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11:15 AM ET, February 5, 2007


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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."
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."
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama Confronts 'Outsider' Dilemma
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
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 …
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:   Bush sends Congress $2.90T spending plan
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.
Fars News Agency:   Iran Introduces AIDS Cure
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 …
New York Times:
Iraqis Fault Delayed U.S. Plan in Attack  —  A growing number of Iraqis blamed the United States on Sunday for creating conditions that led to the worst single suicide bombing in the war, which devastated a Shiite market in Baghdad the day before.  They argued that slowness in completing …
Mohammed / IRAQ THE MODEL:   More violence in Baghdad as the city braces for the security plan.
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."
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Super Bowl Ads of Cartoonish Violence, Perhaps Reflecting Toll of War  —  No commercial that appeared last night during Super Bowl XLI directly addressed Iraq, unlike a patriotic spot for Budweiser beer that ran during the game two years ago.  But the ongoing war seemed to linger just below …
Bill / INDCJournal:
Insh'allah: A Nighttime Raid with the Iraqi Army  —  It was after midnight when our convoy of Jundi (Iraqi Army soldiers) and trailing Marine advisors rolled out into Fallujah's neighborhoods, their darkened Humvees barreling down pitch black streets and muddy back alleys.
Edwards: raise taxes for healthcare  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. presidential candidate John Edwards on Sunday said that he would raise taxes, chiefly on the wealthy, to pay for expanded healthcare coverage under a plan costing $90 billion to $120 billion a year to be unveiled on Monday.
Julia Preston / New York Times:
U.S. Set to Begin a Vast Expansion of DNA Sampling  —  The Justice Department is completing rules to allow the collection of DNA from most people arrested or detained by federal authorities, a vast expansion of DNA gathering that will include hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, by far the largest group affected.
Opinion Journal:
Climate of Opinion  —  The latest U.N. report shows the "warming" debate is far from settled.  —  Last week's headlines about the United Nations' latest report on global warming were typically breathless, predicting doom and human damnation like the most fervent religious evangelical.
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.
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 …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Ezra Klein:
Danny Glover Could Learn Something From A Blogger Ethics Panel  —  The National Journal's Danny Glover has one of the most inventive excuses for avoiding actual reporting work that I've ever seen: … Got that?  Glover thinks Amanda won't answer him, so he won't even ask.  Pretty nifty.
Thers / Whiskey Fire:
Bitter Fish in Crude Oil Sea
Yossi Melman / Haaretz:
U.S. website: Mossad killed Iranian nuclear physicist  —  A senior nuclear physicist involved in Iran's nuclear program who died under mysterious circumstances two weeks ago was killed by the Mossad, according to a report released in a U.S. website this weekend.
Discussion: New York Times and TigerHawk
Fars News Agency:
Moussad Incapable of Running Operations in Iran
Discussion: Redstate
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Mark Hosenball / Newsweek:
The War: 'Ambiguous' Intel on Iran's Meddling in Iraq
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