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9:30 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.
Chicago Tribune:
Obama: I'm running for president  —  SPRINGFIELD — U.S. Sen. Barack Obama formally entered the 2008 race for the presidency today, contending he has the experience to know that "Washington must change" and billing himself as the leader who will bring a new generational attitude to address the nation's challenges.
Discussion: Redstate
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Obama Makes It Official
Discussion: the david all group
Tristero / Hullabaloo:
Talking About "Cooked Links" Won't Cut It  —  On the day of the week when the fewest people read the Times, the brave, brave editors got around to opining on the unbelievably filthy activities of Douglas Feith: … Now let's shake off the lulling effect of their deliberately dispassionate language …
David S. Cloud / New York Times:
Inquiry on Intelligence Gaps May Reach to White House  —  The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Friday that he would ask current and former White House aides to testify about a report by the Pentagon's inspector general that criticizes the Pentagon for compiling …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE  —  The current flap over the Pentagon Inspector General's report on Douglas Feith's Office of Special Plans has embarrassed the Associated Press, the Washington Post and, if he has any shame, the Inspector General.  The controversy does have the merit, though …
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Congress Finds Ways to Avoid Lobbyist Limits  —  The 110th Congress opened with the passage of sweeping new rules intended to curb the influence of lobbyists by prohibiting them from treating lawmakers to meals, trips, stadium box seats or the discounted use of private jets.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Democratic Lobbying Reform: More Middlemen
Lindsay Beyerstein / Majikthise:
Tucker Carlson says Obama's Black church isn't really Christian  —  Right wing TV host Tucker Carlson claims that presumptive presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama(D-IL) isn't a real Christian because he goes to a Black church.  —  Obama belongs to the "Unashamedly black and Unapologetically Christian" …
New York Times:
Senator Obama's Announcement  —  Following is the prepared text of Senator Barack Obama's announcement for president on Saturday in Springfield, Ill., as provided by his campaign:  —  Let me begin by saying thanks to all you who've traveled, from far and wide, to brave the cold today.
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 …
Michael Yon:
Roughnecks  —  Mosul, Iraq  —  There is a hidden passion for Chuck Norris among some of the troops.  His name seems to appear in every corner of Iraq—especially in outhouses.  Sometimes lurid, mostly unprintable, always funny.  —  The Latest: … Chuck Norris, the workingman of action movies, remains an improbable icon.
New York Times:
Putin Says U.S. Is Undermining Global Stability  —  President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia accused the United States on Saturday of provoking a new nuclear arms race by developing ballistic missile defenses, undermining international institutions and making the Middle East more unstable through its clumsy handling of the Iraq war.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
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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 …
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Jason Steck / The Moderate Voice:
Plans vs. Intentions
New York Times:
Harvard Plans to Name First Female President
Discussion: Redstate and Brendan Nyhan
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
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Why women fall for 'Mr Average'
Discussion: protein wisdom
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
WHATEVER IT TAKES  —  The office desk of Joel Surnow …
Arnaud De Borchgrave / UPI:
Commentary: Theaters of the absurd
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Donklephant
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Obama formally kicks off presidential campaign
Getting Feith: Emily Litella, ace reporter for the WaPo, says "never mind"
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Jules Crittenden:
Get A Grip  —  The Washington Post, which can't tell …
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Leading Experts Say Congress Must Stop An Attack on Iran …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
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Barbara T. Dreyfuss / American Prospect:
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Declan McCullagh / CNET
Police blotter: Teens prosecuted for racy photos
Spiegel Online:
Life Insurance for Palestinian Suicide Bombers
Real Cities:
Democratic voters growing impatient with Congress