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12:00 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?  —  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  —  Another blogger has been fired over a blog post.  In this case, the blogger was a video store clerk who had rented a video to Tucker Carlson, and then wrote a rather creepy blog post about it.  The post is here, and said:
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
House GOP Shows Its Fractiousness In the Minority  —  House Republican leaders, who confidently predicted they would drive a wedge through the new Democratic majority, have found their own party splintering, with Republican lawmakers siding with Democrats in droves on the House's opening legislative blitz.
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 …
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Needlenose
Democrats Pledge to Extend Minimum Wage  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Fending off charges of favoritism, House Democrats say a just-passed minimum wage bill will be changed to cover all U.S. territories — including American Samoa — before it reaches President Bush's desk.
Discussion: Angry Bear
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.
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 …
Matthew Yglesias:   I'm In Ur Think Tank  —  Supporting Ur Opponents' Policeez
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
On Iraq, U.S. Turns to Onetime Dissenters  —  Timothy M. Carney went to Baghdad in April 2003 to run Iraq's Ministry of Industry and Minerals.  Unlike many of his compatriots in the Green Zone, the rangy, retired American ambassador wasn't fazed by chaos.  He'd been in Saigon during the Tet Offensive …
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs and War and Piece
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 …
Discussion: PSoTD and Political Animal
New York Times:
Deletions in Army Manual Raise Wiretapping Concerns  —  Deep into an updated Army manual, the deletion of 10 words has left some national security experts wondering whether government lawyers are again asserting the executive branch's right to wiretap Americans without a court warrant.
Criticism over golly exhibition  —  An exhibition of golly badges at a Hampshire museum has been criticised.  —  The private collection on display in Westbury Manor Museum in Fareham has been criticised for its perceived racist connotations.  —  Dr John Molyneux, from the University of Portsmouth …
Discussion: Biased BBC
Ian / Hot Air:
Video: Barney Frank throws a fit ... on the House floor  —  The Republican arguing with power-hungry Barney Frank is Patrick McHenry.  McHenry rose to offer an amendment that would exempt American Samoa from the stem-cell bill — a clear dig at the fact that Samoa, which is home to StarKist factories …
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Pelosi moves to close Samoa wage loophole
Discussion: Redstate and Gateway Pundit
Paul Pelosi's $17 million Is More Important Than American Samoan Lives
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 …
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Due process?  We don't need no stinkin' due process!  —  Mike O'Hare is rightly appalled that the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in charge of detainee affairs is doing his best to deprive detainees of whatever shred of due process policy and legislation have left them …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
For the House GOP, it's important to punish those who are right  —  I disagree with him on almost every political issue I can think of, but Rep. Walter Jones Jr. (R-N.C.) seems to have learned a great deal over the last few years, particularly when it comes to the war in Iraq.
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
A Glimpse at America's Brewing Nightmare with Iran  —  I suspect that we will soon see more collisions between US military squads and Special Force operations against suspected Syrian and Iranian convoys and personnel — civilian and military — inside Iraq as well as more border interdiction.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Sharkskin Suits  —  While the government is digging around in your bank accounts for god knows what reasons, they have also decided that it's better to let corporations off easy when it's determined that they owe taxes.  —  The country is going broke and they are doing this:
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Open Your Wallet And Show Us What You've Got
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Deacon / Power Line:
60 Minutes Sunday:
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KC Johnson / Durham-in-Wonderland:
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