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1:15 PM ET, January 15, 2007


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New York Post:
HILL JABS AT JOHN  —  TAKES HER FIRST SHOT VS. AN '08 PREZ FOE  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton last night ripped into 2008 White House contender John Edwards - her first direct assault on any of her potential Democratic presidential rivals.  —  Clinton's surprising broadside came just hours after Edwards …
New York Times:
Democrats Split on How to Oppose Troop Increase  —  The White House sought Sunday to head off building pressure in Congress to cut off or limit financing for sending more troops to Iraq.  —  But even as President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney made it clear that they would proceed …
Eric Pfeiffer / Washington Times:
Murtha proposes bill to choke funding for surge
Discussion: QandO
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Opening a New Front in the War, Against Iranians in Iraq  —  For more than two years after Saddam Hussein's fall, the war in Iraq was about chasing down insurgents and Al Qaeda in Iraq.  Last year it expanded to tamping down sectarian warfare.  —  Over the past three weeks …
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Bush's plan to add troops fueling Iraq insurgency, Sunni scholar says  —  AMMAN, JORDAN — President Bush's plan to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq has inflamed passions among the restive Sunni Arab minority, bringing new recruits to insurgent cells and outpourings of popular anger toward the U.S. …
Discussion: PBD and No More Mister Nice Blog
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:   Saddam Hussein's Co-Defendants Hanged
John F. Burns / New York Times:
U.S. and Iraqis Are Wrangling Over War Plans  —  Just days after President Bush unveiled a new war plan calling for more than 20,000 additional American troops in Iraq, the heart of the effort — a major push to secure the capital — faces some of its fiercest resistance from the very people …
CBS News:
WHAT DO YOU THINK?  —  (CBS) On Jan. 12, 2007, two days after President George W. Bush told the country that he would send 21,000 more troops into Iraq, the president sat down with 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley for a candid conversation.  The two met in Camp David's Laurel Cabin …
Saddam aides hanged, anger at beheading "mishap"  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two of Saddam Hussein's aides were hanged before dawn on Monday, the Iraqi government said, admitting that the head of his half-brother Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti was also ripped from his body during the execution.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Politicizing Prosecutors  —  The Bush administration has appointed an extreme political partisan as the new United States attorney for Arkansas.  Normally, the Senate would have vetted him, and quite possibly blocked his appointment.  But the White House took advantage of a little-noticed provision …
James Glanz / New York Times:
Rebuilding Teams Would Swell Under Bush's New Iraq Plan
Ronald A. Cass / Real Clear Politics:
Sandy Berger: What Did He Take and Why Did He Take It?  —  Some things cry out for explanation.  Like finding $90,000 in marked bills in a Congressman's freezer.  Or finding out that a blue-chip lawyer who held one of the most important jobs in the nation was willing to risk his career …
Discussion: Power Line and The Jawa Report
Youssef Ibrahim / New York Sun:
Will Saudis Ban the Letter 'X'?  —  The letter "X" soon may be banned in Saudi Arabia because it resembles the mother of all banned religious symbols in the oil kingdom: the cross.  —  The new development came with the issuing of another mind-bending fatwa, or religious edict …
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Cheney Defends Efforts to Obtain Financial Records  —  Vice President Dick Cheney yesterday defended efforts by the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency to obtain financial records of Americans suspected of terrorism or espionage, calling the practice a "perfectly legitimate activity" …
Noel Sheppard /
Liberal Blogs Attack Conservative Radio Station  —  Those not fortunate enough to live in the San Francisco Bay Area might find it hard to believe that this liberal community sports an extremely conservative radio station.  Conceivably less shocking is that in recent weeks …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Bill O'Reilly And NBC, Shouting to Make Themselves Seen?  —  A war of words between Bill O'Reilly and NBC has erupted into a shouting match that is overheated, mean-spirited and incredibly entertaining.  —  "NBC News has gone sharply to the left," the Fox News star said on his radio show in early January.
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
New Law Could Subject Civilians to Military Trial  —  Provision Aimed at Contractors, but Some Fear It Will Sweep Up Other Workers  —  Private contractors and other civilians serving with U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan could be subject for the first time to military courts-martial under …
Ezra Klein:
The "All Or Nothing" Myth  —  As follow-up to the post below, I want to play around with the idea that the medical industrial-complex will attack any serious health reform with total ferocity, and so would-be reformers should simply try and legislate them out of existence, knowing that that's the path of maximal efficiency.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TigerHawk
USA Today:
Senators will have to pay for their seats in skyboxes if ban approved  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate is moving this week to ban members from accepting free tickets to sporting events to cut ties between Congress and the special interests that provide the seats.
Discussion: Rising Hegemon
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Bush: 'We're Going Forward'  —  More Troops Called The Only Iraq Option  —  Faced with substantial opposition both in Congress and among the American public to their Iraq plans, President Bush and Vice President Cheney vowed yesterday to forge ahead with the deployment of more than 21,000 additional troops.
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