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11:05 PM ET, February 10, 2007


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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.
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."
Washington Post:
Obama Joins Race With Goals Set High  —  Now-Official Presidential Candidate Talks of Universal Health Care, Leaving Iraq  —  Illinois Sen. Barack Obama formally opened his campaign for president here Saturday, evoking memories of Abraham Lincoln and challenging a new generation to help him transform the nation.
Discussion: The Reaction and Liberty Street
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
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.
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 …
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 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 …
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
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:
Harvard Plans to Name First Female President  —  Harvard, the nation's oldest university, plans to name Drew Gilpin Faust, a historian of the Civil War South, to be the first female president in its 371-year history, university officials said Friday.  —  Her selection by a search committee …
Discussion: Redstate and Brendan Nyhan
Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
Harvard's Faustian Bargain
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:
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:
The Daily Donohue  —  Download (803) |  Play (725) Download (435) |  Play (467)
Discussion: The Heretik
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 …
Jason Steck / The Moderate Voice:
Plans vs. Intentions  —  Speculation is running hot that the dreaded "neocons" in the White House will attack Iran sooner rather than later.  The British Guardian newspaper reports today that plans are advanced and that an attack could be ready as soon as Spring, 2007.
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