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The Los Angeles Times' Johanna Neuman writes that the protests are expected to be less intense this time around. LINK

More on the planned protests from USA Today's Craig Wilson. LINK

And the Washington Post's Manny Fernandez. LINK

Street closings, courtesy of the Washington Post: LINK


Bump … "Newly disclosed documents in the John Walker Lindh case appear to conflict with assertions made to Congress by Michael Chertoff, nominated this week as homeland security secretary, about the Justice Department's handling of ethics concerns in the high-profile prosecution," Eric Lichtblau fronts in today's New York Times . LINK

"At his confirmation hearing in 2003, Mr. Chertoff said he and his deputies in the criminal division did not have an active role in discussions about ethics warnings in the case from lawyers elsewhere in the department."

"But in previously undisclosed department documents, provided to The New York Times by a person involved in the case who insisted on anonymity, a longtime lawyer in the division who worked under Mr. Chertoff detailed numerous contacts he had with lawyers inside and outside the division on Mr. Lindh's questioning."

Report Doug Jehl and David Johnston of the New York Times :, "At the urging of the White House, Congressional leaders scrapped a legislative measure last month that would have imposed new restrictions on the use of extreme interrogation measures by American intelligence officers, Congressional officials say." LINK


The Washington Post 's Robin Wright and Jim VandeHei write that the U.S. is now downplaying expectations for voter turnout in the Iraqi elections on Jan. 30, as well as the outcome, in an attempt to get ahead of concern over how the insurgency and Sunni participation will affect election day. LINK

The Iraqi vote "won't be perfect," Scott McClellan said Wednesday. LINK

It is very, very hard to be an election worker in Iraq, and particularly dangerous if you're a Sunni. LINK

Tom Friedman calls elections in Iraq "the last bad option" in a must-read column Notable for his nuggets on the principles of Middle East politics. LINK

Washington governor's race:

Gov. Christine Gregoire. LINK

The Seattle Times' Andrew Garber and Ralph Thomas Note that Republican legislators were largely silent during Gregoire's 45-minute inaugural address. But the leadership denied that there was much bitterness among them, and pledged to work with her. LINK

The Washington Post 's Blaine Harden offers a comprehensive look at Gregoire's new administration, the road since Nov. 2, and the state of the fight over the re-vote idea. LINK

Sam Howe Verhovek of the Los Angeles Times Notes that the dispute over the gubernatorial results "overshadowed the historic nature of the inaugural ceremony, in which Washington became the first state in the nation's history with an all-female trio in its top elected positions." LINK

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