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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 …
Discussion: Legal Fiction
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
Abramoff Said to Claim Close Ties to Rove
Washington Post:
White House Deferred to Cheney on Shooting
Discussion: Amygdala and Poynter Online
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Groans at Home Re: (Cheney Joke Here)
Discussion: Whatever It Is …
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 …
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 …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Dispatches From The Fever Swamp  —  Jason Zengerle over at the Plank gives Mickey Kaus props for being wrong and then discusses every Joementum Democrat's favorite new theme: the "fever swamp" of the liberal blogosphere.  He quotes Kaus: … And then adds:
Paul Waldman / Washington Monthly:
John Fund Again?
Discussion: Eschaton
Publisher defends decision to reprint cartoons  —  A small chain of independent bookstores has decided against selling the latest issue of the Calgary-based Western Standard magazine, which features incendiary cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.  —  "We felt it was deemed offensive …
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 …
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 …
Hamza Hendawi / Associated Press:
Saddam Says He's on a Hunger Strike  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Saddam Hussein and three former officials in his regime on Tuesday told the court handling their trial that they were on a hunger strike in protest of the judge overseeing the proceedings.  —  Saddam said he had not eaten in three days …
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 and Decision '08

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