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4:35 AM ET, January 20, 2007


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Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Dems Seek to Bar U.S. Attacks on Iran  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic leaders in Congress lobbed a warning shot Friday at the White House not to launch an attack against Iran without first seeking approval from lawmakers.  —  "The president does not have the authority to launch military action …
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Pelosi, White House clash over Iraq  —  WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (news, bio, voting record) contended Friday that President Bush is rushing new troops to Iraq and betting that Congress won't cut off funds once they're in battle.  The White House called her assertion "poisonous."
David Stout / New York Times:
Lawmakers Wary of Talks With Iran and Syria  —  The head of the bipartisan advisory group that urged a change in the American approach to Iraq insisted today, in the face of skepticism from Congressional leaders, that the United States should engage Iran and Syria diplomatically as it moves to reduce its role in Iraq.
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby's Memory Defense Highlights His Failures on National Security  —  You've no doubt heard that Scooter Libby will be arguing he was so busy with very important events during 2003 and 2004 that he just plum forgot that Dick Cheney-and not Tim Russert-told him of Valerie Plame's identity.
Rule by decree passed for Chavez  —  Venezuela's National Assembly has given initial approval to a bill granting the president the power to bypass congress and rule by decree for 18 months.  —  President Hugo Chavez says he wants "revolutionary laws" to enact sweeping political, economic and social changes.
Memo to ExxonMobil: Blow it up
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Report from the ICU: Jane Hamsher Fights the Very Good Fight  —  I've just gotten back from visiting Jane Hamsher in the ICU unit at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica.  For those of you that don't know, Jane has been diagnosed with breast cancer — her third go-around with it — and underwent 8 hours of surgery yesterday.
TRex / Firedoglake:   Late Nite FDL: We Need Your Picture
U.S. plans envision broad attack on Iran: analyst  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. contingency planning for military action against Iran's nuclear program goes beyond limited strikes and would effectively unleash a war against the country, a former U.S. intelligence analyst said on Friday.
US News:
First Twin Jenna Shops a Book  —  You can soon add the title of author to first daughter Jenna Bush's résumé.  —  Whispers learns that the 25-year-old blond twin of Barbara Bush is shopping a book proposal to major publishers in New York City.
Hardball / Hardblogger:
Memorable moments from this week's Libby jury selection  —  Judge Reggie Walton has "another matter" he is dealing with most of today unrelated to the Scooter Libby case.  So, the pool of potential jurors will not be returning until Monday.  This break in the "voir dire" …
Discussion: Angry Bear
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Cheney's Enigmatic Influence
James Oberg / MSNBC:
Bold move escalates space war debate  —  China's satellite shootdown has military, diplomatic implications  —  One week ago, a major "space first" occurred high over west central China — and in total darkness.  No fiery explosion or glowing clouds would have been seen.
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Olbermann: Why does O'Reilly still have a job?  —  As John noted on Wednesday, Bill O'Reilly tried to blame Shawn Hornbeck, the 15 year old boy abducted in Missouri four years ago, for not trying to escape from his captor, saying he "didn't buy" Stockholm Syndrome, and later adding …
Think Progress:
Obama Smeared As Former 'Madrassa' Student, Possible Covert Muslim Extremist  —  This morning, Fox News featured a segment highlighting a right-wing report that Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) attended an Islamic "madrassa" school as a 6-year-old child.  —  Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy pointed …
Sadr fears for life in security crackdown  —  Mark Oliver and agencies  —  Moqtada al-Sadr has moved his family to a secure location because of fears he will become the target of a security sweep of Baghdad, it was reported today.  —  News of the radical cleric's decision came as the US military …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court to hear campaign ads cases, six other cases  —  Returning to the much-litigated controversy over political campaign ads broadcast during election season, the Supreme Court on Friday agreed to rule on two cases that newly test the constitutionality of congressional curbs on such ads.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
House Votes to Rescind Oil Drillers' Tax Breaks  —  House Democrats easily passed legislation on Thursday that would rescind $14 billion in tax breaks and subsidies for oil drillers and reserve the money to develop alternative energy projects and conservation technologies.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Lieberman's Iraq Strategy  —  So the Last honest man's strategy is to hope and pray and then think of something else while our men and women are dying and countless of Iraqis are being slaughtered in Iraq.  Plan B is non existent just like the BushCO. approach to the Iraq war after we won the initial military conflict.
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Key Hill Corruption Figure Still Dishing Dirt
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About Time  —  Of course, we feel bad for the 289 people …
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Senate Tightens Rules on Tariff Breaks
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The Manipulative Mr. McConnell  —  [CHS notes: The fabu Cliff Schecter …
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Democrat Speak  —  I sense the dark hand of George Lakoff in all of this.
Discussion: Redstate and Ed
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
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Felicity Barringer / New York Times:
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Michael Roston / The Raw Story:
House Democrats likely to split over Iraq strategy
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Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
'My Fellow Americans . . .'  —  Thoughts in advance of the State of the Union.
Teri Karush Rogers / New York Times:
Ordeal by Appliance: Weekend Home Tales
Rick Weiss / Washington Post:
Putting the Brakes on Light Speed
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