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Brooks Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Cheney Accident Triggers Jokes on Late-Night TV  —  For TV comics, it's a target so big and so attractive that few will resist taking their shot.  —  Vice President Dick Cheney was already the butt of jokes on the late-night TV circuit for his brooding public persona, ardent support for the war …
Mark Leibovich / Washington Post:
After Cheney's Shooting Incident, Time to Unload  —  Episode Triggers a Fusillade of Wisecracks, And a Withering Blast From White House Press  —  It was one of those "everyone's a wise guy" days in Washington yesterday, thanks to Dick Cheney.  Quipping at the vice president's expense …
New York Times:
No End to Questions in Cheney Hunting Accident  —  WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 — The White House sought with little success on Monday to quell an uproar over why it took the better part of a day to disclose that Vice President Dick Cheney had accidentally wounded a fellow hunter in Texas on Saturday …
New York Times:
White House Shoots Foot  —  Let's see.  The vice president of the United States accidentally shot someone while bird-hunting on a Texas ranch.  It took the White House nearly 24 hours to share that information with the rest of the nation because Dick Cheney thought it would be better …
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Groans at Home Re: (Cheney Joke Here)  —  WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 — What do you do when the vice president shoots someone?  —  That was the question the White House grappled uncertainly with on Monday, after Dick Cheney made history as the second vice president to fire a gun at someone …
William Douglas / Knight Ridder:
Cheney's companion at fault in shooting, White House says
Associated Press:
Abramoff Said to Claim Close Ties to Rove
Los Angeles Times:
Cheney Lacked $7 Hunting Credential
Discussion: Hugh Hewitt and Suburban Guerrilla
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.  —  Hackett is out. … Calling his donors?  Seems like a bulls**t thing to do.  But the party wasn't afraid of Hackett, they were afraid of an untested candidate in a high-profile Senate race.  He'd have all the support in the world had he decided to run for OH-02.
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.
Victor Davis Hanson /
What Will Europe Really Do?  —  Nothing is quite as surreal as the Islamic world's fury at the liberal and innocuous Danes.  How could anyone wish to burn their embassies and kill their citizens, when they have always offered all the politically correct, multicultural platitudes and welcomed in any and all from the Middle East?
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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 …
Al Gore Event Funded by Bin Laden's Family  —  The Saudi Arabia seminar that was addressed by former Vice President Al Gore over the weekend in a speech that criticized the U.S. for being too tough on Arabs was sponsored, in part, by Osama bin Laden's family.
Josh White / Washington Post:
'Don't Ask' Costs More Than Expected  —  Military's Gay Ban Seen in Budget Terms  —  The financial costs to the U.S. military for discharging and replacing gay service members under the nation's "don't ask, don't tell" policy are nearly twice what the government estimated last year …
Media Matters for America:
If It's Sunday, It's Conservative: An analysis of the Sunday talk show guests on ABC, CBS, and NBC, 1997 - 2005  —  Executive Summary  —  The Sunday-morning talk shows on ABC, CBS, and NBC are where the prevailing opinions are aired and tested, policymakers state their cases …
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Larger Darfur Force Needed, Bush, Annan Say  —  President Bush and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan agreed on the need for a bigger, more mobile peacekeeping force in Sudan's troubled Darfur region during a White House meeting yesterday, but Annan made no specific requests for U.S. military help.
Discussion: Demagogue, Amygdala and Decision '08
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Group Starts Anti-Union Campaign  —  A new business-backed group is mounting a highly visible attack against organized labor, just as unions are trying to pick themselves up after suffering a schism and years of decline.  —  The group, the Center for Union Facts, ran full-page advertisements …

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