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8:05 AM ET, January 30, 2007


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Dispatches From the Scooter Libby Trial  —  I wanted to raise my hand and ask, "Your Honor, may I approach the bench?"  —  I was at the Scooter Libby trial to cover it, and all of a sudden, I found myself in the middle of the case.  In his testimony today, former White House press secretary …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla and Wizbang
Booman Tribune:
Did Ari Fleischer Commit Perjury Today?  —  I think I may have found evidence that Ari Fleischer committed perjury today.  If Ari Fleischer did not commit perjury today, then former Time Magazine reporter John Dickerson is a big-time liar.  First I will introduce the principals …
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
A Damning Witness  —  Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer took the stand at the Scooter Libby trial, and proved a surprisingly effective witness for the prosecution.  —  Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer exits the federal courthouse  —  A WEB EXCLUSIVE
Discussion: JustOneMinute and CorrenteWire
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Ari Fleischer Two
Discussion: Needlenose
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Never in His Wildest Dreams
Discussion: Firedoglake
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Bush Directive Increases Sway on Regulation  —  President Bush has signed a directive that gives the White House much greater control over the rules and policy statements that the government develops to protect public health, safety, the environment, civil rights and privacy.
Anthony Shadid / Washington Post:
With Iran Ascendant, U.S. Is Seen at Fault  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Kuwait rarely rebuffs its ally, the United States, partly out of gratitude for the 1991 Persian Gulf War.  But in October it reneged on a pledge to send three military observers to an American-led naval exercise in the Gulf …
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Bush Warns Iran Against Action in Iraq  —  President Bush said today he has no intention of sending U.S. forces into Iran, but he vowed to "respond firmly" if Iran steps up a campaign that the United States charges is aimed at killing U.S. troops and derailing democracy in Iraq.
Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Bush warns Iran against action in Iraq
ABC News:
Bush warns Iran over Iraq 'interference'
Discussion: The Belmont Club and Majikthise
Ali Ansari / Guardian:
Only the US hawks can save the Iranian president now  —  Ahmadinejad is failing to deliver for the poor and losing support, but he could yet survive because of the international threat  —  The honeymoon is over.  Iran's controversial president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has finally come unstuck.
Jules Crittenden:
The Large Pistachio Nuts of Iranian Foreign Policy  —  The UK Guardian keeps trying to convince us to leave Iran alone.  In this op-ed, which gets bogged down pretty quick, the point laboriously arrived at is that international pressure (Great Satan) will rescue Ahmadinejad from his public's annoyance …
Ibrahim Barzak / Associated Press:
Cease-fire starts taking hold in Gaza  —  GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - A cease-fire started taking hold in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, after five days of intense Hamas- Fatah fighting that left 34 people dead.  —  However, previous truce deals struck in recent weeks of factional clashes quickly collapsed …
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
We're very proud, bomber's family declares
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Missteps by Iraqi Forces in Battle Raise Questions  —  Iraqi forces were surprised and nearly overwhelmed by the ferocity of an obscure renegade militia in a weekend battle near the holy city of Najaf and needed far more help from American forces than previously disclosed, American and Iraqi officials said Monday.
Gregg Easterbrook / Slate:
What the President Got Right  —  GIVE BUSH CREDIT FOR HIS ENERGY PROPOSAL.  —  It "fell far short" (Washington Post editorial) and offers only "marginal" gains (New York Times editorial) and is "nonsense" (Charles Krauthammer) and "isn't much" (Thomas Friedman).
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:   THE FUEL ECONOMY SHUFFLE....For reasons that escape me …
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
KLEIN, MAN OF SUBSTANCE, DEFENDS BRODER'S SUBSTANCE-FREE ATTACK ON HILLARY.  —  Over at Swampland, Joe Klein responds to Atrios and Matthew Yglesias by defending David Broder's silly column attacking Hillary Clinton for not asking questions at the Senate hearing on General Petraeus.  Klein writes:
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Broder: The Blogosphere Strikes Back
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jack Langer / Human Events:
All the Old Dudes  —  "A man could make a fortune selling Geritol to these people."  —  Capitalist stooge that I am, that was my first reaction upon reaching the Washington Mall last Saturday to observe tens of thousands of demonstrators rally against the war in Iraq.
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and Wizbang
Full Transcript: NPR Interview with President Bush  —  · The following is a full transcript of NPR's interview with President George W. Bush, conducted by Juan Williams on Monday, Jan. 29, 2007.  —  JUAN WILLIAMS: Mr. President, we can't say thank you enough for giving NPR this time, so thank you.
Mickey Kaus / Slate:
RESISTANCE TO THE MSM LOVE-BOMBING.  —  Why, exactly, is Sen. Chuck Hagel showing "courage" in conspicuously denouncing the Iraq War now that virtually the entire American establishment has reached that same conclusion—now that Hagel is virtually assured of getting hero treatment from Brian Williams …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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Dean Barnett / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
Boehner Mania!!!  —  Minority House Leader John Boehner was just on Hugh's show.
Discussion: BizzyBlog and Ed
Dahr Jamail / Dahr Jamail's Weblog:
Lt. Ehren Watada
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Sharon Theimer / Associated Press:
Senator targets surplus sales to Iran
Brookings Institute:
Things Fall Apart: Containing the Spillover from an Iraqi Civil War
Associated Press:
Priest who served in Congress dies at 86
Discussion: Blogs for Bush
Ron Brynaert / The Raw Story:
Web video 'exposes' the 'Real McCain'
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
Pelosi Reaches Out to Blogging Community
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
 Earlier Items: 
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow
Discussion: First Draft and Think Progress
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Double Talk Express
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Air America Radio Buyout, Stephen L Green
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Courts Turn to Wikipedia, but Selectively
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Jon Keller / CBS4Boston:
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Survey shows 13 pct of Americans never heard of global warming
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Mushrooms and mystical experience
Discussion: Ezra Klein