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9:55 AM ET, January 12, 2007

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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.
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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.
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 …
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
Brian Tumulty / The Oshkosh Northwestern Local News:
White House denies story of Kagen visit
Discussion: Wonkette
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 …
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.
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Is Hillary The New Kerry?  —  The Washington Times reports …
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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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
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
GMA Highlights Boxer's Jab at Condi's Personal Life  —  As NewsBuster Warner Todd Huston has noted, Sen. Barbara Boxer took an unseemly jab at Condi Rice yesterday.  —  Of all the members of the Senate, the one you might expect to be least likely to call attention to a woman's single …
Discussion: Hot Air and Wizbang
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
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: TalkLeft and FP Passport
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.
Zbigniew Brzezinski / Washington Post:
Five Flaws in the President's Plan  —  The president's speech gives rise to five broad observations:  —  · It provided a more realistic analysis of the situation in Iraq than any previous presidential statement.  It acknowledged failure, though it dodged accountability for that failure …
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
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
 
 
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BBC:
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Robert Burns / Associated Press:
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