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11:30 PM ET, January 14, 2007


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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: UPI's Pentagon reporter says media is ignoring consequences of withdrawal  —  You've read the Instapost, now watch the video.  Takeaway: "[I]f as a reporter you do ask the national security question, all of a sudden you're carrying Bush's water."  —  Exit question: Is Bush about to repeat …
Glenn Reynolds /
THE FOLKS AT CNN'S "RELIABLE SOURCES" just emailed me this excerpt from today's show transcript with UPI reporter Pamela Hess: … Better that the story should be missed, and the country screwed, than that a reporter might look unacceptably friendly to Bush!  —  UPDATE: Read this, too.
jules crittenden:
Thank You, Ms. Hess  —  "What happens if we lose?"  The question no one in the media ... except me* and a few others, in fairness to us ... is asking.  —  "If as a reporter you do ask the national security question, all of a sudden you're carrying Bush's water."
Philip Sherwell / Telegraph:
US diluting Iraq surge, general says
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Drudge Report:
IS FOX SET TO BLOW THE NUKES ON '24'?  —  As Washington continues to raise concerns about terror threats on The Homeland — a recent CIA report outlined a scenerio of possible "series of explosions using 'low charge' nuclear weapons" — Hollywood and FOX-TV are set to up the ante with the new season of 24!
Discussion: TBogg and Basil's Blog
Edward N. Luttwak / Opinion Journal:
Two Alliances  —  President Bush has managed to divide and conquer the Middle East.  —  It was the hugely ambitious project of the Bush administration to transform the entire Middle East by remaking Iraq into an irresistible model of prosperous democracy.  Having failed in that worthy purpose …
Jonathan Chait / Los Angeles Times:
We can't surrender to the doves  —  Anti-war liberals turned …
Discussion: toohotfortnr and Economist's View
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Sunday op-ed: "We can't surrender to the doves"
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Bloggers Take on Talk Radio Hosts  —  A San Francisco talk radio station pre-empted three hours of programming on Friday in response to a campaign by bloggers who have recorded extreme comments by several hosts and passed on digital copies to advertisers.  —  The lead blogger …
Discussion: Firedoglake
David Neiwert / Orcinus:   Picking Spocko's brain
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Nice work, if you can get it  —  Jacob Hacker's Health Care for America plan, as summarized by Ezra KIein: … Yes, that includes prescription drugs.  And the price is right: … I'm (1) enthusiastic and (2) skeptical.  It sounds great; in fact, it sounds too good to be true.
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 …
Ctblogger / ConnecticutBLOG:   Chuck Hagel bitchslaps Lieberman over scare comments
Agence France Presse:
Economists upgrade US outlook after surprisingly strong data  —  Economists are hastily upgrading their forecasts for the US economy after a series of surprisingly strong reports suggesting the so-called "soft landing" may be over and growth is accelerating.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
The Best We Can Hope For  —  NOBODY will quibble with President Bush's line Wednesday night that in Iraq, "Victory will not look like the ones our fathers and grandfathers achieved; there will be no surrender ceremony on the deck of a battleship."  —  Of course, that calls to mind …
Gregory / The Belgravia Dispatch:
"SURGE" MATH  —  Fred Kagan, writing on 12/04/06: … Fred Kagan (w/ Keane) writing on 12/27/06: … Just around 3 weeks between the two articles, and Kagan goes from 80,000 (or 50,000*, see below) to 30,000 as to what's needed to secure Baghdad (as Frank Rich quips in today's NYT, "whatever")!
CBS News:
WHAT DO YOU THINK?  —  (CBS/AP) Sen. Barack Obama is almost ready to make an announcement about his potential presidential campaign, he said Sunday on Face The Nation.  —  "I will have something to say about that fairly soon," Obama told Bob Schieffer.  "Obviously, there's been a lot of talk.
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Editor and Publisher:
Cheney on Fox News: Criticism of War Plan Undercuts Troops — And Iran, Watch Out  —  NEW YORK Appearing on Fox News this morning, VicePresident Dick Cheney said that attempts to stem President Bush's new Iraq plan, announced this week, were undercutting U.S. troops in Iraq.
What?  Already running away!?  —  Insurgents and terrorists are already abandoning some of their positions in Baghdad and moving to Diyala, al-Sabah said: … Actually the people in Diyala have every reason to worry about such migration of terror cells because in fact even without reading …
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.
Ed Williams / Charlotte Observer:
What if U.S. just pulled out of Iraq?  —  Conflict might erupt into more than just a civil war between Iraqis  —  The situation in Iraq has deteriorated to the point that no choice the president could make is an obviously good one.  —  Our nation knows it.
Newsdesk / The Swamp:
Obama, McCain square off on war  —  Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who supports President Bush's new deployment of U.S. troops in Iraq, and Sen. Barack Obama, the Illinois Democrat who is calling for a phased withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, faced the first of a likely long series …
Discussion: Dr. Melissa Clouthier
New York Times:
Bush Plan for Iraq Swells '08 Intrigue
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Swampland
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Judd / Think Progress:
Bush: I'm Sending More Troops To Iraq No Matter What Congress Does
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Shock and oil: Iraq's billions & the White House connection
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
WaPo: Tinfoil-hat brigade building a community online
Dahlia Lithwick / Washington Post:
The Imperial Presidency  —  Why is the United States poised …
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Pelosi a rare example of a woman who 'has it all'
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Power Line
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Calling Brent Bozell....
 Earlier Items: 
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Times of London:
Iraqis get all-firing foretaste of Bush's final Baghdad gamble
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Jon Swift:
Breaking News: Michael Ledeen Is Dead
Tough Talk About Iran: How Far Will It Go?
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Decision '08
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Timothy Gardner / ABCNEWS:
Exxon Cutting Ties to Global Warming Skeptics
Faiz / Think Progress:
Contradicting Bush, Cheney Claims 'We Have In Fact Made Enormous Progress' In Iraq
Discussion: Liberty Street