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5:05 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: Eschaton and The Democratic Daily
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 …
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
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.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Catholics Slam Bloggers Hired by Edwards
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Memo to the Edwards camp
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Edwards Campaign Reconsidering Blogger Hires
Discussion: The Caucus and NewsHog
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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CNN:
Seven die after U.S. chopper goes down in Iraq
Discussion: The RBC
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 …
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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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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New York Times:
It's the War, Senators  —  It is not an inspiring sight to watch the United States Senate turn the most important issue facing America into a political football, and then fumble it.  Yet that is what now seems to have come from a once-promising bipartisan effort to finally have the debate …
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Abbas William Samii / Weekly Standard:
Iran Considers Gasoline Rationing  —  Sitting on a mountain of oil, the Iranians move toward gas rationing.  —  IRANIANS are among the world's biggest consumers of gasoline because the product is kept at an artificially low price through government subsidies.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Richard Boudreaux / Los Angeles Times:
Israel sounds alarm on Iran's nuclear efforts
Discussion: CorrenteWire and TAPPED
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
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: JustOneMinute
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 …
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 …
 
 
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