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3:10 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 - Update IV (Report of firing))  —  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.
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 …
Discussion: Eschaton and The Democratic Daily
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
Discussion: The Caucus
Michelle Malkin:
When Angry German Boy met Angry Edwards' Blogger
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
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CNN:
Seven die after U.S. chopper goes down in Iraq
Discussion: The RBC
Washington Post:   U.S. Military Helicopter Down in Iraq, Official Says
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.
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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 …
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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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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Elana Schor / The Hill:
Senate Dems to try again on the 'surge'
Discussion: Democrats.com and Redstate
New York Times:
It's the War, Senators
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Media Blog
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:
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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
Steve Jobs / Apple:
Thoughts on Music  —  With the stunning global success of Apple's iPod music player and iTunes online music store, some have called for Apple to "open" the digital rights management (DRM) system that Apple uses to protect its music against theft, so that music purchased from iTunes can be played …
This Is London:
WE DO USE BOOKS THAT CALL JEWS 'APES' ADMITS HEAD OF ISLAMIC SCHOOL  —  The principal of an Islamic school has admitted that it uses textbooks which describe Jews as "apes" and Christians as "pigs" and has refused to withdraw them.  —  Dr Sumaya Alyusuf confirmed that the offending books exist …
Discussion: The Corner and Redstate
New York Times:
Wal-Mart and a Union Unite, at Least on Health Policy  —  They have established one of the fiercest rivalries in the American economy, attacking one another's organizations through dueling blogs, newspaper advertisements and news conferences.  —  But this morning, in an extraordinary meeting in Washington …
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?
Washington Times:
Pelosi's push for jet remains up in air  —  The Bush administration has agreed to provide House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with regular access to an Air Force passenger jet, but the two sides are negotiating whether she will get the big aircraft she wants and who she may take as passengers …
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.
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.
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" …
 
 
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