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1:05 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
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 …
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.
Democrats Pledge to Extend Minimum Wage
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.
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: Prairie Weather
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
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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:
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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
Gateway Pundit:
Reports: Iranian Revolutionary Guard Leader Arrested in Iraq  —  Update: The US Military confirmed today that the five Iranians arrested in northern Iraq last week were indeed connected to an Iranian Revolutionary Guard faction that funds and arms insurgents in Iraq although the names of the detainees has not been released.
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.
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 …
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
Milt Freudenheim / New York Times:
Company Clinics Cut Health Costs  —  Frustrated by runaway health costs, the nation's largest employers are moving rapidly to open more primary care medical centers in their offices and factories as a way to offer convenient service and free or low-cost health care.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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 …
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Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
NATO's Afghan Struggle: Build, and Fight Taliban
Discussion: A Blog For All
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60 Minutes Sunday:
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