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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
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 …
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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Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
This is pretty telling.  Today's New York Times has an article contrasting the ways Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are addressing the Iraq war that says a great deal about Times reporter Patrick Healy's approach to covering Hillary.  Healy, the lead writer of the piece, describes Hillary's approach as follows:
Jill Gardiner / New York Sun:
Clinton Is Pressed By Obama
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Power Line
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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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.
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Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Iran arms Iraqi insurgents
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Hot Air
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
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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Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Novak Two
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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: Counterterrorism Blog and Hot Air
Katrin Bennhold / International Herald Tribune:
Ségolène Royal unveils far-left economic campaign platform  —  VILLEPINTE, France: Ségolène Royal, the presidential candidate of the Socialist Party, unveiled a long- awaited platform on Sunday, veering sharply to the left on economic policy while also stressing discipline and "traditional values."
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 …
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 …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
A Renewed Call to Televise High Court  —  With Supreme Court justices becoming increasingly comfortable in the spotlight, Sen. Arlen Specter says it might finally be time for their close-ups.  —  Spector (Pa.), joined by two other Republican and three Democratic senators …
Think Progress:
CNN: Bush-Backed Shiite Group Receiving Weapons Shipments From Iran  —  U.S. intelligence and military officials have stated that Iranian weapons shipments "are going to Shiite militias that include rogue elements of Moqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi army militia."  But U.S. officials have not been as vocal …
Anthony Shadid / Washington Post:
Across Arab World, a Widening Rift  —  Sunni-Shiite Tension Called Region's 'Most Dangerous Problem'  —  CAIRO — Egypt is the Arab world's largest Sunni Muslim country, but as a writer once quipped, it has a Shiite heart and a Sunni mind.  In its eclectic popular culture …
 
 
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
REMEMBERING MR. LINCOLN  —  Today is of course the birthday …