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5:05 PM ET, January 15, 2007


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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"
Discussion: GINA COBB and jules crittenden
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 …
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 …
Iran target of US Gulf military moves, Gates says  —  Mark Tran and agencies  —  Increased US military activity in the Gulf is aimed at Iran's "very negative" behaviour, the Bush administration said today.  —  The defence secretary, Robert Gates, told reporters that the decision to deploy …
Philip Sherwell / Telegraph:
US forces turn on Iranians
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.
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
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 …
M.E. Sprengelmeyer / Rocky Mountain News:
Allard: No third term  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Wayne Allard said today he will honor his term-limits pledge and leave at the end of 2008, creating a replacement fight that should turn Colorado into one of the country's biggest electoral battlegrounds.  —  "I just didn't think I could back away from the (term limits) commitment.
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
Cillizzac / The Fix:
Romney, McCain Tout New Backers  —  In the escalating behind-the-scenes battle between Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), both men scored coups of a sort over the weekend.  —  Romney has landed Vin Weber, a former Minnesota Republican Congressman …
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
France and UK considered 1950s 'merger'  —  Staff and agencies  —  Britain and France talked about a "union" in the 1950s, even discussing the possibility of the Queen becoming the French head of state, it was reported today.  —  On September 10 1956, Guy Mollet, the then French prime minister …
Discussion: Political Animal
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" …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
At Libby Trial, Power Players Face Uncomfortable Spotlight  —  When Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff goes on trial Tuesday on charges of lying about the disclosure of a CIA officer's identity, members of Washington's government and media elite will be answering some embarrassing questions as well.
Discussion: The Caucus
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 …
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Despite Lessons on King, Some Unaware of His Dream
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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
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Matthews On Bush: 'Who Knows What Evil Lurks?' [Video]
Discussion: Hot Air
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When Laura Snarked Condi
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
from the protein wisdom archives: "There's no such thing as race …
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MN National Guard's extended tour of duty puts strain on families
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Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
The Other Team's Playbook  —  George W. Bush has managed …
Discussion: TigerHawk
USA Today:
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Discussion: Rising Hegemon
Gaius / Blue Crab Boulevard:
Have A Little Faith  —  I just got off the phone with my son.
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Bush's plan to add troops fueling Iraq insurgency, Sunni scholar says
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Bush: 'We're Going Forward'  —  More Troops Called The Only Iraq Option
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
New Law Could Subject Civilians to Military Trial
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Bill O'Reilly And NBC, Shouting to Make Themselves Seen?