Micro-managing the Way(s) Forward

In a Washington Post op-ed, Gen. Wesley Clark writes: "The odds are that this week President Bush will announce a "surge" of up to 20,000 additional U.S. troops into Iraq. Will this deliver a "win"? Probably not. But it will distract us from facing the deep-seated regional issues that must be resolved." LINK

2008: Democrats: Kucinich:

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Sabrina Eaton reports that Kucinich will promote his second presidential run at the 10th annual Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Economic Summit, where he will also unveil his own plan to end the Iraq war. LINK

2008: Bloomberg:

Josh Gerstein of the New York Sun can't resist writing up the latest chapter in the bi-coastal Schwarzenegger-Bloomberg love-fest. Gerstein also follows Newsweek's reporting on the California governor's apparent desire to move the California presidential primary to the potentially relevant February from the irrelevant June. LINK

2008: Senate:

In Ben Smith's New York Daily News column, Sen. Schumer identifies Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) as the only outstanding Democratic incumbent not yet committed to running for reelection next year. The other 11 are on board, says Schumer. The DSCC chairman also identifies Sens. Allard (R-CO), Sununu (R-NH), and Coleman (R-MN) as his top three GOP incumbent targets for the cycle. LINK

New Democratic majority:

Robin Toner of the New York Times spent some time with Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-NY) as he took a victory lap around the Capitol last week and writes up Rangel's apparent attempts to curb his tongue as he takes the gavel of the powerful Ways and Means Committee.LINK

Iowa:

Democrats will be in charge of the House and the Senate, as well as the governor's office, for the first time since 1965 when the Iowa Legislature's new session gets underway today, the Des Moines Register's Jonathan Roos reports. LINK

Literary corner:

The Charlotte News & Observer digs into Terry McAuliffe's new book to describe the "dissonance" between Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC), with Edwards telling McAuliffe he wasn't visible enough during the campaign and Kerry admonishing Edwards for not attacking President Bush more forcefully. LINK

Media:

The New York Times' Kit Seelye goes inside the newsroom at "Politico" headquarters in Rosslyn, VA in advance of the January 23 launch. Note, too, Michael Kinsley's winning kicker quote of the day. LINK

Week ahead:

On Tuesday, Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, holds a closed hearing entitled "Where We Are: The Current Situation in Iraq" at 9:30 am ET in Washington, DC. Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearings on "Balancing Privacy and Security: The privacy Implications of Government Data Mining Programs beginning at 9:30 am ET in Washington, DC. Meanwhile, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee continues its hearings on Iraq.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the morning and then the House Foreign Relations Committee in the afternoon.

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