ThinkFast: January 2, 2007

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“A combination of global warming and the El Ni±o weather system is set to make 2007 the warmest year on record with far-reaching consequences for the planet.”

President Bush “intends to reveal a new Iraq strategy within days,” the BBC reports. ” The speech’s “central theme will be sacrifice” and will highlight a “plan to send more US troops to Iraq.”

Enraged Sunni crowds protested the hanging of Saddam Hussein on Monday, “as a mob in Samarra broke the locks off a bomb-damaged Shiite shrine and marched through carrying a mock coffin and a photo of the executed dictator.” The Sunni protests, “which appeared to be building, could signal a spreading militancy.”

16,723. The number of Iraqis who died violent deaths in 2006, according to Iraqi authorities. “The number of Iraqi civilians killed in political violence hit a record high in December.”

In a New York Times op-ed, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John Shalikashvili “says he agrees with a recent Zogby poll that says American servicemembers are ready to serve alongside openly gay members of the military.”

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, has promised that her committee will “scrutinize” the EPA’s approach to clean air and smog regulations.

AP Asks: Why So Many Upset by Iraq Death Toll?”

“The Iraqi government launched an inquiry” yesterday “into how guards filmed and taunted Saddam Hussein on the gallows, turning his execution into a televised spectacle that has inflamed sectarian anger.”

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