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12:15 PM ET, January 29, 2007


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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.
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
'Why the onslaught?'  —  Conservative activist/writer Dinesh D'Souza has, for some reason, apparently been criticized for blaming the left for the terrorists' hatred of the United States in general, and 9/11 in specific.  Apparently, it's all about the culture.
John / Argghhh!:
WAS 9/11 REALLY THAT BAD? … That's the title of an OpEd …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, The Moderate Voice and QandO
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Attack ads go online and underground
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Mixed Reviews For Clinton In Iowa
Discussion: Washington Times
Linda Hirshman / Washington Post:
You've Come a Long Way, Maybe
Discussion: TAPPED, Althouse and Unfogged
Damien Cave / New York Times:
250 Are Killed in Major Iraq Battle  —  At least 250 militants were killed and an American helicopter was shot down in violent clashes near the southern city of Najaf on Sunday, Iraqi officials said.  —  For 15 hours, Iraqi forces backed by American helicopters and tanks battled hundreds …
Najaf battle foiled attack on Shiite clerics, Iraqis say … NAJAF, Iraq (CNN) — Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and other top Shiite religious figures were the apparent targets of an insurgent plot thwarted in an intense battle near the Shiite Muslim holy city of Najaf, Iraqi officials said.
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 …
Avi Issacharoff / Haaretz:
Three people killed in suicide bombing at Eilat bakery  —  An Islamic Jihad suicide bomber killed at least three people Monday morning, when he blew himself up in a bakery in the southern resort city of Eilat.  —  Authorities said that another person was wounded, but not seriously …
Revital Levy-Stein / Associated Press:
Suicide Bomber Kills 3 at Israeli Bakery
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Hezbollah reveals picture of the Sadam member  —  Manar TV will be showing tomorrow another picture they 'took' revealing a Sadam member @ Nahr el Kalb.  Apparently they waited for things to calm down to reveal this important picture P  —  Check out how Manar Caught us in the act !
Discussion: Michael J. Totten
Jeha / Jeha's Nail:
Gimme a Freakin' Break
Discussion: Hot Air
Marc Sandalow / San Francisco Chronicle:
CONFLICT IN IRAQ  —  Pelosi's trip: She believes more strongly that withdrawal will help region, says troops deserve better policies than president's  —  (01-29) 04:00 PST Washington — Three days in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan have made House Speaker Nancy Pelosi even more certain …
Discussion: Think Progress, Hot Air and TIME
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Feeding Frenzy for a Big Story, Even if It's False  —  Jeffrey T. Kuhner, whose Web site published the first anonymous smear of the 2008 presidential race, is hardly the only editor who will not reveal his reporters' sources.  What sets him apart is that he will not even disclose the names of his reporters.
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Iran's Role in Iraq Will Be Exposed  —  WASHINGTON — New evidence of Iran's role in Iraq will be made in Baghdad by the chief spokesman for the multinational forces in Iraq, Major General William Caldwell.  The Directorate of National Intelligence worked over the weekend to clear new intelligence …
Associated Press:
Iran Wants Time to Review Plan That Delays U.N. Sanctions  —  The top nuclear negotiator for Iran said Sunday that his country needed time to review a plan proposed by the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency that called for a delay in imposing Security Council sanctions if the Iranians suspended uranium enrichment.
Graeme Wilson / Telegraph:
Young, British Muslims 'getting more radical'  —  A bleak picture of a generation of young British Muslims radicalised by anti-Western views and misplaced multicultural policies is shown in a survey published today.  —  The study found disturbing evidence of young Muslims adopting …
James Glanz / New York Times:
Iranian Reveals Plan to Expand Role in Iraq  —  Iran's ambassador to Baghdad outlined an ambitious plan on Sunday to greatly expand its economic and military ties with Iraq — including an Iranian national bank branch in the heart of the capital — just as the Bush administration has been warning …
D. Aristophanes / Sadly, No!:
I Went to the Nidaa Alah Mosque and All I Got Was This Lousy Hair-Shirt  —  ...Because here's another thing.  We knew that Brian Preston was going to do this at some point, but we didn't expect that it would A) be so immediate and so redolent of bedside Jergens lotion, and B) …
Discussion: Firedoglake and
Associated Press:
Rev. Robert Drinan, Ex-Congressman, Dies at 86  —  The Rev. Robert F. Drinan, a Jesuit who served in Congress for 10 years until stepping down in response to a papal order, died Sunday.  He was 86 and lived here in housing for the Georgetown University Jesuit community.
Daniel Freedman / It Shines For All:
Professor: Carter said 'Too Many Jews' on Holocaust Council, Saw as 'Political Gimmick'  —  We spoke to the former Executive Director of the Holocaust Memorial Council, Monroe Freedman, who confirmed a WorldNetDaily report that he had received a note from Jimmy Carter complaining that there were …
Discussion: Kesher Talk
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Ralph Atkins / Financial Times:
Europeans still take a dim view of the euro
Discussion: Crooked Timber and FP Passport
Stephen J. Hadley / Washington Post:
Baghdad Is Key  —  The Baker-Hamilton report explained …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Byron Calame / New York Times:
Spotting Freelancer Conflicts: A Solution With Problems
Magan Crane / Agence France Presse:
White House defies Congress, public to push Iraq surge
Gary Scharrer / Houston Chronicle:
Dropout rate a crisis for state, experts say
David Bromwich / The New Republic:
Discussion: The RBC
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
No Free Lunch: New Ethics Rules Vex Capitol Hill
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Houston Chronicle:
Contractor deaths in Iraq nearing 800
Discussion: TAPPED
 Earlier Items: 
Fareed Zakaria / Newsweek:
Preview of a Post-U.S. World
USA Today:
Pelosi, two other Democrats failed to disclose roles in family charities
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
As Spending Deadline Looms, Congress Debates Earmarks
Discussion: The Caucus
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Giuliani plays it close to the vest
Discussion: The Politico
Real Clear Politics:
Sam Brownback, Joe Lieberman, Roundtable
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Politico: Niche Web Site Isn't Yet A Notch Above
Cynthia R. Fagen / New York Post:
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
Anti-war protesters spray paint Capitol building