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8:40 AM ET, February 7, 2007


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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.
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Wayne Slater / Dallas Morning News:
Ties with the right touted
Discussion: The Right's Field
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Edwards's Bloggers Cross the Line, Critic Says  —  Two bloggers hired by John Edwards to reach out to liberals in the online world have landed his presidential campaign in hot water for doing what bloggers do — expressing their opinions in provocative and often crude language.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Catholics Slam Bloggers Hired by Edwards  —  WASHINGTON — Two bloggers hired recently by Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards were criticized Tuesday by a Catholic group for posts they had written elsewhere on the Internet.  —  Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League …
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Libby Speaks on Tape, but May Not in Court  —  The jurors deciding the perjury case against I. Lewis Libby Jr. listened to his voice on audiotape for hours on Tuesday as his lawyers quietly explored a surprise strategy, keeping him off the witness stand, that would ensure that the jurors never hear his voice in person.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Questions  —  Hi I'm Marv Albert, and on my left is Doug Collins....
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
Libby Says Cheney 'Disturbed' by Wilson's Claims
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Swopa / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Libby Grand Jury Testimony, Three
Discussion: Booman Tribune and JustOneMinute
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 …
Operation Baghdad Has Started!  —  Minutes after nighttime curfew began in Baghdad at 9 pm we saw breaking news on al-Hurra and al-Jazeera saying that Baghdad's security operation has just started.  —  The news says the first operation is currently underway in Azamiyah in the northeastern part of the city.
New York Times:
Military Wants More Civilians to Help in Iraq  —  Senior military officers, including members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have told President Bush and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates that the new Iraq strategy could fail unless more civilian agencies step forward quickly to carry out plans …
Discussion: Eschaton and The Democratic Daily
John Holusha / New York Times:   Under Pressure, Gates Details Iraq Expectations
Jay Newton-Small / Bloomberg:
Waxman Probes Iraq Contracting, Missing $12 Billion (Update1)
Discussion: David Phinney
Amanda / Think Progress:
Popular Teen TV Show To Claim Morning-After Pill Can Cause A Miscarriage  —  Tonight, the CW network will air an episode of Veronica Mars that is based on misleading right-wing claims about contraception.  The show is about a young woman named Veronica Mars, who is both a college student and a part-time private investigator.
Ann / Feministing:
Confusing EC and RU486... and other misinformation from Veronica Mars
Discussion: Liberal Values
Alex Johnson / MSNBC:
Exasperated House bypasses Senate on Iraq  —  Representatives schedule their own vote to oppose Bush's troop 'surge'  —  WASHINGTON - House leaders got fed up with waiting around for the Senate to act and decided Tuesday to go ahead with their own vote on a resolution opposing President Bush's plan to add 21,500 U.S. troops in Iraq.
Discussion: Redstate and Decision '08
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
PUTRID VERBIAGE, CONT'D  —  The Minneapolis Star Tribune editorial board can be relied on faitfully to echo Democratic Party talking points, as it does today in its lead editorial.  Here you have it: … The Star Tribune to the contrary notwithstanding, the Republican minority assured …
Vince Patton / KGW-TV:
Global warming debate spurs Ore. title tiff  —  In the face of evidence agreed upon by hundreds of climate scientists, George Taylor holds firm.  He does not believe human activities are the main cause of global climate change.  —  Taylor also holds a unique title: State Climatologist.
Babak Dehghanpisheh / Newsweek:
'Give Us the Proof'  —  Iran's ambassador to Baghdad responds to charges that Tehran is fostering sectarian violence and helping insurgents in Iraq.  —  Tensions between the United States and Iran, seldom below simmering, are reaching boiling point in Iraq.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Steve Jobs / Apple:
Thoughts on Music  —  With the stunning global success of Apple's iPod music player and iTunes online music store, some have called for Apple to "open" the digital rights management (DRM) system that Apple uses to protect its music against theft, so that music purchased from iTunes can be played …
Discussion: Boing Boing, Jay Currie and BuzzMachine
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
In Campaign 2008, Candidates Starting Earlier, Spending More  —  Starting as early as last June, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was hiring staffers and consultants in New Hampshire and Iowa and building the foundation for his 2008 presidential bid at a time when those in early battleground states typically …
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Jules Crittenden:
Hardball, Anyone?  —  Not the TV blah blah blah show ... the game.
Discussion: Power Line and TigerHawk
Gary Kamiya / Salon:
Bush's Iran madness
Discussion: Firedoglake
Betsy Newmark / Examiner:
I am woman, hear me campaign
Little Green Footballs:
UK Islamic School Teaching Infidelophobia
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
Sold on a Stereotype  —  In China, a genre of self-help books purports …
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Leslie Morgan Steiner / On Balance:
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Bush Approval Dips to 32%
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