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11:10 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: Right Wing Nut House
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.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
A look at John McCain's blogger-consultant
Discussion: The Sideshow
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Scooter Libby and the media debacle  —  The New York Times made headlines last week when it tapped a new D.C. bureau chief.  But if the paper of record really wanted to jump-start its Beltway news operation, maybe it should have tried to lure Patrick Fitzgerald away from the Department of Justice.
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John McIntyre / TIME:
Giuliani Is In and Becomes the Immediate Favorite  —  There is an assumption by many that Giuliani is un-nominatable as a Republican for President given his less than conservative positions on many social issues.  Charlie Cook summed up the conventional Washington wisdom on Giuliani's chances …
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Andrew Zajac / Chicago Tribune:   Giuliani speaking fees draw scrutiny
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
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Iraqi Premier Admits Errors in Introducing Security Plan in Baghdad  —  Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki acknowledged for the first time on Tuesday that his government had stumbled in its efforts to carry out a new security plan in Baghdad and that the delays and mounting violence were hurting its credibility with the Iraqi people.
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New York Times:
Baghdad Push Begins, U.S. Military 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 …
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
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" …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:
Keys to a successful surge  —  Sending more troops to Iraq will work only if the U.S. changes its ways.  —  WHILE politicians debate whether more U.S. troops should be sent to Iraq, just as important is how those troops will be utilized.  In the Boer War, a "surge" of soldiers helped.
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: TAPPED
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Rich Noyes / NewsBusters.org:
Out of Control: Chris Matthews Drops F-Bomb In MSNBC Rant Against Bush
Discussion: Hot Air
Financial Times:
Criminal code raises fear over EU powers
Bloomberg:
Dodd Uses Wall Street `Juice' to Outraise His Rivals (Correct)
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
General Is Front Man For Bush's Iraq Plan
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Legislation to require White House disclosure of military contracting
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Wash. initiative would require married couples to have kids
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
PUTRID VERBIAGE, CONT'D
Steve Jobs / Apple:
Thoughts on Music  —  With the stunning global success …
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Betsy Newmark / Examiner:
I am woman, hear me campaign
Babak Dehghanpisheh / Newsweek:
'Give Us the Proof'
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
Sold on a Stereotype  —  In China, a genre of self-help books purports …
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Leslie Morgan Steiner / On Balance:
9/11 Dad  —  Welcome to the Tuesday guest blog.
George Monbiot / Guardian:
A 9/11 conspiracy virus is sweeping the world, but it has no basis in fact
Alex Johnson / MSNBC:
Exasperated House bypasses Senate on Iraq
Discussion: Redstate and Decision '08
New York Times:
Military Wants More Civilians to Help in Iraq