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9:05 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
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
A Biden Problem: Foot in Mouth  —  After Announcing Presidential Bid, Biden Slammed for Obama Remarks  —  Senator Joe Biden, D-Del., the loquacious chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who launched his presidential campaign today, may be experiencing an ailment not entirely unknown to him: foot in mouth disease.
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?
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 …
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.
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Advocates of troop surge about-face in Congress
Discussion: Power Line
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
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
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Another Pandora's Box On Political Speech
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.
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Rep. Gary Miller, in senior perch, is part of FBI probe  —  After months of GOP ethics scandals, House Republicans chose Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) as the ranking member of a panel charged with investigating financial institutions — even as the FBI was looking into his land deals.
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 …
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 …
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.
David Lightman / Hartford Courant:
Dodd's Showing In Polls Laughable  —  At Least Comedians Have Noticed It  —  WASHINGTON — When pollster John Zogby asked a group of 339 likely Democratic voters earlier this month whom they wanted for president in 2008, one or two mentioned Connecticut's senior senator.
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
Los Angeles Times:
Cult had dug in for massive battle  —  The group, well armed and well organized, was decimated by Iraqi forces aided by U.S. air power, authorities say.  —  ZERGHA, IRAQ — The dead wore the same footwear, imitation leather dress shoes with Velcro flaps.  Their mangled bodies filled the trenches.
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
Associated Press:
Sunni mosques still show damage in Iraq
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
Al-Maliki: Iraq won't be battleground for U.S., Iran
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Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Warrants Issued for 13 CIA Operatives in Germany Kidnapping
Discussion: On Deadline
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. …