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11:35 AM ET, January 29, 2007


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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
Discussion: Riehl World View
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Insurgents Lose Battle, Badly
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
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.
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 !
Jeha / Jeha's Nail:   Gimme a Freakin' Break
Michael J. Totten:
Busted  —  Lebanese bloggers Rampurple and Jeha, who both show …
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Linda Hirshman / Washington Post:
You've Come a Long Way, Maybe
Discussion: TAPPED, Althouse and Unfogged
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Don Surber
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 and TIME
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Politico: Niche Web Site Isn't Yet A Notch Above  —  For all the pregame hype about voice and attitude and peeling back the curtain of traditional journalism, the Politico debuted last week by relying on an old-fashioned concept: reporting.  —  The political-junkie Web site …
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Giuliani plays it close to the vest  —  In New Hampshire, he lists reasons to vote for him for president — if he runs.  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Will he or won't he?  —  The Rudy Giuliani Mystery Theater played the Palace on Saturday, a brief engagement at the city's landmark performing arts center …
Discussion: The Politico
Real Clear Politics:
Sam Brownback, Joe Lieberman, Roundtable  —  CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: I'm Chris Wallace.  Clinton and Giuliani on the campaign trail, next on "Fox News Sunday".  —  The way forward in Iraq, as viewed by two of the most intriguing figures in American politics, Republican senator …
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.
Magan Crane / Agence France Presse:
White House defies Congress, public to push Iraq surge  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House has stood by President George W. Bush's plan to send more troops to Iraq, despite growing public opposition and a chorus of criticism from lawmakers in Congress.  —  Vice President Dick Cheney …
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Stephen J. Hadley / Washington Post:
Baghdad Is Key  —  The Baker-Hamilton report explained …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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Spotting Freelancer Conflicts: A Solution With Problems
Gary Scharrer / Houston Chronicle:
Dropout rate a crisis for state, experts say
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Cathie Martin, Four
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
Fareed Zakaria / Newsweek:
Preview of a Post-U.S. World
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USA Today:
Pelosi, two other Democrats failed to disclose roles in family charities
Daniel Freedman / It Shines For All:
Professor: Carter said 'Too Many Jews' on Holocaust Council …
Discussion: Kesher Talk
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
As Spending Deadline Looms, Congress Debates Earmarks
Discussion: The Caucus
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Attack ads go online and underground
Dorothy Samuels / New York Times:
The George W. Bush Library: Scholarly Mecca or $500 Million Oxymoron?
Lisa Sandberg / Houston Chronicle:
Molly Ivins' cancer 'back with a vengeance'
Cynthia R. Fagen / New York Post:
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
Anti-war protesters spray paint Capitol building