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3:50 PM ET, February 5, 2007


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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 …
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, NO QUARTER and Macsmind
Washington Post:
Audiotapes of Libby's Testimony to Be Released
Discussion: Firedoglake and 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: Media Blog and CorrenteWire
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Giuliani Files 'Statement of Candidacy'  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.
Associated Press:
FORMER NEW YORK CITY MAYOR RUDY GIULIANI FILES CANDIDACY STATEMENT FOR 2008 RACE  —  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani  —  WASHINGTON — Making the most of his front-runner status, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Monday moved closer to a 2008 campaign for president …
Discussion: Hot Air and Daimnation!
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: Variety and The Left Coaster
Doug Giles /
It's Time for Conservatives to Take Comedy Seriously  —  I know I'm not supposed to say this as a conservative and as a Christian, but Steve Colbert, John Stewart, David Letterman, Carlos Mencia, Dave Chappelle and Bill Maher are funny hombres.  Even though I radically and fundamentally disagree …
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Taking conservative comedy seriously
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Washington Post:
Iraq Vote Could Resonate In 2008  —  Resolution Against Adding Troops Is Set for a Showdown  —  When Sen. John E. Sununu (R-N.H.) saw reporters approaching him last week, he took off in a sprint, determined to say as little as possible about a nonbinding resolution opposing President Bush's …
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Republicans urged not to block Iraq vote  —  WASHINGTON - A Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee is cautioning Republicans against blocking a vote Monday on a resolution opposing President Bush's troop increase in Iraq, saying it would be a "terrible mistake."
Philadelphia Daily News:
Congress, spying & the rule of law  —  AFTER illegally spying on Americans without the required warrants for several years, the Bush administration is claiming a sudden change of heart.  —  Attorney General Alberto Gonzales recently announced that the administration's domestic-spying program will stop bypassing judicial oversight.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:   April arguments, day by day  —  The Supreme Court on Monday released …
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 …
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."
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Rasmussen Reports:
Poll: 57% Say War With Iran Likely
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Somewhere, Milton Is Smiling
USA Today:
Can we take much more good news?
Discussion: FishBowlDC and CBS News
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Convictions v. conviction: Watada's court-martial begins
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Discussion: TIME: Swampland and Daily Kos
Peter Spiegel / Los Angeles Times:
Tank-size defense request
Andrew Cochran / Counterterrorism Blog:
Arrest in Spain of Alleged Key GSPC-Al Qaeda Terrorist
Discussion: Barcepundit
Michael J. Totten:
The Beirut Branch of the Mossad
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
A Presidential Also-Ran, Kerry Adjusts to What Passes for a Normal …
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Edwards' hits and misses on Meet the Press
Janet Daley / Telegraph:
This Government won't let you take action against criminals
Bradford Plumer / The New Republic:
Discussion: Firedoglake and Unfogged
Associated Press:
20 face lash for dancing in Saudi Arabia
Iran: Giant achievements coming soon
Edwards: raise taxes for healthcare