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10:25 AM 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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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 …
Discussion: Beltway Blogroll
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Edwards Campaign Reconsidering Blogger Hires
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
McQ / QandO:   MARCOTTE UNDER FIRE BY CATHOLIC GROUP (UPDATED)
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Libby Speaks on Tape, but May Not in Court  —  The jurors deciding the perjury case against I. Lewis Libby Jr. listened to his voice on audiotape for hours on Tuesday as his lawyers quietly explored a surprise strategy, keeping him off the witness stand, that would ensure that the jurors never hear his voice in person.
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David Corn:
Libby Trial: Scooter Speaks, Part II
Discussion: The Nation
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Did Plame Initiate The Niger Investigation?
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Questions  —  Hi I'm Marv Albert, and on my left is Doug Collins....
Discussion: Hullabaloo
David / the david all group:
Live-blogging McCain's blogger outreach...  I've been invited to a bloggers conference call... You get a front-row seat too.  Why?  Because I care about you.  (Note: I'm paraphrasing the quotes because I'm not a "real" reporter.  Deal.)  —  3:06 PM: After a five-minute wait with really piss poor music …
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Mary Katharine Ham / Townhall.com:
McCain Campaign Staff and Bloggers: The Lovers' Quarrel Conference Call  —  All right, so some would argue that McCain and the bloggers have never had enough of a relationship to qualify the current disagreements as "lovers' quarrels," but the call and the conversation the campaign staff is starting to have is a bit, "baby, come back.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   The Impact Of Blogger Outreach
New York Times:
Military Wants More Civilians to Help in Iraq  —  Senior military officers, including members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have told President Bush and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates that the new Iraq strategy could fail unless more civilian agencies step forward quickly to carry out plans …
Discussion: Eschaton and The Democratic Daily
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John Holusha / New York Times:   Under Pressure, Gates Details Iraq Expectations
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Deputy Attorney General Defends Prosecutor Firings  —  A senior Justice Department official acknowledged yesterday that a top federal prosecutor in Arkansas was removed to make room for a former aide to presidential adviser Karl Rove, but he said that six other U.S. attorneys were fired for "performance-related" issues.
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David Johnston / New York Times:   A U.S. Attorney Was Removed Without Cause, Official 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 …
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" …
Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Lawmakers Revolt Against Long Hours  —  Even before Democratic leaders have made good on promises to harness lawmakers five days a week, cross-party opposition is growing, with senators ready to revolt and House members simmering over the new schedule.  —  The most popular move afoot …
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Marc Santora / New York Times:   Iraqi Premier Admits Errors in Introducing Security Plan in Baghdad
Michael Wines / New York Times:
As Inflation Soars, Zimbabwe Economy Plunges  —  For close to seven years, Zimbabwe's economy and quality of life have been in slow, uninterrupted decline.  They are still declining this year, people there say, with one notable difference: the pace is no longer so slow.
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
In Campaign 2008, Candidates Starting Earlier, Spending More  —  Starting as early as last June, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was hiring staffers and consultants in New Hampshire and Iowa and building the foundation for his 2008 presidential bid at a time when those in early battleground states typically …
The Politico:
GOP Views Clinton As Virtually Unbeatable  —  What many conservatives regard as the nightmare scenario — President Hillary Rodham Clinton — is increasingly seen by veteran Republican politicians and strategists as virtual inevitability.  —  In GOP circles, the Democratic front-runner is seen as so strong …
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 …
Vince Patton / KGW-TV:
Global warming debate spurs Ore. title tiff  —  In the face of evidence agreed upon by hundreds of climate scientists, George Taylor holds firm.  He does not believe human activities are the main cause of global climate change.  —  Taylor also holds a unique title: State Climatologist.
 
 
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