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10:10 AM ET, February 15, 2007

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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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Washington Post:   Defense Attorneys Rest Libby's Case
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Saying He Was Misled by Defense, Judge in Libby Case Puts Some Evidence Off-Limits
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Skepticism Over Iraq Haunts U.S. Iran Policy  —  The specter of the war in Iraq — a war the Bush administration denied it was planning, supported by evidence that turned out to be false — looms large over administration policy toward Iran.  —  Skeptical members of Congress …
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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.
Los Angeles Times:   Iran's elite and mysterious fighters
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 …
Discussion: The Caucus
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Inimitable, Inevitable Al?
Discussion: Washington Post and Jay Reding.com
Richard Corliss / Time:
Vote for Me, Al Franken
Discussion: Betsy's Page
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
FRANKENHEIT 9/11, ONCE MORE ONCE  —  Today Al Franken formally …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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
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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 …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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Ryan Lenz / Associated Press:
Baghdad sweep meets little resistance
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 …
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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 …
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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Ian / Hot Air:
Video: Rudy on non-binding resolutions
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
A Prewar Slide Show Cast Iraq in Rosy Hues  —  When Gen. Tommy R. Franks and his top officers gathered in August 2002 to review an invasion plan for Iraq, it reflected a decidedly upbeat vision of what the country would look like four years after Saddam Hussein was ousted from power.
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.
Discussion: The Corner and Prairie Weather
Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
Bill will Bubba to the surface  —  He's kept low profile, but soon will host big Hil event  —  WASHINGTON - There's one thing that's been missing from Sen. Hillary Clinton's 2008 rollout - her would-be White House spouse, Bill Clinton.  —  But the Daily News has learned that will soon change …
Discussion: First Read
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 …
The Politico:
McCain Leads Chase for Senate Support  —  In 2000, it was easier to troll for favorable quotes about John McCain among his Democratic colleagues than to find Republican senators ready to say nice things about a man they had served with for years.  In the end, McCain snared a grand total …
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 …
Tyler Harbert / University Daily Kansan:
Blogs forge new political grounds  —  Political bloggers say their trade is becoming more influential than standard election techniques.  —  Five blog experts say they are playing a larger part in the political process than traditional ways of informing the public.  —  Font: Small  —  Font: Medium
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Conservatives Assail North Korea Accord  —  Deal Could Get Nation off Terrorism List  —  The White House yesterday found itself fending off a conservative revolt over the North Korea nuclear deal, even scrambling to mollify one of its own top officials who expressed sharp disagreement …
 
 
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Eli Lake / New York Sun:
...And Races To Curb Bush on the War
Jon Ward / Washington Times:
Democrats try to stifle calls to 'defund' war
Andrew Marr / Telegraph:
A non-shopping day: I would celebrate that
Discussion: normblog
cbs4.com:
Tim Hardaway: 'I Hate Gay People'
Cathy Young / The Y Files:
PandaGate and anti-male bigotry
Sidney Blumenthal / Salon:
Libby's cynical defense
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TERRORISM....A recent post from Glenn Reynolds about how we ought …
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