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9:35 PM ET, February 12, 2007

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NEWS.com.au:
Al-Qaeda praying for Obama win, says PM  —  PRIME Minister John Howard has blasted US presidential candidate Barack Obama, saying his policy of withdrawing troops from Iraq will destabilise the entire Middle East.  —  Senator Obama, who is aiming to be the first black American president, has vowed to withdraw US forces if elected.
James Glanz / New York Times:
U.S. Says Arms Link Iranians to Iraqi Shiites
Amanda Marcotte / Pandagon:
Announcement  —  I was hired by the Edwards campaign for the skills and talents I bring to the table, and my willingness to work hard for what's right.  Unfortunately, Bill Donohue and his calvacade of right wing shills don't respect that a mere woman like me could be hired for my skills …
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Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:   Breaking: Marcotte Resigns (update)
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:   Marcotte Resigns  —  Amanda Marcotte has resigned from the Edwards campaign (h/t Jeff G.):
Associated Press:
Tentative Deal in N. Korea Nuclear Talks  —  BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. envoy to talks on North Korea's nuclear program said Tuesday that negotiators reached a tentative agreement on initial steps for the communist nation's disarmament.  —  Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill …
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Jim Yardley / New York Times:
Draft Accord Reached in North Korea Nuclear Talks  —  Negotiators for the six nations in the North Korean nuclear disarmament talks are poised to announce a new agreement on Tuesday, but they are first awaiting approval of the draft accord from their respective governments …
Discussion: Decision '08
Washington Post:
Pincus Reveals Fleischer As Leak Source  —  Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus testified in court this morning that then-White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, not I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was the first person to tell him that a prominent critic of the Iraq war was married to undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame.
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Media Figures May Be Reluctant Defense Witnesses in Libby Case  —  Defense Exhibit 1972, a tape-recorded interview from the "Imus in the Morning" radio show, is another of those revealing moments in the perjury trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.  —  "So . . . what happened?" …
New York Times:
For Clinton and Obama, Different Tests on Iraq  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was challenged on Iraq from corner to corner of New Hampshire this weekend, while Senator Barack Obama drew cheers in Iowa for his opposition to the war.  —  Besides giving voters a chance to probe the views …
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Henry C. Jackson / Associated Press:
Obama Says Voters Curious on His Faith  —  IOWA FALLS, Iowa - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Sunday he does not think voters have a litmus test on religion, whether evangelical Christianity or his childhood years in a largely Muslim country.
The Blotter:
First Attack by Al Qaeda in Japan?  —  Alexis Debat and Maddy Sauer Report:  —  There was a scare today at a U.S. military base outside Tokyo when two small explosions occurred shortly after 11 p.m. there.  While no one was injured, investigators are looking at the possibility that it was an attempted terrorist attack.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Four Syllables, Starts With M, Ends With Uh-Oh  —  William M. Arkin, a military analyst who writes a blog for The Washington Post's Web site, says he knew that his criticism of American troops would be "highly inflammatory."  —  He got that part right.  —  Arkin, invoking an NBC report …
Discussion: FishBowlDC and CBS News
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
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Discussion: CBS News, Media Blog and PostWatch
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Novak 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.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Novak Two
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Thousands of Army Humvees Lack Armor Upgrade  —  The Army is working to fill a shortfall in Iraq of thousands of advanced Humvee armor kits designed to reduce U.S. troop deaths from roadside bombs — including a rising threat from particularly lethal weapons linked to Iran and known as …
Ezra Klein:
Prison Rape  —  I've written about this before.  Here's a first-person account: … The crime this man committed for us to throw him into a jail where we know he'll be brutally assaulted, raped, and possibly contract a terminal immune system disease?  Drinking and driving.
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Ezra Klein:
More On Prison Rape  —  Another personal history from Human …
Discussion: Making Light
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Obama says lives of troops killed in Iraq were "wasted"  —  Now we know for sure he's not the messiah.  The messiah doesn't make mistakes.  —  Of course he thinks their lives were wasted.  Everyone on the anti-war side does; that's one of the reasons they want to end the war.
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Iran in Iraq: The PowerPoint Presentation  —  We've just added yesterday's briefing on Iranian EFPs in Iraq to our Document Collection.  This is a 16-page brief presented to reporters, and not the transcript of the press conference itself, since the anonymous military briefers in Baghdad …
Discussion: rubber hose and War and Piece
Jmelli / Blue Jersey:
Breaking: Menendez Will Co-Sponsor Bill Banning Torture, Restoring Habeas Corpus  —  I rarely use "breaking" in titles but I think this deserves it.  After all the uproar over Senator Menendez's vote a few months ago for the unconstitutional Military Commissions Act which eliminated habeas corpus …
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
2008 Democratic Presidential Primary  —  Clinton 28% Obama 23% Edwards 13%  —  Senator Hillary Clinton (D) continues to enjoy frontrunner status and now attracts 28% of the vote from Likely Democratic Primary Voters nationwide.  The former First Lady of the nation recently asserted that …
Discussion: MyDD and TIME
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 …
Amanda Marcotte / Pandagon:
Review of Children of Men  —  A film that has scenes like these is bound to be more interesting than usual.  —  Warning: I don't do non-spoiler reviews.  You've been warned.  —  I've seen some feminist bloggers take on the movie Children of Men, but none so far from an explicitly feminist point of view …
 
 
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