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11:45 AM ET, February 8, 2007


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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Tim Russert, on The Uncomfortable Side of a Question  —  From the moment he hobbled into the wood-paneled courtroom on a single crutch from an ankle injury, Tim Russert seemed very different from the familiar television figure of Sunday morning combat.  —  He was careful, sober and subdued.
Washington Post:
Russert Says He Didn't Tell Libby About CIA Officer  —  Journalist Says He Learned Plame's Role After Leak  —  Tim Russert, the Washington bureau chief for NBC News, yesterday swiftly and firmly rejected I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's assertion that the journalist revealed the identity …
Swopa / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Tim Russert, Three  —  Good morning, my friends, and welcome back to the cross-examination that never ends ... we're due to see more of NBC's Tim Russert being raked over the coals by Scooter Libby's attorney, Ted Wells.  Yesterday afternoon's grilling raised several questions that Jane Hamsher …
New York Times:
At Libby Trial, Russert of NBC Gives and Gets
Discussion: Maine Web Report
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Libby v. The Press
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
House Sets Path for Iraq Vote, but Must Decide What to Say  —  As the House prepares for three days of debate next week on Iraq, Democratic leaders sought Wednesday to reconcile deep differences within the party in order to shape a symbolic resolution denouncing President Bush's troop buildup plan.
Discussion: The Corner and First Read
Maybe the Duck Isn't So Lame  —  Bush finds a way to win, or at least a way not to lose, a crucial showdown on Iraq.  —  Maybe he's not such a lame duck after all.  —  President Bush has been on the run since the midterm election cost his party control of both chambers of Congress.
Washington Times:
Pentagon limits Pelosi jet size  —  The Department of Defense yesterday sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that puts limits on the size of the plane she may use to travel across the country and restricts the guests she can bring, The Washington Times has learned.
Discussion: Right Wing News
New York Times:
Mormon Candidate Braces for Religion as Issue  —  As he begins campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, is facing a threshold issue: Will his religion — he is a Mormon — be a big obstacle to winning the White House?
New York Times:
Copter Crashes Suggest Change in Iraqi Tactics  —  With two more helicopter crashes near Baghdad, including a Marine transport crash on Wednesday that killed seven people, the number of helicopters that have gone down in Iraq over the past three weeks rose to six.
Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Bush Wants Funding Jump for Anti-Drug Ads Rated as Useless  —  President Bush has proposed a significant jump in funding for an anti-drug advertising campaign that government-funded research shows is at best useless and at worst has increased drug use among some teens.
Washington Post:
Veterans Group Speaks Out on War  —  Congressional Democrats Let Talk for Them, Bluntly  —  When Iraq war veteran Jon Soltz accused Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) of "aiding the enemy," the Democratic senators gathered around him yesterday did not wince.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Matthew Yglesias:
Jonah Goldberg Day!  —  Two years ago today, Jonah Goldberg threw down the following challenge to Juan Cole: … Since Goldberg enjoys throwing a little smear-job in with his punditry, he also offered this: … Got it.  So we have a prediction, along with the insinuation that Professor Cole …
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
MANY 1967-72 SPITTING INCIDENTS ARE DOCUMENTED IN THE PRESS.  Hundreds of Vietnam-era veterans have publicly claimed in recent decades that they were spat on by citizens or anti-war protesters because of their military status either before they went to Vietnam, on leave, or after their return from overseas.
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 …
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
Railroad Firms Bringing Aboard Lawmakers' Lobbyist Relatives  —  The railroad industry is hiring relatives of Capitol Hill lawmakers and staff members as it faces tighter federal safety legislation, employing a tactic untouched by the Democrats' new ethics proposals: lobbying by congressional family members.
Discussion: The Caucus and Blue Crab Boulevard
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Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Nelson W. Polsby, 72; Explained Change in Political Institutions
Discussion: The University … and TAPPED
Hillary Clinton should ditch the trousers: Versace
Elana Schor / The Hill:
Gates riles Budget panel
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Florida Shines For Giuliani
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Heart-ache: Islamist parasite Abu Izzadeen arrested for inciting …
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Allied With Democrats, Lieberman Easily Aligns With Republicans
Discussion: Sirotablog
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Why The Edwards Situation Means So Much To Me
Discussion: Beltway Blogroll and Daily Kos
Top Iraqi official held in raid
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
U.S. May Be Mishandling Asylum Seekers, Panel Says
Discussion: Prairie Weather
James Taranto / Opinion Journal:
Reckless Caution  —  Edwards vs. Clinton: Indecision 2008.
US News:
'Floodgates of Fraud' at Spy Satellite Agency
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
2008 Field Sprouts Rootless Candidates
Discussion: The Caucus
Hal R. Varian / New York Times:
Kaizen, That Continuous Improvement Strategy, Finds Its Ideal Environment
Lance / A Second Hand Conjecture:
The climate of climate change research keeps getting chillier
Discussion: QandO, Flopping Aces, KGW-TV and Wizbang
Andrew Rosemarine / Telegraph:
Professor outrages Jews with book claim
Discussion: Daimnation!
Massimo Calabresi / Time:
Bloggers on the Bus  —  Edwards and Marcotte, however …