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2:00 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.
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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.
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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.
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Obama, Clinton May Skip Early Debates  —  What if they gave a debate and nobody came?  —  What if the media-political complex announced a presidential debate, hired a hall, sent out invitations, lined up 200 folding chairs for the press, and then the major candidates said: "Stick it in your ear.
Robert Greenstein / cbpp.org:
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.
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Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Democrats Face Limits in Changing Bush's Budget
Discussion: Beat the Press
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 …
USA Today:
Edwards latest to decline public funds for presidential campaign  —  WASHINGTON — Democrat John Edwards on Monday joined New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in saying he will not use public money for the presidential primary campaign or, if he wins his party's nomination, for the general election.
Discussion: The Caucus
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Edwards Introduces Plan For Health-Care Coverage
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Edwards Details His Health Care Proposal
Discussion: TAPPED
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.
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 …
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
A.B.A. Panel Would Weaken Code Governing Judges' Conduct  —  A commission of the American Bar Association has recommended that the group weaken its code of judicial conduct by changing, from a mandatory rule to nonbinding advice, an instruction to judges to "avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety."
ABCNEWS:
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
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
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
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Libby's Grand Jury Tapes Are Heard in Court  —  Prosecutors in the perjury trial of I. Lewis Libby Jr. on Monday played audio tapes in which Mr. Libby was heard testifying under oath before a grand jury that he had not discussed the identity of a Central Intelligence Agency operative …
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 …
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
edwize.org:
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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John / AMERICAblog:
Dear Senator Clinton, we all lived through 9/11, thank you very much.
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