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9:45 AM ET, February 5, 2007


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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."
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Familiar Face, but a New Tone  —  John Edwards has no intention of getting lost in the shuffle.  —  Faced with what he always knew would be a tough race against Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination and now the challenge of convincing his party …
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker and
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama Confronts 'Outsider' Dilemma
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:   The Authenticity Primary  —  After speaking with John Edwards …
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."
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 …
Ron Brynaert / The Raw Story:
Iran claims found herbal cure for AIDS; Ahmadinejad vows Islamic Republic's nuclear rights 'will be established' on Feb. 11  —  On the same day that Iranian scientists claimed that they have discovered a herbal cure for AIDS, President Ahmadinejad vowed that on February 11 the Islamic Republic's nuclear rights "will be established."
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.
Mohammed / IRAQ THE MODEL:   More violence in Baghdad as the city braces for the security plan.
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.
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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
Discussion: The Caucus and Think Progress
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.
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.
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.
Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
It's one Hil(lary) of a target!  —  Big fund-raiser in city is a step toward 75M goal  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Clinton is firing up her first major fund-raiser in New York this week, launching a money marathon to underwrite what could be the most expensive presidential campaign ever.
Lawyers, Guns and Money:
"An impression of chaos"  —  (The people who did this are very worried)  —  I'd rather not bother to explain why I was watching Fox News at the gym this afternoon during the first quarter of the Super Bowl, but I'm glad others were watching as well and experienced the same bilious convulsions …
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.
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 …
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 …
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Critics fret over Hillary Clinton's high national negative ratings
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A Fourth Branch?  —  We have all discussed the unprecedented power …