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10:25 AM ET, January 16, 2007


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Associated Press:
Castro Reportedly in Grave Condition  —  MADRID, Spain (AP) — Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro is in "very grave" condition after three failed operations and complications from an intestinal infection, a Spanish newspaper said Tuesday.  —  The newspaper El Pais cited two unnamed sources …
USA Today:
Poll: Bush's new Iraq strategy fails to rally public support  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush's address to the nation last week failed to move public opinion in support of his plan to increase U.S. troop levels in Iraq and left Americans more pessimistic about the likely outcome of the war.
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 …
Sameer N. Yacoub / Associated Press:
U.N.: 34,452 Iraq civilians killed in '06  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Nearly 35,000 civilians were killed last year in Iraq, the United Nations said Tuesday, a sharp increase from the numbers reported previously by the Iraqi government.  —  Gianni Magazzeni, the chief of the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq …
Discussion: Don Surber
Kim Gamel / Associated Press:
U.N.: 34,000 Iraqis killed last year  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - The United Nations said Tuesday that more than 34,000 Iraqi civilians were killed in sectarian violence last year, nearly three times the number reported dead by the Iraqi government.  —  The Iraqi Health Ministry did not comment on the report …
Discussion: The New Editor and
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
51% of Women Are Now Living Without Spouse  —  For what experts say is probably the first time, more American women are living without a husband than with one, according to a New York Times analysis of census results.  —  In 2005, 51 percent of women said they were living without a spouse …
Glenn Reynolds / New York Times:
A Rifle in Every Pot  —  IT'S a phenomenon that gives the term "gun control" a whole new meaning: community ordinances that encourage citizens to own guns.  —  Last month, Greenleaf, Idaho, adopted Ordinance 208, calling for its citizens to own guns and keep them ready in their homes in case of emergency.
Lynn Sweet / sweet:
Sweet blog scoop: Obama morning conference call with supporters to announce White House run.  —  Supporters of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) are being told this morning there will be an 11 a.m. Chicago time conference call.  Expected to be discussed is Obama filing papers to officially launch his 2008 White House run.
Discussion: The Swamp, Political Radar and TIME
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Second Iraq Hanging Also Went Awry  —  Iraq's turbulent effort to reckon with the violence of its past took another macabre turn on Monday when the execution of Saddam Hussein's half brother ended with the hangman's noose decapitating him after he dropped through the gallows trapdoor.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and The Corner
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
'All Star Game' Taking Shape in Libby's Trial  —  The much-anticipated trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby begins tomorrow in Washington.  What follows is a comprehensive spectator's guide to a legal drama that involves the White House, the CIA, and the press.  —  Who is the defendant?
CBS News:
(CBS) By's Jennifer Hoar
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 …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Task Gets Taller for G.O.P.  —  When Senator Wayne Allard, Republican of Colorado, announced Monday that he would not seek re-election, the uphill battle for his party to reclaim the Senate in 2008 became an even steeper climb.  —  By the numbers, Republicans were already at a disadvantage.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
David Lightman / Hartford Courant:
Dodd's Quest: A Long Haul  —  White House Run To Test All Of Senator's Skills  —  It was a vintage Chris Dodd moment, that morning last summer in Fort Lauderdale, one that could, perhaps, put the shot in long shot.  —  The Connecticut senator had addressed a small group at the Florida Democratic State Convention.
Discussion: The Swamp
Washington Post:
What Congress Can (And Can't) Do on Iraq  —  Congressional Democrats (and Republicans) who oppose President Bush's decision to send additional American troops to Iraq may frustrate his plan, but not — as suggested by Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn — by imposing 21,500 strings on the 21,500 new troops.
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:
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 …
Robin Toner / New York Times:
Democrats Seek the Middle on Social Issues  —  The promise may not outlast their political honeymoon, but Democratic Congressional leaders say they are committed to governing from the center, and not just on bread-and-butter issues like raising the minimum wage or increasing aid for education.
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John Collins Rudolf / New York Times:
The Warming of Greenland  —  LIVERPOOL LAND, Greenland …
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Michael Slackman / New York Times:
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New York Sun:
Enemy in Our Back Yard  —  Iran is moving aggressively …
Discussion: Power Line and Atlas Shrugs
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pelosi warns Bush shouldn't 'abuse power' on troop escalation
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Alan Travis / Guardian:
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