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9:15 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 …
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Wonkette
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Judy Three
Discussion: JustOneMinute and TalkLeft
John O'Neil / New York Times:
Senators Assert Right to Block Bush on Iraq  —  Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee began laying the constitutional groundwork today for an effort to block President Bush's plan to send more troops to Iraq and place new limits on the conduct of the war there, perhaps forcing a withdrawal of American forces from Iraq.
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Republicans and Congress' war powers — then and now  —  Russ Feingold today is chairing a Committee hearing in order to demonstrate that Congress has the Constitutional authority to compel the President to withdraw troops from Iraq, a power that is not merely confined to cutting off appropriations.
Associated Press:
GOP senator challenges Bush on war powers
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
The Sun:
10 years to save the planet  —  Global Cool ... Pearl Harbor star Josh Hartnett  —  A NEW worldwide movement backed by celebrities, musicians, politicians and business leaders is aiming to reverse the effects of global warming over the next decade.  —  Global Cool launched in London …
Discussion: protein wisdom
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.
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:
John Byrne / The Raw Story:
Exclusive: GOP talking points encourage using Lieberman to attack Democrats on war  —  A set of talking points sent out yesterday by the staff of House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) encouraged House Republican press staff to use a quote from Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) — a onetime Democrat …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Democrats unveil massive spending bill
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Riehl World View
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
How This White House Operates  —  From the first time the White House was asked about allegations that senior officials had exposed a CIA agent's identity as part of a plot to discredit an administration critic, the answer was consistent.  —  As spokesman Scott McClellan put it as early as July 22 …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Wonkette
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Senate clears way for minimum wage vote  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate cleared the way for an increase in the minimum wage Tuesday, but only with business tax breaks that House Democrats want removed.  —  Final Senate passage of the legislation is expected later this week …
Discussion: and Daily Kos
Nico / Think Progress:
Senate Multimillionares Vote To Block Minimum Wage Hike
Lee Harris / TCS Daily:
Hillary Clinton and the Politics of Resenting History  —  When Abraham Lincoln decided to run for a second term in the midst of the Civil War, he used a homespun analogy that nearly everybody could relate to: "You don't swap horses in the middle of a stream."  In 1864, after all, people still rode horses to go places.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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
Media Matters for America:
"I don't wanna be a pinhead no more.  I just met a nurse that I could go for."  —  This story, headlined "Bush Directive Increases Sway on Regulation," demonstrates why I could never work as a "real" reporter for a major newspaper.  The story explains:
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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!
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Webb to Secretary Rice: Ahem  —  A couple weeks ago, Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) asked Secretary Condoleeza Rice if the administration thought President Bush had the power to take military action against Iran without permission from Congress.  —  She deferred an answer, saying …
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
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Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Andrew Sullivan and the hollow "Conservative Soul"
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Declan McCullagh / CNET
FBI turns to broad new wiretap method
Bryan / Hot Air:
"If they're going to support us, support us all the way."
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Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
Analysis: Najaf battle raises questions
Jennifer Parker / ABCNEWS:
Blogging Gone Wild: Open Government or Gotcha Politics?
Agence France Presse:
Climate change means hunger and thirst for billions: report
John Poirier / Reuters:
House lawmakers offer bill to ban Wal-Mart bank
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Wire:
How Mitt Romney Avoided Campaign-Finance Rules
Discussion: Daily Kos and Macsmind
Niles Lathem / New York Post:
Discussion: It Shines For All
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: David Addington Three
Faiz / Think Progress:
McCain Flip Flops, Now Says He Would Not Consider Redeployment Under Any Scenario
Discussion: Daily Kos
Is Nick Cohen right about the left? His critics reply
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
GOP Right Sees Lemons in White House Race
Washington Post:
Soldier's Death Strengthens Senators' Antiwar Resolve