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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Secret Court's Judges Were Warned About NSA Spy Data  —  Program May Have Led Improperly to Warrants  —  Twice in the past four years, a top Justice Department lawyer warned the presiding judge of a secret surveillance court that information overheard in President Bush's eavesdropping program …
Hassan M. Fattah / New York Times:
At Mecca Meeting, Cartoon Outrage Crystallized  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 8 — As leaders of the world's 57 Muslim nations gathered for a summit meeting in Mecca in December, issues like religious extremism dominated the official agenda.  But much of the talk in the hallways was of a wholly different issue …
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
The Nation's Dual Political Dynasties Are Growing Closer Than Arm's Length  —  WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 — When the Bushes and Clintons held hands before 15,000 mourners at Coretta Scott King's funeral on Tuesday, it looked like a prayerful moment in the life of the nation.
USA Today:
Dems in search of pithy agenda
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
White House Agrees to Brief Congress on NSA Surveillance  —  Responding to congressional pressure from both parties, the White House agreed yesterday to give lawmakers more information about its domestic surveillance program, although the briefings remain highly classified and limited in scope.
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
White House Gives Details on Surveillance
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and JustOneMinute
Greenfield: 'Do you really do this at a funeral?'  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — Four U.S. presidents — including President George W. Bush — were among the luminaries at Coretta Scott King's funeral Tuesday.  Among some speakers' accolades and tributes to the civil rights icon were criticisms …
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Toast of the TV in Russian Eyes: It's Solzhenitsyn  —  MOSCOW, Feb. 8 — A grandfatherly figure, his bearded face wrinkled into a smile, peers down from billboards around town.  —  It is surprise enough that the man is Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, the once-exiled writer, Nobel Prize winner and, of late, octogenarian scold.
Jeff Flake / New York Times:
Earmarked Men  —  BACK on the F-Bar Ranch, when I was too young to load the chute, de-horn, vaccinate, hold a hot iron or otherwise make myself useful as my father and older brothers branded calves, I would spend my time collecting "earmarks" — V-shaped pieces of a calf's left ear detached with two swift strokes of a pocketknife.
Discussion: QandO and Austin Bay Blog
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Lawmakers Seeking Curbs on Special Spending Requests
White House:
President Bush Welcomes King Abdullah of Jordan to the White House  —  PRESIDENT BUSH: Your Majesty, welcome back.  I have had two good discussions with His Majesty.  Last night His Majesty and the Crown Prince came to have dinner with Laura and me and some members of Congress, and we had a really good discussion.
Discussion: Left I on the News
Jim VandeHei / Washington Post:
Bush Shifts on Muslim Protests
Discussion: Bull Moose and sisu
Brad DeLong / Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal:
Time for the Washington Post to Retire Robert Samuelson (Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Press Corps?)  —  People at the Washington Post periodically ask me why I don't presume that the employees of the Washington Post are people of good will, trying hard, who occasionally make mistakes.
Discussion: Open Letter …
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:   Getting Past Budget Blab
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Applications to Law Schools Are Declining  —  Has law school lost its appeal?  —  Last year, for the first time since the 1997-98 admission cycle, the number of applicants to law school declined, by 4.6 percent, and so far this year, the number has declined by 9.5 percent.
Bernard-Henri Levy / Opinion Journal:
Moral Atomic Bomb  —  In the midst of a planetary intifada, let us stand by the moderate Muslims.  —  One can find these cartoons mediocre.  —  One can perceive in them, as I do, a certain similarity with the anti-Semitic and racist caricatures of the 1930s or '50s.
Pew Research Center:
Summary of Findings  —  Public concern over Iran's nuclear program has risen dramatically in the past few months.  Today, 27% of Americans cite Iran as the country that represents the greatest danger to the United States.  In October, just 9% pointed to Iran as the biggest danger to the U.S. …
Noah Leavitt / Slate:
One Nation, Underground  —  Why new mining legislation is like throwing a pebble into a mine shaft.  —  The life-or-death struggle of Randall McCloy Jr., the only survivor of the Jan. 2 Sago mining tragedy, tells an important story about workers' rights in the 21st century.
Discussion: ACSBlog
Security apparatus arrest about 200 of the 23 escapees' relatives and families for investigation  —  Sana'a, NewsYemen  —  In the wake of the escape of 23 al-Qaeda prisoners from the prison of the Yemen Political Security Organization, security forces here launched a large-scale arrest campaign …
Nick Britten / Telegraph:
100,000 Muslims to vent anger in London at cartoon protest  —  A mass demonstration of 100,000 Muslims will take place in London next weekend as anger continues over publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.  —  The Muslim Action Committee, an umbrella group which claims to represent …
Jim Geraghty / Washington Times:
The growing role of bloggers  —  Imagine what the mood at President Bush's State of the Union address would have been if the big news before the speech was the Senate's confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Harriet Miers.  —  It's hard to believe that as recently as late October that was the White House's goal.
Nancy Goldstein /
Money shot  —  Twenty bloggers.  Seventeen states.  One question: If you had $100 to invest politically, where would it go?  —  True confessions: when I queried folks, I told them that I, like so many disenchanted progressives, had sworn off giving money to the Democratic National Party …

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