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3:35 PM ET, January 30, 2007


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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?  —  Slate's Tim Noah has introduced a new regular feature called "The Obama Messiah Watch," devoted to "gratuitously adoring biographical details" about Barack Obama.  The first item, from the LA Times, quotes a former classmate of Obama's marveling …
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
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: Horses Mouth, Liberal Values and NPR
Maura Reynolds / Los Angeles Times:
The 'Democrat majority' is still the talk of the capital
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
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
The Ba-Da-Boom Crew  —  If you've been following the Lewis "Scooter" Libby perjury trial, I can understand how you might confuse Dick Cheney with Tony Soprano.  Cheney's office is beginning to sound a lot like the Bada Bing, minus the dancers.  —  Court has been in session for only a week …
Discussion: The News Blog
Washington Wire:
How Mitt Romney Avoided Campaign-Finance Rules  —  Federal law limits how much money individuals can give to presidential candidates — $2,300 per election.  But what about Compuware Inc. founder Peter Karmanos?  Last year, he gave $250,000 to presidential aspirant and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Peter S. Canellos / Boston Globe:
Romney's business skills face a political test
Discussion: The Corner
Greg Myre / New York Times:
Suicide Attack Is First in Israel in 9 Months  —  After nine months without a suicide bombing in Israel, a Palestinian walked from Egypt across the open desert border, hitched a ride from a wary Israeli motorist and then blew himself up on Monday inside a bakery in the Red Sea resort town of Eilat, Israeli officials said.
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
We're very proud, bomber's family declares
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 …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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!
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Richard G. Lugar / Washington Post:
Beyond Baghdad  —  Since President Bush announced that he would send more American troops to Iraq, the debate on Iraq policy has reached new levels of stridency.  Opponents of the war have rallied against what they see as an unjustified escalation, while the administration has dismissed opposition as defeatism.
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 …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Democrats unveil massive spending bill  —  WASHINGTON - Democrats have unveiled a massive spending bill combining the budgets of 13 Cabinet agencies with increases in aid for lower-income college students, while cutting President Bush's funding requests for foreign aid and closing military bases.
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Riehl World View
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Judy One  —  Ground rules: not a court reporter.  Limit refreshes, but not refreshments.  Shameless commerce: buy this.  —  Fitz in his seersucker-esque taking a drink of water, looking through his notes.  —  Here she comes.  White shirt, big lapels.  No glasses.
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Soldier's Death Strengthens Senators' Antiwar Resolve
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