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8:40 AM ET, February 8, 2007


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David Burge / iowahawk:
THE PANDAGON PAPERS  —  [Strong content warning - ed.]  —  Dear Senator Edwards:  —  I am f**king delighted to accept your offer of the position of Official Blogger for the Edwards 2008 presidential campaign.  Please find attached my f**king W-2 form.  —  I would like to express …
Massimo Calabresi / Time:
Bloggers on the Bus  —  Edwards and Marcotte, however …
Discussion: MyDD and Kung Fu Monkey
Chris Bowers / MyDD:   New Edwards Blogger Thread
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
7 GOP Senators Back War Debate  —  Lawmakers Had Blocked Action on Troop Resolution  —  Senate Republicans who earlier this week helped block deliberations on a resolution opposing President Bush's new troop deployments in Iraq changed course yesterday and vowed to use every tactic at their disposal to ensure a full and open debate.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
House Sets Path for Iraq Vote, but Must Decide What to Say  —  As the House prepares for three days of debate next week on Iraq, Democratic leaders sought Wednesday to reconcile deep differences within the party in order to shape a symbolic resolution denouncing President Bush's troop buildup plan.
Discussion: The Corner
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
The Libby Trial: Why Did Tim Russert Fight So Hard to Avoid Telling the Grand Jury What He Had Already Told the FBI?  —  Tim Russert hobbled into the courtroom this afternoon on crutches.  When he left the stand at the end of the day (slated to return for more cross-examination tomorrow) …
Swopa / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Tim Russert, Two  —  More cross-examination by Wells of Tim Russert ...  NOTES: (1) This is not an official transcript — just a very loose paraphrase, at best — so don't treat it as one.  Even exchanges that look like verbatim dialogue are just the gist of each question and each answer …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Libby v. The Press
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Maine Web Report:
Libby- Russert testimony 2:30pm
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Pentagon Rejects Speaker Pelosi's Request for Military Aircraft  —  Speaker Wants Aircraft That Can Handle Nonstop Cross-Country Flight, Citing Security Concerns  —  A source close to the controversy over the request made by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for use of a military plane …
Washington Post:
Russert Says He Didn't Tell Libby About CIA Officer  —  Journalist Says He Learned Plame's Role After Leak  —  Tim Russert, the Washington bureau chief for NBC News, yesterday swiftly and firmly rejected I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's assertion that the journalist revealed the identity …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Heretik
New York Times:
At Libby Trial, Russert of NBC Gives and Gets  —  The prosecution in the perjury trial of I. Lewis Libby Jr. neared the end of its case Wednesday with a final dramatic flourish — putting Tim Russert of NBC News on the witness stand to deliver what could be a serious blow to Mr. Libby's defense.
Rasha Madkour / Associated Press:
Charged Astronaut Returns to Texas  —  HOUSTON (AP) - Hiding her face from the cameras, astronaut Lisa Nowak returned to Texas on Wednesday, a day after being charged in Florida with trying to murder the woman she believed was her romantic rival for a space shuttle pilot's affections.
Discussion: GINA COBB and Right Wing News
New York Times:
The Tragedy of Lisa Nowak
Discussion: The Corner and sisu
New York Times:
Copter Crashes Suggest Change in Iraqi Tactics  —  With two more helicopter crashes near Baghdad, including a Marine transport crash on Wednesday that killed seven people, the number of helicopters that have gone down in Iraq over the past three weeks rose to six.
Bill Torpy / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Atlanta officers to face murder indictment  —  Fulton DA seeks charges in shooting of elderly woman in her home  —  Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard will seek criminal charges, including felony murder, against three Atlanta narcotics officers involved in a botched drug raid …
New York Times:
Mormon Candidate Braces for Religion as Issue  —  As he begins campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, is facing a threshold issue: Will his religion — he is a Mormon — be a big obstacle to winning the White House?
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Eytan Avriel / Haaretz:
NY Times publisher: Our goal is to manage the transition from print to internet  —  Despite his personal fortune and impressive lineage, Arthur Sulzberger, owner, chairman and publisher of the most respected newspaper in the world, is a stressed man.  —  Why would the man behind the New York Times be stressed?
Discussion: Media Blog and Don Surber
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 …
Carl / Israel Matzav:
Breaking: Lebanese troops open fire on IDF units on border  —  This is breaking news from the Jerusalem Post's Israel Alert Service - no link yet:  —  Lebanese troops opened fire on IDF units along Israel's northern border (between Israel and Lebanon) this evening.
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The climate of climate change research keeps getting chillier
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Andrew Rosemarine / Telegraph:
Professor outrages Jews with book claim
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Perry Bacon Jr / Time:
Is Edwards the Howard Dean of 2008?
Bruce Lambert / New York Times:
Democrat Wins Senate Seat on Long Island
Operation Baghdad, Day 2.  —  Last night continued to be quiet …
Discussion: Redstate and Jules Crittenden
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Late Nite FDL: Love is a Dog From Hell
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
Blackwater e-mail outlines gear shortage
Lior Strahilevitz / The University …:
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The Politico:
Obama Wants Public Financing Option
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Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:
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On Point: Diversity drivel
Larisa Alexandrovna / The Raw Story:
Pentagon Inspector General to release investigation into secretive …
Discussion: CorrenteWire and CANNONFIRE
The Smoking Gun:
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