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1:00 PM ET, February 12, 2007

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James Glanz / New York Times:
U.S. Says Arms Link Iranians to Iraqi Shiites  —  After weeks of internal debate, senior United States military officials on Sunday literally put on the table their first public evidence of the contentious assertion that Iran supplies Shiite extremist groups in Iraq with some of the most lethal weapons in the war.
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ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Iranian President Ducks Charges That Iran Is Arming Iraqi Insurgents  —  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Says His Country Is Asking for Peace and the U.S. Should Leave Iraq  —  In an exclusive interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad refused to address accusations …
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.
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:   Iran arms Iraqi insurgents
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
U.S. Officers Present Evidence for Iran Links to Soldier Deaths
Discussion: The Corner
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 …
Dan / Riehl World View:
Pardon My French  —  But I can't resist - it seems the Dixie Clits …
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Woodward One  —  NOTES: (1) This is not a transcript — It's the blogger's approximation, and no one really knows what that is yet!  But I do know you shouldn't quote anything not in quotation marks.  (2) I'll timestamp the updates and will update about every 15 minutes, servers willing.
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Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Mystery Witnesses
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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 …
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Media Figures May Be Reluctant Defense Witnesses in Libby Case
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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John Stapleton / NEWS.com.au:
Stem cells used for 'natural' boob jobs  —  WOMEN may be able to undergo a "natural" form of breast enlargement using their own stem cells and fat.  —  The technique, pioneered in Japan, results in breasts that look and feel smoother than conventional cosmetic surgery using implants.
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 …
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
Carrie Budoff / The Politico:
Clinton Says Rove Fears Her Candidacy  —  It was a roundabout endorsement, to be sure, but Hillary Rodham Clinton Sunday cited none other than White House political adviser Karl Rove to make her case that she is the most electable Democrat in 2008.  —  Campaigning in New Hampshire …
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.
Vanity Fair:
Taking on Guantánamo  —  Assigned to defend a Guantánamo detainee, jag lawyer Charles Swift joined up with legal scholar Neal Katyal and sued the president and secretary of defense over the new military-tribunal system.  With their 2006 Supreme Court victory overridden …
 
 
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Caroline Glick / Real Clear Politics:
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