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8:20 PM ET, January 31, 2007


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Associated Press:
Syndicated columnist Molly Ivins dies at 62  —  Best-selling author, sharp-witted Texas liberal succumbs to breast cancer  —  Syndicated columnist Molly Ivins poses for a portrait at her home Sept. 22 in Austin, Texas.  She died Wednesday at 62 after a long battle with breast cancer.
John Moritz / Dallas Star-Telegram:
Columnist Molly Ivins dies  —  AUSTIN — Molly Ivins, whose biting columns mixed liberal populism with an irreverent Texas wit, died at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at her home in Austin after an up-and-down battle with breast cancer she had waged for seven years.  She was 62.
Kelley Shannon / Associated Press:   Syndicated columnist, noted Texas liberal Molly Ivins dies
Sky News:
Terror Plot: Ninth Arrest  —  A ninth suspect has been arrested by police investigating an alleged Iraq-style kidnapping and beheading plot in the UK.  —  It follows the detention of eight people at addresses in Birmingham earlier.  —  Assistant Chief Constable David Shaw, of West Midlands Police …
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Soldier Beheading Plot Foiled in Britain (Bumped, Updated)
Discussion: Hot Air
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Biden Unbound: Lays Into Clinton, Obama, Edwards  —  Loquacious Senator, Democratic Candidate on Hillary: 'Four of 10 Is the Max You Can Get?'  Edwards 'Doesn't Know What He's Talking About'  —  Senator Joseph Biden doesn't think highly of the Iraq policies of some of the other Democrats who are running for President.
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Edwards '08: Talking Tough  —  In 2004, John Edwards rarely had an unkind word to say about his rivals for the presidency.  But it isn't 2004 any more.  —  Should Hillary Clinton apologize for backing the Iraq war?  "That is a moral decision she has to make," Edwards told me.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Biden announces, immediately destroys presidential hopes; Update: Comma misplaced?
Devices Part Of Cartoon Marketing Campaign  —  (WBZ) BOSTON The suspicious devices which forced bomb units to scramble across Boston today were actually magnetic lights that are part of a marketing campaign for a television cartoon.  —  The reports forced the temporary shutdowns of Interstate 93 …
TV Network Takes Responsibility For 'Hoax Devices'  —  BOSTON — Turner Broadcasting plans to take responsibility for the "hoax devices" that were found at several locations in and around Boston Wednesday that forced police bomb units to scramble throughout the area.
Discussion: Reason Magazine and On Deadline
Ken Maguire / Associated Press:
Boston devices a cartoon marketing ploy
Associated Press:
Gonzales to Release Spy Program Details  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Wednesday he will turn over secret documents detailing the government's domestic spying program, ending a two-week standoff with the Senate Judiciary Committee over surveillance targeting terror suspects.
Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Air Force's role in Iraq could grow  —  More flights are likely along the Iranian border, sources say.  —  WASHINGTON — The Air Force is preparing for an expanded role in Iraq that could include aggressive new tactics designed to deter Iranian assistance to Iraqi militants, senior Pentagon officials said.
New York Times:
Honesty in Elections  —  On Election Day last fall in Maryland, fliers were handed out in black neighborhoods with the heading "Democratic Sample Ballot" and photos of black Democratic leaders — and boxes checked off beside the names of the Republican candidates for senator and governor.
Discussion: Election Law and Liberal Values
Slaughter Condemns Military Equipment Shortages as Waste Persists  —  New Pentagon Audit Confirms Troops Sent into Iraq and Afghanistan Without Adequate Equipment, Armored Vehicles, while Reconstruction Funds Squandered by Perpetual Waste, Fraud, and Abuse  —  Washington, DC …
John Edwards '08 Blog:
New Blogmaster  —  This is both my first post to the Edwards blog and my announcement that I'm joining the presidential campaign for John Edwards for 2008.  I'll be taking over the job of Blogmaster (mistress?) over the course of the month of February.  —  The main two questions this brings up are: Why me?
Al-Maliki: Iraq won't be battleground for U.S., Iran … BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraq's prime minister said Wednesday he's sure Iran is behind some attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq and he won't allow his country to be a battleground for the two nations.  —  "We have told the Iranians and the Americans …
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Matt Cooper One  —  This is NOT Cooper on the stand.  It's him speaking at Georgetown.  In any case, here are some groundrules.  I timestamp my posts-that will let you know when you should update (please err on the side of saving the servers).  Also, treat this as a liveblog, not a transcript; I'm no court reporter!
Discussion: Daily Kos, JustOneMinute and Hullabaloo
Akersm / The Sleuth:
Obama's Grudge Factor  —  These are chilly days on Capitol Hill ... and on the campaign trail for Fox News journalists — at least when they're anywhere near Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).  —  Sources tell The Sleuth that the Obama camp has "frozen out" Fox News reporters and producers in the wake …
Rob Hotakainen / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Franken tells DFLers he's running for Senate  —  WASHINGTON - Comedian and radio talk show host Al Franken has begun calling Democratic members of Congress and prominent DFLers to tell them he will definitely challenge Republican Sen. Norm Coleman in 2008, the Star Tribune has learned.
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
News tips & feedback  —  Manchester - He didn't directly take himself out of presidential contention, but former New York Gov. George Pataki told key Granite State Republicans last night he won't object if they want to closely examine and endorse other candidates.
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Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
A hearty F*** You to William Arkin
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Advocates of troop surge about-face in Congress
Discussion: Power Line
Associated Press:
Sunni mosques still show damage in Iraq
Marc Kaufman / Washington Post:
The Saga Of the Lost Space Tapes
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Democratic Edge in Partisanship in 2006 Evident at National, State Levels
Discussion: MyDD, Pollster and Daily Kos
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
Essay Linking Liberal Jews and Anti-Semitism Sparks a Furor
Bryan / Hot Air:
Lara Logan and her terrorist footage: It is too important to ignore Updates
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
David Lightman / Hartford Courant:
Dodd's Showing In Polls Laughable
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Millions wasted in Iraq reconstruction aid
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Warrants Issued for 13 CIA Operatives in Germany Kidnapping
Discussion: On Deadline
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law, murdered in Madagascar
White House:
President Bush Delivers State of the Economy Report
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
You Want Innovation? Offer a Prize
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner and EconLog
Associated Press:
Pentagon halts sales of F-14 parts
Bailey / newsweek:
I Have Had My Differences With Members of the Press. …