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8:20 PM ET, February 11, 2007


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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Even Our Friends Should Butt Out Of Our Politics  —  Am I the only conservative with misgivings regarding John Howard's proclamation about Barack Obama?  Howard, the Prime Minister of Australia and a great friend to the United States, wants to wage an aggressive war against al-Qaeda and radical Islamist terrorists.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Obama blasts Howard on Iraq  —  US presidential hopeful Barack Obama has blasted as "empty rhetoric" Australian Prime Minister John Howard's attack on Obama's plan to bring US troops home from Iraq.  —  The 45-year-old senator waded into a major foreign policy row just one day after formally announcing …
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:
Australia's PM John Howard Slams Obama
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Note To Australia's Prime Minister: We Don't CARE Who You Want
Jules Crittenden:   Osama Hearts Obama
Faiz / Think Progress:   WSJ's Paul Gigot: 'We Didn't Go To War Because Of Al Qaeda Links'
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Iran Sending Explosives to Extremist Groups in Iraq, Officials Say  —  Iranian security forces, taking orders from the "highest levels" of the Iranian government, are funneling sophisticated explosives to extremist groups in Iraq, and the weapons have grown increasingly deadly for U.S.-led troops …
Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
U.S. military: Iran arming Iraq militias
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ibon Villelabeitia / Reuters:
U.S.-led forces show evidence of Iranian arms in Iraq
Discussion: Daily Pundit and The Impolitic
Rumors of War  —  Jalal Sharafi was carrying a videogame, a gift for his daughter, when he found himself surrounded.  On that chilly Sunday morning, the second secretary at the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad had driven himself to the commercial district of Arasat Hindi to checkout the site for a new Iranian bank.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. Keeps Pressure on Iran But Decreases Saber Rattling  —  Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates insisted again Friday that, despite persistent reports to the contrary circulating in Washington and around the world, the United States is not planning military action against Iran.
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Don't ruin economy over tiny temp rise  —  Our Thought For The Week comes from the Boston Globe's Ellen Goodman: "I would like to say we're at a point where global warming is impossible to deny.  Let's just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers …
New York Times:
At Libby's Defense Table, a Tough but Deft Lawyer  —  One of Theodore V. Wells Jr.'s past clients slipped quietly into the courtroom recently to watch a day in the perjury trial of I. Lewis Libby Jr. Mike Espy, agriculture secretary under President Bill Clinton, sat watching Mr. Wells …
Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:
Libby's dilemma: testify or not?
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Huffington Post
Linton Weeks / Washington Post:
Where'd We Leave That Darn Fact?
Discussion: Roger Ailes
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
McCain Backing Away From Campaign Finance Reform?  —  Conservatives have mistrusted John McCain for five years, ever since he teamed with Russ Feingold to pass the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act.  The pair intended on ending checkbook politics by restricting the rights of groups to advertise …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Nico / Think Progress:
Kristol: Obama Is 'The Opposite Of Lincoln,' Would Have Been Pro-Slavery  —  Yesterday, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) announced his candidacy for president in Springfield, IL, where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous "House Divided" address.  In his speech, Obama reiterated his call to redeploy U.S. forces out of Iraq by March 2008.
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
A Blog's Blast Damage  —  The fact that The Post and are interlocking yet separate is lost on most readers, who do not care that the two are miles apart physically and under different management.  —  A great example is the recent firestorm over a column that never appeared in The Post …
Armed Liberal / Winds of Change.NET:
Discussion: Ed
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Giuliani praises Bush's Iraq policy, foresight  —  He disparages a Senate nonbinding rebuke on a visit to California to build a GOP campaign base for the presidency.  —  SACRAMENTO — Republican presidential hopeful Rudolph W. Giuliani praised President Bush's war leadership on Saturday …
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Searching for Mr. Right  —  HAVING lost Congress and faith …
David Blair / Telegraph:
Pentagon blames Iran for 170 US deaths  —  America today blamed Iran for the deaths of 170 US troops inside Iraq, accusing Teheran of supplying insurgents with increasingly sophisticated bombs.  —  Senior defence officials in Baghdad said that Iranian-supplied "explosively formed projectiles" …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Clinton Insists She Is The Strongest Democrat  —  NASHUA, N.H. — At the second house-party gathering of her second day of campaigning in this key primary state, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) insisted that she is the best candidate to win the White House back for her party in 2008.
Discussion: MyDD and The Blue State
William E. Odom / Washington Post:
Victory Is Not an Option  —  The Mission Can't Be Accomplished — It's Time for a New Strategy  —  The new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq starkly delineates the gulf that separates President Bush's illusions from the realities of the war.  Victory, as the president sees it …
Jonathan Darman / Newsweek:
Is it an accident that Genuine John Edwards has chosen this moment to emerge?  —  They want you to be so cautious it makes it hard to say anything'  —  In the fall of 2005, John Edwards sat down with a pad and pen and scrawled out three simple words: "I was wrong."
Discussion: The Impolitic
Chad Graham / Arizona Republic:
New wage boost puts squeeze on teenage workers across Arizona  —  Employers are cutting back hours, laying off young staffers  —  Oh, for the days when Arizona's high school students could roll pizza dough, sweep up sticky floors in theaters or scoop ice cream without worrying about ballot initiatives affecting their earning power.
Discussion: Stubborn Facts
Fox News:
TRANSCRIPT: FORMER DEFENSE UNDERSECRETARY DOUGLAS FEITH ON 'FNS'  —  WASHINGTON — The following is a partial transcript of the Feb. 11, 2007, edition of "FOX News Sunday With Chris Wallace":  —  "FOX NEWS SUNDAY" HOST CHRIS WALLACE: Well, joining us now for an exclusive interview …
Discussion: Redstate
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Sam Coates / Times of London:
Fake bloggers soon to be 'named and shamed'
Discussion: BlondeSense
Amanda Marcotte / Pandagon:
Hating on the telephone  —  My enemy (Uploaded by Anthemic Tangle.)
Scott Burgess / The Daily Ablution:
A Day at the Indy
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Julie Cart / Los Angeles Times:
Grand Canyon Skywalk opens deep divide
Discussion: Althouse
This Is London:
Thers / Whiskey Fire:
World of Fun for You!  —  Ah, Ann Althouse.  Always a delight.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Cheney's To-Do Lists, Then and Now