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3:00 AM ET, February 12, 2007


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James Glanz / New York Times:
U.S. Presents Evidence of Iranian Weapons in Iraq  —  After weeks of internal debate, senior United States military officials today literally put on the table their first public evidence for the contentious assertion that Iran is supplying Shiite extremist groups in Iraq with deadly weaponry …
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.
Tina Susman / Los Angeles Times:   U.S. officials offer evidence of Iran's hand in Iraqi unrest
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
Matthew Yglesias:
Worst Speech Ever
Discussion: Unfogged
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 …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Note To Australia's Prime Minister: We Don't CARE Who You Want
Sean-Paul Kelley / The Agonist:
Doesn't Look Like Farsi To Me?  —  Look, I admit, I don't know much about bomb-making.  And I don't know much about how factories label bombs.  But I do know that in Iran virtually all numbers were in the Farsi-Arabic script.  They were not and do not resemble our numbers.
Discussion: rubber hose
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" …
Cernig / NewsHog:
They Expect You To Believe THIS  —  Consider this as an update to the post below.
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.
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 …
Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:
Libby's dilemma: testify or not?  —  His memory defense would seem to require him to take the stand, but some say the risk is too great.  —  WASHINGTON — Starting Monday, lawyers for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby will begin their defense of the indicted former White House aide with a parade of witnesses …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Huffington Post
New York Times:   At Libby's Defense Table, a Tough but Deft Lawyer
Linton Weeks / Washington Post:
Where'd We Leave That Darn Fact?
Discussion: Roger Ailes
Dean Goodman / Reuters:
Dixie Chicks could bring political edge to Grammys  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Grammys could take a rare step into the political arena on Sunday if the Dixie Chicks win the coveted album-of-the-year award, as observers of the music industry's biggest honors are predicting.
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.
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Gates Counters Putin's Words on U.S. Power  —  Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, disputing a lengthy critique of American power by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, said Sunday at a European security conference here, "One cold war was quite enough."  —  Government leaders …
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
Jose Orozco / Telegraph:
Middle classes escape from Chavez socialism  —  Middle-class Venezuelans are queuing to leave the country amid fears that its president, Hugo Chavez, is laying the ground for a dictatorship.  —  Opponents of his "20th century socialism" are so desperate to escape that they have resorted …
Washington Post:
GOP Expects Defections as House Debates Iraq Resolution  —  Three days of intense debate over the Iraq war begins in the House today, with Democrats planning to propose a narrowly worded rebuke of President Bush's troop buildup and Republicans girding for broad defections on their side.
Discussion: The Blue State
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Jonathan Darman / Newsweek:
Is it an accident that Genuine John Edwards has chosen this moment to emerge?
Discussion: The Impolitic
William E. Odom / Washington Post:
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