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12:55 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: NO QUARTER
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:   The Big Uneasy  —  Insiders, Media Mingle Awkwardly at Libby Trial
David Corn:   Novak On the Stand: A Fantasy
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
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Bush sends Congress $2.90T spending plan
Discussion: CorrenteWire
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."
Discussion: New York Times
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
Dave Montgomery / Real Cities:
Dick Armey takes aim at GOP, war in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON - When he was the GOP leader in a Republican-controlled House of Representatives, Dick Armey was never known to be a shrinking violet.  But now that he's out of politics, Armey is indisputably even more plainspoken as the leader …
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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
A Presidential Also-Ran, Kerry Adjusts to What Passes for a Normal …
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Edwards' hits and misses on Meet the Press
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Jesse Singal / TPMmuckraker:
The Daily Muck  —  Senators Still Unclear on Arar Rendition
Discussion: The Politico and Majikthise
Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
Gore resists push for '08 run
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
April arguments, day by day  —  The Supreme Court on Monday released …
Nico / Think Progress:
New Fox Show: Obama Is Not The First 'Clean' African-American …
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Commissioners gag at dinner for appraiser
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New job, same Santorum
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Opinion Journal:
Climate of Opinion  —  The latest U.N. report shows the …
Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
It's one Hil(lary) of a target!
Los Angeles Times:
Can Washington get smart about science?
Associated Press:
Amidst bloodshed, millions of Muslims pray for peace
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Edwards: raise taxes for healthcare
Julia Preston / New York Times:
U.S. Set to Begin a Vast Expansion of DNA Sampling