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9:55 PM ET, January 31, 2007

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Associated Press:
Syndicated columnist Molly Ivins dies at 62  —  Best-selling author, sharp-witted Texas liberal succumbs to breast cancer  —  Syndicated columnist Molly Ivins poses for a portrait at her home Sept. 22 in Austin, Texas.  She died Wednesday at 62 after a long battle with breast cancer.
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John Moritz / Dallas Star-Telegram:
Columnist Molly Ivins dies  —  AUSTIN — Molly Ivins, whose biting columns mixed liberal populism with an irreverent Texas wit, died at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at her home in Austin after an up-and-down battle with breast cancer she had waged for seven years.  She was 62.
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Biden Unbound: Lays Into Clinton, Obama, Edwards  —  Loquacious Senator, Democratic Candidate on Hillary: 'Four of 10 Is the Max You Can Get?'  Edwards 'Doesn't Know What He's Talking About'  —  Senator Joseph Biden doesn't think highly of the Iraq policies of some of the other Democrats who are running for President.
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Roger Simon / The Politico:
Edwards '08: Talking Tough  —  In 2004, John Edwards rarely had an unkind word to say about his rivals for the presidency.  But it isn't 2004 any more.  —  Should Hillary Clinton apologize for backing the Iraq war?  "That is a moral decision she has to make," Edwards told me.
David Gregory / MSNBC:
Sen. Biden apologizes for remarks on Obama  —  White House hopeful's racially tinged comment stirs controversy  —  Sen. Joseph Biden has launched his bid for the White House on the issue of Iraq, but Wednesday his campaign was sidetracked over race.  —  Like everybody these days Biden declared online …
Discussion: Think Progress and Liberal Values
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Biden announces, immediately destroys presidential hopes; Update: Comma misplaced?
Sky News:
Terror Plot: Ninth Arrest  —  A ninth suspect has been arrested by police investigating an alleged Iraq-style kidnapping and beheading plot in the UK.  —  It follows the detention of eight people at addresses in Birmingham earlier.  —  Assistant Chief Constable David Shaw, of West Midlands Police …
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Associated Press:
Gonzales to Release Spy Program Details  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Wednesday he will turn over secret documents detailing the government's domestic spying program, ending a two-week standoff with the Senate Judiciary Committee over surveillance targeting terror suspects.
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Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Air Force's role in Iraq could grow
CBS4Boston:
Devices Part Of Cartoon Marketing Campaign  —  (WBZ) BOSTON The suspicious devices which forced bomb units to scramble across Boston today were actually magnetic lights that are part of a marketing campaign for a television cartoon.  —  The reports forced the temporary shutdowns of Interstate 93 …
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WCVB-TV:
TV Network Takes Responsibility For 'Hoax Devices'  —  BOSTON — Turner Broadcasting plans to take responsibility for the "hoax devices" that were found at several locations in and around Boston Wednesday that forced police bomb units to scramble throughout the area.
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
THE PERIL OF NEWSPAPER BLOGS...  ...is that a reporter might say what he actually thinks before an editor catches up with him and makes him stop.  A case in point: William Arkin writes on "national and homeland security" for the Washington Post.  This morning, in his blog titled Early Warning …
Discussion: Early Warning, Hot Air, QandO and Redstate
Rob Hotakainen / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Franken tells DFLers he's running for Senate  —  WASHINGTON - Comedian and radio talk show host Al Franken has begun calling Democratic members of Congress and prominent DFLers to tell them he will definitely challenge Republican Sen. Norm Coleman in 2008, the Star Tribune has learned.
New York Times:
Honesty in Elections  —  On Election Day last fall in Maryland, fliers were handed out in black neighborhoods with the heading "Democratic Sample Ballot" and photos of black Democratic leaders — and boxes checked off beside the names of the Republican candidates for senator and governor.
Discussion: Election Law
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Another Pandora's Box On Political Speech
John Edwards '08 Blog:
New Blogmaster  —  This is both my first post to the Edwards blog and my announcement that I'm joining the presidential campaign for John Edwards for 2008.  I'll be taking over the job of Blogmaster (mistress?) over the course of the month of February.  —  The main two questions this brings up are: Why me?
Associated Press:
Millions wasted in Iraq reconstruction aid  —  Quarterly audit paints grim picture of fraud, frustration  —  An employee of a private generator company, which supplies electricity to most Baghdad residents, works on circuit breakers in Baghdad, in March 2006.
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
U.S. may have botched training of Iraqis  —  WASHINGTON - Training the police is as important to stabilizing Iraq as building an effective army there, but the United States has botched the job by assigning the wrong agencies to the task, two members of the Iraq Study Group said Wednesday.
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Rep. Gary Miller, in senior perch, is part of FBI probe  —  After months of GOP ethics scandals, House Republicans chose Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) as the ranking member of a panel charged with investigating financial institutions — even as the FBI was looking into his land deals.
Akersm / The Sleuth:
Obama's Grudge Factor  —  These are chilly days on Capitol Hill ... and on the campaign trail for Fox News journalists — at least when they're anywhere near Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).  —  Sources tell The Sleuth that the Obama camp has "frozen out" Fox News reporters and producers in the wake …
David Lightman / Hartford Courant:
Dodd's Showing In Polls Laughable  —  At Least Comedians Have Noticed It  —  WASHINGTON — When pollster John Zogby asked a group of 339 likely Democratic voters earlier this month whom they wanted for president in 2008, one or two mentioned Connecticut's senior senator.
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Matt Cooper One  —  This is NOT Cooper on the stand.  It's him speaking at Georgetown.  In any case, here are some groundrules.  I timestamp my posts-that will let you know when you should update (please err on the side of saving the servers).  Also, treat this as a liveblog, not a transcript; I'm no court reporter!
Discussion: Daily Kos, JustOneMinute and Hullabaloo
Los Angeles Times:
Cult had dug in for massive battle  —  The group, well armed and well organized, was decimated by Iraqi forces aided by U.S. air power, authorities say.  —  ZERGHA, IRAQ — The dead wore the same footwear, imitation leather dress shoes with Velcro flaps.  Their mangled bodies filled the trenches.
 
 
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Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
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Slaughter Condemns Military Equipment Shortages as Waste Persists
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Democratic Edge in Partisanship in 2006 Evident at National, State Levels
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Lara Logan and her terrorist footage: It is too important to ignore Updates
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