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5:10 PM ET, February 12, 2007

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Al Pessin / Voice of America:
Top American General Disputes US Military Claim on Iran  —  The top American military officer, General Peter Pace, declined Monday to endorse the conclusions of U.S. military officers in Baghdad, who told reporters on Sunday that the Iranian government is providing high-powered roadside bombs to insurgents in Iraq.
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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.
Discussion: Right Wing News
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.
Pajamas Media:
ON HOWARD, OSAMA, AND OBAMA
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ and Gateway Pundit
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 …
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Iran arms Iraqi insurgents
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Hot Air
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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Jill Gardiner / New York Sun:
Clinton Is Pressed By Obama
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Power Line
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
This is pretty telling.  Today's New York Times has an article …
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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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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:
washingtonpost.com > Live Discussions
Discussion: CBS News, Media Blog and PostWatch
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.
Discussion: CBS News and GregsOpinion.com
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Nekesa Mumbi Moody / Associated Press:
Dixie Chicks Lead Grammys With 5 Awards  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dixie Chicks completed a defiant comeback on Sunday night, winning five Grammy awards after being shunned by the country music establishment over the group's anti-Bush comments leading up to the Iraq invasion.
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Counterterrorism Blog
Faith Bremner / Argus Leader:
Senator's hospital room also an office  —  Johnson starting to do small legislative tasks  —  WASHINGTON - Two months after he was rushed to the hospital with a brain hemorrhage, U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota is easing back into his legislative work, an aide said Friday.
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
REMEMBERING MR. LINCOLN  —  Today is of course the birthday of America's greatest president, Abraham Lincoln.  As a politician and as president, Lincoln was a profound student of the Constitution and constitutional history.  Perhaps most important, Lincoln was America's indispensable teacher …
Discussion: Mark in Mexico and Stubborn Facts
Ezra Klein:
More On Prison Rape  —  Another personal history from Human Rights Watch's report on prison rape, this one with an example of victim-blaming from the authorities: … And here's another history, though this one is more of a remembrance: … These are not atypical tales, click on any of the histories and similar horrors unfold.
Discussion: Making Light
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 …
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.
 
 
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Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
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Josh Nelson / The Agonist:
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Rasmussen Reports:
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Byron Calame / New York Times:
Can a 15-Year-Old Be a 'Woman Without a Spouse'?
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Think Progress:
CNN: Bush-Backed Shiite Group Receiving Weapons Shipments From Iran
Discussion: KPIX-TV, Reuters and Daily Kos
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Anthony Shadid / Washington Post:
Across Arab World, a Widening Rift
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Those Boring Campaign Blogs
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Video: D.C. Imam Supporting Terror
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Woodward One
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
UPDATE: 'Wash Post' Joins 'NYT' in Trumpeting 'Anonymous' Claims …