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1:50 PM ET, January 30, 2007


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Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Libby reportedly said 'I didn't do it'  —  WASHINGTON - Amid the furor over the 2003 leak of a CIA operative's identity, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, bluntly told a White House lawyer, "I didn't do it," the lawyer testified Tuesday.
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
The Ba-Da-Boom Crew
Discussion: The News Blog
Dispatches From the Scooter Libby Trial
Sam Rosenfeld / TAPPED:   FINAL SACRIFICE.  For all the talk in the '90s about how Bill …
Dean Barnett / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
FAQ - John Edwards' New House!  —  1) Why should I care about John Edwards' new house?  —  Well, it's quite a house.  28,000 square feet of magnificent splendor located in one of North Carolina's most fashionable counties.  This isn't a McMansion we're talking about here.  This is the real deal - A Mansion!
Associated Press:
Edwards says he may have been too inexperienced for 2004 run  —  WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina: Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards acknowledged that he may have been too inexperienced in national politics for his White House run in 2004.  —  The former North Carolina senator …
Discussion: Hotline On Call and PoliBlog (TM)
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Europe Resists U.S. Push to Curb Iran Ties  —  European governments are resisting Bush administration demands that they curtail support for exports to Iran and that they block transactions and freeze assets of some Iranian companies, officials on both sides say.
Timothy Noah / Slate:
The Obama Messiah Watch  —  INTRODUCING A PERIODIC FEATURE CONSIDERING EVIDENCE THAT OBAMA IS THE SON OF GOD.  —  Is Barak Obama—junior U.S. senator from Illinois, best-selling author, Harvard Law Review editor, Men's Vogue cover model, and "exploratory" presidential candidate …
Discussion: Crunchy Con
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Why aren't we ashamed of fawning over Obama?
Discussion: Centerfield
Larry Gordon / Los Angeles Times:
Occidental recalls 'Barry' Obama
Andrea Shalal-Esa / Reuters:
U.S. missile defense maturing, latest test a success  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Within a year, the U.S. missile defense system should be able to guard against enemy attacks, while testing new technologies, the deputy director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said on Monday.
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
How the 'axis' seeks the killer missile
Discussion: Power Line and Hyscience
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Equipment For Added Troops Is Lacking  —  New Iraq Forces Must Make Do, Officials Say  —  Boosting U.S. troop levels in Iraq by 21,500 would create major logistical hurdles for the Army and Marine Corps, which are short thousands of vehicles, armor kits and other equipment needed to supply the extra forces, U.S. officials said.
Discussion: David Corn
Megan Scully /
GAO: Guard may lack gear needed for domestic crises  —  Congressional investigators have found that the Defense Department does not adequately track National Guard equipment needs for domestic missions, raising questions about whether the state-run units have adequate supplies to respond to disasters and emergencies on U.S. soil.
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.
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Bush Says Missing '-ic' Was an Oversight  —  President Bush says the missing "-ic" in the State of the Union address was nothing more than an oversight.  —  Near the beginning of the speech last week, Bush congratulated "the Democrat majority" for its electoral victory …
Discussion: NPR and Liberal Values
Maura Reynolds / Los Angeles Times:
The 'Democrat majority' is still the talk of the capital
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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.
Faiz / Think Progress:
McCain Flip Flops, Now Says He Would Not Consider Redeployment Under Any Scenario  —  In a recent interview with The Politico, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said that if his escalation strategy for Iraq fails, then he would consider redeployment: … It didn't take long for McCain to backtrack from redeployment.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
GOP Right Sees Lemons in White House Race  —  Contemplating the current field of Republican presidential candidates, Rush Limbaugh sounded like a man with malaise.  —  "To be honest with you, there's nobody out there that revs me up," he confessed to his audience of several million conservative sympathizers …
Richard Marosi / Los Angeles Times:
Unfilled tunnels a weak link at border  —  Key points are plugged in U.S. and Mexico, but smugglers may still try to reuse the passages  —  SAN DIEGO — Seven of the largest tunnels discovered under the U.S.-Mexico border in recent years have yet to be filled in, authorities said …
Associated Press:
GOP senator challenges Bush on war powers … WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate Republican on Tuesday directly challenged President Bush's declaration that "I am the decision-maker" on issues of war.  —  "I would suggest respectfully to the president that he is not the sole decider," Sen. Arlen Specter …
Dean Barnett / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
Boehner Mania!!!  —  Minority House Leader John Boehner was just on Hugh's show.  It was obvious during the interview that smoke was pouring out of Hugh's ears.  Mine too.  For the first time in my life, I actually called into a radio talk show.  At least I got the chance to say to my friend Hugh …
Discussion: BizzyBlog and Ed
Washington Post:
Soldier's Death Strengthens Senators' Antiwar Resolve  —  Kerry, Dodd Demand Stronger Challenge to Bush  —  Just before Christmas, an Army captain named Brian Freeman cornered Sens. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) and John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) at a Baghdad helicopter landing zone.
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
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Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
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Farah Stockman / Boston Globe:
Potshot at Guantanamo lawyers backfires
Quinnipiac University News and Events:
January 30, 2007 - Clinton Inches Ahead Of Giuliani, McCain In Ohio …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Democrats unveil massive spending bill
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Better drug policy in nineteen easy steps
Robert / alphabet city:
Video: 'The Battle For Haifa Street'
Peter S. Canellos / Boston Globe:
Romney's business skills face a political test
Discussion: The Corner and The Caucus
Is Nick Cohen right about the left? His critics reply
 Earlier Items: 
Zeyad / Healing Iraq:
So What Happened in Najaf?  —  The Sadrist account: Nahrain Net …
USA Today:
As Iraqi refugees flee, let's not forget Vietnam
Mike Dorning / Chicago Tribune:
Obama blasts Bush adminstration on Katrina recovery
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Baker agrees reluctantly to testify on Iraq
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
Franken to leave Air America after network sale
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
A Bad Idea Whose Time Has Come
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
A Global Balancing Act
Discussion: Beat the Press
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
We're very proud, bomber's family declares