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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.
Scotty McClellan / Crooks and Liars:
Scotty McClellan on Cheney Shooting  —  Here's the press briefing with Scotty and the gang.  —  Atrios before the briefing:  —  Why was the White House relying on a Texas rancher to get the word of Cheney's hunting accident out over the weekend, asked Gregory, accusing McClellan of "ducking and weaving.''
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 …
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.
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?
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Piquing the nation's interest  —  I should probably admit something: when I first heard that Dick Cheney had accidentally shot someone while hunting, I thought, as long as no one was seriously hurt, it'd be an amusing little story for The Daily Show, we'd all have a little fun at the Vice President's expense …
Patricia Wilson / Reuters:
White House under fire in Cheney shooting accident
Discussion: IMAO
And Another Thing:   Hunting Frenzy
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Cheney Cited for Breaking Hunting Law
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Groans at Home Re: (Cheney Joke Here)
Discussion: Whatever It Is …
Associated Press:
Abramoff Said to Claim Close Ties to Rove
Tom Baldwin / Times of London:
Cheney accused of cover-up over hunter shooting
Discussion: The Road To Surfdom
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Paul Waldman / Washington Monthly:
John Fund Again?  —  It's not your imagination—the Sunday shows really do lean right.  —  If you're up early on Sunday mornings in Washington, you can observe a weekly ritual.  Around 9am, a string of chauffeured town cars and SUVs pulls up outside the NBC studio on Nebraska Avenue …
Discussion: Eschaton
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Dispatches From The Fever Swamp
The Brussels Journal:
More and More Moderate Muslims Speak Out in Denmark  —  Dozens of Danish Muslims are joining the network of moderate Muslims, the Demokratiske Muslimer (Democratic Muslims).  About 700 Muslims have already become DM members and 2,500 Danes have expressed their will to support the network.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Al Gore's Big Political Mistake (UPDATED)  —  Just when former Vice President Al Gore seemed to be re-carving a niche for himself as an outspoken, blunt political critic of the Bush administration he forgot a key rule of real estate:  —  "Location, location, location."
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!.
Daily Kos:
The Cult of Bush  —  Glenn Greenwald: … As Atrios noted the other day, it'll be interesting to see what happens as Bush's lame duck presidency inches closer to sweet, final conclusion.  The Republican Party has abandoned all of its supposed core precepts (things like smaller government …
Mickey Kaus / Slate:
kf Sweeps the Heartland!  —  Brokeback and the Bogus Breakout Meme.  —  Buried lede of the day?  Deep in a piece on new Republican House Majority Leader John Boehner, former Republican Majority Leader Dick Armey admits he opposes both the Iraq War and No Child Left Behind:

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