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4:12 AM ET, January 30, 2007


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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 …
Discussion: The Nation and The Corner
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
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: CorrenteWire
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Ari Fleischer Two
Discussion: Needlenose
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Ari Fleischer One
Discussion: Angry Bear and Needlenose
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Never in His Wildest Dreams
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.
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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.
Los Angeles Times:
Hundreds die in clash near Shiite holy city  —  U.S. and Iraqi forces thwart 500 fighters apparently targeting a Najaf shrine.  A helicopter goes down, killing two American troops.  —  BAGHDAD — Iraqi and American forces killed several hundred gunmen apparently planning to attack …
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 …
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.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
PRESIDENT BUSH'S SUPPORT HOLDING STEADY  —  We hear a lot of hysteria in the press about the American people deserting President Bush.  Every time a new poll is released, it is trumpeted as documenting a new low in the President's approval rating.  But these polls follow a variety of methodologies …
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.
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
Jon Keller / CBS4Boston:
Exclusive Survey Shows Tight Race In N.H.  —  (CBS4) With the field of candidates growing every week, the New Hampshire primary is shaping up to be a political free-for-all.  And exclusive new WBZ-TV Fast Track survey results show tight races in both parties.
Discussion: and The Corner
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Air America Radio Buyout, Stephen L Green  —  NEXT SUCKER, PLEASE  —  AAR Buyer Finally Emerges, Franken Bye-Bye  —  *** Also: give Maria Bartiromo a break!  And: updates at SaveWRKO ***  —  With a deal finally announced, the only surprise is that the "winning" bidder was a late entrant to the Air America Radio bailout race.
Confederate Yankee:
Walkback?  —  In the wake of my January [25] 26 letter to the Board of Directors of the Associated Press concerning the news organization's inaccurate reporting of the November 24 Hurriyah assault by Shia militias on Sunni mosques—a letter in which I provided to the Board of Directors …
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 …
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Ron Brynaert / The Raw Story:
Web video 'exposes' the 'Real McCain'
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Discussion: Power Line and Daily Kos
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
Pelosi Reaches Out to Blogging Community
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White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow
Discussion: First Draft and Think Progress
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
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Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Mushrooms and mystical experience
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Bush clarifies 'Democrat majority' gaffe
New York Times:
23-Month Campaign  —  In the old days, presidential races were one-year events.
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Google Halts 'Miserable Failure' Link to President Bush