosecutor Forced Out
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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Matthew Yglesias:
The Question of the Day  —  Jim Webb is really one of the most …
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Wake up, America! Pelosi's uterus has you hypnotized!
Ezra Klein:
Being Right Alone, And In Poverty
Cornelia Dean / New York Times:
Risk-Assessment Plan Is Withdrawn
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The challenge of distilling Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Media Research Center:
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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
J.M. Guardia / Barcepundit:
THIS IS FOOTAGE from surveillance cameras at Madrid's Barajas airport …
Discussion: Classical Values
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Bush's Tear For a Hero
New York Times:
U.S. Preparing for Trials of Top Qaeda Detainees
Discussion: FP Passport and TalkLeft