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2:00 AM ET, January 16, 2007


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Jim Krane / Associated Press:
UAE beats Americans' environmental harm  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - When it comes to squandering the earth's natural resources, residents of this desert land of chilled swimming pools, monster 4x4s and air-conditioned malls are on a par with even the ravenous consumption of Americans, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
Kiyori Ueno / Bloomberg:
Al Gore Says U.S. States May Force Change in Climate Policy  —  Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) — Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said many businesses and state governments ``embrace'' the aims of the Kyoto Protocol, which may force President George W. Bush to alter his opposition to the effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
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 …
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
President Bush on 60 Minutes: UPDATED
Discussion: The Huffington Post and The Caucus
Washington Post:
Iraqi Hangings Bring More Condemnation  —  Head of Hussein's Half Brother Is Severed  —  By the time the corpses of Saddam Hussein's half brother and another top official, hanged before dawn Monday, arrived in the village of Auja for burial, the word had spread among the mourners …
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
Despite Lessons on King, Some Unaware of His Dream  —  In a recent survey of college students on U.S. civic literacy, more than 81 percent knew that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was expressing hope for "racial justice and brotherhood" in his historic "I Have a Dream" speech.  —  That's the good news.
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Why the right doesn't get Martin Luther King
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Akiva Eldar / Haaretz:
Secret understandings reached between representatives of Israel, Syria  —  In a series of secret meetings in Europe between September 2004 and July 2006, Syrians and Israelis formulated understandings for a peace agreement between Israel and Syria.  —  The main points of the understandings are as follows:
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 …
Hotline On Call:   For Democrats, This May Be THE Week....
Brian Dickerson / Detroit Free Press:
Adultery could mean life, court finds  —  That's what the law says in sex-drug case Cox appealed  —  In a ruling sure to make philandering spouses squirm, Michigan's second-highest court says that anyone involved in an extramarital fling can be prosecuted for first-degree criminal sexual conduct …
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Adam's Blog
Mark Memmott / On Deadline:
USAT Poll: Americans 'more pessimistic' after Bush's Iraq speech  —  "President Bush's address to the nation last week outlining a 'new way forward' in Iraq failed to move public opinion in support of his plan to increase U.S. troop levels and left Americans more pessimistic about the likely outcome …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
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.
Amir Taheri / New York Post:
IRAQ: WHY THE MEDIA MISSTEP  —  JUST outside Um al-Qasar, a port in south east Iraq, a crowd had gathered around a British armored car with a crew of four.  An argument seemed to be heating up through an interpreter.  —  The interpreter told the Brits that the crowd was angry and wanted U.K. forces out of Iraq.
Kucinich: Congress To Take On FCC  —  Over the weekend, the National Conference for Media Reform was held in Memphis, TN, with a number of notable speakers on hand for the event.  Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) made an surprise appearance at the convention to announce that he would be heading …
Bill / INDCJournal:
"Because the language they use is killing:" An Interview with a Fallujan Police Officer  —  The difficulty of obtaining this interview underscores the political and cultural complexities of the American effort in Fallujah.  In order to get a few minutes of alone candor with an Iraqi patrolman …
Discussion: Hot Air
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: "Dispatches: Undercover Mosque"; Update: Part 2 added; Update: Part 3 added  —  Here it is, fresh from Channel 4 (UK) by way of our pal kasper kasper's Tivo: what happens when "moderate" Muslims stop being polite and start getting real.  —  Parts 2 and 3 to follow, promises kk.
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CBS News:
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Bush: Congress can't stop troop increase
Discussion: Sirotablog
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
American Samoa, Pelosi's 17 Million In Del Monte Stock, And The Minimum Wage
See-Dubya / Michelle Malkin:
KSFO: not helping matters one bit
Thers / Whiskey Fire:
Marinating in the Swamp  —  I read the new Time online magazine blog …
Discussion: Eschaton
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Democrats Differ on Iraq Bill's Bite
Matt Stearns / Wichita Eagle:
Brownback adds flat tax to platform
 Earlier Items: 
USA Today:
Police in Iraq see jump in recruits
Discussion: Olbermann Watch and Hot Air
Cillizzac / The Fix:
Romney, McCain Tout New Backers
Newsdesk / The Swamp:
Bush: It's all 'unacceptable'
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Attytood
Joseph Neff / Charlotte Observer:
State Bar has letter from lawyer warning prosecutor of ethical violations
Discussion: Hot Air, TIME and A Blog For All
Gerard Henderson / Times of London:
How Australia confronts militant Islam
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Francis McCabe / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Nevada U.S. attorney given walking papers
France and UK considered 1950s 'merger'
Discussion: OxBlog and Political Animal
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
from the protein wisdom archives: "There's no such thing as race …