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11:55 AM 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.
USA Today:
Dems get shot at Gates after GOP blocks Iraq resolution
Discussion: Power Line and The Caucus
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.
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Obama, Clinton May Skip Early Debates
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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.
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Democrats Face Limits in Changing Bush's Budget
Discussion: Beat the Press
Dr. Sanity:   CRASHING TO EARTH  —  This story makes me glad I don't do …
Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
Pelosi, Dingell reach deal
Discussion: The Politico and Think Progress
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Thanks to the Web, the Scorekeeping on the Super Bowl Has Just Begun  —  FOR the teams that play in the Super Bowl, the day after the game is reserved for planning victory parties or promising, "Wait till next year."  For Madison Avenue, the day after has become D-Day, given over to discussing …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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.
Pablo / protein wisdom:
Pandagon comes to John Edwards' blog  —  By this time, virtually all of the inhabitants of the political blogosphere know that vaginal supremacist Amanda Marcotte is now in charge of John Edwards' campaign blog, but I thought it interesting that we're beginning to see just what she brings to the table there.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Shifting Blame
Discussion: QandO
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
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."
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 …
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 …
Swopa / Needlenose:
What floored me at the Libby trial today  —  Okay, so I started to do a parody live blog today to have some fun with my opportunity to observe the Scooter Libby trial... but it fell apart, essentially derailed after the first entry.  —  Why?  Well, as anyone who's been reading my posts for very long knows …
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
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 …
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Remote Polish airstrip holds clues to secret CIA flights
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
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Germany Agonizes Over a Brain Drain
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Tom Newton Dunn / The Sun:
Joy at direct hit turns to horror
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Iranian Diplomat Abducted In Baghdad
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Jules Crittenden
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
As New 'Cop on the Beat,' Congressman Starts Patrol
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
MyDD Interview with Chuck Schumer
No more Mars bar ads for children
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Appointment in Mesopotamia  —  IRAQ'S PROBLEMS EXISTED LONG BEFORE 2003.