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3:39 AM ET, February 8, 2007


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David Burge / iowahawk:
THE PANDAGON PAPERS  —  [Strong content warning - ed.]  —  Dear Senator Edwards:  —  I am f**king delighted to accept your offer of the position of Official Blogger for the Edwards 2008 presidential campaign.  Please find attached my f**king W-2 form.  —  I would like to express …
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Waiting To Hear From Edwards  —  I have a pretty vicious rant and an important action alert lined up, but I am waiting to hear from the Edwards camp about the fate of Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan before doing anything.  The Salon story is not credible and cannot be verified at this time.
Does John Edwards Condone Hate Speech?  —  A bit of a tempest is brewing over the strident and profanity-laced writings of John Edwards' official campaign "blogmaster," Amanda Marcotte.  She joined the Edwards campaign last week, and she's already gotten a lot of attention.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
CNN on the Edwards/Blogger Story
Discussion: Jesus' General and The Agonist
Media Matters for America:
NY Times, AP reported Donohue's criticism of Edwards campaign bloggers …
Bryan / Hot Air:
IMPORTANT ACTION ALERT: Stop taking yourselves so seriously
Swopa / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Tim Russert, Two  —  More cross-examination by Wells of Tim Russert ...  NOTES: (1) This is not an official transcript — just a very loose paraphrase, at best — so don't treat it as one.  Even exchanges that look like verbatim dialogue are just the gist of each question and each answer …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Hullabaloo
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
The Libby Trial: Why Did Tim Russert Fight So Hard to Avoid Telling the Grand Jury What He Had Already Told the FBI?  —  Tim Russert hobbled into the courtroom this afternoon on crutches.  When he left the stand at the end of the day (slated to return for more cross-examination tomorrow) …
New York Times:
At Libby Trial, Russert of NBC Gives and Gets  —  The prosecution in the perjury trial of I. Lewis Libby Jr. neared the end of its case Wednesday with a final dramatic flourish — putting Tim Russert of NBC News on the witness stand to deliver what could be a serious blow to Mr. Libby's defense.
Swopa / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Tim Russert, One
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Booman Tribune
Washington Post:
Russert Says He Didn't Tell Libby About CIA Officer
Discussion: The Heretik
Maine Web Report:
Libby- Russert testimony 2:30pm
Paul Courson / CNN:
Russert says he didn't give Libby agent's ID
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Libby v. The Press
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
7 GOP Senators Back War Debate  —  Lawmakers Had Blocked Action on Troop Resolution  —  Senate Republicans who earlier this week helped block deliberations on a resolution opposing President Bush's new troop deployments in Iraq changed course yesterday and vowed to use every tactic at their disposal to ensure a full and open debate.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Pentagon Rejects Speaker Pelosi's Request for Military Aircraft  —  Speaker Wants Aircraft That Can Handle Nonstop Cross-Country Flight, Citing Security Concerns  —  A source close to the controversy over the request made by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for use of a military plane …
Pajamas Media:
Quinnipiac University News and Events:
February 7, 2007 - Giuliani, McCain, Clinton In Florida Horse Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Results Close To Clinton's Razor-Thin Lead In Ohio  —  In an early look at the 2008 presidential race in Florida, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has a razor-thin 47 …
Discussion: MyDD and Chicago Tribune
Lydia Saad / Gallup Poll:
Giuliani's Social Views Not Well Known
Mike Barber / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Mistrial in Watada court-martial  —  FORT LEWIS — The court-martial of 1st Lt. Ehren Watada ended in a mistrial Wednesday.  —  The case's just, Lt. Col. John Head, declared the trial over after a day of wrangling over a stipulation of facts that Watada had signed before the trial …
Eytan Avriel / Haaretz:
NY Times publisher: Our goal is to manage the transition from print to internet  —  Despite his personal fortune and impressive lineage, Arthur Sulzberger, owner, chairman and publisher of the most respected newspaper in the world, is a stressed man.  —  Why would the man behind the New York Times be stressed?
Lior Strahilevitz / The University …:
Nelson Polsby, 1934-2007  —  Nelson Polsby has just passed away.  Nelson was a giant of American political science, a leading academic authority on presidential elections, Congress, political party reform, and a host of other topics.  His PhD thesis was one of political science's path-altering works …
Michael Melia / Associated Press:
Military: No Gitmo Guard Abuse Evident  —  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — An Army officer who investigated possible abuse at Guantanamo Bay after some guards purportedly bragged about beating detainees found no evidence they mistreated the prisoners _ although he did not interview any of the alleged victims, the U.S. military said Wednesday.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Global Warming and Hot Air  —  You could be excused for thinking that we'll soon do something serious about global warming.  Last Friday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — an international group of scientists — concluded that, to a 90 percent probability, human activity is warming the Earth.
The Smoking Gun:
Air America Fire Sale  —  Documents: Bankrupt liberal radio network to sell for $4.25 million  —  Bankrupt and about to lose Al Franken, its marquee star, Air America Radio is set to change hands for the bargain price of $4.25 million, according to new court documents.
Larisa Alexandrovna / The Raw Story:
Pentagon Inspector General to release investigation into secretive pre-war Iraq intelligence group  —  Former Undersecretary Feith says he hasn't seen report  —  A long awaited Pentagon Inspector General's report into the Office of Special Plans and its activities surrounding pre-war intelligence …
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
Blackwater e-mail outlines gear shortage  —  WASHINGTON - A day before four of the company's security guards died in Iraq, a Blackwater USA employee wrote company officials that it was time to stop the "smoke and mirror show" and provide crucial equipment for the private army in the field.
Discussion: CorrenteWire
Bill Torpy / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Atlanta officers to face murder indictment  —  Fulton DA seeks charges in shooting of elderly woman in her home  —  Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard will seek criminal charges, including felony murder, against three Atlanta narcotics officers involved in a botched drug raid …
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Garance Franke-Ruta / TAPPED:
A ROUGH LESSON FOR BLOGGERS.  Salon is reporting that the John …
Discussion: Eschaton
Jeff Cohen / AlterNet:
Jonah Goldberg's Gambling Debt: Will Tribune Company Pay It?
The Politico:
Obama Wants Public Financing Option
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