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5:35 AM ET, February 6, 2007

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David Espo / Associated Press:
Republicans block Senate debate on Iraq  —  WASHINGTON - Republicans blocked a full-fledged Senate debate over Iraq on Monday, but Democrats vowed they would eventually find a way to force President Bush to change course in a war that has claimed the lives of more than 3,000 U.S. troops.
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Washington Post:
Iraq Debate Grips Senate  —  Democrats Struggle to Bring Resolution on Troop Levels to Vote  —  Senate Democrats, facing a filibuster of a long-awaited debate on President Bush's Iraq policy, were scrambling today to bring a resolution of opposition to the Senate floor.
New York Times:
G.O.P. Senators Block Debate on Iraq Policy  —  Republicans on Monday blocked Senate debate on a bipartisan resolution opposing President Bush's troop buildup in Iraq, leaving in doubt whether the Senate would render a judgment on what lawmakers of both parties described as the paramount issue of the day.
Michael Roston / The Raw Story:
Senate Republicans successfully block debate on Iraq resolution
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Feingold bashes both parties over Iraq
Discussion: The Agonist and Daily Kos
DownWithTyranny!:
FEINGOLD ON FIRE AFTER REPUBLICANS VOTE TO BLOCK IRAQ DEBATE
Discussion: Firedoglake
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   We had our late afternoon editorial meeting here at TPM this afternoon.
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
HILLARY AND RUDY....I'm with Atrios on this: I don't think it's surprising at all that Hillary Clinton trounced Rudy Giuliani in a recent poll in New York state.  It's sort of the flipside of my earlier argument about Hillary being stronger than many people think.
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Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:   Giuliani nearing full-fledged candidacy
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Rudy's In, Mostly  —  Rudy Giuliani ended most of the speculation …
Discussion: Lonewacko
Henry Pierson Curtis / Orlando Sentinel:
Space shuttle astronaut arrested at OIA on attempted kidnapping, battery charges  —  A NASA astronaut is charged with attacking her rival for another astronaut's attention early Monday at Orlando International Airport, the Orlando Sentinel has learned.  —  Lisa Marie Nowak drove from Texas …
Jeffrey Goldberg / New Yorker:
THE LORAX  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton, like many capable politicians, has the ability to arrange her face in such a way as to convey nothing but placidity and benign pity when confronted by a hostile or unpleasant comment.  On occasion, though, when her benevolence or, worse, her honor is questioned …
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
"Feels Good!"  —  We have talked a lot lately about Dick Cheney's delusional behavior and his childlike strategic foreign policy vision.  It seems as if even the dunderhead Bush seems less threatening and freakishly out to lunch than Cheney.  In fact, it's hard to find any Republicans wearing the fogged-up …
John / AMERICAblog:
Snickers Superbowl Web site promotes violence against gays and lesbians.  Bears & Colts players react in disgust, on camera, to gays.  —  UPDATE: Snickers pulled the Web site containing the homophobic ads and commentary.  Still no word from Snickers about the entire affair.
George F. Will / Newsweek:
Inconvenient Kyoto Truths  —  Was life better when a sheet of ice a mile thick covered Chicago?  Was it worse when Greenland was so warm that Vikings farmed there?  —  Enough already.  It is time to call some bluffs.  John Kerry says that one reason America has become an "international pariah" …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Diane Sawyer asks Syrian fascist what's on his iPod  —  From this morning's GMA.  Not quite as flirtatious as Wallace's pattycake session with Ahmadinejad, but at least he sprung a few tough questions about Hezbollah and the Holocaust.  Sawyer's most probing moment was asking …
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ABCNEWS:   Exclusive: Syrian President Says He Can Help Broker Peace If U.S. Will Talk
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Appointment in Mesopotamia  —  IRAQ'S PROBLEMS EXISTED LONG BEFORE 2003.  —  Replying to Fareed Zakaria's observation in Newsweek, about Iraq and the Iraqis—that "We did not give them a republic.  We gave them a civil war."  —Charles Krauthammer, in our common sister paper the Washington Post, expressed a fine contempt:
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nico / Think Progress:
FACT CHECK: Washington Times Publishes False Report On Pelosi's Use Of Military Aircraft  —  On February 1, the Washington Times published a story titled "Speaker pursues military flights," which claimed that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had been "pressing the Bush administration …
CNN:
U.S. military: Iraqi lawmaker is U.S. Embassy bomber … BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — A man sentenced to death in Kuwait for the 1983 bombings of the U.S. and French embassies now sits in Iraq's parliament as a member of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's ruling coalition, according to U.S. military intelligence.
Discussion: Demagogue and KnoxViews
Atrios / Eschaton:
Happy Colin Powell Day  —  Has it really been 4 years already?  Time flies.  —  Let's remember.  William Safire: … Richard Cohen: … George Will: … Jim Hoagland: … Washington Post editorial board: … Atrios:
Washington Post:
Bush Plan Reins In Domestic Spending  —  Proposal Aims to Balance Budget And Fund Wars  —  President Bush took aim yesterday at domestic spending as part of a plan to balance the budget in five years without raising taxes while increasing funding for the Iraq war and permanently expanding the military.
 
 
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