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9:15 AM ET, February 6, 2007


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New York Times:
G.O.P. Senators Block Debate on Iraq Policy  —  Republicans on Monday blocked Senate debate on a bipartisan resolution opposing President Bush's troop buildup in Iraq, leaving in doubt whether the Senate would render a judgment on what lawmakers of both parties described as the paramount issue of the day.
David Espo / Associated Press:
Republicans block Senate debate on Iraq  —  WASHINGTON - Republicans blocked a full-fledged Senate debate over Iraq on Monday, but Democrats vowed they would eventually find a way to force President Bush to change course in a war that has claimed the lives of more than 3,000 U.S. troops.
Washington Post:
Iraq Debate Grips Senate  —  Democrats Struggle to Bring Resolution on Troop Levels to Vote  —  Senate Democrats, facing a filibuster of a long-awaited debate on President Bush's Iraq policy, were scrambling today to bring a resolution of opposition to the Senate floor.
Jeffrey Goldberg / New Yorker:
THE LORAX  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton, like many capable politicians, has the ability to arrange her face in such a way as to convey nothing but placidity and benign pity when confronted by a hostile or unpleasant comment.  On occasion, though, when her benevolence or, worse, her honor is questioned …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
"Feels Good!"  —  We have talked a lot lately about Dick Cheney's delusional behavior and his childlike strategic foreign policy vision.  It seems as if even the dunderhead Bush seems less threatening and freakishly out to lunch than Cheney.  In fact, it's hard to find any Republicans wearing the fogged-up …
Michael Roston / The Raw Story:
Senate Republicans successfully block debate on Iraq resolution
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Discussion: Firedoglake
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Feingold bashes both parties over Iraq
Discussion: The Agonist and Daily Kos
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
GOP Blocks Cloture On Surge Resolution
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Giuliani nearing full-fledged candidacy  —  WASHINGTON - Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor whose popularity soared after his response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, moved closer to a full-fledged campaign for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday.
Discussion: The American Mind and Dean's World
Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
Pelosi, Dingell reach deal  —  Ending a three-week long turf war, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.) have reached an agreement on the parameters of the select committee on global warming.  —  In a new letter to Pelosi …
Discussion: The Politico and Think Progress
Nico / Think Progress:
FACT CHECK: Washington Times Publishes False Report On Pelosi's Use Of Military Aircraft  —  On February 1, the Washington Times published a story titled "Speaker pursues military flights," which claimed that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had been "pressing the Bush administration …
Agence France Presse:
Bush offers Democrats olive branch on Iraq war
Discussion: Daily Kos and TalkLeft
McQ / QandO:
EDWARD'S WAR VOTE: "THE CLINTONS MADE ME DO IT"  —  Ok maybe it's not quite that drastic but its close.  While being interviewed on Meet the Press, John Edwards was asked why he voted for the war and why he was so wrong: … So John Edwards, having seen the intel offered by the Bush administration …
U.S. military: Iraqi lawmaker is U.S. Embassy bomber … BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — A man sentenced to death in Kuwait for the 1983 bombings of the U.S. and French embassies now sits in Iraq's parliament as a member of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's ruling coalition, according to U.S. military intelligence.
Little Green Footballs:
O'Reilly Outraged Over Arkin  —  Bill O'Reilly was in high dudgeon tonight (and justifiably so) over William Arkin's anti-military screeds in several MSM outlets.  Hot Air has the second section, with the comment babes: Michelle tells O'Reilly, "Let a thousand Arkins bloom".  —  UPDATE at 2/5/07 7:45:24 pm:
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Pajamas Media
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Michelle tells O'Reilly, "Let a thousand Arkins bloom"
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Liberty Street
Washington Post:
Bush Plan Reins In Domestic Spending  —  Proposal Aims to Balance Budget And Fund Wars  —  President Bush took aim yesterday at domestic spending as part of a plan to balance the budget in five years without raising taxes while increasing funding for the Iraq war and permanently expanding the military.
John / AMERICAblog:
Snickers Superbowl Web site promotes violence against gays and lesbians.  Bears & Colts players react in disgust, on camera, to gays.  —  UPDATE: Snickers pulled the Web site containing the homophobic ads and commentary.  Still no word from Snickers about the entire affair.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Appointment in Mesopotamia  —  IRAQ'S PROBLEMS EXISTED LONG BEFORE 2003.  —  Replying to Fareed Zakaria's observation in Newsweek, about Iraq and the Iraqis—that "We did not give them a republic.  We gave them a civil war."  —Charles Krauthammer, in our common sister paper the Washington Post, expressed a fine contempt:
Discussion: protein wisdom and Daily Kos
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Global Warming's Simple Remedy  —  "Worse than we thought."  The headline in the British Guardian newspaper on Saturday was almost gloating about the bad news.  The tone of the article that followed was no different: In Paris, a U.N.-sponsored panel, consisting of hundreds of scientists …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
A.B.A. Panel Would Weaken Code Governing Judges' Conduct  —  A commission of the American Bar Association has recommended that the group weaken its code of judicial conduct by changing, from a mandatory rule to nonbinding advice, an instruction to judges to "avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety."
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Obama, Clinton May Skip Early Debates  —  What if they gave a debate and nobody came?  —  What if the media-political complex announced a presidential debate, hired a hall, sent out invitations, lined up 200 folding chairs for the press, and then the major candidates said: "Stick it in your ear.
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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Brad / The BRAD BLOG:
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Atrios / Eschaton:
Happy Colin Powell Day