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3:35 PM ET, January 15, 2007


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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 …
John F. Burns / New York Times:
U.S. and Iraqis Are Wrangling Over War Plans
Philip Sherwell / Telegraph:
US forces turn on Iranians
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Bush's plan to add troops fueling Iraq insurgency, Sunni scholar says
Discussion: PBD and No More Mister Nice Blog
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:   Saddam Hussein's Co-Defendants Hanged
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 …
Eric Pfeiffer / Washington Times:
Murtha proposes bill to choke funding for surge
Discussion: QandO
Hussein's half-brother decapitated during hanging … BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraq hanged two of Saddam Hussein's aides early Monday, and one of the men was decapitated in the process.  —  The official video of the hangings showed Hussein's half-brother lying headless below the gallows …
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: GINA COBB and jules crittenden
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 …
Francis McCabe / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Nevada U.S. attorney given walking papers  —  The Bush administration has forced Daniel Bogden out of his position as U.S. attorney for the District of Nevada, Nevada's two senators said Sunday.  —  It was unclear whether Bogden was fired or asked to resign and for what reason.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and DownWithTyranny!
James Glanz / New York Times:
Rebuilding Teams Would Swell Under Bush's New Iraq Plan
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 …
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
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" …
Gerard Henderson / Times of London:
How Australia confronts militant Islam  —  A nation's blunt refusal to back down to terror  —  Australians are sometimes accused of being direct, even blunt.  But this way of going about things seems to have worked well enough when dealing with the threat of radical Islamism Down Under.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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.
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 …
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 …
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
from the protein wisdom archives: "There's no such thing as race (and it's a good thing, too)"  —  I like to trot out this old essay for MLK day, because it affords me the opportunity to take the race / "diversity" industry—whatever its intentions, be they altruistic or self-serving …
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
John Bolton calls Iraq situation a Civil War
Newsdesk / The Swamp:
Bush: It's all 'unacceptable'
Joseph Neff / Charlotte Observer:
State Bar has letter from lawyer warning prosecutor of ethical violations
Discussion: TIME and Hot Air
Mark Finkelstein /
Matthews On Bush: 'Who Knows What Evil Lurks?' [Video]
Discussion: Hot Air
Mickey Kaus / Slate:
When Laura Snarked Condi
France and UK considered 1950s 'merger'
Discussion: Political Animal
Jana Shortal / Business News:
MN National Guard's extended tour of duty puts strain on families
Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
The Other Team's Playbook  —  George W. Bush has managed …
Discussion: TigerHawk
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Ezra Klein:
The "All Or Nothing" Myth  —  As follow-up to the post below …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TigerHawk
PD Stuff / Public Defender Stuff:
Blawg Review #91  —  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  —  Blawg Review
USA Today:
Senators will have to pay for their seats in skyboxes if ban approved
Discussion: Rising Hegemon
Mark Miller / Newsweek:
Evidence of Guilt?  —  O. J. Simpson's 'If I Did It' provoked …
Gaius / Blue Crab Boulevard:
Have A Little Faith  —  I just got off the phone with my son.
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Bush: 'We're Going Forward'  —  More Troops Called The Only Iraq Option
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
At Libby Trial, Power Players Face Uncomfortable Spotlight
Discussion: The Caucus