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11:35 AM ET, January 23, 2007


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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Headmaster Disputes Claim That Obama Attended Islamic School  —  Fresh doubt was cast yesterday on a magazine's allegation that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) attended a madrassah, or religious school that teaches a fundamentalist version of Islam.  —  Hardi Priyono, deputy headmaster …
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Clinton Dives in Media Waters
Discussion: Althouse
Ben Smith /
Clinton Woos Black Vote, Targets Obama
Discussion: Attytood
Mike Dorning / Chicago Tribune:   Big bucks needed to wage presidential campaign
Los Angeles Times:
Scant evidence found of Iran-Iraq arms link  —  U.S. warnings of advanced weaponry crossing the border are overstated, critics say.  —  BAQUBAH, IRAQ — If there is anywhere Iran could easily stir up trouble in Iraq, it would be in Diyala, a rugged province along the border between the two nations.
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Investigating, rather than reciting, Bush claims re: Iran  —  (updated below)  —  Something odd occurred this week: Fox News — spewing filth churned out by the lowest depths of right-wing innuendo swamps — was "reporting" the two-pronged falsehood that Barak Obama attended a "madrassa" …
New York Times:
Bush, at Low Point in Polls, Will Push Domestic Agenda  —  Carrying some of the worst public approval ratings of any president in a generation, President Bush is heading into his State of the Union address on Tuesday night seeking to revitalize his domestic agenda but facing stiff resistance …
Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:
Guest Voice: Governor Schwarzenegger's Office on Health Care
Discussion: Polimom Says and Washington Post
Josephine Hearn /
Black Caucus: Whites Not Allowed  —  Freshman Rep. Stephen I. Cohen, D-Tenn., is not joining the Congressional Black Caucus after several current and former members made it clear that a white lawmaker was not welcome.  —  "I think they're real happy I'm not going to join," said Cohen …
Discussion: Redstate, Right Wing News and Hot Air
Liz Cheney / Washington Post:
Retreat Isn't an Option  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton declared this weekend, " I'm in to win."  Anyone who has watched her remarkable trajectory can have no doubt that she'll do whatever it takes to win the presidency.  I wish she felt the same way about the war.
Roger Si /
McCain Bashes Cheney Over Iraq Policy  —  With his presidential hopes tied to an administration whose Iraq policy he supports but cannot control, John McCain for the first time blamed Vice President Cheney for what McCain calls the "witch's brew" of a "terribly mishandled" war in which U.S. forces are on the verge of defeat.
RELATED:   Sen. McCain running for president in 2008
New York Times:
Key Republican Senator Offers Bipartisan Call to Reject Bush Plan for More Troops in Iraq  —  Senator John W. Warner of Virginia, one of Congress's leading authorities on the military, presented a bipartisan proposal on Monday that soundly rejected President Bush's plan to send more American troops …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Swampland  —  In this edition, Jay Carney demonstrates he doesn't know, or that he hopes you don't know, recent history.  —  He writes: … As we can see from this handy chart, Clinton's approval ratings were not "mired in the 30s."  "Mired in the 40s," with a couple sub-40 and 50+ outliers would be an accurate description.
Discussion: Morning Call and Swampland
Jay Carney / Swampland:
The Clinton Playbook  —  When George W. Bush takes the podium …
Discussion: The Caucus
1 dead, 10 hurt as opposition moves to topple Lebanon gov't  —  At least 11 men were wounded Tuesday in clashes during the first hours of a Lebanese general strike called by the Hezbollah-led opposition to try to topple Prime Minister Fouad Siniora's Western-backed government.
PJM / Pajamas Media:
The State of the Union is a Disaster:  —  The Speech George Bush Should Make Tuesday Night  —  Don't bother standing up or clapping, any of you.  I already know who won the election, and I know how you feel.  —  I come before you tonight not to make amends, not to make it good, curry any favor or find any middle ground.
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Nadine Elsibai / Bloomberg:
Bush Poll Ratings Before Speech Fall to Nixon's Level (Update2)  —  Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush's approval ratings are now the lowest for any president the day before a State of the Union speech since Richard Nixon in 1974, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Discussion: All Spin Zone and TalkLeft
David Kopel / The Volokh Conspiracy:
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT: If you take Second Amendment issues into account when deciding whom to support, or if you simply are interested how the candidates will likely fare with an important bloc of voters, here's a preliminary assessment of some of the people who have been listed as likely or definite candidates.
Fox News:
WEB SITE KICKS SAND IN FACES OF GIS IN IRAQ ASKING FOR MATS TO EASE HARDSHIP OF SLEEPING ON GROUND  —  An American GI assigned to one of the harshest posts in Iraq had a simple request last week for a Wisconsin mattress company: send some floor mats to help ease the hardship of sleeping on the cold, bug-infested ground.
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
Suicide Strike on Pakistani Army in North Waziristan  —  Around 40 masked gunmen claiming to be members of al-Qaida stormed an empty beach resort and blew up a reception hall on Tuesday.  They said they were sending a message to Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan, a close ally of President Abbas.
John Solo / Washington Post:
Casino Executive Contributes $1 Million to Gingrich Group  —  Newt Gingrich, a former House speaker and a possible presidential contender, jump-started his new political group with a check for $1 million from a source many in his conservative base would shun — the gambling industry.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
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Associated Press:
List of Oscar Nominations
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Editor and Publisher:
Libby Jury Picked — Includes Retired 'Wash Post' Reporter
Statement by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney Urging the Senate …
Jonathan Martin /
Hastert To Endorse Romney
New York Sun:
McCain Sees the Light
Washington Post:
Baghdad Market Bombings Kill at Least 79
USA Today:
Lawmakers have loved ones in combat zone
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Jack Kelly / Real Clear Politics:
Is the Surge Already Producing Results?
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Marc Santora / New York Times:
In the Vortex of Baghdad, Staying Put This Time
Discussion: Daily Kos and The News Blog
Emily Heil / The Hill:
Drudge, global warming shut down Senate site
MP says Iran bars 38 atomic inspectors: agency
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
US, Canada Clash over Former Detainee
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
FBI Faulted for Inaction in Foley Scandal
Discussion: The RBC and TPMmuckraker
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
General May See Early Success in Iraq
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Nearly two-thirds in U.S. have given up on Iraq