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4:20 AM ET, January 12, 2007


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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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Bombshell charge — "There are Klingons in the White House"  —  Not just any Klingons, either.  Faux Klingons.  The worst kind.  —  Bush.  Must.  Answer.  —  Thanks to Martin for the tip.  And to Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) for taking the war hella seriously.
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Michael /
We're In Trouble  —  We're in big trouble.  —  Have a look at The Washington Note, whose latest begins like this: … If this is true, we're in very big trouble.  Or, if the rumor was sparked by an order 'only' authorizing clandestine operations (or, worse, bombardment) as a form of provocation, this is serious stuff.
Zbigniew Brzezinski / Washington Post:   Five Flaws in the President's Plan
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.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Daily Pundit
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 …
Nicholas Paphitis / Associated Press:
Blast at U.S. embassy called 'terrorism'
Discussion: Tammy Bruce and Secular Blasphemy
Police: U.S. Embassy in Athens attacked
Senate opposition to Bush plan grows  —  Republican Hagel calls it 'blunder'; Democrats expect to pass resolution  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defends U.S. policy in Iraq at a Senate hearing on Thursday.  —  NBC VIDEO  —  Jan. 11: Congressional reaction to President Bush's Iraq plan …
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.
Andrew Roth / Club for Growth:
High Political Drama in the Senate  —  The Senate is boiling with excitement right now.  For background, the Senate is proposing very weak earmark reform rules.  In contrast, Speaker Pelosi and the House Democrats implemented some very strong earmark rules in the lower chamber last week.
Robert B. Bluey / Human Events:
Harry Reid Twists Arms in Senate to Kill Real Earmark Reform
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Bill Torpy / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Report: Lies involved in no-knock warrant  —  An Atlanta police narcotics officer has told federal investigators at least one member of his unit lied about making a drug buy at the home of an elderly woman killed in a subsequent raid, according to a person close to the investigation.
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon abandons active-duty time limit  —  WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has abandoned its limit on the time a citizen-soldier can be required to serve on active duty, officials said Thursday, a major change that reflects an Army stretched thin by longer-than-expected combat in Iraq.
Nico / Think Progress:
Kingston: Americans Should 'Marry and Work Longer Hours' To Escape Poverty  —  Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) made headlines last month after complaining about Congress' new schedule that requires members to work five days a week: … Yet, last night, Kingston offered this advice to Americans living in poverty: work longer hours.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Federal Way schools restrict Gore film  —  'Inconvenient Truth' called too controversial  —  This week in Federal Way schools, it got a lot more inconvenient to show one of the top-grossing documentaries in U.S. history, the global-warming alert "An Inconvenient Truth."
The Brennan Memos  —  A three-part series analyzing William Brennan's case memos.  —  Part IV—The Colleagues  —  William Rehnquist was in many ways Brennan's antipode, as fiercely conservative as Brennan was liberal, yet as intellectually capable and, at times, as charmingly friendly.
Discussion: Election Law and SCOTUSblog
Madlen Read / Associated Press:
Oil Prices Fall Below $52 a Barrel  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Oil plunged below $52 a barrel Thursday to its lowest price since May extending a sharp decline that has been led by dampened heating oil demand, but which could save consumers money on a more widely used fuel: gasoline.
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Former Official Is Said to Be a Focus of Lobbyist Inquiry  —  The former No. 2 official in the Interior Department has been notified by federal prosecutors that he will most likely be indicted for lying about his relationship with the corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff, people with knowledge of the investigation said Wednesday.
Discussion: Citizens Blogging … and Wampum
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
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Eric Alterman / The Nation:
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