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2:45 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 …
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Iran arms Iraqi insurgents
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
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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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.
Discussion: NewsHog and Shakespeare's Sister
NEWS.com.au:
Al-Qaeda praying for Obama win, says PM
Discussion: Right Wing News
Pajamas Media:
ON HOWARD, OSAMA, AND OBAMA
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ and Gateway Pundit
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: Walter Pincus One
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Mystery Witnesses
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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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 …
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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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
Patrick Cockburn / Independent:
Target Tehran: Washington sets stage for a new confrontation  —  The United States is moving closer to war with Iran by accusing the "highest levels" of the Iranian government of supplying sophisticated roadside bombs that have killed 170 US troops and wounded 620.
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: FP Passport
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.
Discussion: Digital Rules
 
 
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Huffington Post:
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Jill Gardiner / New York Sun:
Clinton Is Pressed By Obama
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
McQ / QandO:
"LOOSE CHANGE" AND GLOBAL WARMING CONSENSUS - THE SIMILARITIES
Discussion: Daimnation! and Sister Toldjah
Katrin Bennhold / International Herald Tribune:
Ségolène Royal unveils far-left economic campaign platform
Josh Meyer / Los Angeles Times:
Ex-official defends claim on Iraq, Al Qaeda
Scott Collins / Los Angeles Times:
Russert's fault? A lack of outrage
Discussion: CBS News and Taylor Marsh
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Thousands of Army Humvees Lack Armor Upgrade
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama Casts Peevish Eye on National Media
Discussion: CBS News and GregsOpinion.com
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
REMEMBERING MR. LINCOLN  —  Today is of course the birthday …
Caroline Glick / Real Clear Politics:
Israel Bumbles Into War
Pajamas Media:
SUNDAY NIGHTS IN BAGHDAD — REPORT FROM IRAQ
Guardian:
A menace to science  —  For years, 'Dr' Gillian McKeith has used …
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
UPDATE: 'Wash Post' Joins 'NYT' in Trumpeting 'Anonymous' Claims …