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6:50 AM ET, February 12, 2007


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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.
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 …
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 …
Lorie Byrd / Wizbang:
GETTING "WHACKED" WITH A GRAMMY  —  One of my favorite readers directed me to the following comment: … Suffering fools and stupidity is so exhausting.  The Dixie Chicks did not get "whacked" by the government.  If anyone "whacked" them it was their fans who like their music without political sermonizing, thank you very much.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Riehl World View
Atrios / Eschaton:
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Blue State and AMERICAblog
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: All Spin Zone
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 …
Salena Zito /
Rudy the uniter
Discussion: Don Surber
Associated Press:   Giuliani: Gun control helped lower crime
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
Cernig / NewsHog:
They Expect You To Believe THIS  —  Consider this as an update to the post below.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Obama Plan Has a Critic in Australia
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 …
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 …
New York Times:   At Libby's Defense Table, a Tough but Deft Lawyer
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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Searching for Mr. Right  —  HAVING lost Congress and faith …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. Keeps Pressure on Iran But Decreases Saber Rattling
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