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2:35 PM ET, February 11, 2007


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Associated Press:
Australian leader: Al-Qaida wants Obama  —  SYDNEY, Australia - Australia's conservative prime minister slammed Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record) on Sunday over his opposition to the Iraq war, a day after the first-term U.S. senator announced his intention to run for the White House in 2008.
Sandra O'Malley /
Al-Qaeda 'praying for Obama win'  —  PRIME Minister John Howard has launched a broadside against US presidential hopeful Barack Obama, warning his victory could destroy Iraq and prospects for peace in the Middle East.  —  Mr Howard's stinging attack against the popular Democrat …
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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.
Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:
Australia's PM John Howard Slams Obama  —  It seems that Australia's Prime Minister John Howard isn't exactly looking forward to a possible Obama Presidency: … Of course, terrorists aren't 'praying for' an Obama victory at all.  Utter nonsense... Some people say that terrorists wanted Kerry …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Note To Australia's Prime Minister: We Don't CARE Who You Want
Faiz / Think Progress:   WSJ's Paul Gigot: 'We Didn't Go To War Because Of Al Qaeda Links'
Jules Crittenden:   Osama Hearts Obama
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 …
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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.
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Cheney's To-Do Lists, Then and Now  —  RETURNING to the White House after the Memorial Day weekend in 1975, the young aide Dick Cheney found himself handling a First Amendment showdown.  The New York Times had published an article by Seymour M. Hersh about an espionage program …
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 …
John Solomon / Washington Post:
McCain Taps Cash He Sought To Limit  —  Just about a year and a half ago, Sen. John McCain went to court to try to curtail the influence of a group to which A. Jerrold Perenchio gave $9 million, saying it was trying to "evade and violate" new campaign laws with voter ads ahead of the midterm elections.
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."
Cernig / NewsHog:
Breaking: US "Reveals Iran Evidence"  —  And as expected, it falls far short of a "slam dunk" case.  The anonymous briefing at which no recording devices were allowed involved a lot of claims and not a whole lot of actual evidence.  —  Here's the Reuters story. … And the BBC's version:
Julie Cart / Los Angeles Times:
Grand Canyon Skywalk opens deep divide  —  Arizona's Hualapai Tribe hopes to draw more visitors with a controversial structure that will jut over the crevasse.  —  GRAND CANYON WEST, ARIZ. — Perched over the Grand Canyon close to a mile above the Colorado River, a massive …
Discussion: Althouse
Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
U.S. officer: Iran sends Iraq bomb parts  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - High-tech roadside bombs that have proved particularly deadly to American soldiers are manufactured in Iran and delivered to Iraq on orders from the "highest levels" of the Iranian government, a senior intelligence officer said Sunday.
New York Times:
The Build-a-War Workshop  —  It took far too long, but a report by the Pentagon inspector general has finally confirmed that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's do-it-yourself intelligence office cooked up a link between Iraq and Al Qaeda to help justify an unjustifiable war.
Juan / Informed Comment:
Feith in the Situation Room: Three Lies
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