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5:05 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.
Nico / Think Progress:
Senate Multimillionares Vote To Block Minimum Wage Hike  —  After repeated delays by conservatives, the Senate voted 87-10 today to end debate on legislation that will raise the minimum wage for the first time in a decade, from $5.15 to $7.25.  The bill will move to a full vote in the next several days.
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Senate clears way for minimum wage vote
Discussion: and Daily Kos
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!
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.
Discussion: Attytood
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:   Libby Live: Judy Two
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!
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Republicans and Congress' war powers — then and now
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.
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
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
Michelle Malkin:
Lara Logan & al Qaeda: What's the 411, CBS?  —  First, read this heart-rending appeal from Lara Logan complaining about CBS News refusing to air one of her Haifa Street reports, which highlighted a masked "Haifa Street resident" who "blamed the fighting on the U.S. Here's a screen shot of her source:
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
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 …
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
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: Macsmind and Daily Kos
Niles Lathem / New York Post:
GAZE IN THE MILITARY  —  MCCAIN-CLINTON LOVE-IN AT BASE  —  WASHINGTON - Looks like things are getting serious in the race for the White House - seriously lovey-dovey, that is.  —  Judging from this photo, the spirit of bipartisan cooperation appeared to be alive and well yesterday between …
Discussion: It Shines For All
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Baker agrees reluctantly to testify on Iraq  —  James A. Baker III, the co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group, has ended weeks of resistance and today will testify before Congress on the war, avoiding a split with his fellow co-chairman, former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-Ind.).
Jennifer Parker / ABCNEWS:
Blogging Gone Wild: Open Government or Gotcha Politics?  —  Video Blogging Threatens the Peace of Virginia's State Legislature  —  The Virginia State Legislature may be the oldest statehouse in the United States, but the minority Democratic Party is using modern video technology …
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
We're very proud, bomber's family declares  —  The mother of Muhammad Faisal Saksak, the 21-year-old suicide bomber who carried out Monday's attack in Eilat, said she was aware of her son's plan to blow himself up and that she had wished him "good luck."  —  Dozens of Palestinians …
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 …
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