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6:50 PM ET, January 29, 2007


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Stephen J. Hadley / Washington Post:
Baghdad Is Key  —  The Baker-Hamilton report explained that failure in Iraq could have severe consequences for our national interests in a critical region and for our national security here at home.  In my many conversations with members of Congress and foreign policy experts, few have disagreed.
Los Angeles Times:
Hundreds die in clash near Shiite holy city  —  U.S. and Iraqi forces thwart 500 fighters apparently targeting a Najaf shrine.  A helicopter goes down, killing two American troops.  —  BAGHDAD — Iraqi and American forces killed several hundred gunmen apparently planning to attack …
Washington Post:
Iraqis Raid Insurgents Near Shiite Holy City
Khaled Farhan / Reuters:
Iraqi cult leader killed in Najaf battle
Discussion: Reuters and Power Line
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Ari Fleischer One  —  Hey, look at the exploding pig in the poke cartoon graphic I found!  Or perhaps "pig in the poke to stay out of the pokey"?  —  If you don't know the reference, Patrick Fitzgerald described the process of offering Ari Fleischer immunity "buying a pig in a poke."
Discussion: Needlenose
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
"PLAME" vs. "WILSON"....I'm not going to blog obsessively about the Scooter Libby trial since so many other people are doing it far better than me, but here's a snippet from Marcy Wheeler's rough transcript of the prosecution's questioning of Ari Fleischer today: … This was on July 7, 2003.
Washington Post:
Fleischer Tells Jury That Libby Told Him About Plame
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Fleischer: Plame came up over lunch
Discussion: Mia Culpa
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
A Peek Inside The Media Circus
Discussion: Washington Post
Los Angeles Times:
Was 9/11 really that bad?  —  The attacks were a horrible act of mass murder, but history says we're overreacting.  —  IMAGINE THAT on 9/11, six hours after the assault on the twin towers and the Pentagon, terrorists had carried out a second wave of attacks on the United States, taking an additional 3,000 lives.
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
The Cowardice of Capitulation or the Bravery of Clear Sightedness?
John / Argghhh!:   WAS 9/11 REALLY THAT BAD? … That's the title of an OpEd …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Clinton's Presidential Posturing  —  When Lt. Gen. David Petraeus went before the Senate Armed Services Committee last week in open session, its members understandably had many questions for the new commander of American forces in Iraq.  —  They knew of his reputation as a battlefield leader …
Ian Bishop / New York Post:
HILL'S 'EVIL' JOKE ON HUBBY BUBBA  —  DAVENPORT, Iowa - Hillary Rodham Clinton left caucus-goers here yesterday believing that Bubba had given her a baptism by fire in how to deal with "evil and bad men."  —  Clinton's quip, made during a morning rally with about 500 Iowans …
Sam Coates / Times of London:
Extreme youth: the Muslims who would swap British law for Sharia  —  A growing number of young Muslims are embracing radical Islam, with more than a third wanting Sharia to replace British law, according to a poll for a Conservative think-tank.  —  David Cameron will respond today …
Daily Mail:   Multiculturalism 'drives young Muslims to shun British values'
Huffington Post:
EXCLUSIVE: AIR AMERICA RESCUED  —  Air America Radio, in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings since October, will be rescued at the 11th hour by Manhattan real estate developer Stephen L. Green.  —  Al Franken, the best-known host of the liberal network, will announce his expected departure …
Linda Hirshman / Washington Post:
You've Come a Long Way, Maybe  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton sure got it right when she announced her candidacy for president while sitting on her living room couch.  Her success may very well turn on the decisions of millions of women sitting on their living room couches.
Jon Keller / CBS4Boston:
Exclusive Survey Shows Tight Race In N.H.  —  (CBS4) With the field of candidates growing every week, the New Hampshire primary is shaping up to be a political free-for-all.  And exclusive new WBZ-TV Fast Track survey results show tight races in both parties.
Discussion: The Corner
Ben Smith / The Politico:
What She Meant  —  Hillary's odd, non-verbal joke that's getting all the attention today was a revealing moment.  —  But it wasn't revealing because she was suggesting her husband is "evil and bad."  —  It was revealing because — asked about dealing with evil men like Osama bin Laden …
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Paper Chase  —  Did investigators turn a blind eye to the seriousness of the Sandy Berger scandal?  —  Washington scandals are curious things.  Sometimes special prosecutors are appointed and the media provide saturation coverage of their doings.  An example would be the Valerie Plame episode …
Associated Press:
MIAMI PLANS CASTRO DEATH PARTY IN ORANGE BOWL  —  MIAMI — With Fidel Castro seriously ill, the city of Miami is making plans to throw a party at the Orange Bowl when the Cuban president dies.  —  The city commission earlier this month appointed a committee — whose official job is to …
Discussion: Hot Air
Robin Toner / New York Times:
Women Feeling Freer to Suggest 'Vote for Mom'  —  Some women were struck by the politics of maternity practiced by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in recent weeks, the imagery and stagecraft that highlighted their roles as mothers and/or grandmothers.
Discussion: Feministing, TAPPED, The Nation and Althouse
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Google Halts 'Miserable Failure' Link to President Bush  —  It has been a bad month for anti-Bush snarkiness.  —  First, the anodyne impressionist Rich Little was selected to address the White House correspondents' dinner as a follow-up to the scathing routine last year by Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert.
Discussion: The Impolitic and Michelle Malkin
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Survey shows 13 pct of Americans never heard of global warming
Discussion: On Deadline
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Bush clarifies 'Democrat majority' gaffe
New York Times:
23-Month Campaign  —  In the old days, presidential races were one-year events.
Confederate Yankee:
Walkback?  —  In the wake of my January [25] 26 letter …
New York Magazine:
Bush on the Couch  —  Analyzing the president.  —  Photo-illustration by Michael Elins
Discussion: Liberal Values
Heraclitus / The Reaction:
This is what a racist looks like  —  Some of you might remember …
David Carr / New York Times:
Citigroup and CNBC Cozy Up
Discussion: Gothamist and CBS News
 Earlier Items: 
Ralph Atkins / Financial Times:
Europeans still take a dim view of the euro
Discussion: Crooked Timber and FP Passport
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Spotting Freelancer Conflicts: A Solution With Problems
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Migrants Stream Into South Mexico
Daniel Freedman / It Shines For All:
Professor: Carter said 'Too Many Jews' on Holocaust Council …
Discussion: Kesher Talk
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Attack ads go online and underground
Associated Press:
Rev. Robert Drinan, Ex-Congressman, Dies at 86