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11:30 AM ET, February 12, 2007

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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Dean Goodman / Reuters:
Dixie Chicks could bring political edge to Grammys
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
Dan / Riehl World View:   Pardon My French  —  But I can't resist - it seems the Dixie Clits …
Dean Goodman / maconareaonline.com:   Stars set to party at Grammys while sales slide
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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Eli Lake / New York Sun:
U.S. Officers Present Evidence for Iran Links to Soldier Deaths
Discussion: The Corner
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
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Josh Meyer / Los Angeles Times:
Ex-official defends claim on Iraq, Al Qaeda  —  'It's healthy to criticize the CIA's intelligence,' Feith says.  He and the Pentagon office he led have been impugned.  —  WASHINGTON — A former top Pentagon official on Sunday defended as "good government" his office's prewar findings …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama Casts Peevish Eye on National Media  —  Barack Obama used his first news conference after announcing his run for president to accuse the media of ignoring his substantive record and falsely depicting him as a lightweight.  —  "The problem's not that the info's not out there," he said of his record on policy issues.
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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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
REMEMBERING MR. LINCOLN  —  Today is of course the birthday …
Washington Post:
Iran Softens Tone, Declares Readiness To Resume Talks
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Guardian:
A menace to science  —  For years, 'Dr' Gillian McKeith has used …
Discussion: Pharyngula and Harry's Place
George F. Will / Washington Post:
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