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2:10 PM ET, February 5, 2007


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Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Tapes of Libby testimony to be released  —  WASHINGTON - Audio recordings of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's secret grand jury testimony will be released publicly after they are presented at his trial, the judge at Libby's trial ruled Monday.
David Carr / New York Times:
Skipping Merrily Along as Others Take the Heat  —  Last week was a busy one for the journalists caught up in the Valerie Plame saga three years ago.  The trial of I. Lewis Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, included the less than appetizing spectacle …
Discussion: David Corn and NO QUARTER
Washington Post:
Audiotapes of Libby's Testimony to Be Released  —  The federal judge presiding over the trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby ruled this morning that the public is entitled to hear audiotapes of Libby's testimony before the grand jury that investigated the 2003 leak of an undercover CIA officer's identity.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
The Big Uneasy  —  Insiders, Media Mingle Awkwardly at Libby Trial
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Bush Budget Projects A Surplus by 2012  —  The budget that President Bush will submit to Congress today shows the federal deficit falling in each of the next four years and would produce a $61 billion surplus in 2012, administration officials said.  But to get there, Bush is counting …
Ezra Klein:
BREAKING: The Bush Administration Plans Total Withdrawal  —  It's all well and good to talk about the Defeatocrat plans, what with their regional redeployments and plans to retain skeletal civic support and special forces in Iraq, but if you want some real anti-war sentiment …
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Bush sends Congress $2.90T spending plan
Discussion: CorrenteWire
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Republicans urged not to block Iraq vote
Discussion: New York Times
Timothy Ball / Canada Free Press:
Global Warming: The Cold, Hard Facts?  —  Global Warming, as we think we know it, doesn't exist.  And I am not the only one trying to make people open up their eyes and see the truth.  But few listen, despite the fact that I was the first Canadian Ph.D. in Climatology and I have an extensive background …
Nico / Think Progress:
New Fox Show: Obama Is Not The First 'Clean' African-American Since Oprah 'Does Douche'  —  Fox News is prepping a new late-night talk show called "Red Eye" hosted by Greg Gutfeld, the former editor of UK Maxim (and Huffington Post blogger) who previously led a web-based chat show for
Discussion: The Left Coaster
Michael Learmonth / Variety:   Fox News launching 'Red Eye'
Iran: Giant achievements coming soon  —  Ahmadinejad: On February 11, Islamic Republic's nuclear rights 'will be established'  —  "Giant achievements" by Iran will be unveiled by its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in the coming days, the Iranian Fars news agency reported on Saturday.
Confederate Yankee:
Surge  —  It has [apparently]. begun, and the rash of terrorist attacks over the past week, including the suicide truck bombing Saturday of a Baghdad marketplace frequented by both Sunni and Shia makes it appear, at least on the surface, that the terrorists were either attempting …
US urged to accelerate Iraq plan
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Officers With PhDs Advising War Effort  —  Gen. David H. Petraeus, the new U.S. commander in Iraq, is assembling a small band of warrior-intellectuals — including a quirky Australian anthropologist, a Princeton economist who is the son of a former U.S. attorney general and a military expert …
Nader leaves '08 door open, slams Hillary  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader on Sunday left the door open for another possible White House bid in 2008 and criticized Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton as "a panderer and a flatterer."
Los Angeles Times:
Congress must stop an attack on Iran  —  DESPITE ANGUISH and anger over the Bush administration's decision to escalate its failing war in Iraq, Congress is unlikely to cut off funding.  Even most opponents of the war fear that they could be blamed for not supporting the troops in the field …
Associated Press:
20 face lash for dancing in Saudi Arabia  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - A Saudi Arabian judge sentenced 20 foreigners to receive lashes and spend several months in prison after convicting them of attending a party where alcohol was served and men and women danced, a newspaper reported Sunday.
Bradford Plumer / The New Republic:
IRAN ODDS AND ENDS:  —  Lately, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been insisting that, despite all signs to the contrary, the Bush administration has no plans for a war with Iran:  —  Right, and if everyone claps loud enough, we might almost forget this headline from May of 2002: "Rumsfeld: No Plans to Invade Iraq."
Discussion: Firedoglake and Unfogged
Janet Daley / Telegraph:
This Government won't let you take action against criminals  —  Here it comes - the advice you've all been waiting for.  A Home Office minister is going to tell you what to do about crime and anti-social behaviour.  Watch your television screens tonight and you will be given the official word on how you …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
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Discussion: TAPPED, Althouse and MyDD
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