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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.''
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 …
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Cheney Cited for Breaking Hunting Law
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Groans at Home Re: (Cheney Joke Here)
Discussion: Needlenose
CBS News:
Reporting Lag In Cheney Shooting
New York Times:
White House Shoots Foot
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Patricia Wilson / Reuters:
White House under fire in Cheney shooting accident
Discussion: Expose the Left and IMAO
Associated Press:
Abramoff Said to Claim Close Ties to Rove
Washington Post:
White House Deferred to Cheney on Shooting
Discussion: Amygdala
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.
Daily Kos:
OH-Sen: Hackett out. Of politics.   Mayor's wrong statement about Senate candidate fuels speculation
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.
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
Jim Krane / Associated Press:
Gore Laments U.S. 'Abuses' Against Arabs  —  JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Former Vice President Al Gore told a mainly Saudi audience on Sunday that the U.S. government committed "terrible abuses" against Arabs after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that most Americans did not support such treatment.
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
U.S. Royalty Plan to Give Windfall to Oil Companies  —  WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 — The federal government is on the verge of one of the biggest giveaways of oil and gas in American history, worth an estimated $7 billion over five years.  —  New projections, buried in the Interior Department's …
Discussion: Tim Worstall and Sisyphus Shrugged
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!.

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