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10:40 PM ET, February 6, 2007


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Pajamas Media:
FLASH: OPERATION BAGHDAD HAS STARTED!  —  US Army soldiers from the 5-20 Infantry Division take up positions to provide cover for fellow soldiers as part of the launch of Operation Arrowhead Strike Six in the Shaab neighbourhood of northern Baghdad.  —  EXCLUSIVE From PJM Baghdad Editor Omar @ Iraq the Model @ 11:00 AM, PST
Operation Baghdad Has Started!
Discussion: Redstate and alphabet city
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Arab TV: Operations in Baghdad have begun; Update: 2,000 U.S …
Discussion: alphabet city
Eric Gorski / Denver Post:
Haggard says he's not gay  —  The Rev. Ted Haggard emerged from three weeks of intensive counseling convinced he is "completely heterosexual" and told an oversight board that his sexual contact with men was limited to his accuser.  —  That is according to one of the disgraced pastor's overseers …
Associated Press:
Haggard now "completely heterosexual"  —  DENVER - One of four ministers who oversaw three weeks of intensive counseling for the Rev. Ted Haggard said the disgraced minister emerged convinced that he is "completely heterosexual."  —  Haggard also said his sexual contact with men was limited …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Discussion: The Corner
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
My Six-Point Reaction to Joe Klein's Seven-Point Response  —  I agree with Joe Klein's assessment that there are "far more important things going on in the world" than a clarification of his position on the war in Iraq.  But I can't resist reacting to his seven-point response to my post on him:
Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
Slow News Day?  —  Arianna Huffington, the doyenne of the Hollywood left, has taken time from her busy schedule to attack me for something I said on Meet the Press three years ago.  Since this lone quote has become an article of faith among the take-no-prisoners left, let me respond:  —  1. Yes, I said it.
Brian C. Ledbetter / snapped shot:
Glorious Jihadi Linkage  —  Wow, in what's sure to be a first for the history of Snapped Shot, I'm, well, proud to announce that one of the photographs in our cache has officially been included in an online article over at al Jazeera, the Voice of the Jihadis.
Little Green Footballs:   It's Sad When Jihadis Hotlink
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
JOHN EDWARDS' HEALTHCARE PLAN....John Edwards' new healthcare proposal is, basically, an individual mandate (everyone is required to get health insurance coverage somehow) combined with community rating (private insurers have to take all comers, regardless of medical condition) and government subsidies …
The Politico:
GOP Views Clinton As Virtually Unbeatable  —  What many conservatives regard as the nightmare scenario — President Hillary Rodham Clinton — is increasingly seen by veteran Republican politicians and strategists as virtual inevitability.  —  In GOP circles, the Democratic front-runner is seen as so strong …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, MyDD and Daily Kos
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Other Democrats Weigh In  —  The good news for the nation's …
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Astronaut Charged With Attempted Kidnapping  —  A NASA astronaut who drove hundreds of miles to confront a romantic rival, wearing diapers on the journey so that she would not have to stop to use the restroom, appeared in court today after being arrested on attempted kidnapping and other charges.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys, Slog and Feministe
Mike Schneider / Associated Press:
Astronaut Charged With Murder Attemp
William M. Arkin / Early Warning:
Demonization and Responsibility  —  I've been making my way through the mail and online comments I've received in response to my columns last week.  —  The many e-mails I've gotten privately from people serving in the military are, not surprisingly, the most respectful and reflective.
Mary Katharine Ham /
McCain Campaign Staff and Bloggers: The Lovers' Quarrel Conference Call  —  All right, so some would argue that McCain and the bloggers have never had enough of a relationship to qualify the current disagreements as "lovers' quarrels," but the call and the conversation the campaign staff is starting to have is a bit, "baby, come back.
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
On Increased Entry Costs In The Progressive Blogosphere  —  In my post yesterday about changing dynamics in the progressive, political blogosphere, there were quite a few excellent comments.  Two that really caught my eye were by Jeffrey Feldman and a response to Feldman by andy k.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Bush Approval Dips to 32%  —  Lowest approval rating since last May  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new Gallup Poll finds George W. Bush with a 32% approval rating.  That is down slightly from his readings in January, and is within one point of the low rating of his entire administration.
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Reconstruction Official on Iraqi Billions: "What Difference Does It Make?"  —  What happened to billions in Iraqi funds that were overseen by the Coalition Provisional Authority?  That's not "important," according to David Oliver, the former Director of Management and Budget of the agency.
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