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4:20 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
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.
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.
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Judy Two  —  Go buy Anatomy of Deceit .  Don't update agressively.  And don't expect a transcript.  —  Judy back.  Looks like she's doing breathing exercises, pouring herself water.  Got out of chair and is now back.  Gets more water.  Thanks person who brings more.
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:   Libby Live: Judy One
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
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!
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
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Senate to Consider Minimum Wage Bill With Tax Breaks  —  The Senate is expected to clear the way on Tuesday for an increase in the minimum wage that Democrats and some Republicans agree is overdue.  —  But the Senate's approval may not mean that workers will actually start receiving bigger paychecks in the immediate future.
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: TAPPED and 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
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!
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Quinnipiac University News and Events:
January 30, 2007 - Clinton Inches Ahead Of Giuliani, McCain In Ohio, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; But She Has Higher Negative Ratings  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton holds a three-to-one lead over any Democrat and has a razor-thin lead over leading Republican presidential candidates in the key state of Ohio …
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
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Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Admiral Calls for 'New and Different' Approach in Iraq
Little Green Footballs:
Islamic Jihad Pimps Carter's Book
Andrew Roth / Club for Growth:
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White House:
Mrs. Bush Names Bill Yosses as White House Executive Pastry Chef
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Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
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Washington Post:
Soldier's Death Strengthens Senators' Antiwar Resolve
Greg Myre / New York Times:
Suicide Attack Is First in Israel in 9 Months
Richard Marosi / Los Angeles Times:
Unfilled tunnels a weak link at border
Dean Barnett / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
Boehner Mania!!!  —  Minority House Leader John Boehner was just on Hugh's show.