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3:20 PM ET, February 6, 2007


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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.
McQ / QandO:
MEDIA MISCHARACTERIZES SENATE RESOLUTION VOTE  —  T  —  he NY Times: … The Washington Post: … AP: … Reality:  —  Contrary to the implication of these "news" reports, the Democrats are attempting to end debate on a single resolution (and need 60 votes to do it) …
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The War To Save The Surge  —  When political opponents tell you that to prove your seriousness you need to pursue a strategy they know is doomed to failure, shouldn't you be skeptical of their advice?  —  As the Senate considers a resolution to put itself on record opposing President Bush's escalation …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Other Democrats Weigh In  —  The good news for the nation's Democrats is that neither of the supposed front-runners for the party's 2008 presidential nomination, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, stole the show when all 10 of the likely contenders spoke last weekend to the Democratic National Committee.
Oliver Willis:
David Broder Libels Democrats  —  David Broder, the most insider of Washington insiders, perpetuates a lie and smears the Democratic party in "reporting" on this past weekend's meeting of the DNC. … That's just a boldfaced lie by Broder, no two ways about it.
USA Today:
Edwards latest to decline public funds for presidential campaign
Discussion: The Caucus
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Robert Greenstein /
DESPITE THE RHETORIC, BUDGET WOULD MAKE NATION'S FISCAL PROBLEMS WORSE AND FURTHER WIDEN INEQUALITY  —  The President says he wants to promote fiscal responsibility and address growing inequality, but his budget fails on both counts.  In fact, it would make both problems worse.
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Democrats Face Limits in Changing Bush's Budget
Discussion: Beat the Press
Qassim Abdul-Zahra / ABCNEWS:
Iraqi Gunmen Seize Iranian Diplomat  —  Officials: Iranian Diplomat Seized by Gunmen Wearing Army Uniforms in Central Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq Feb 6, 2007 (AP)— Gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms seized an Iranian diplomat as he drove through central Baghdad, officials said Tuesday.
Ragnar / The Jawa Report:
More on Rudy and Guns  —  I think this commenter may have it about right: … A lot of smart people have been saying this for a long time.  Gun control is a landmine for Rudy Giuliani.  When it comes to guns, Rudy's got a terrible track record to deal with.  So far, his message sucks.
New York Post:
'RUNNIN' MATES' JUDI 'N' RUDY AIM FOR '08  —  Sexy Judi Giuliani is keeping a tight lip-lock on her hubby as he moved even closer yesterday to officially announcing his presidential bid.  —  As his loyal missus bared some of the secrets of her marriage to "America's Mayor" in a candid new interview …
Amanda Paulson / Christian Science Monitor:
Coming US challenge: a less literate workforce  —  A larger share of workers will have minimal reading skills in 2030 than today, according to a report released Monday.  —  US workers may be significantly less literate in 2030 than they are today.  —  The reason: Most baby boomers …
FRC President: Giuliani 'Far Outside the Mainstream of Conservative Thought'  —  This just in to The Brody File.  I received the following response from Tony Perkins on what he thinks about Rudy Giuliani's chances to be the next President of the United States.  Let me put it this way: he's not thrilled.
Arnold Kling / TCS Daily:
Why Be a Conservative Libertarian?  —  "In short, if Democrats hope to continue appealing to libertarian-leaning voters, they are going to have to up their game.  They need to ask themselves: Are we content with being a brief rebound fling for jilted libertarians, or do we want to form a lasting relationship?
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Liberal Values
Lornet Turnbull / Seattle Times:
Initiative ties marriage, procreation  —  A group of gay-marriage supporters could begin collecting signatures today for a November ballot initiative that would limit marriage in Washington to couples willing and able to have children.  —  The measure would also dissolve the union …
Discussion: TAPPED and Feministing
Hindrocket / Power Line:
NEXT UP: JOHN MCCAIN ON MY SPACE  —  The Mitt Romney campaign announced today that it has established a new beachhead in cyberspace: … Here is a partial screen shot of Romney's Facebook page; click to enlarge:  —  Romney's Facebook initiative is expected to increase his support among teenage and pre-teen girls.
Tim Graham /
Newsweek's Evan Thomas: 'Our Job Is To Bash the President'  —  On Friday night's edition of Inside Washington airing locally on Washington PBS station WETA, the first topic was whether the media's been unfair to President Bush, given his abysmal approval ratings.
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
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.
Exclusive: Duke Lacrosse Grand Jurors Speak Out  —  Grand Juror Says "Would Have Made a Different Decision" If he Knew What he Knows Now  —  In the spring, a grand jury in Durham, N.C., indicted three Duke University lacrosse players on charges of rape, sexual offense and kidnapping of an exotic dancer.
Discussion: Durham-in-Wonderland and TalkLeft
Our Founders' recommendations for president  —  Who would our Founders endorse for president today?  What would they look for in elected officials?  —  On May 26, 1790, I believe we were given some answers to those questions, before an auspicious audience such as Massachusetts Governor …
Those Unguarded Moments Of Truth  —  We are not sure who to thank for the following moment of revelation, Freud or some higher authority, but it does provide a most interesting insight into the ongoing controversy over labor rights and card check unionization.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Left in the West
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Philip Johnston / Telegraph:
Muslims to pay school's legal fight to uphold niqab ban
Discussion: The Corner
Eugene Volokh / Los Angeles Times:
A gag order on parents?
Chicago Tribune:
Race, religion sensitive subtext in presidential campaign
Chicago Tribune:
Obama trying to quit smoking—again
San Francisco Chronicle:
John / AMERICAblog:
Dear Senator Clinton, we all lived through 9/11, thank you very much.
Discussion: MyDD, Eschaton and Daily Kos
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Pablo / protein wisdom:
Pandagon comes to John Edwards' blog
Tom Newton Dunn / The Sun:
Joy at direct hit turns to horror
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Obama, Clinton May Skip Early Debates
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
A.B.A. Panel Would Weaken Code Governing Judges' Conduct