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12:40 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) …
USA Today:
Dems get shot at Gates after GOP blocks Iraq resolution
Discussion: Power Line and The Caucus
Nico / Think Progress:   During Senate Debate, Lieberman Accuses War Vet Warner Of Not Supporting The Troops
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.
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
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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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 …
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 …
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Dr. Sanity:   CRASHING TO EARTH  —  This story makes me glad I don't do …
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 …
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Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
Pelosi, Dingell reach deal
Discussion: The Politico and Think Progress
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."
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Global Warming's Simple Remedy  —  "Worse than we thought."  The headline in the British Guardian newspaper on Saturday was almost gloating about the bad news.  The tone of the article that followed was no different: In Paris, a U.N.-sponsored panel, consisting of hundreds of scientists …
Chicago Tribune:
Obama trying to quit smoking—again  —  After struggling to quit smoking in the past, Sen. Barack Obama is trying a cessation aid not available over the counter: public attention.  —  Obama (D-Ill.) resolved to quit his cigarette habit over the winter holidays, just weeks …
 
 
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John / AMERICAblog:
Dear Senator Clinton, we all lived through 9/11, thank you very much.
Discussion: MyDD and Eschaton
New York Times:
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Edwards Introduces Plan For Health-Care Coverage
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Tom Hundley / Chicago Tribune:
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Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Lornet Turnbull / Seattle Times:
Initiative ties marriage, procreation
Discussion: TAPPED and Feministing
Mark Landler / New York Times:
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Roger Simon / The Politico:
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Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Appointment in Mesopotamia  —  IRAQ'S PROBLEMS EXISTED LONG BEFORE 2003.
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Giuliani nearing full-fledged candidacy