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9:50 PM ET, January 29, 2007


 Top Items: 
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Ari Fleischer One  —  Hey, look at the exploding pig in the poke cartoon graphic I found!  Or perhaps "pig in the poke to stay out of the pokey"?  —  If you don't know the reference, Patrick Fitzgerald described the process of offering Ari Fleischer immunity "buying a pig in a poke."
Discussion: Angry Bear and Needlenose
Washington Post:
Fleischer Tells Jury That Libby Told Him About Plame  —  Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer told a jury today that Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff was the first person to disclose the identity of an undercover CIA officer to him in July 2003.
Discussion: Firedoglake and DownWithTyranny!
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
"PLAME" vs. "WILSON"....I'm not going to blog obsessively about the Scooter Libby trial since so many other people are doing it far better than me, but here's a snippet from Marcy Wheeler's rough transcript of the prosecution's questioning of Ari Fleischer today: … This was on July 7, 2003.
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Ari Fleischer Two
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Needlenose
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Fleischer: Plame came up over lunch
Discussion: Mia Culpa
Washington Post:
Iraqis Raid Insurgents Near Shiite Holy City  —  More Than 300 Reported Dead in Ongoing Battle in Najaf  —  Iraqi soldiers, backed by U.S. helicopters, stormed an encampment of hundreds of insurgents hiding among date palm orchards in southern Iraq in an operation Sunday that set off fierce …
Los Angeles Times:
Hundreds die in clash near Shiite holy city  —  U.S. and Iraqi forces thwart 500 fighters apparently targeting a Najaf shrine.  A helicopter goes down, killing two American troops.  —  BAGHDAD — Iraqi and American forces killed several hundred gunmen apparently planning to attack …
Stephen J. Hadley / Washington Post:
Baghdad Is Key  —  The Baker-Hamilton report explained that failure in Iraq could have severe consequences for our national interests in a critical region and for our national security here at home.  In my many conversations with members of Congress and foreign policy experts, few have disagreed.
Los Angeles Times:
Was 9/11 really that bad?  —  The attacks were a horrible act of mass murder, but history says we're overreacting.  —  IMAGINE THAT on 9/11, six hours after the assault on the twin towers and the Pentagon, terrorists had carried out a second wave of attacks on the United States, taking an additional 3,000 lives.
John / Argghhh!:   WAS 9/11 REALLY THAT BAD? … That's the title of an OpEd …
Huffington Post:
EXCLUSIVE: AIR AMERICA RESCUED  —  Air America Radio, in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings since October, will be rescued at the 11th hour by Manhattan real estate developer Stephen L. Green.  —  Al Franken, the best-known host of the liberal network, will announce his expected departure …
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:   Air America Radio Buyout, Stephen L Green
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Clinton's Presidential Posturing  —  When Lt. Gen. David Petraeus went before the Senate Armed Services Committee last week in open session, its members understandably had many questions for the new commander of American forces in Iraq.  —  They knew of his reputation as a battlefield leader …
Ian Bishop / New York Post:
HILL'S 'EVIL' JOKE ON HUBBY BUBBA  —  DAVENPORT, Iowa - Hillary Rodham Clinton left caucus-goers here yesterday believing that Bubba had given her a baptism by fire in how to deal with "evil and bad men."  —  Clinton's quip, made during a morning rally with about 500 Iowans …
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Iran's Role in Iraq Will Be Exposed  —  WASHINGTON — New evidence of Iran's role in Iraq will be made in Baghdad by the chief spokesman for the multinational forces in Iraq, Major General William Caldwell.  The Directorate of National Intelligence worked over the weekend to clear new intelligence …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Courts Turn to Wikipedia, but Selectively  —  When a court-appointed special master last year rejected the claim of an Alabama couple that their daughter had suffered seizures after a vaccination, she explained her decision in part by referring to material from articles in Wikipedia, the collaborative online encyclopedia.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Jon Keller / CBS4Boston:
Exclusive Survey Shows Tight Race In N.H.  —  (CBS4) With the field of candidates growing every week, the New Hampshire primary is shaping up to be a political free-for-all.  And exclusive new WBZ-TV Fast Track survey results show tight races in both parties.
Discussion: The Corner
Marc Sandalow / San Francisco Chronicle:
CONFLICT IN IRAQ  —  Pelosi's trip: She believes more strongly that withdrawal will help region, says troops deserve better policies than president's  —  (01-29) 04:00 PST Washington — Three days in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan have made House Speaker Nancy Pelosi even more certain …
Discussion: Hot Air, Think Progress and TIME
Ben Smith / The Politico:
What She Meant  —  Hillary's odd, non-verbal joke that's getting all the attention today was a revealing moment.  —  But it wasn't revealing because she was suggesting her husband is "evil and bad."  —  It was revealing because — asked about dealing with evil men like Osama bin Laden …
Survey shows 13 pct of Americans never heard of global warming  —  OSLO (Reuters) - Thirteen percent of Americans have never heard of global warming even though their country is the world's top source of greenhouse gases, a 46-country survey showed on Monday.
Discussion: The Reaction and On Deadline
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Double Talk Express
Discussion: Daily Kos
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
Jack Langer / Human Events:
All the Old Dudes  —  "A man could make a fortune selling Geritol to these people."
Micah L. Sifry / Personal Democracy Forum blogs:
2008: Who's Ahead Online (Ds-Week Two)
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Mushrooms and mystical experience
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Bush clarifies 'Democrat majority' gaffe
New York Times:
23-Month Campaign  —  In the old days, presidential races were one-year events.
Associated Press:
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Confederate Yankee:
Walkback?  —  In the wake of my January [25] 26 letter …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Google Halts 'Miserable Failure' Link to President Bush
New York Magazine:
Bush on the Couch  —  Analyzing the president.  —  Photo-illustration by Michael Elins
Discussion: Liberal Values
Robin Toner / New York Times:
Women Feeling Freer to Suggest 'Vote for Mom'
Sam Coates / Times of London:
Extreme youth: the Muslims who would swap British law for Sharia
Avi Issacharoff / Haaretz:
Three people killed in suicide bombing at Eilat bakery
Linda Hirshman / Washington Post:
You've Come a Long Way, Maybe
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Paper Chase  —  Did investigators turn a blind eye to the seriousness …