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4:30 PM ET, February 10, 2007


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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Sen. Obama launches White House run  —  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Democrat Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record) announced Saturday that he is running for the White House in 2008, evoking Abraham Lincoln's ability to unite a nation and promising to lead a new generation to "transform this nation."
Discussion: Donklephant and
Washington Post:
Obama Formally Launches Presidential Bid  —  Illinois Sen. Barack Obama formally launched his candidacy for the White House here this morning, invoking memories of Abraham Lincoln and challenging a new generation of Americans to help bridge political divisions and transform the nation.
Discussion: Centerfield and Althouse
Chicago Tribune:
Obama: I'm running for president
Discussion: Redstate
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Obama Makes It Official
Discussion: the david all group
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Deadliest Bomb in Iraq Is Made by Iran, U.S. Says  —  The most lethal weapon directed against American troops in Iraq is an explosive-packed cylinder that United States intelligence asserts is being supplied by Iran.  —  The assertion of an Iranian role in supplying the device …
Jonathan Schwarz / A Tiny Revolution:
New York Times Reveals "Reporter" Michael Gordon Actually Voice-Activated Tape Recorder  —  NEW YORK—New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller today announced that the paper's longtime staff writer Michael Gordon is not an actual person, but rather a voice-activated tape recorder.
Discussion: The Sideshow
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
'NYT' Reporter Who Got Iraqi WMDs Wrong Now Highlights Iran Claims  —  NEW YORK Saturday's New York Times features an article, posted at the top of its Web site late Friday, that suggests very strongly that Iran is supplying the "deadliest weapon aimed at American troops" in Iraq.
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
Dafna Linzer / Washington Post:
Al-Qaeda Suspects Color White House Debate Over Iran  —  Last week, the CIA sent an urgent report to President Bush's National Security Council: Iranian authorities had arrested two al-Qaeda operatives traveling through Iran on their way from Pakistan to Iraq.
Jim Henley / Unqualified Offerings:
Don't Trust - Verify II  —  The Administration is making specific testable claims about Iranian arming of Iraqi militias.  Congress needs to announce that, as part of its constitutional authority to declare, or not declare, war, it will audit those claims independently.
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
The NY Times returns to pre-Iraq-war "journalism"  —  Over the past few weeks, The Los Angeles Times has published several detailed and well-documented articles casting serious doubt on the administration's claims that Iran is fueling the Iraqi insurgency with weapons.
Nico / Think Progress:
Evidence Grows That White House Planned To Release Cooked Intel On Iran
Discussion: New York Times and
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Target Iran: US able to strike in the spring  —  Despite denials, Pentagon plans for possible attack on nuclear sites are well advanced  —  US preparations for an air strike against Iran are at an advanced stage, in spite of repeated public denials by the Bush administration, according to informed sources in Washington.
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Obama formally kicks off presidential campaign  —  About a month ago, we talked about Barack Obama creating a presidential exploratory committee, and today, Obama made it official, giving a strong speech in front of what appeared to be thousands of very cold supporters in Springfield, Ill.
Real Cities:
Democratic voters growing impatient with Congress  —  CHICAGO - In Washington, Democrats are blaming Republicans for the Senate's failure so far to vote on a resolution opposing a troop increase in Iraq.  —  But in the heartland, some voters say such excuses no longer are good enough.
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
When Petty Reporters Get Mad  —  Looks like the blogs are going to be busy this cycle rebutting smears against our candidates.  This latest is penned by Mike Allen. … How suspicious!  The answer, as both Brad Delong and The Poorman note, is that Swahili and Arabic are extremely similar languages …
Getting Feith: Emily Litella, ace reporter for the WaPo, says "never mind"  —  Last night I was in the middle of preparing a piece about the Washington Post article that described the Pentagon's sharp criticism of Douglas Feith for giving too much credence to some faulty prewar intelligence reports …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Has Rudy Giuliani gotten incoherent about abortion?  —  Here's a NYT piece about how Rudy Giuliani is reframing his stance on abortion to appeal to conservatives.  It contains a quote that I found puzzling: … How is "strict construction" supposed to protect liberty …
City Journal:
Facing the Islamist Menace  —  Mark Steyn's new book is a welcome wake-up call.  —  In the prologue to his new book, America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It, Mark Steyn sarcastically alludes to two people whom, in different ways, I know well.  The first is novelist Martin Amis …
Media Matters for America:
"Media Matters"; by Jamison Foser  —  This Week:  —  Ain't No Man Righteous (No Not One)  —  Last week, ABC played a video clip of Rush Limbaugh accusing "libs" of "prejudice" — without noting Limbaugh's own voluminous history of outright bigotry.  —  ABC gave Rush Limbaugh a forum …
Spiegel Online:
Life Insurance for Palestinian Suicide Bombers  —  An important bank in the Arab world offers accounts paying a type of life insurance to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers.  But now it could soon face a lawsuit from American lawyers representing the victims.
Devilstower / Daily Kos:
Family Prison  —  Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a problem.  When they charge people with immigration violations, or when people have asked for asylum but not yet been given a hearing, these people have to be housed somewhere.  Not in actual houses, of course.  But in a facility.
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 Earlier Items: 
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The War And the Words  —  National Intelligence Estimates are not supposed to be amusing.
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
For Lawyers, No Clear Favorite
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Carol Giacomo / Reuters:
Poll shows Arabs dislike Bush
ON Point in Iraq: Marines "Hit the Jackpot" at Village near Fallujah
Washington Post:
Troops Shared Firm Belief in Iraq Service
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Agence France Presse:
Soviet monument to make way for Reagan: report
Discussion: Redstate and protein wisdom
Political Radar:
White House Red-Faced Over Rove Immigration Remark