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Maria Newman / New York Times:
Bush Learned Within Three Hours That Cheney Shot Hunter  —  President Bush was informed within three hours that Vice President Dick Cheney had shot a fellow hunter in South Texas on Saturday afternoon, the White House said today.  —  The shooting, which occurred at about 5:30 p.m. …
White House:
Press Briefing by Scott McClellan  — Response to a Question from the Briefing  —  MR. MCCLELLAN: Good afternoon, everyone.  Let me begin with one update on the schedule today.  The President will today — or today is submitting his 2006 Economic Report to the Congress.
CBS News:
Reporting Lag In Cheney Shooting  —  (CBS/AP) Questions are being raised about why it took the Bush administration a full day to disclose the news that Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot a companion on a weekend hunting trip.  —  The incident occurred Saturday but was not reported publicly …
White House briefing: Reporters go after McClellan  —  RAW STORY  —  From Monday's White House press briefing.  Crooks and Liars now has the video here.  —  Q Scott, do you think that the shooting accident involving the vice president on Saturday should have been disclosed to the public on Saturday?
William Douglas / Knight Ridder:
Cheney's companion at fault in shooting, White House says  —  WASHINGTON - The White House blamed the 78-year-old man whom Vice President Dick Cheney shot during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas for the incident, as officials struggled Monday to explain why they waited nearly 24 hours before making the news public.
Ian / Expose the Left:
White House Press Briefing Turns Into Shoutfest and Game of 'Gotcha' (VIDEO)  —  The White House Press Corps is hammering WH Press Secretary Scott McClellan over the Cheney hunting incident.  The whole press event was a 20 minute reiteration-fest because McClellan had to explain the event several times.
Newsdesk / Chicago Tribune:
No lights, no cameras, but plenty of action at the White House
Discussion: mediabistro and News Blog
Patricia Wilson / Reuters:
White House under fire in Cheney shooting accident
Discussion: IMAO
And Another Thing:   Hunting Frenzy
Deacon / Power Line:
Discussion: TBogg and Backlash Liberal
Poll: Americans nervous about Iran  —  Bush's approval rating drops to 39 percent  —  (CNN) — Americans are nervous about the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran, but also worry about the ability of the United States and the United Nations to deal with the situation, a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday suggests.
Discussion: Right Wing News and CorrenteWire
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
U.S. and Israelis Are Said to Talk of Hamas Ouster  —  JERUSALEM, Feb. 13 — The United States and Israel are discussing ways to destabilize the Palestinian government so that newly elected Hamas officials will fail and elections will be called again, according to Israeli officials and Western diplomats.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Expectations of Middle East Peace Drop Following Hamas Victory  —  Growing sympathy toward Israelis evident  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Following the election of Hamas as the Palestinian Authority's ruling party, Americans have grown more pessimistic that peace will ever be achieved in the Middle East …
Jerusalem Post:
Palestinian children demonstrate against Denmark
Larisa Alexandrovna /
Outed CIA officer was working on Iran, intelligence sources say  —  The unmasking of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson by White House officials in 2003 caused significant damage to U.S. national security and its ability to counter nuclear proliferation abroad, RAW STORY has learned.
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:   Valerie Plame Leak Sabotaged America's Iran-Watching Intelligence Effort
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Popular Ohio Democrat Drops Out of Race, and Perhaps Politics  —  Paul Hackett, an Iraq war veteran and popular Democratic candidate in Ohio's closely watched Senate contest, said yesterday that he was dropping out of the race and leaving politics altogether as a result of pressure from party leaders.
Michelle Malkin:
DANA MILBANK: CLOWN  —  Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank turned up on an MSNBC show to talk about the Cheney accidental hunting trip shooting wearing this costume:  —  Download and watch the video (Windows Media .wmv file).  —  Hat tip: Tom Elia at The New Editor …
Hilary Goldstein / IGN:
WonderCon '06: Holy Terror, Batman!  —  Batman kicks Al Qaeda's ass.  Frank Miller's talks about upcoming book.  —  February 12, 2006 - During his WonderCon panel, Frank Miller discussed his next graphic novel.  Once again, Miller returns to the world of the Batman, this time with Holy Terror, Batman!.
Glenn Reynolds /
SO I GET HOME AND FIND MY INBOX full of complaints from lefties that I've been "silent" about Ann Coulter's remarks on Friday.  I guess they're scrollbar-challenged, as I did in fact note them and link to Sean Hackbarth's denunciation.  I figured that readers would know my feelings about Coulter …
Michael J. Totten:
Iraq Without a Gun  —  ERBIL, IRAQ - Until just a few months ago, Iraq was one of the last places in the world a normal person would want to fly into.  Baghdad had the only international airport in the country, and you risked your life just taking a taxi to the kinda-sorta half-way "safe" Green Zone from the terminal.

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