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3:25 PM ET, February 2, 2007


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New York Times:
Climate Panel Issues Urgent Warning to Curb Gases  —  The world is already committed to centuries of warming, shifting weather patterns and rising seas from the atmospheric buildup of gases that trap heat, but the warming can be substantially blunted by prompt action, an international network of climate experts said today.
Alex Morales / Bloomberg:
Global Warming Very Likely Caused by Humans, UN Says (Update5)  —  Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) — Global warming is ``very likely'' caused by humans, and world temperatures and sea-levels will increase by the end of the century, the United Nations said in its most comprehensive report yet on climate change.
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
NIE: The Surge Can't Work  —  Wow, this is grim.  According to the just-released Key Judgments of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq, political reconciliation is likely a bridge too far over the next year and a half.  —  The Sunnis remain "unwilling to accept minority status" …
Think Progress:
Hadley Ignores NIE, Says White House Will Still Not Call Iraq A 'Civil War'
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Craig Gordon / Newsday:
On paper, Rudy's unsure  —  Giuliani's government filings don't lend hints to his presidential run - he hasn't submitted a declaration form or checked the Republican box  —  WASHINGTON - Republicans looking at Rudolph Giuliani's campaign for president always ask two questions - is he really running, and is he a "real Republican?"
Discussion: Redstate
New York Post:
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Majority in Senate support 'stay the course' resolution  —  A bipartisan majority in the Senate yesterday united behind a firm "stay the course" resolution on the war in Iraq, despite searing public criticism from both sides in Congress over President Bush's handling of the war.
Washington Post:
Senate Democrats Split on Measure Opposing Bush  —  Compromise Called Weak; Report Raises Estimate of Troops Needed for 'Surge'  —  Senate Democratic leaders who decided to back a Republican resolution against President Bush's Iraq war plan in hopes of winning broad bipartisan support ran …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Bush administration seeks $245B for wars  —  WASHINGTON - The Bush administration will ask for another $100 billion for military and diplomatic operations in Iraq and Afghanistan this year and seek $145 billion for 2008, a senior administration official said Friday.
Clifford Krauss / New York Times:
Exxon and Shell Report Record Profits for 2006  —  Oil prices have fallen, but Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell left their smaller competitors in the dust and reported record annual profits Thursday.  —  By making $180 million a day between them, the two largest publicly traded oil companies displayed …
Discussion: AFL-CIO Weblog, ACSBlog and TAPPED
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Higher Oil Prices Help Exxon Again Set Record Profit
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
F.B.I. Agent Says Libby Denied Being Leak Source  —  An F.B.I. agent told a jury Thursday that I. Lewis Libby Jr. "claimed" during formal interviews she conducted that he had not disclosed to two reporters the identity of Valerie Wilson, a Central Intelligence Agency operative.
Michael J. Sniffen / Associated Press:
Agent: Libby may have talked of outing operative with Cheney
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Next Hurrah
Associated Press:
Controversial Danish imam Abu Laban dies  —  COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Ahmed Abu Laban, Denmark's most prominent Muslim leader and a central figure in last year's uproar over the Prophet Muhammad cartoons, has died from cancer, his organization said Friday.  He was 60.
Michelle Malkin:   Mohammed Cartoon updates
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Who's to Blame for The Killing  —  This week the internecine warfare in Iraq, already bewildering — Sunni vs. Shiite, Kurd vs. Arab, jihadist vs. infidel, with various Iranians, Syrians and assorted freelancers thrown into the maelstrom — went bizarre.  In one of the biggest battles of the war …
Michael Yon:
The Hands of God  —  A Village, North of Mosul: Friday 26 January 07  —  He was dressed as a woman as he walked down the alley toward the mosque full of worshippers.  It was Friday, just before Ashura, and the air was chilled.  —  The bomb strapped to his body was studded with ball-bearings …
Daily Mail:
Police praise Muslim soldiers who acted as 'bait' for beheading gang  —  Two British Muslim soldiers targeted by the alleged beheading gang were used in an extraordinary "sting" operation to snare their assassins, it has emerged.  —  The courageous pair agreed to act like "tethered goats" …
Danny / Beltway Blogroll:
Anti-Blog Hysteria In The State Capitols  —  First Texas, now Tennessee.  There's something strange in the state legisaltive air, as lawmakers keep introducing anti-blog bills and then backing down when bloggers start screaming.  —  I mentioned the Texas story in passing a couple of months ago in one of my blog bits roundups.
Maya Angelou / Washington Post:
Molly Ivins Shook the Walls With Her Clarion Call  —  The walls have not come down, but they have been given a serious shaking.  —  That Jericho voice is stilled now.  —  Molly Ivins has been quieted.  —  The writer and journalist, dearly loved and admired by many, hated and feared by many …
Thomas Z. Freedman / Washington Post:
How to Really Help Low-Wage Workers  —  If the House and Senate are able to agree on a minimum-wage hike and the president signs the bill, some may say we will have done enough to help low-income workers.  It's true that low-wage workers urgently need a raise, that millions of Americans work full …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Opinion Journal:
Senator Feingold's Sin  —  The backseat generals are exposed.  —  The Senate is teeming with courageous souls these days, most of them Republicans who have taken that brave step of following the opinion polls and abandoning their president in a time of war.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Agence France Presse:
Muslim chief slams 'police state' Britain, like Nazi Germany  —  A Muslim leader has warned that Britain is moving towards a "police state," comparing the situation to Nazi Germany after the anti-terror raids in the city of Birmingham this week.  —  But Mohammad Naseem …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
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Associated Press:
Punxsutawney Phil predicts early spring
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Benedict Brogan / Daily Mail:
No 10 kept Blair's questioning by police secret for a week
Discussion: One Hand Clapping
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
An Inarticulate Kickoff  —  What is it, exactly, that white people mean …
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Senate Adds Tax Breaks To Minimum Wage Bill
Jerusalem Post:
Eleven Palestinians killed in ferocious Gaza fighting
Discussion: Classical Values