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6:10 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 …
Fox News:
WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN BLASTS SEN. BOXER'S EXCHANGE WITH SECRETARY RICE  —  Jan. 11: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice discusses U.S. policy in Iraq while testifying on Capitol Hill.  —  WASHINGTON — The White House fired back Friday at Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer's verbal slap …
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and Riehl World View
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Rice, a Uniter of the Divided
Discussion: The Caucus, Wonkette and The Heretik
'Hardball with Chris Matthews' for Jan. 11
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
Clock ticking on Dems' 100-hour agenda  —  WASHINGTON - The clock is ticking for House Democrats, but it's hard to tell what time it is.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif., was touting a plan to push six bills through a Democratic House in 100 hours or less as early as June of last year.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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.
Lara Setrakian / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: DA in Duke Rape Case Asks to Be Taken off Case  —  After Weeks of Criticism, District Attorney Mike Nifong Asked to Be Recused  —  ABC News Law & Justice Unit  —  District Attorney Mike Nifong has requested that he have himself removed from prosecuting the Duke Lacrosse rape investigation, ABC News has learned.
Discussion: LieStoppers
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Duke prof resigns committee posts over defendants' return to campus …
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
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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.
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Note from Flynt Leverett: Most Important Parts of Bush Speech About Iran — Not Iraq  —  I asked former CIA and Bush administration National Security Council senior official Flynt Leverett for a quick summary of his thoughts on President Bush's Address to the Nation.
RELATED:   Flynt Leverett  —  Senior Fellow; Director, Geopolitics of Energy Initiative
Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
White House Press Secretary Tony Snow following up the President's speech last night.  —  The Hugh Hewitt Show  —  HH: Pleased to welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show now, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow.  Happy New Year, Tony.  —  TS: Happy New Year, Hugh.
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 …
Giovanna Dell'Orto / Associated Press:
Carter's book prompts more resignations … ATLANTA (AP) — Fourteen members of an advisory board to Jimmy Carter's human rights organization resigned on Thursday to protest his new book, which has been attacked as unfairly critical of Israel and riddled with inaccuracies.
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 …
Amir Taheri / New York Post:
HOW IRAQIS SEE W'S NEW PLAN  —  GREAT RELIEF - AND SOME CONCERNS  —  'A SIGH of relief!  So one resident of Haifa Street, in the heart of Baghdad's badlands, reacted to the new plan to secure the Iraqi capital with the help of thousands of additional American troops.
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: and War and Piece
Bob Geiger:
Webb Does More For Troops in One Day Than Allen Did In Years  —  Keeping a promise he made on the campaign trail in 2006, Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) did more for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan on his first day in the Senate than the man he ousted, George Felix Allen, did in the entire previous Congress.
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.
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Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Curtain's Up As Libby Is Set for Trial
Discussion: Firedoglake
Poll: Two-thirds of Americans oppose more troops in Iraq
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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CBS News:
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James Gerstenzang / Los Angeles Times:
Bush pitches Iraq plan to Ft. Benning soldiers
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
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Daniel Freedman / It Shines For All:
Surrender?  Iraqi Government Sides With Iranians Arrested …
Discussion: New York Sun, TAPPED and Power Line
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
A 2-Month Debate on Iraq, Capped by 'the Big Push'
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Tears Are Shed at the White House for a Marine's Bravery in Iraq
Washington Post:
Intelligence Chiefs Pessimistic In Assessing Worldwide Threats
Discussion: The Heretik and Balloon Juice
David Cay Johnston / New York Times:
Agents Say Fast Audits Hurt I.R.S.
Media Research Center:
PBS on Tom DeLay: Favors "Virtual Slavery"?
Rick Weiss / Washington Post:
House Passes Bill Relaxing Limits on Stem Cell Research
New York Times:
In Baghdad, Bush Policy Is Met With Resentment