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4:40 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: Needlenose
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Fleischer: Plame came up over lunch
Discussion: Mia Culpa
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
A Peek Inside The Media Circus
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:   Libby Live: Cathie Martin, Four
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
"PLAME" vs. "WILSON"....I'm not going to blog obsessively …
Discussion: Eschaton
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.
Washington Post:
Iraqis Raid Insurgents Near Shiite Holy City
Sam Coates / Times of London:
Extreme youth: the Muslims who would swap British law for Sharia  —  A growing number of young Muslims are embracing radical Islam, with more than a third wanting Sharia to replace British law, according to a poll for a Conservative think-tank.  —  David Cameron will respond today …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Daily Mail:
Multiculturalism 'drives young Muslims to shun British values'
Discussion: protein wisdom
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 …
Discussion: TAPPED and Penguins on the Equator
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 …
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 …
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 …
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Paper Chase  —  Did investigators turn a blind eye to the seriousness of the Sandy Berger scandal?  —  Washington scandals are curious things.  Sometimes special prosecutors are appointed and the media provide saturation coverage of their doings.  An example would be the Valerie Plame episode …
Associated Press:
Rev. Robert Drinan, Ex-Congressman, Dies at 86  —  The Rev. Robert F. Drinan, a Jesuit who served in Congress for 10 years until stepping down in response to a papal order, died Sunday.  He was 86 and lived here in housing for the Georgetown University Jesuit community.
Robin Toner / New York Times:
Women Feeling Freer to Suggest 'Vote for Mom'  —  Some women were struck by the politics of maternity practiced by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in recent weeks, the imagery and stagecraft that highlighted their roles as mothers and/or grandmothers.
Discussion: TAPPED, Feministing, The Nation and Althouse
New York Magazine:
Bush on the Couch  —  Analyzing the president.  —  Photo-illustration by Michael Elins  —  The Man With No Shadow  —  By Robert Stone, author of Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties  —  I  —  think Bush has come to believe he's on a lonely, noble mission—doing the right thing …
Discussion: Liberal Values
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.
Associated Press:
MIAMI PLANS CASTRO DEATH PARTY IN ORANGE BOWL  —  MIAMI — With Fidel Castro seriously ill, the city of Miami is making plans to throw a party at the Orange Bowl when the Cuban president dies.  —  The city commission earlier this month appointed a committee — whose official job is to …
Discussion: Hot Air
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Migrants Stream Into South Mexico  —  TAPACHULA, Mexico — Four Salvadoran men in jeans and T-shirts trudged along the railroad tracks under a hot sun, their steps carrying them steadily toward a fuzzy but seductive dream.  —  They had been in Mexico for only a few hours and already federal police officers …
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 …
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Cheney's Strategery
New York Times:
23-Month Campaign  —  In the old days, presidential races were one-year events.
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
Heraclitus / The Reaction:
This is what a racist looks like  —  Some of you might remember …
David Carr / New York Times:
Citigroup and CNBC Cozy Up
Discussion: Gothamist and CBS News
Ralph Atkins / Financial Times:
Europeans still take a dim view of the euro
Discussion: Crooked Timber and FP Passport
Byron Calame / New York Times:
Spotting Freelancer Conflicts: A Solution With Problems
 Earlier Items: 
Magan Crane / Agence France Presse:
White House defies Congress, public to push Iraq surge
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Our little Churchills
Avi Issacharoff / Haaretz:
Three people killed in suicide bombing at Eilat bakery
Fareed Zakaria / Newsweek:
Preview of a Post-U.S. World
Daniel Freedman / It Shines For All:
Professor: Carter said 'Too Many Jews' on Holocaust Council …
Discussion: Kesher Talk
Marc Sandalow / San Francisco Chronicle:
CONFLICT IN IRAQ  —  Pelosi's trip: She believes more strongly …
Linda Hirshman / Washington Post:
You've Come a Long Way, Maybe
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Politico: Niche Web Site Isn't Yet A Notch Above