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9:40 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.
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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.
CNN:
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 …
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
Newsweek:
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 …
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Peter Baker / Washington Post:
At Fort Benning, a Quiet Response to a Presidential Visit
Discussion: Nitpicker
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Speaks and Base Is Subdued
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
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 …
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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 …
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
5 Iranians Detained at Consular Office
Washington Post:
Lawmakers Demand Answers on New Iraq Plan  —  Top Bush administration officials, pushing the president's case for sending more than 20,000 additional troops to Iraq, faced tough grilling on Capitol Hill today as both Republican and Democratic lawmakers demanded specific answers on how the new plan will lead to victory in Iraq.
Discussion: Decision '08
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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
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Kenneth R. Bazinet / NY Daily News:   Edwards plans MLK speech - on Hillary's turf
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
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Special Comment on the President's Address
Discussion: State of the Day
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 and Don Surber
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.
New York Times:
U.S. Preparing for Trials of Top Qaeda Detainees  —  The Bush administration has set up a secret war room in a Virginia suburb where it is assembling evidence to prosecute high-ranking detainees from Al Qaeda including the man accused of being the mastermind of the September 2001 attacks …
Discussion: FP Passport and TalkLeft
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 …
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.
 
 
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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
Nancy Benac / Associated Press:
Bush's approval rating hits new low
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
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Little Green Footballs:
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KC Johnson / Durham-in-Wonderland:
Anatomy of a Frame  —  The defense motion filed this morning …
Bill Torpy / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Bombshell charge — "There are Klingons in the White House"
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Andrew Roth / Club for Growth:
High Political Drama in the Senate