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5:55 AM ET, January 27, 2007


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Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
Will Rove Testify?  —  The president's political guru—and counselor Dan Bartlett—have been subpoenaed by Scooter Libby's lawyers.  What it means for the most-watched trial in Washington—and who's next on the witness stand.  —  Rove watching President Bush fly off to Camp David last Saturday
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Strawberries  —  So, the big news emerging from the Libby trial so far is that Dick Cheney was so obsessively Queeglike about Joseph Wilson that he was even writing out talking points for his little dog Scooter to yap at reporters.  —  As predicted, this trial has also been fascinating …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Will Rove be a Witness at Libby Trial?
Associated Press:
Canada compensates man U.S. deported to Syria … OTTAWA, Canada (AP) — Canada's prime minister apologized to Maher Arar on Friday and announced the government would compensate him C$10.5 million (US$8.9 million) for its role in his deportation from the U.S. to Syria, where he was tortured while held in prison for nearly a year.
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
CBC News:
Ottawa reaches $10M settlement with Arar  —  Ottawa has reached a $10-million settlement with Maher Arar over Canada's role in a U.S. decision to deport him to Syria, where he was jailed and tortured.  —  Prime Minister Stephen Harper is scheduled to make the settlement announcement on Friday afternoon …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Peaktalk
Rick MacWilliam /   Arar rift with U.S. grows
Justin Rood / TPMmuckraker:
Canadian PM to Apologize to Arar
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Gates says the anti-surge resolution "emboldens the enemy"  —  If you haven't signed the pledge yet, now's your chance.  —  Update: Mitch McConnell: "This is it."  —  Update: CNN's got a copy of the early draft of McCain's resolution.  Bet-hedging with an eye to 2008 or grudging compromise …
Think Progress:
Gates: Iraq Resolution 'Certainly Emboldens the Enemy'  —  Today, at his first Pentagon news conference since taking office in December, Defense Secretary Robert Gates declared that any Iraq resolution opposing President Bush's escalation plan "certainly emboldens the enemy and our adversaries."
Alexander Mooney / CNN Political Ticker:   McConnell "skeptical" Iraqi government will step up
Thomas Ferraro / Reuters:
Bush accepts Republican House resolution on Iraq  —  CAMBRIDGE, Maryland (Reuters) - President George W. Bush met privately with House Republicans on Friday and agreed to an alternative resolution to set "benchmarks" for progress in his plan to send more troops to Iraq, party officials said.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Amid Question of Flip-flopping, McCain to Back Reform Bill  —  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will sponsor a bill to strengthen campaign finance laws in this session of Congress despite vehement opposition to campaign finance reform from conservative Republican activists whose support he needs …
Discussion: Election Law
Matt Browner Hamlin /
McCain Asks His Supporters To Set His Agenda
John W. Mashek / US News:
Hagel Splits the Republican Ranks  —  There are two Republican parties operating in the nation's capital on the war in Iraq.  One is led by President Bush and Vice President Cheney, the other by Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.  —  Bush and Cheney seem intent on burying the party's interests in the mangled streets of Baghdad.
Discussion: The Washington Note
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Back in the Saddle  —  You know things are going well on your blog when everyone is so busy they don't even have room for you to post.  Our site administrator RBG finally gave me the thumbs up to start blogging again today since things are thankfully a bit slower (emptywheel's fingers must …
Discussion: spazeboy
Associated Press:
4 troops abducted, killed in Iraq attack  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - In perhaps the boldest and most sophisticated attack in four years of warfare, gunmen speaking English, wearing U.S. military uniforms and carrying American weapons abducted four U.S. soldiers last week at the provincial headquarters …
Hotline On Call:
Huckabee Hearts This Weekend  —  We wouldn't be surprised if Mike Huckabee announced his candidacy for WH '08 this weekend.  He's making his first appearance on Meet the Press since February of 2001, according to Nexis search.  He's also addressing the National Review Conservative Summit in DC that morning.
Discussion: Blog P.I.
Alexander Mooney / CNN Political Ticker:
House majority leader threatens revised resolution authorizing force in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Democrats may push a new bill authorizing the use of force in Iraq — replacing the 2002 bill that allowed the Bush administration to proceed with the war, a top Democrat said Friday.
China censorship damaged us, Google founders admit  —  Jane Martinson in Davos  —  Google's decision to censor its search engine in China was bad for the company, its founders admitted yesterday.  —  Google, launched in 1998 by two Stanford University dropouts, Sergey Brin and Larry Page …
New York Times:
Corrections: For the Record  —  Because of an editing error, an article in some copies on Jan. 14 about wealthy foreigners moving to Switzerland and negotiating tax breaks incorrectly described a formula used for determining a lump sum tax payment.  The immigrants negotiate an annual payment based …
Discussion: Gawker, Power Line and Brendan Nyhan
Jesse Noyes / Boston Herald:
Capitol idea: Senator Schilling?  Curt's not so sure, but fans think he's just the ticket  —  Curt Schilling seemed surprised yesterday by the sudden groundswell of local supporters hoping to draft him into national politics and a 2008 Senate run against John Kerry.
Confederate Yankee:
Right to the Top  —  One thing I've learned over the course of my 35 years, is that when you have a customer service issue and the lower level support staff won't help you, it helps to go to their supervisors to get a satisfactory resolution.  So what do you do when the person blocking …
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Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Debate Erupts Among Spy Services Over Iran's Role in Battle of Iraq
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Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
The Karbala attack and the IRGC
Discussion: Hot Air
Sfarber / the talking dog:
TD Blog Interview with Stephen Grey
Discussion: The Heretik
Andrew DeMillo / Associated Press:
Huckabee to set up '08 exploratory panel
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Fox News to broadcast 'The Path to 9/11′ fiction
Discussion: AMERICAblog
 Earlier Items: 
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Jamilgate bombshell: E&P reporters parachute into Hurriya …
Nico / Think Progress:
Local Media Reports Show Bush Quietly Implementing Escalation Policy
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
The Blotter:
ABC News Exclusive: Murder in a Teapot
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Immigration Raid Draws Protest From Labor Officials
Zogby Poll: Bush Job Approval: 32%
Ford May Resume Its Bonuses to Boost Executive Morale (Update2)
CBS News - Public Eye:
Outside Voices: Ankush Khardori On The Good Thing About Bad Ratings
Discussion: Ezra Klein and MediaChannel