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6:15 PM ET, February 9, 2007


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Think Progress:
VIDEO COMPILATION: Anna Nicole Smith And Our National Media Embarassment  —  The death of Anna Nicole Smith yesterday was a feeding frenzy for the national media, and coverage of the war was drowned out: NBC's Nightly News devoted 14 seconds to Iraq compared to 3 minutes and 13 seconds to Anna Nicole.
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Young Woman Meets Tragic End — No, It's Not Anna Nicole  —  NEW YORK A young woman met a sudden and tragic end, it was reported on Thursday, leaving her family and people who knew her in great distress.  —  No, it's not Anna Nicole Smith.  Her name is Jennifer Parcell, and she died in Iraq.
Discussion: and Attytood
Will / Attytood:
Breaking news: Young woman meets sudden, tragic death
Discussion: CBS News and Daily Kos
Paul Rieckhoff / The Huffington Post:
Anna Nicole Smith Died. So Did Three American Troops.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Undoing Obama: Inside the Coming Effort to Dismantle a Candidate  —  Barack Obama's free ride is ending.  —  The charismatic Illinois senator has enjoyed a lifetime of hagiography, starting with an 800-word story in The New York Times the day after his election as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review.
USA Today:
Obama touts non-political résumé  —  CHICAGO — Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, who will announce Saturday that he's running for the Democratic presidential nomination, says the brevity of his political résumé is his "greatest strength."
Nico / Think Progress:
Bill Donohue Defended Bush Catholic Outreach Staffer Who Was Outed As Sexual Predator  —  During the 2004 presidential campaign, George Bush's Catholic outreach coordinator, 54-year-old Deal Hudson, was outed as a sexual predator for taking advantage of a drunken 18-year old while he was a professor.
Larisa Alexandrovna / The Raw Story:
Despite condemning itself, Pentagon report sees intelligence problem resolved; Makes no recommendations  —  Raw Story first to acquire report  —  The following is the declassified two page summary of the Office of Special Plans report, as acquired Friday morning by RAW STORY.
New York Times:
Pentagon Group Criticized for Prewar Intelligence Analysis
Zogby Road to New Hampshire Poll: Hillary Surges on Campaign Announcement, But Edwards, Obama Lurk in Key States Zogby telephone surveys find tight races in Iowa, New Hampshire, but everyone's support is soft as Jell-o  —  New York Sen. Hillary Clinton received a bounce in her presidential …
Discussion: TAPPED, Taegan Goddard's … and MyDD
Eric Fair / Washington Post:
An Iraq Interrogator's Nightmare  —  Aman with no face stares at me from the corner of a room.  He pleads for help, but I'm afraid to move.  He begins to cry.  It is a pitiful sound, and it sickens me.  He screams, but as I awaken, I realize the screams are mine.
The Raw Story:
Rove on immigration: 'I don't want my son to have to pick tomatoes'  —  The Corner at the National Review Online reports that at a Republican luncheon yesterday White House adviser Karl Rove was overheard explaining the Bush amnesty immigration plan by saying, "I don't want my 17-year-old son …
Discussion: Wonkette and Lonewacko
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Iraq's No. 2 Health Official Is Held and Accused of Financing Shiite Militants  —  Iraqi and American troops arrested the second highest official in the Iraqi Health Ministry on Thursday, charging that he funneled millions of dollars to rogue Shiite militants who kidnapped and killed Iraqi civilians.
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Iraq, U.S. Advised To Avoid Offensive Against Militiamen
Discussion: Hot Air and Centerfield
Ellen Goodman / Boston Globe:
No change in political climate  —  On the day that the latest report on global warming was released, I went out and bought a light bulb.  OK, an environmentally friendly, compact fluorescent light bulb.  —  No, I do not think that if everyone lit just one little compact fluorescent light bulb, what a bright world this would be.
Associated Press:
Gates describes Iraq evidence against Iran  —  Info on explosives shows Tehran 'very much involved,' Pentagon chief says  —  German Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung, right, and U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates listen to questions from journalists at a NATO gathering Friday in Seville, Spain.
Adam Martin / Examiner:
Author attacked in S.F. hotel  —  SAN FRANCISCO - In a bizarre attack, a well-known author and Holocaust scholar was dragged out of a San Francisco hotel elevator by an apparent Holocaust denier who reportedly had been trailing him for weeks.  —  Police escorted Elie Wiesel …
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and Hot Air
Media Matters for America:
Tucker Carlson on Obama's church: "[I]t's hard to call that Christianity"  —  During the "Obameter" segment on the February 7 edition of MSNBC's Tucker, host Tucker Carlson criticized Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), a presumptive candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination …
Debbie Schlussel:
Imam Al-Husainy on Vanity & Colmes; Another Conservative Blogger Rips Hannity Plagiarism  —  **** UPDATE: I've added a 25th question I would have asked Imam Al-Husainy.  See below.  So last night, Sean (Hannity) Vanity (full credit: I got that name from one of La Shawn Barber's commenters) …
Jessica Holzer / The Hill:
The 2008 ad blitz begins  —  Presidential campaign advertising will start hitting the airwaves in the coming months, far earlier in the election cycle than during the 2004 race, and the ads will barrage the American public for much longer, delivering a windfall to television and radio stations, industry experts say.
Matthew Yglesias:
You Say "Mean," I Say "Kinda Crazy"  —  I asked yesterday what Rudy Giuliani's awesome national security credentials were supposed to be, and people replied that he seems mean and therefore tough and therefore good.  Jonathan Alter makes an important point about this (via K-Drum) …
Discussion: TAPPED
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First Democratic Campaign Disses Edwards
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Cheney Tangles With Agency on Secrecy
Associated Press:
Marine Withdraws Plea in Iraqi Death
Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Fox Business News vs CNBC
Discussion: New York Times
Kimberley A. Strassel / Opinion Journal:
It's a Tough Life
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
New York to Test Ways to Guard Against Nuclear Terror
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Supporters Push Gore to Run in 2008
Discussion: The Caucus and Financial Times
Sara E Anderson / F-Words:
"Women" vs. Women  —  I've seen this kind of legislation proposed …
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
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Officials report sixth helicopter downing in Iraq
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
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