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5:50 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.
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: The Democratic Daily and Eschaton
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
A look at John McCain's blogger-consultant  —  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 — one from The New York Times and another …
Salon: War Room:
Edwards campaign fires bloggers  —  The right-wing blogosphere has gotten its scalps — John Edwards has fired the two controversial bloggers he recently hired to do liberal blogger outreach, Salon has learned.  —  The bloggers, Amanda Marcotte, formerly of Pandagon, and Melissa McEwan …
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Waiting To Hear From Edwards  —  I have a pretty vicious rant and an important action alert lined up, but I am waiting to hear from the Edwards camp about the fate of Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan before doing anything.  The Salon story is not credible and cannot be verified at this time.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Media Matters for America:
McCain and his blogger apparently agree: Chelsea Clinton is "ugly"  —  In 2004, a poster on the conservative website FreeRepublic.com using the pseudonym "Kerry Crusher" — identified on FreeRepublic.com as blogger Patrick Hynes — characterized Chelsea Clinton as "hideously ugly."
Discussion: The Right's Field
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Memo to the Edwards camp
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Catholics Slam Bloggers Hired by Edwards
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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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Global Warming and Hot Air  —  You could be excused for thinking that we'll soon do something serious about global warming.  Last Friday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — an international group of scientists — concluded that, to a 90 percent probability, human activity is warming the Earth.
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Elana Schor / The Hill:
Senate Dems to try again on the 'surge'  —  As Senate Democrats seek votes on capping troop numbers and funding for Iraq, they may use the pending bill on the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission as a vehicle.  That would set up a replay of the debate over funding for troops that this week derailed …
Discussion: Democrats.com and Redstate
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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.
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Jerome R. Corsi / WorldNetDaily:
Government admits lying about jailed border agents
Discussion: The Corner
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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Richard Boudreaux / Los Angeles Times:
Israel sounds alarm on Iran's nuclear efforts  —  The Jewish state warns of a second Holocaust if nations fail to prevent Tehran from acquiring the bomb.  —  JERUSALEM — Israeli leaders rarely invoke the Holocaust in the face of enemies.  The Jewish homeland founded after Adolf Hitler's genocide has …
Discussion: CorrenteWire and TAPPED
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Abbas William Samii / Weekly Standard:
Iran Considers Gasoline Rationing
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Swopa / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Tim Russert, One  —  Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be live-bloggers.  Trying to keep up with the tapes of rapid-fire Fitz and soft-spoken Scooter was no fun.  But now we're back in the world of live witnesses, who hopefully will pause for breath more often ...
Discussion: Booman Tribune and JustOneMinute
John Schwartz / New York Times:
From Spaceflight to Attempted Murder Charge  —  Like most of today's astronauts, Lisa Marie Nowak worked in relative obscurity — even last July, when she took the spaceflight that she had spent 10 years at NASA hoping for.  —  She is famous now, the smiling image of her in astronaut gear …
Mike Barber / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Mistrial in Watada court-martial  —  FORT LEWIS — The court-martial of 1st Lt. Ehren Watada ended in a mistrial Wednesday.  —  The case's just, Lt. Col. John Head, declared the trial over after a day of wrangling over a stipulation of facts that Watada had signed before the trial …
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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