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2:55 PM ET, January 14, 2007


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Washington Post:
NAMES & FACES  —  It all started with a simple video rental.  Who knows where it will end?  —  Potomac Video store clerk Charles Williamson, 28, posted a message on his blog, Freelance Genius, Dec. 23 that described how he set up a movie rental account for MSNBC host Tucker Carlson at the MacArthur Boulevard store the day before.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Guess What Blog MSNBC'S Tucker Carlson Doesn't Like?  (UPDATED)  —  No, it isn't The Moderate Voice, although he may not be happy with the picture at left.  We got it off the Internet.  (It IS NOT of Tucker Carlson and we are not saying it is.  It's not dancing.).
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Another Blogger Fired for a Blog Post
Discussion: Adam's Blog
Sister Toldjah:   Tucker Carlson overreacts?
Ctblogger / ConnecticutBLOG:
Chuck Hagel bitchslaps Lieberman over scare comments  —  Finally someone calls out George Bush's favorite [Democrat] senator on his nonsense.  —  I almost threw a brick into my television this morning listening to the junior seantor as he puckered his lips and make Presidefnt Bush proud.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Chuck Hagel Smacks Lieberman: Questions his competency  —  Chuck Hagel plastered Holy Joe on Meet the Press this morning and it's about time somebody called him on his garbage.  Lieberman got on his soapbox and tried to tell us that Bush's implementation of the McCain Doctrine is our only hope …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Newly in the Minority, G.O.P. Shows Signs of Division on Iraq and Domestic Policies  —  After years of rock-solid party discipline and fealty to President Bush, Congressional Republicans have suddenly fractured in their new role as members of the minority, with some prominently deserting …
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
Terror: 'We're Going to Get Hit'  —  Intel director john Negroponte gave Congress a sobering assessment last week of the continued threats from groups like Al Qaeda and Hizbullah.  But even gloomier comments came from Henry Crumpton, the outgoing State Department terror coordinator.
New York Times:
Picking Up the Pieces  —  It was surreal how disconnected President Bush was the other night, both from Iraq's horrifying reality and America's anguish over this unnecessary, mismanaged and now unwinnable war.  Indeed, most Americans seem far ahead of the president.
Discussion: Don Surber and Prairie Weather
Real Cities:
Mahdi Army lowers its profile, anticipating arrival of U.S. troops  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Mahdi Army militia members have stopped wearing their black uniforms, hidden their weapons and abandoned their checkpoints in an apparent effort to lower their profile in Baghdad in advance of the arrival of U.S. reinforcements.
Gateway Pundit:
Tunagate Update: Barney Frank Freaks on Floor  —  After passing their minimum wage legislation earlier this week the Washington Times noted that that Speaker Pelosi exempted hometown companies from minimum wage increases by passing legislation that excluded American Samoa.
Michael O'Hanlon / Washington Post:
A Skeptic's Case For the Surge  —  President Bush's plan for a surge of American troops in Iraq has run into a brick wall of congressional opposition.  Critics rightly argue that it may well be too little, way too late.  But for a skeptical Congress and nation, it is still the right thing to try …
Discussion: The RBC and Blue Crab Boulevard
Matthew Yglesias:
I'm In Ur Think Tank  —  Supporting Ur Opponents' Policeez
Philip Sherwell / Telegraph:
US diluting Iraq surge, general says  —  The military mastermind of President George W Bush's new troop "surge" strategy for Iraq has hit out at signs that the Pentagon is watering down the proposal for political reasons.  —  "You cannot try and do this piecemeal.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Bush set for climate change U-turn  —  Downing Street says that belated US recognition of global warming could lead to a post-Kyoto agreement on curbing emissions  —  Gaby Hinsliff, Juliette Jowit and Paul Harris  —  George Bush is preparing to make a historic shift in his position …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Contradicting Bush, Cheney Claims 'We Have In Fact Made Enormous Progress' In Iraq  —  For years, President Bush and Vice President Cheney have asserted that "absolutely, we're winning" in Iraq.  Bush put an end to such happy talk last Wednesday night, omitting suggestions that we're "winning" or making "progress," and instead stating:
Jonathan Chait / Los Angeles Times:
We can't surrender to the doves  —  Anti-war liberals turned out to be right about Iraq, but they shouldn't necessarily be regarded as foreign policy sages.  —  I DON'T WANT to accuse American doves of rooting for the United States to lose in Iraq because I know they love their country and understand the dire consequences of defeat.
Discussion: Economist's View and Hot Air
Times of London:
Obama's charm lost on America's black activists  —  HE is a media darling, a paparazzi target and a source of inspiration for millions of Democrats who dream of retaking the White House in 2008.  But Senator Barack Obama, the charismatic African-American who is shaking up the presidential primary race …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
IN WHICH THE STAR TRIBUNE EMBARRASSES ITSELF COURTESY OF US  —  The Star Tribune purports to cover the political blogosphere in a weekly column buried on Saturday's editorial page.  The column is by the editor of the Star Tribune's letters to the editors, the otherwise faceless drone who assures …
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Obama, McCain square off on war
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Rice can't escape Boxer, even in Israel
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San Diego Union-Tribune:
Lam stays silent about losing job
Discussion: The RBC and TPMmuckraker
Timothy Gardner / ABCNEWS:
Exxon Cutting Ties to Global Warming Skeptics
Milt Freudenheim / New York Times:
Company Clinics Cut Health Costs
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Atrios / Eschaton:
Blogroll Amnesty Day  —  One problem with having a blog …
Discussion: Rox Populi
Peejz / Right Voices:
NYT: Military Expands Domestic Surveillance
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Due process? We don't need no stinkin' due process!
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and PBD
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Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
NATO's Afghan Struggle: Build, and Fight Taliban
Discussion: A Blog For All
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Goldberg & Kristol On Democratic Cravenness
Discussion: Viking Pundit
Gateway Pundit:
Reports: Iranian Revolutionary Guard Leader Arrested in Iraq
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
On Iraq, U.S. Turns to Onetime Dissenters
New York Times:
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Researchers report critical vulnerabilities in the Exim mail transfer agent allowing remote code execution; Exim is used by as many as 253K servers

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