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6:30 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.
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Note To Australia's Prime Minister: We Don't CARE Who You Want  —  Uh, oh: in a post below we just talked about bloggers have an excess of outrage, and now we're going to have to show you some as well.  —  Dear Prime Minister John Howard of Australia:  —  We truly don't care …
Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:
Australia's PM John Howard Slams Obama
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / Times of London:
An experiment that hints we are wrong on climate change  —  Nigel Calder, former editor of New Scientist, says the orthodoxy must be challenged  —  When politicians and journalists declare that the science of global warming is settled, they show a regrettable ignorance about how science works.
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 …
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 …
Linton Weeks / Washington Post:
Where'd We Leave That Darn Fact?
Discussion: Roger Ailes
Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:
Libby's dilemma: testify or not?
Discussion: TalkLeft and Firedoglake
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.
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.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   McCain Backing Away From Campaign Finance Reform?
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
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 …
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 …
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
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MTP Transcript for Feb. 11, 2007
Sam Coates / Times of London:
Fake bloggers soon to be 'named and shamed'
Discussion: BlondeSense
San Francisco Chronicle:
Pelosi flies disputed military jet home
Fox News:
Discussion: Redstate
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
AP alters CAIR quote in story about Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Liberal Case For Strict Constructionism?
Amanda Marcotte / Pandagon:
Hating on the telephone  —  My enemy (Uploaded by Anthemic Tangle.)
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Burgess / The Daily Ablution:
A Day at the Indy
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.
Matthias Küntzel / Weekly Standard:
Iran's Obsession with the Jews
Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
The Elements of Vile  —  As a newcomer to this blogging business …
Washington Post:
Putin Hits U.S. Over Unilateral Practices