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11:20 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
Alex Beam / Boston Globe:
Libby trial — when memory doesn't serve
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
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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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
FRANKENHEIT 9/11, ONCE MORE ONCE  —  Today Al Franken formally …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Richard Corliss / Time:
Vote for Me, Al Franken
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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
Ian / Hot Air:
Video: Rudy on non-binding resolutions
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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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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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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Don't Gum Up Sex-Ed; Leave Instruction to Professional Teachers  —  In the matter of the "gum game" — the yucky attempt in Montgomery County schools to impress upon teenagers the dangers of sexual promiscuity by asking them to share a piece of gum — all involved now appear to be appalled at themselves.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Charlotte Observer:
Black resigns House seat
Discussion: The Corner and Betsy's Page
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Kaine to Back Obama's Bid for Democratic Nomination
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Cathy Young / The Y Files:
PandaGate and anti-male bigotry
Sidney Blumenthal / Salon:
Libby's cynical defense
David Montgomery / Washington Post:
Barack Obama's On-Point Message Man
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Big Announcement: I Am Now Consulting For The Duncan Hunter Campaign
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Conservatives Assail North Korea Accord
Tyler Harbert / University Daily Kansan:
Blogs forge new political grounds
Atrios / Eschaton:
Conscience and Soul  —  Reading through the interview …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
TERRORISM....A recent post from Glenn Reynolds about how we ought …