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8:55 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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
See-Dubya / Michelle Malkin:
KSFO: not helping matters one bit  —  KSFO, San Francisco's conservative talk-radio station, is being hounded by left-wing bloggers.  Now, most of what KSFO does is just your regular conservative talk radio, with Dr. Laura and Rush Limbaugh.  A lot of my friends in earshot of their station consider …
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 …
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
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.
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: OxBlog and Political Animal
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
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 …
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 …
Thers / Whiskey Fire:
Marinating in the Swamp  —  I read the new Time online magazine blog because it keeps me off the streets.  More specifically, it keeps me from reading that HotSoup thing.  See, I have a job, and kids, and diverse other interests, like enjoying bacon and calling Ann Althouse a dink.
Discussion: Eschaton
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Atrios / Eschaton:
The Great and Glorious First Gulf War
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Matt Stearns / Wichita Eagle:
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USA Today:
Police in Iraq see jump in recruits
Discussion: Hot Air
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
John Bolton calls Iraq situation a Civil War
Newsdesk / The Swamp:
Bush: It's all 'unacceptable'
Discussion: Attytood
Joseph Neff / Charlotte Observer:
State Bar has letter from lawyer warning prosecutor of ethical violations
Discussion: TIME and Hot Air
Mickey Kaus / Slate:
When Laura Snarked Condi
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Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
The Other Team's Playbook  —  George W. Bush has managed …
Mark Miller / Newsweek:
Evidence of Guilt?  —  O. J. Simpson's 'If I Did It' provoked …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
At Libby Trial, Power Players Face Uncomfortable Spotlight
Discussion: The Caucus
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?
Youssef Ibrahim / New York Sun:
Will Saudis Ban the Letter 'X'?