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3:40 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 …
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
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: Riehl World View
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
Sadr's Bluster, Boxer's Hate
Discussion: 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.
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
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
Clock Ticking on Dems' 100-Hour Agenda  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - The clock is ticking for House Democrats, but it's hard to tell what time it is.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 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.
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: Balkinization and Redstate
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
Justin Rood / TPMmuckraker:
Cunningham Prosecutor Forced Out
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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.
Sky News:
Leftist Group Claims Attack  —  A leftist group has reportedly claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on the US embassy in Athens.  —  The Greek government said it had received two calls claiming the guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle was behind the attack.
Nicholas Paphitis / Associated Press:
Blast at U.S. embassy called 'terrorism'
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.
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 …
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.
Wake up, America!  Pelosi's uterus has you hypnotized!  —  It must be difficult to be a famous woman.  If you don't have children, you're an old maid with shriveled ovaries who has forsaken your godly purpose.  If you have children and don't talk about them, you're a cold parent who puts her career ahead of her offspring.
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
Daniel Freedman / It Shines For All:
Surrender?  Iraqi Government Sides With Iranians Arrested by American Troops, One Iranian Already Freed  —  "Six Iranians held in a US military raid in northern Iraq were working there with the approval of the authorities, Iraq's foreign minister has said.  They were part of an Iranian liaison office …
Discussion: New York Sun, TAPPED and Power Line
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The President's power to attack Iran
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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.
Ezra Klein:
Being Right Alone, And In Poverty
Media Research Center:
PBS on Tom DeLay: Favors "Virtual Slavery"?
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Olbermann's special comment — the condensed version
Discussion: Olbermann Watch
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Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
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Associated Press:
Duke LAX Accuser Changes Story - Again
Giovanna Dell'Orto / Associated Press:
Carter's book prompts more resignations
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
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
Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
Bush's legacy: The president who cried wolf
Zbigniew Brzezinski / Washington Post:
Five Flaws in the President's Plan