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1:55 PM ET, February 7, 2007

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John M. Broder / New York Times:
Edwards's Bloggers Cross the Line, Critic Says  —  Two bloggers hired by John Edwards to reach out to liberals in the online world have landed his presidential campaign in hot water for doing what bloggers do — expressing their opinions in provocative and often crude language.
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TerryMoran:
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
A look at John McCain's blogger-consultant  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  Apparently, there is a new standard that any blogger who has made controversial or profane remarks in the past is unsuitable to work for a political campaign.  That is the premise of these two articles …
Media Matters for America:
NY Times, AP reported Donohue's criticism of Edwards campaign bloggers — but ignored Donohue's own controversial comments and inconsistent outrage  —  The New York Times and Associated Press have both reported criticism by Catholic League president Bill Donohue of two bloggers hired …
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Catholics Slam Bloggers Hired by Edwards  —  WASHINGTON — Two bloggers hired recently by Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards were criticized Tuesday by a Catholic group for posts they had written elsewhere on the Internet.  —  Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Edwards Campaign Reconsidering Blogger Hires  —  The campaign of John Edwards, hailed for hiring two progressive bloggers for his 2008 Presidential campaign, has now said they will reconsider that decision in light of the blogging history of Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan.
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Washington Post:
U.S. Military Helicopter Down in Iraq, Official Says
Discussion: MSNBC
Faiz / Think Progress:
Matthews drops the F-bomb.  —  Once again allowing his emotions to get the better of him, Hardball host Chris Matthews told Don Imus this morning that he's "so sick of Southern guys with ranches running this country.  I want a guy to run for President who doesn't have a f**king — I'm sorry, a ranch."
Discussion: Reason Magazine
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Rich Noyes / NewsBusters.org:
Out of Control: Chris Matthews Drops F-Bomb In MSNBC Rant Against Bush  —  florida_chad Says:  —  LMAO - he just keeps getting better and better.  I'm sure if the southern guy with a ranch running the country was a DEMOCRAT matthews wouldn't care.  He is a disgrace.  —  HumanEvents Says:
wnbc.com:
Ban Proposed On Walking While Talking, Listening To iPod  —  Ban Would Apply To MP3 players, Blackberrys  —  A state senator from Brooklyn said on Tuesday he plans to introduce legislation that would ban people from using an MP3 player, cell phone, Blackberry or any other electronic device …
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Lou Young / WCBS-TV:
Bill Banning iPods In Crosswalks Slated For Albany  —  State Sen. Kruger: Electronic Devices Put Many In Danger  —  (CBS) NEW YORK First it was cell phones in cars, then trans fats.  Now, a new plan is on the table to ban gadget use while crossing city streets.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Many Voices, No Debate, as Senate Is Stifled on War  —  At a time when even President Bush acknowledges that the war in Iraq is sapping the nation's spirit, the Senate has tied itself up in procedural knots rather than engage in a debate on Iraq policy.  —  Given the influence that voter frustration …
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New York Times:
It's the War, Senators
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Media Blog
Payson / Think Progress:
Cheney's Son-In-Law Blamed for Delaying Investigations of Homeland Security Department  —  The Department of Homeland Security refuses to cooperate on oversight activities, according to testimony offered today by GAO Comptroller General David Walker and Homeland Security Inspector General Richard Skinner.
Wall Street Journal:
New Takes on the New Deal  —  When it released its budget proposal Monday, the Bush administration — and its congressional critics — focused anew on the country's giant Social Security program.  Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has said "significant political differences" …
Andrew Zajac / Chicago Tribune:
Giuliani speaking fees draw scrutiny  —  Firm headed by `America's mayor' challenged in court  —  WASHINGTON — As Rudolph Giuliani prepares to run for the nation's highest public office based on his image as the heroic take-charge mayor of New York in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks …
Baltimore Sun:
Black women face dilemma in Democratic primary  —  Barack Obama is black.  Hillary Rodham Clinton is a woman.  —  So if you're an African-American woman - and therefore, presumably, a Democrat - how do you choose between Senator Obama and Senator Clinton in what could turn out to be a precedent-setting presidential election?
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!, GINA COBB and TAPPED
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Legislation to require White House disclosure of military contracting  —  Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), a House Intelligence Committee member, introduced legislation requiring the Bush administration to disclose to what degree it relies on private military contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
 
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