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10:00 AM ET, February 12, 2007

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Sean Hackbarth / The American Mind:
DIXIE CHICKS PLAY NICE AT GRAMMYS  —  While waiting for Battlestar Galactica I've been watching some of the Grammys.  The Dixie Chicks won Song of the Year.  I see the voters needed a way to strike out at the Bush administration and conservative America.  Surprisingly none …
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
Dixie Chicks to country: nah-nah  —  It was more than a love of their music that was behind the Dixie Chicks' victory lap at the Grammy Awards Sunday.  —  The Texans won the three biggest awards - song, record and album of the year - for a disc in which they fought back against a country-music establishment …
New York Times:
Dixie Chicks, Mary J. Blige and the Red Hot Chili Peppers Win Grammys  —  After death threats, boycotts and a cold shoulder from the country music establishment, the Dixie Chicks gained sweet vindication Sunday night at the 49th annual Grammy Awards, capturing honors in all five of the categories in which they were nominated.
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.
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
Dean Goodman / maconareaonline.com:   Stars set to party at Grammys while sales slide
Nekesa Mumbi Moody / Associated Press:
Grammys Go Way Back As Blige, Chicks Win
Discussion: The Sundries Shack and The Corner
Dan / Riehl World View:   Pardon My French  —  But I can't resist - it seems the Dixie Clits …
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
UPDATE: 'Wash Post' Joins 'NYT' in Trumpeting 'Anonymous' Claims on Iranian Weapons in Iraq  —  NEW YORK First it was Michael Gordon in The New York Times on Saturday.  Now The Washington Post and others media outlets have joined in suggesting a slam dunk case for Iranian weapons killing Americans in Iraq.
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Eli Lake / New York Sun:
U.S. Officers Present Evidence for Iran Links to Soldier Deaths
Discussion: The Corner
James Glanz / New York Times:
U.S. Says Arms Link Iranians to Iraqi Shiites
Discussion: The Liberal Avenger
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Iran Sending Explosives to Extremist Groups in Iraq, Officials Say
CNN:
At least 90 killed on day marking Golden Mosque attack … BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Three explosions ripped through central Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 90 people, amid memorials marking last year's attack on a revered Shiite shrine in Samarra, police said.
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Bushra Juhi / Associated Press:   Bombs kill at least 80 people in Iraq
Los Angeles Times:
Iraq war debate shifts to the House  —  GOP lawmakers will be in a tough position as Democrats push a resolution that dissents from Bush's strategy.  —  WASHINGTON — As the House this week launches its first major debate over the Iraq war since the November elections …
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New York Times:
Obama Plan Has a Critic in Australia  —  On his first trip to Iowa as a presidential candidate, Senator Barack Obama, Democrat of Illinois, found himself responding to an unexpected critic: John Howard, Australia's prime minister.  —  Mr. Howard, a conservative leader who is a close ally of the White House …
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CNN:
Obama hits back after Australian PM slams his Iraq stance
Discussion: Power Line and Yourish.com
San Francisco Chronicle:
'America's mayor' praises Bush in state GOP speech  —  (02-11) 04:00 PST Sacramento — Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, arguing that America is in desperate need of a Ronald Reagan-style optimistic vision, told California Republicans on Saturday that he wants to be a president who will …
Discussion: First Read and All Spin Zone
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New York Times:
Cheney Testimony in Libby Trial Would Carry High Risk  —  One figure has dominated the trial of I. Lewis Libby Jr. without even showing up in the courtroom.  Day after day, the jury has heard accounts of the actions of Vice President Dick Cheney, watched as his handwritten notes were displayed …
Edmund S. Phelps / Opinion Journal:
Entrepreneurial Culture  —  Why European economies lag behind the U.S.  —  The nations of Continental Western Europe, in the reforms they make to try to raise their economic performance, may prove to be a testing ground for the view that culture matters for a society's economic results.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The Limits Of Sunniness  —  In this winter of their discontents, nostalgia for Ronald Reagan has become for many conservatives a substitute for thinking.  This mental paralysis — gratitude decaying into idolatry — is sterile: Neither the man nor his moment will recur.
Guardian:
A menace to science  —  For years, 'Dr' Gillian McKeith has used her title to sell TV shows, diet books and herbal sex pills.  Now the Advertising Standards Authority has stepped in.  Yet the real problem is not what she calls herself, but the mumbo-jumbo she dresses up as scientific fact, says Ben Goldacre
Discussion: Pharyngula and Harry's Place
Washington Post:
Iran Softens Tone, Declares Readiness To Resume Talks  —  President and Top Negotiator Reject U.N. Call to Freeze Nuclear Program  —  Facing the prospect of broader international sanctions, Iran's president and national security chief on Sunday offered to resume negotiations …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Caroline Glick / Real Clear Politics:
Israel Bumbles Into War  —  Today Israel's leaders claim that Saudi Arabia is our new best friend.  The Wahhabis will protect us from Iran and its proxies they promise.  It's difficult to see how this view jibes with reality.  —  Indeed today, in a manner eerily reminiscent of last spring …
 
 
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New York Times:
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Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard:
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