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12:42 PM ET, February 15, 2007

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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
FDL's Libby reporting forces a re-evaluation of blogs  —  It is virtually impossible to closely follow the Libby trial without relying upon the work of the blogging team assembled by Jane Hamsher and FireDogLake.  Hamsher built FDL by becoming (along with her blogging partner …
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Scott Shane / New York Times:
For Liberal Bloggers, Libby Trial Is Fun and Fodder  —  The perjury trial of I. Lewis Libby Jr., former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, has drawn every major news organization in the country to the federal courthouse in Washington.  But none has fielded a bigger team …
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Rob Gifford / NPR:
U.S. on List of UNICEF's Worst Countries for Kids  —  · A new report from the U.N. Children's Fund says the United States and Britain are the worst countries in the industrialized world in which to be a child.  UNICEF says an examination of 40 factors, such as poverty, deprivation …
Elise Labott / CNN:
U.S. to allow 7,000 Iraqi refugees
Discussion: Political Animal and AMERICAblog
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Bush Says Iran Is Supplying Weapons in Iraq  —  President Bush said today he has no doubt that Iran has supplied weapons used against U.S. forces in Iraq, but he stressed that he does not know whether the top leadership in Iran ordered the activity and he denied that he is using the issue as a "pretext" for war against Iran.
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Giuliani Says He Is Running for President in '08  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani yesterday removed any lingering doubts that he was running for president, and, without mentioning President Bush by name, offered pointed criticism on how the Iraq war has been handled.
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CNN:
CNN LARRY KING LIVE  —  Interview With Rudy Giuliani  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  LARRY KING, CNN ANCHOR: Tonight, Rudolph Giuliani answers the big one.  —  KING: Are you running or not?  —  GIULIANI: Yes, I'm running.
Discussion: TIME
Dane Smith / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Seriously, Franken's running for Senate  —  The comedian-turned-politician will bring controversy and a show-business spotlight to his bid to unseat Norm Coleman.  —  As he announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate Wednesday, Al Franken confronted the central question he may face in the early going …
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
FRANKENHEIT 9/11, ONCE MORE ONCE  —  Today Al Franken formally …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
cbs4.com:
Tim Hardaway: 'I Hate Gay People'  —  Click PLAY Former NBA Player John Amaechi Interview, Full Hardaway Comments … (CBS4) MIAMI Former Miami Heat superstar Tim Hardaway told a local sports radio show that he "hates gay people."  —  Hardaway made the comments while he was being interviewed …
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Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
Iraq adviser: al-Sadr in Iran  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - An adviser to Iraq's prime minister said Thursday that radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is in Iran, but denied he fled due to fear of arrest during an escalating security crackdown.  —  Sami al-Askari said al-Sadr traveled to Iran by land …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Conscience and Soul  —  Reading through the interview with Vanderslice, who is one of the religious left political consultants, there's plenty I agree with.  I do agree that Democrats should reach out to religious voters and it's something they've been bad at doing, though they've been pretty bad …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
GOP Looks Beyond War Measure to Fight on Funding  —  With Republicans speaking out against President Bush's war policy on the House floor yesterday, GOP leaders and the White House conceded defeat on a resolution opposing sending additional U.S. troops to Iraq and began looking toward the coming battle over the war's funding.
Opinion Journal:
Awaiting the Dishonor Roll  —  Congress "supports the troops" while emboldening the enemy.  —  Congress has rarely been distinguished by its moral courage.  But even grading on a curve, we can only describe this week's House debate on a vote of no-confidence in the mission in Iraq …
Ariane deVogue / Legalities:
INSECURITY  —  Justice Kennedy made an unusual appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning, ostensibly to talk about "Judicial Security and Independence."  It was billed as a very big deal.  In a press release last week, Chairman Patrick Leahy called it the …
bridgenews.org:
Can we really support these troops?  —  During a heated debate in a class I teach on social justice, several US Marines who had done tours in Iraq told me that they had "sacrificed" by "serving" in Iraq so that I could enjoy the freedom to teach in the USA.  Parroting their master's slogan about …
Sidney Blumenthal / Salon:
Libby's cynical defense  —  In the courtroom, I watched Libby's lawyers grill Bob Woodward and Robert Novak, trying and failing to obscure the charges against the vice president's man.  —  In this artist's rendering, members of the jury, left, are dressed in red on Valentine's Day as Judge Reggie Walton …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and Firedoglake
IAN / Hot Air:
Video: President Rush Limbaugh, Vice President Ann Coulter  —  Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter play President and Vice President on Fox News' new satirical television show premiering Sunday Night at 10pm Eastern:  —  Listen to Rush talk about his appearance here.  —  Blowback
Politics Central:
THE GLENN AND HELEN SHOW: FIVE FOR FIGHTING'S JOHN ONDRASIK ON WAR, PEACE, AND MUSIC  —  John Ondrasik is Five for Fighting.  Unless you've been living in a cave in Waziristan, you've heard his songs like 100 Years, Superman, and The Riddle.  But the title cut to his latest album, Two Lights …
Lydia Saad / Gallup Poll:
2008 Presidential Battle Closely Contested for Now  —  John McCain and Rudy Giuliani nearly tie with Hillary Clinton  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Three of the four current frontrunners for the Democratic and Republican nominations for president in 2008 can each credibly claim they would give …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
 
 
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Murray Waas / National Journal:
Cheney's Call  —  Early on the morning of June 20, 2002 …
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
Political blogger warned he could be jailed
Discussion: The Corner
Ezra Klein:
Does Anyone Think We Shouldn't Attack Iran?
Josh White / Washington Post:
Translator Who Faked Identity Pleads Guilty To Having Secret Data
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Don't Gum Up Sex-Ed; Leave Instruction to Professional Teachers
Charlotte Observer:
Black resigns House seat
Discussion: The Corner and Betsy's Page
Lawrence Haas / Examiner:
Democrats should beware of the post-Vietnam syndrome
Discussion: The Heretik
Milblogging.com:
Nominations are now Open for the 2006 Milbloggies
Discussion: Andrew Olmsted and Op For
 Earlier Items: 
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
...And Races To Curb Bush on the War
Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
Bill will Bubba to the surface
Discussion: First Read
Jon Ward / Washington Times:
Democrats try to stifle calls to 'defund' war
The Politico:
McCain Leads Chase for Senate Support
Cathy Young / The Y Files:
PandaGate and anti-male bigotry
San Francisco Chronicle:
OPEN FORUM
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
LAWYER ADMITS LEAKING BALCO TESTIMONY
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Conservatives Assail North Korea Accord