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7:30 PM ET, February 7, 2007

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TerryMoran:
Does John Edwards Condone Hate Speech?  —  A bit of a tempest is brewing over the strident and profanity-laced writings of John Edwards' official campaign "blogmaster," Amanda Marcotte.  She joined the Edwards campaign last week, and she's already gotten a lot of attention.
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John M. Broder / New York Times:
Edwards's Bloggers Cross the Line, Critic Says  —  Two bloggers hired by John Edwards to reach out to liberals in the online world have landed his presidential campaign in hot water for doing what bloggers do — expressing their opinions in provocative and often crude language.
Salon: War Room:
Edwards campaign fires bloggers  —  The right-wing blogosphere has gotten its scalps — John Edwards has fired the two controversial bloggers he recently hired to do liberal blogger outreach, Salon has learned.  —  The bloggers, Amanda Marcotte, formerly of Pandagon, and Melissa McEwan …
Media Matters for America:
NY Times, AP reported Donohue's criticism of Edwards campaign bloggers — but ignored Donohue's own controversial comments and inconsistent outrage  —  The New York Times and Associated Press have both reported criticism by Catholic League president Bill Donohue of two bloggers hired …
Discussion: Eschaton and The Democratic Daily
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Waiting To Hear From Edwards  —  I have a pretty vicious rant and an important action alert lined up, but I am waiting to hear from the Edwards camp about the fate of Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan before doing anything.  The Salon story is not credible and cannot be verified at this time.
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
A look at John McCain's blogger-consultant  —  Apparently, there is a new standard that any blogger who has made controversial or profane remarks in the past is unsuitable to work for a political campaign.  That is the premise of these two articles — one from The New York Times and another …
Media Matters for America:
McCain and his blogger apparently agree: Chelsea Clinton is "ugly"  —  In 2004, a poster on the conservative website FreeRepublic.com using the pseudonym "Kerry Crusher" — identified on FreeRepublic.com as blogger Patrick Hynes — characterized Chelsea Clinton as "hideously ugly."
Discussion: The Right's Field
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Memo to the Edwards camp
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Swopa / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Tim Russert, One  —  Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be live-bloggers.  Trying to keep up with the tapes of rapid-fire Fitz and soft-spoken Scooter was no fun.  But now we're back in the world of live witnesses, who hopefully will pause for breath more often ...
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Booman Tribune
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Paul Courson / CNN:
Russert says he didn't give Libby agent's ID
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Elana Schor / The Hill:
Senate Dems to try again on the 'surge'  —  As Senate Democrats seek votes on capping troop numbers and funding for Iraq, they may use the pending bill on the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission as a vehicle.  That would set up a replay of the debate over funding for troops that this week derailed …
Discussion: Democrats.com and Redstate
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Lou Young / WCBS-TV:
Bill Banning iPods In Crosswalks Slated For Albany  —  State Sen. Kruger: Electronic Devices Put Many In Danger  —  (CBS) NEW YORK First it was cell phones in cars, then trans fats.  Now, a new plan is on the table to ban gadget use while crossing city streets.
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Matthews drops the F-bomb.  —  Once again allowing his emotions to get the better of him, Hardball host Chris Matthews told Don Imus this morning that he's "so sick of Southern guys with ranches running this country.  I want a guy to run for President who doesn't have a f**king — I'm sorry, a ranch."
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Payson / Think Progress:
Cheney's Son-In-Law Blamed for Delaying Investigations of Homeland Security Department  —  The Department of Homeland Security refuses to cooperate on oversight activities, according to testimony offered today by GAO Comptroller General David Walker and Homeland Security Inspector General Richard Skinner.
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Jerome R. Corsi / WorldNetDaily:   Government admits lying about jailed border agents
New York Times:
Baghdad Push Begins, U.S. Military Says  —  The long-awaited Baghdad security operation has begun, the top United States military spokesman in Iraq said today, also confirming that a transport helicopter had come down near Baghdad.  He declined to comment on any casualties.
Mike Barber / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Mistrial in Watada court-martial  —  FORT LEWIS — The court-martial of 1st Lt. Ehren Watada ended in a mistrial Wednesday.  —  The case's just, Lt. Col. John Head, declared the trial over after a day of wrangling over a stipulation of facts that Watada had signed before the trial …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
The Smoking Gun:
Air America Fire Sale  —  Documents: Bankrupt liberal radio network to sell for $4.25 million  —  Bankrupt and about to lose Al Franken, its marquee star, Air America Radio is set to change hands for the bargain price of $4.25 million, according to new court documents.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
From Spaceflight to Attempted Murder Charge  —  Like most of today's astronauts, Lisa Marie Nowak worked in relative obscurity — even last July, when she took the spaceflight that she had spent 10 years at NASA hoping for.  —  She is famous now, the smiling image of her in astronaut gear …
Michael Melia / Associated Press:
Military: No Gitmo guard abuse evident  —  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - An Army officer who investigated possible abuse at Guantanamo Bay after some guards purportedly bragged about beating detainees found no evidence they mistreated the prisoners — although he did not interview any of the alleged victims, the U.S. military said Wednesday.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
 
 
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White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Richard Boudreaux / Los Angeles Times:
Israel sounds alarm on Iran's nuclear efforts
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Foreign Policy:
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Molly Moore / Washington Post:
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CNN:
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Discussion: The RBC
This Is London:
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Washington Times:
Pelosi's push for jet remains up in air
Baltimore Sun:
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