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8:05 AM ET, February 6, 2007

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David Espo / Associated Press:
Republicans block Senate debate on Iraq  —  WASHINGTON - Republicans blocked a full-fledged Senate debate over Iraq on Monday, but Democrats vowed they would eventually find a way to force President Bush to change course in a war that has claimed the lives of more than 3,000 U.S. troops.
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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.
Washington Post:
Iraq Debate Grips Senate  —  Democrats Struggle to Bring Resolution on Troop Levels to Vote  —  Senate Democrats, facing a filibuster of a long-awaited debate on President Bush's Iraq policy, were scrambling today to bring a resolution of opposition to the Senate floor.
Jeffrey Goldberg / New Yorker:
THE LORAX  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton, like many capable politicians, has the ability to arrange her face in such a way as to convey nothing but placidity and benign pity when confronted by a hostile or unpleasant comment.  On occasion, though, when her benevolence or, worse, her honor is questioned …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
"Feels Good!"  —  We have talked a lot lately about Dick Cheney's delusional behavior and his childlike strategic foreign policy vision.  It seems as if even the dunderhead Bush seems less threatening and freakishly out to lunch than Cheney.  In fact, it's hard to find any Republicans wearing the fogged-up …
Michael Roston / The Raw Story:   Senate Republicans successfully block debate on Iraq resolution
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Feingold bashes both parties over Iraq
Discussion: The Agonist and Daily Kos
DownWithTyranny!:
FEINGOLD ON FIRE AFTER REPUBLICANS VOTE TO BLOCK IRAQ DEBATE
Discussion: Firedoglake
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   We had our late afternoon editorial meeting here at TPM this afternoon.
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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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   The Really Wrong Stuff  —  Even in a program full of American heroes …
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Giuliani nearing full-fledged candidacy  —  WASHINGTON - Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor whose popularity soared after his response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, moved closer to a full-fledged campaign for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday.
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Rudy's In, Mostly  —  Rudy Giuliani ended most of the speculation by amending his exploratory committee papers today to include a "statement of candidacy".  It moves him closer to the eventual commitment to run, but Giuliani all but made that tonight on Hannity & Colmes on Fox News Channel:
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.
John / AMERICAblog:
Snickers Superbowl Web site promotes violence against gays and lesbians.  Bears & Colts players react in disgust, on camera, to gays.  —  UPDATE: Snickers pulled the Web site containing the homophobic ads and commentary.  Still no word from Snickers about the entire affair.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Appointment in Mesopotamia  —  IRAQ'S PROBLEMS EXISTED LONG BEFORE 2003.  —  Replying to Fareed Zakaria's observation in Newsweek, about Iraq and the Iraqis—that "We did not give them a republic.  We gave them a civil war."  —Charles Krauthammer, in our common sister paper the Washington Post, expressed a fine contempt:
Discussion: protein wisdom and Daily Kos
Little Green Footballs:
O'Reilly Outraged Over Arkin  —  Bill O'Reilly was in high dudgeon tonight (and justifiably so) over William Arkin's anti-military screeds in several MSM outlets.  Hot Air has the second section, with the comment babes: Michelle tells O'Reilly, "Let a thousand Arkins bloom".  —  UPDATE at 2/5/07 7:45:24 pm:
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Michelle tells O'Reilly, "Let a thousand Arkins bloom"
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Liberty Street
Atrios / Eschaton:
Happy Colin Powell Day  —  Has it really been 4 years already?  Time flies.  —  Let's remember.  William Safire: … Richard Cohen: … George Will: … Jim Hoagland: … Washington Post editorial board: … Atrios:
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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.
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 …
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 Singer / MyDD:
MyDD Interview with Chuck Schumer
Discussion: DonkeyRising and Pacific Views
BBC:
No more Mars bar ads for children
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Robert Greenstein / cbpp.org:
DESPITE THE RHETORIC, BUDGET WOULD MAKE NATION'S FISCAL PROBLEMS WORSE …
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs and TAPPED
WorldNetDaily:
Our Founders' recommendations for president
Discussion: Pharyngula
Tim Worstall / TCS Daily:
The Morality of Rising Inequality
Discussion: Angry Bear and EconLog
Agence France Presse:
Bush offers Democrats olive branch on Iraq war
Discussion: Daily Kos and TalkLeft
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Some Romney Funds May Be in Limbo
 Earlier Items: 
James Glanz / New York Times:
Iranian Diplomat Kidnapped in Baghdad by Iraqis With Official ID
Skippy / skippy the bush kangaroo:
crashing the gates...and closing them behind you
Discussion: Pharyngula
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The Cross Removed At William and Mary
Discussion: The Heretik and Scared Monkeys
Reuters:
China bars AIDS doctor from U.S. for award: activist
Michelle Malkin:
Read-along with John Edwards' blogger
Swopa / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Libby Grand Jury Testimony, One
Discussion: JustOneMinute and TalkLeft